Monday, 16 May 2022

Do What You Love....

Hello friends...

Hope you are all keeping well and had a fabulous weekend! Thank you for all your messages about my absence last week ~ everything's ok, it was just a silly accident that kept me from joining in with the challenge but I'm back and ready to share my make, for the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which is all about ADDING SOME TEXTURE! We hope you'll join us and play along, and however you choose to create texture, whether it's embossing folders, pastes or fabric ~ we can't wait to see what you create.

For my make, I created a textural background using one of Tim Holtz's 3D Embossing Folders by Sizzix and the gorgeous Damask and when you combine it with the Sizzix Foldaway Machine, then the detail will never cease to amaze you ~ it's just stunning and has so much depth. So, if you haven't tried a 3D folder yet...you must!



So let's get started, it's time to get creative!

To begin with I started with the background and used two panels of Distress Watercolour Card that I spritzed with a light mist of water. I placed the card into the folder, and ran it through the machine ~ you can do it 3 times to create depth but with the foldaway, I found it worked after a couple of times.

Repeat with the second panel of card and once it's embossed it's time to get inky...

INKING THE EMBOSSED PANELS

As you can see from the finished tag, I created an ombre effect to the background, with the colour fading towards the bottom and this is how I created it.

Place the first of the two panels of embossed card into the splatter box and I used Ground Espresso, Speckled Egg, Frayed Burlap and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stains, together with Speckled Egg Oxide Spray, to add the colour to my card. Spritz with a light mist of water to blend the inks and then heat dry.

On the second panel, I used the same colours but omitted the darker Ground Espresso.

To create the fresco finish, I used my fingertip to gently apply a smear of White Gesso over the top, or you can use Chalk Paint if you prefer.

Heat dry the paint thoroughly before the next stage of applying the Foundry Wax.

I only wanted hints of gold, not a block coverage, so I used my fingertip to apply the Gilded Foundry Wax, or you can use a brush if you have skin sensitivities and I literally just lightly rubbed over the top of the embossing, allowing the wax to highlight areas where I made contact.

Heat set the wax.

Cut the two panels to fit a Mini Etcetera Tag. On the tag itself, I adhered a strip of Tim's older Design Tape down the right and left hand sides, and then placed the darker panel at the top and the lighter one at the bottom. 

Machine stitch around the edge and adhere the background to the tag using Matte Collage Medium.

Where the two panels join, I used two separate strips of the new idea-ology Design Tape Trims to hide it.

The tag is ready and it's time to add those embellishments.

PHOTO

The photo is taken from the idea-ology Photo Booth set and I distressed the edges, inked them with walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Because I wanted this piece to be packed with different textures, I added some more around the edges of the photo by dabbing an embossing dabber gently onto the edges, sprinkling Frosted Crystal over the top and then heat embossing the powder.

Once the powder is set, I then applied a light coverage of Foundry Wax to the raised embossed areas and once again heat embossed.

I then attached the photo using my sewing machine to a piece of frayed calico cotton from my stash, which I inked with Frayed Burlap Distress Stain before I placed the completed image onto a piece of Mica.

The photo itself is mounted onto ruler pieces ~ these are all pieces that I'd previously broken for other projects and after inking them with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, I just arranged them onto my tag, placing them on the right hand side and then mounted the photo on top.

I adhered some Hardware Heads to the broken ruler pieces, attached them with Matte Collage Medium and then altered them with Rusty Hinge, Black Soot and Ground Espresso Distress Paints to create a rusty finish to the metal.

To complete the photo arrangement, I added a Curator Snippets Number 24, and a small piece of adhesive Linen Tape.

FLORAL SPRAY

Now for the floral spray ~ I used the idea-ology Floral Adornments which I layered and combined them with one of my favourite left dies taken from Funky Floral 3 Sizzix die set by Tim Holtz. If you follow me every week, you'll have seen the love I've shown this die over the years!

To colour the metal flowers, I used Foundry Wax ~ a combination of Gilded and Statue. I applied the wax to the flowers and leaves and then heat set. I arranged the flowers on the left and right hand side fo the photos, and added pearls to the centres.

To add a some more texture to the piece, I die cut my foliage from card that I inked with Peeled Paint and Bundled Sage Distress Spray Stains.

Once I'd die cut the leaves, I placed them into the floral arrangement.

Beneath the photo, I attached a Theories Quote Chip. I inked the edges of the chip with Walnut Stain Distress Crayon and then wrapped some twine around each end before attaching it to my tag with foam pads.

We're nearly there and all that's left is to add some details in the top left corner...

I added a type chip, which I cut in half and placed a Hardware Head onto it, before finishing the piece with a Hinge Clip, altered with some more Foundry Wax and hung a Antiqued Gem from the clip.

So that's my make finished for this week, and I hope you love what I've done and the techniques I've used. which can also be used with a family photo, to make it more personal, the ideas are endless and I hope you'll give it a try.

As always, 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:

Stampers Anonymous: Mini Etcetera Tag
Distress Spray Stains: Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage, Ground Espresso, Speckled Egg, Frayed Burlap and Antique Linen
Oxide Sprays: Speckled Egg
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
Distress Paint: Black Soot, Ground Espresso, Rusty Hinge
Cotton Calico, Mica Sheet and twine from my own stash

Monday, 2 May 2022

Born To Be Brave...

Hello friends...

How was your weekend? Hope you all had a great one and ready for the week ahead and a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This week, we are showcasing the amazing products of the one and only Tim Holtz with our MASCULINE theme and we hope you'll join us and play along!

For my make, I chose to create a plaque that is actually an altered Etcetera Tag and I will be taking you through how I made this piece using idea-ology and Ranger Ink products.

So let's get started, it's time to get creative!

TICKET SHAPED PLAQUE

We'll begin with the substrate that I used and for this you will need a Small Etcetera Tag. In the pack you get three tags but you will have already noticed that this surface isn't just a regular tag, it's been turned into a ticket shape plaque. To create this shape, I took two of the tags and placed one over the top of the other, flipping it 180°, so that the top of each tag is opposite one another and the tag on the top will form a template.

Holding the tags firmly in place, I used a pencil to mark where I will need to cut away the corners of tag on the bottom so that I can create the ticket shape. Using a craft knife, I cut the corners off the tag ~ this will take a little bit of effort to get through the layers but but you will get there in the end.

After sanding the edges of tag to smooth them down, I painted the surface with Black Soot Distress Paint.

Once the paint was dry, I sanded back the edges to create more of a vintage feel before I applied Statue  Foundry Wax, using my fingertip, (or a brush as recommended if you have skin sensitivities) and just added smears of the wax to the board. Heat set with a heat tool.

My surface is ready and now I moved onto the next stage ~ background!

BACKGROUND LAYERS

For the first layer, I used Distress Spray Stains to create a patina effect for the background. I cut a panel of Distress Watercolour Card approximately 16cm in length, but slightly smaller in width, so it will allow for a border around the edge.

After spritzing the cardstock with a light misting of water, I then applied and layered my sprays ~ Salvaged Patina, Crackling Campfire and Vintage Photo Distress Stains and Salvaged Patina Oxide Spray. Spritz a little more water over the top and allow for the colours to blend before heat drying, or allowing to dry naturally.

I inked the edges of my panel with Walnut Stain and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks.

After cutting away the corners at the top, I machine stitched around the edge and then adhered the tag to my plaque. I used Matte Collage Medium as my choice of adhesive throughout this make.

Across the bottom section, I wanted some texture, so I used the Circuit 3D Embossing Folder to emboss a panel of silver metallic kraft stash. I cut this down to size, again cutting the corners away so that it will reflect the shape of my plaque. To add the rusty appearance to the embossed panel, I applied some Black Soot Distress Paint, allowed it to go slightly tacky before wiping away the excess. Some of the paint will remain and accentuate all the detail of the folder. I then repeated this using Ground Espresso Distress Paint, again wiping away the excess and always drying the layers between applications. Finally I applied a very light layer of Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint, just dry brushing this over the top.

I machine stitched around the edge before attaching it to my plaque.

To frame the background layers, I used Design Tape Trims, which I just applied around the edge of the inked panels.

For my final layer, I used one of Tim's Stencil Cards. I tore off the bottom section of the card, about two thirds down and then applied some Sterling Foundry wax over the surface of both pieces. I heat set the wax and then inked over the top with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.


Attach the torn Stencil Cards to the background, placing the two pieces so that they do have a slight gap in the middle to elongate the appearance.

We're now ready for...

EMBELLISHMENTS

I used a Paper Doll Portrait, (I called him Johnny, just because I always love to give these images a name, it makes them come to life for me), which I colour tinted with Distress Crayons and added white pen work to highlight the handkerchief in his pocket.

I then took a Ruler Piece, snapped off both ends and ran the Walnut Stain Ink Pad over the surface of the wood to colour it. Using a baby wipe, I blended the ink to create the stain.

I attached the ruler and Johnny, the Paper Doll portrait to my background layers, using foam pads to add height and then surrounded the image with a combination of Industrial Gears Sprocket Gears and Mini Sprocket Gears.

Each of the gears are given a rusty appearance using a combination of Black Soot, Salvaged Patina, Rusty Hinge and Antiqued Bronze Paints, before I applied a touch of Statue Foundry Wax over the surface.

I then layered each gear to create the clusters around the image.

In the grouping of gears on the right, I also attached a Word Key, BRAVE to the arrangement. 

Again I added the rusty appearance before attaching it to a Swivel Clasp, that I just let hang loosely on the side.

Finally, I added some tiny details...

...a clippings sticker with the quote "be happy'.

A Tel No. Remnant Rub from the Eccentric Set in the top right corner.

One of the Machinery Heads was attached at the top...

...and Hardware Heads on either side towards the bottom.

As a finishing touch, I used a Vintage Clip, altered with a little Black Soot Distress Paint and the Statue Foundry Wax. I clipped this to the bottom edge of the tag.

So that's my make finished for this week, and I hope you love what I've done and the techniques I've used. which can also be used with a family photo, to make it more personal, the ideas are endless and I hope you'll give it a try.

As always, 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:

Stampers Anonymous: Small Etcetera Tag
Foundry Wax: Statue, Sterling
Distress Spray StainsSalvaged Patina, Crackling Campfire and Vintage Photo
Oxide Sprays: Salvaged Patina
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain, Rusty Hinge
Distress Paint: Black Soot, Salvaged Patina, Rusty Hinge and Antiqued Bronze Paints

Monday, 25 April 2022

Crazy In Love....

Hello friends and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which this week is all about being Wild and Wonderful!

When I first thought about this theme, I instantly thought of the wonderful Harrison Colorize Sizzix die set by Tim Holtz, then I thought maybe I should do a project all about nature using wildflowers and birds but no, I wanted to try something slightly different this week and think outside the box. So this lead me to think about how I'm wild about all the wonderful new idea-ology products from Tim Holtz, and I chose to create a journal layout inspired by one of the brand new Snapshots photos. As soon as I saw this photo, I just thought that couple appear to be "wildly in love" with each other and therefore, that is my take on this week's challenge theme...


Click to enlarge

 So let's get started, it's time to get creative!

BACKGROUND LAYERS

To begin with I used my Dina Wakley Media Journal to create my double page spread.

I worked mainly on the right hand side, but I have also continued over to the left hand page but we'll begin on the right...

I started by distressing, ripping and tearing the edges of a panel of Backdrops Vol 1 paper, slightly smaller in size than the journal page, and featuring the wildflowers design. Once I was happy I machine stitched a border around the outside and then inked the distressed edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

I adhered my panel onto the right hand side of the journal spread, adding some layers of paper underneath which were all from the Backdrops paper pack and were all offcuts from previous projects.

I added some Tim Holtz Design Tape from my own stash, together with some of the new Design Tape Trims and attached these strips to the paper layers before I added some more machine stitching and yes, I did actually machine stitch the book pages themselves, with some difficulty but got there in the end, lol!

The layers are now ready for some texture and I used Crackle Paste. I applied small amounts of the paste around the edges, I didn't want a lot, just a smear here and there.

Once the paste was dry and the crackles had appeared, I used Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon to accentuate the cracks, rubbing it directly over the top and blending it out with a paint brush dipped into water, but ensuring most of the water is removed before using it ~ you only want it slightly damp enough to move the medium around.

Finally, using a splatter brush, I added some tiny Black Soot Distress Paint splatters across the surface.

With all my layers in place, and thoroughly dry, I moved onto the main feature ~ this beautiful couple, wildly in love!

AGEING THE PHOTOGRAPH

I wanted to keep this image black and white, not add colour but I wanted to create more of a vintage feel to the Snapshots photograph, I began by adding some more rips and tears. I usually use the edge of my scissors for this, and then just tear of the corners of the photo or tear into the edge.

To create the aged look, I applied a layer of Matte Collage Medium over the surface of the photo, allowed to dry and then dragged Vintage Photo Distress Crayon around the edge, blending out the colour with my finger tip. To add more depth of colour, I scribbled Gathered Twigs Crayon onto my glass media mat  and used a water brush to pick up the colours which I applied directly to the photos to create more ageing.

With the photo complete, I layered it onto a piece of calico which I dyed with Brushed Corduroy Distress Stain and cut with my grandmother's pinking shears. I machine stitched down the side of the photo, then attached to my journal layout, placing it over the top of a panel of paper, again ripped, torn and stitched and is taken from the idea-ology Pocket Cards set. This one shows the large numbers, white on black.

To complete this arrangement, I tucked a ticket underneath the right hand side of the photo, adding some twine.

As final little details to the photo, I added an idea-ology Mini Paper Clip...

...and then a clippings sticker, 'you and me".


So the main feature is ready for embellishments and those flowers are created using the beautiful Sizzix Modern Floristry Thinlits Die Set by Tim Holtz.

FLORAL ARRANGEMENT

After cutting my flower heads from watercolour card using the die set, I inked and watercolored them with a combination of Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and Speckled Egg Distress Inks for the various flowers, adding black centres to the flowers on the left. The foliage is inked with Peeled Paint and Bundled Sage. I assembled the flowers and then added tiny details of black and white dots before I layered them around my photograph, arranging them on both sides. The smaller flowers on the left...

...the larger flowers on the right.

To add more dimension to the flowers, I did place very thin foam pads behind. You don't want too much thickness as the book needs to close but this just lifts them slightly.

DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS

To complete the right hand page, I added the date, September the Fifteenth. This is from the Snippets Numbers Ephemera, a little pack of wonderful embellishments which can be used on every single make you will ever create!

I attached mine to another piece of calico and then adhered it into position using Collage Medium and placing it in the top left hand corner.

On the left hand side of the book, I added some little clusters of embellishments.

I began with a cluster in the top right corner, and used a Flash Card, xoxo and after distressing and inking the edges, I attached it to the page, adding some strips of design tape and a postal mark Remnant Rub from the Specimen Set. To complete this arrangement, I added some more crackle paste, applied with a palette knife and just lightly dragged onto the surface and once this was dry, I added more of the walnut satin crayon over the top.

With the flash card and tape in place, I wrapped some twine around the page, securing it with staples top and bottom.

We're nearly there and all that's left is the quote...

"He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same" - Emily Bronte

This is from Dina Wakley's Media Ledgers Set 2 and after I trimmed the quote down to size, I adhered it to my journal page with Matte Collage Medium and then ran a charcoal pencil around the outside, smudging it with my finger.

I then used the Stacked Hearts Thinlits Die set to cut two of the smallest sized hearts from red inky card, that I had in my stash and adhered these into place with the quote.

So, that's my layout complete and I hope you love what I've created and will be inspired by the techniques...

As always, 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

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