Monday, 17 January 2022

Butterfly Wings Specimen...

Hello friends...

It's time for the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week our theme is all about INSECTS AND BIRDS and we can't wait to see how you interpret the theme by using one or maybe even combining both of these in your projects.

For my make, I created a Size 8 Etcetera tag and used products from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous to add dimension, layers and details on this piece which was all inspired by that beautiful butterfly.

So let's get started and here's how I created my tag...

To begin with I started with the background and used a Size 8 Distress Tag, working with it horizontally for a change. 

To create the layers on the tag, I began by spritzing Distress Resist Spray through the Floral Mini Layering stencil from Set 25. Once the spray is dry, I then spritzed the tag with Stormy Sky, Antique Linen, and a hint of Prize Ribbon and Ground Espresso Distress Spray Stains and added a little misted water over the top.

Allow for the inks to thoroughly dry before moving onto the next stage, and taking the same Floral Stencil, I placed this over the top of the inked tag and applied Translucent Grit Paste through the stencil. Whilst the paste is still wet, and working quickly I sprinkled Distress Glazes over the top of the paste. I used Fossilised Amber and Peeled Paint Glazes and applied them to the yellow onto the flowers and the green onto the foliage. Tap away the excess powder and then set to one side so that the paste can dry.

Whilst this was happening I stamped and watercolored my butterfly, which is from the Stampers Anonymous Specimen Stamp Set by Tim Holtz. I stamped the outline with Black Soot Archival Ink and watercolored the image with Distress Re-Inkers in shades of blues and greens. I dried the image and then added highlights of white pen over the artwork before I fussy cut around the outline.

The paste and powders on the tag should now be ready for the next stage and taking a heat tool, I heat embossed the glazes until they become molten and have an enamelled effect. TOP TIP: DO NOT OVERHEAT THE GLAZES/PASTE, keep moving the heat gun onto the next area once the glaze has melted.

To add some more layers and interest onto the tag surface, I inked up the script stamp from the Tiny Toadstools stamp set and just randomly stamped the writing over areas of the tag before I machine stitched a border round the the edge and then attached the tag to a Size 8 Etcetera Tag using Matte Collage Medium.

At this stage, I added some more detail to the tag and used a Specimen Remnant Rub, no.903 in the top left hand corner and the word Specimen in the bottom left corner.

I also added some metal offcuts to the tag, which I had leftover from a previous project. These are basically offcuts of Metallic Kraft Stash Card that I embossed using the 3D Foundry Folder and then inked with Alcohol Inks to create the rusty tones on the surface. I then cut them into strips and wrapped two strips around the edges of my tag ~ one in the top right hand corner...

...and one around the left hand side of the tag. I then added a Machinery Head to this piece, altering the metal with Crackling Campfire, Antiqued Bronze and Black Soot Distress Paints which once again creates the rusty appearance.

In the bottom right hand corner, I adhered a Curator Snippets Ephemera piece.

Now to create the paper rolls for the butterfly to sit on!

For this I used papers from the Backdrops set. This is such a great way to use all those offcuts of paper and I just roll them around a pencil to form the rolls. I made 7 roll of various lengths and then used Matte Collage Medium to attach them side by side to create the platform for the butterfly. I also applied a coat of the medium over the top and once this was dry, I used Walnut Stain Distress Crayon and Distress Ink, to age the paper.

I attached the rolls to the tag, placing them on the right hand side and then wrapped some red cotton thread around the ends.

Over the top of the paper rolls, I attached a piece of Mica Sheet which will create a solid, flat base.

The stamped butterfly is now ready to mount onto the paper rolls but before I attached this, I took a Ruler Finding and broke both ends of the ruler to form the jagged edges.

I then inked the wood with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I just dragged the ink across the surface and then used a baby wipe to blend the colour. Once dry, I adhered the butterfly into place and then stuck the ruler onto the Mica Sheet. 

We're nearly there and all that's left is to add the Optical Lens which hangs down from the tag.

I inked the metal with a little Rust and Pitch Black Alcohol Ink and then attached it to a Swivel Clasp, again altered with a little more of the Alcohol Inks.

I wrapped some more of that red cotton around the handle of the Optical Lens and inked the glass with some Mushroom Alcohol Ink to give that final vintage touch....


...before I attached the completed swivel clasp through the hole in tag.

So that's my make finished for this week...

...and as always, I hope you love what I've made, and enjoyed all the techniques I've used. If you make anything, or if you've been inspired by anything that you've seen here on my blog ~ then please, let me know by tagging me on social media or leaving a comment here and I will be right over to take a look!

Don't forget that every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $25 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp and you can join in up to 5 times, which means you could have 5 chances to winYou have until next Monday at 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....






Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today ~ stay safe and keep well.
Love Emma xxx

Recipe for project:

Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
Distress Spray StainStormy Sky, Antique Linen, Prize Ribbon and Ground Espresso
Distress Glaze: Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint
Distress PaintCrackling Campfire, Antiqued Bronze and Black Soot
Alcohol Inks: Rust, Pitch Black, Mushroom

Monday, 3 January 2022

Happy New Year...

Happy New Year friends!

Well, I can't quite believe how fast Christmas seemed to go!!! It's crazy to think that it's two weeks since we were all so excited and now, it's all over and it's time to take all the decorations down and pack them away! 2021 was definitely a year that many of us will never be able to forget, one where we saw so much change in how we go about our daily lives and for some of us, it was a very challenging year. I just hope that 2022 brings everyone much more happiness and joy!

So with a brand new year, comes a brand new year of Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges and here we go with the first challenge of 2022! This week our theme is called, Something New and the DT are showcasing Carabelle Studio products within their projects, which is something that you don't have to do to join us and play along.

For my tag, I wanted to celebrate what I hope will be a very happy and safe new year and used a stencil from Carabelle Studios, together with Tim Holtz and Simon Says Stamp products to make a project to wish all my followers Peace & Joy in the year to come!

So let's get started and here's how I created my tag that features a little bluebird of hope...

To begin with I took a Size 8 tag that I used as a base, misted it with a light shower of water and then used the following Distress Spray Stains and Oxide Sprays to add colour:

Old Paper, Antique Linen, and Pumice Stone Distress Sprays

Speckled Egg Oxide Spray

I added more water to blend the inks before I heat dried them ready for the next stage.

After placing the Constellation Stencil onto my tag, I used the straight part of the stencil, not the circular section, I applied Grit Paste at the top and bottom of the tag, using a palette knife. Whilst the paste was still wet, I sprinkled gold embossing powder over the top and then set the tag to one side, allowing the paste to dry and the powder to set slightly.

Once the paste is finger dry, I then heated the embossing powder ~ you need to do this very carefully, as you don't want to overheat the paste as this will cause it to bubble and the powder to disperse.

Once the gold embossing powder has become molten and shimmery, I inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Moving onto the panel in the centre...

I inked a piece of Mixed Media Heavystock card using:

Speckled Egg Distress Spray Stain

Ground Espresso Distress Spray Stain

Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain

Frayed Burlap Distress Spray Stain

Tumbled Glass Oxide Spray

Speckled Egg Oxide Spray

A misting of water will blend the sprays and once the panel was thoroughly dry, I machine stitched down the sides of the panel and inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Making sure the panel is complete dry, I stamped the sentiment with clear Versamark Ink, using the Festive Overlay Stamp Set and then sprinkled white embossing powder over the top before I heat embossed the powder until molten.

To complete the panel, I applied some more Grit Paste through the Constellation Stencil, again adding it to the top and bottom of the panel before sprinkling gold embossing powder over the top and repeating the same technique as I used on the tag.
I matted the panel onto a layer of gold card, before I mounted it onto the centre of my tag using foam pads.

On either side of the panel, I clipped two Tiny Clips.
For the adorable little birdie, I used the smaller bird from the Sizzix Feathered Friends Thinlits Dies by Tim Holtz. After cutting the pieces, I inked them to create my little blue bird of hope using Gathered Twigs and Rusty Hinge combined with Broken China and Stormy Sky. I inked the beak with Spiced Marmalade and then added highlights to the little birdie with a white pen.
Once I'd assembled the bird and attached the wing in place, I cut some foliage for him to sit on using the Festive Bouquet Die set. I cut my greenery from card that I had previous inked with various shades of green Distress Sprays. I always ink more card than I need and then have these spare pieces left over ready for another project and from memory, I think I used Peeled Paint, Rustic Wilderness and Evergreen Bough Spray Stains.
With my pieces, cut I arranged them underneath the birdies feet and added some moss to complete his little nest.
In the photo below, you can see how I shaped the foliage to create the dimension.

As the finishing touches, I added a Star Adornment underneath the sentiment, which I inked with Foundry Alloy Alcohol Ink and attached with Matte Collage Medium....
...and finally, I threaded some twine through the hole in the tag and attached some idea-ology embellishments from the ends of each piece. These included a Thought Token, "Shine Like The Stars", which I inked with a little Rust Alcohol Ink and then highlighted the wording with Picket Fence Distress Crayon, and two Antiqued Gems.
...and that completes my project for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

As always, I hope you love my make this week, and enjoyed all the techniques I've used. If you make anything, or if you've been inspired by anything that you've seen here on my blog ~ then please, let me know by tagging me on social media or leaving a comment here and I will be right over to take a look!

Don't forget that every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $25 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp and you can join in up to 5 times, which means you could have 5 chances to winYou have until next Monday at 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....






Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today ~ stay safe, keep well and Happy 2022.
Love Emma xxx

Recipe for project:

Carabelle Studio: Constellation Stencil
Stampers Anonymous: Festive Overlay
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain, Gathered Twigs, Rusty Hinge, Broken China, Stormy Sky, Spiced Marmalade
Distress Spray Stain: Rustic Wilderness, Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint, Evergreen Bough, Speckled Egg, Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Old Paper
Distress Oxide Spray: Speckled Egg Oxide Spray

Wednesday, 22 December 2021

A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year...

Hello friends...

Today, I'm sharing my final Christmas idea-ology make that I created for Tim Holtz's YouTube Live Launch! If you didn't see the LIVE or like me, you just want to watch the replay again, and again...then you can catch up with it HERE!

This project was created using the quite a few of the new Christmas products from Tim and included the fabulous new Vignette Plaque, which measures 8" square and is the perfect base for so many different projects ~ I know I'll definitely be stocking up on these!
So let's begin and I'm just going to take you through a few of the techniques I've used starting with the plaque, which I flipped over so that I could use it as a shadow box but you can use it the other way too, which Tim had done and wow, that project is amazing ~ so definitely take a look!
So with the box flipped over, I painted the back and sides of the plaque with a combination of Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany and Black Soot Distress Paint. I started with Candied Apple and then dried the painted surface before adding a dry brushing of Black Soot and the Aged Mahogany over the top. This helps to knock back the brightness of the red and gave me the vintage look I wanted.

On either side of the box, I added Hinges ~ these aren't functional but just decoration to create the look of a hinge.
I lined the box with papers from the Christmas Backdrops set and cut these into panels, stitched a border around the edge of each and after adding a few rips and tears, I attached them to the plaque with Matte Collage Medium. I always add a coat of the medium over the top of the papers to seal them and I also ran Walnut Stain Distress Crayon around the edges, so that it creates an aged look to the papers. 

What I love about these papers is the fact they all work so well together and you don't need to use a full sheet, just use panels and splice them together as I've done here. Even the Chocolate Phalier Douell panel is cut down from the papers and then collaged.


The focal point is the framed sections and I layered a Baseboard Frame over the top of a Vignette Frame that I painted with Speckled Egg Distress Paint and this creates depth to the piece.
In the centre of the aperture of the baseboard frame, I used foam pads to attach a Christmas Layers piece, with the message, A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year and used Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder over the top of this to create some texture.

I added a star to the top of the frame, which I covered with Holiday Sparkle glitter and for even more sparkle, I applied some Glossy Accents and sprinkled Mica Flakes over the top.

Underneath I added some Vignette Trims to form a ledge ~ I used the Scalloped and Bracket Trims and applied Crackle Paste to the surface.
I then attached the gorgeous little girl and her furry companion to the centre of the ledge, which I colour tinted with Distress Crayons and again attached with foam pads.
In her hand, I placed a small Woodland Tree. I coloured this with Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain and then frosted the tips with glitter. After removing the wooden base from the tree, I attached it so it looked as if she was holding it.
On either side of the ledge, I broke a metal fence in two, which I inked with Rust and Pitch Black Alcohol Inks to create a rusty finish to the metal before I attached each piece with Matte Collage Medium.
To complete the fence, I tied some rusty alcohol inked Tiny Bells onto the right hand fence.
Around her feet, I added some Grit Paste and some Bauble Findings. I then dusted them with a sprinkling of Rock Candy Distress Glitter and Mica Flakes.

I finished the piece with the gorgeous poinsettias from the Worn Wallpaper Scraps and placed these to cascade around the frame, using different heights of foam behind each piece to create dimension and depth...

...before I added the Mini Flair button and some Mirrored Stars onto the background.
Finally, I painted a Christmas Word Plaque with Candied Apple Distress Paint and attached this along the bottom of my plaque. I added small Hardware Heads to the plaque and then surrounded it with pine cones from my garden and some Mica Flakes...
...before I added a Hardware Pull at the top of the panel and a stitched scrap which I attached at the top of the frame and then added a Mini Pin.
So that completes my final project of 2021 and I hope you've enjoyed reading all about this project. As always, if you make anything, or been inspired by anything that you've seen here on my blog ~ then please, let me know by tagging me on social media or leaving a comment here and I will be right over to take a look!

 Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today and from the bottom of my heart ~ THANK YOU for all the love you've shown my projects and blog over the last year ~ it's not been the easiest of years for so many of us but I'm sure crafting has kept a few of us sane whilst we were in lockdown.

Happy Christmas everyone ~ stay safe, keep well and here's to a happy and healthy new year.
See you in 2022!
Love Emma xxx

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