Monday, 7 July 2014

Heroes ~ "From Scratch ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge"

Hello everyone...

Welcome to this week's fabulous new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. This week the challenge was suggested by our very talented team member, Anna-Karin and it's all to do with making something from scratch. So, how about making something project element, or something oh so very homemade. Maybe it could be an embellishment, a rosette, a flower or perhaps you could build something or craft a piece by starting with little more than simple paper. Whatever you make from scratch ~ we would love to see it and hope you will join us for this week's fun challenge!

Now, for me...I love making things from scratch and in particular, as some of you know I love creating my own little shadow boxes. So for this week, I did just that and made a shadow box in celebration of all the heroes in this world. As always, I really hope you love what I've made...

To begin with, I needed to create my own box ~ from scratch and which measures H:15, D:2 and W:14. I created the box using some plain old chipboard and cut all my pieces of chipboard to size. I glued all the pieces together using Glossy Accents which I find is a wonderful adhesive to make these boxes.

To strengthen the sides of the box, I added some tissue tape, which also makes a really nice decorative addition. To complete my shadowbox, I die cut a further piece of chipboard using the Sizzix Star Cluster die from Tim Holtz and attached this to the top of the box. My basic box shape is now complete.
Once all the glue holding the box together is dry, now comes the fun part...painting it, ageing it and adding all that depth and texture onto the frame. To begin with I gave the outside a layer of Antique Linen Distress Paint, before applying some Tumbled Glass and Pumice Stone paint over the top. Using black Archival Ink, I then stamped onto the frame with the Cracks Stamp. After a blast with the heat gun to make sure that the stamping wouldn't smudge, I added some Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste through the Dot Fade Layering Stencil, applying it onto random areas of the outside frame of the box and allowing the paste to completely dry, before adding some more colours of Distress Paint over the top, using my finger to apply it.
So, I was now happy with the overall finish of the box and needed to work on the inside and for this, I used a piece of Manila cardstock and swooshed the card through some Tumbled Glass, Antique Bronze, Pumice Stone and Antique Linen Distress Stains that I had applied to my craft sheet and spritzed with water. The card picked up all the gorgeous colours of the stains and I even picked up some of the remaining stain to create the small dots of ink that you can see on the background.
After distressing the edges of the card, I stamped the Tim Holtz verse directly onto the inked background and stamped the pointy finger underneath and attached the inked card to the inside wall of my box.

Now, I just needed to fill the box and decorate the outside and for this, I used lots of glorious Tim Holtz Idea-Ology pieces. I began by attaching a Ring Fastener onto the roof section on the inside and added a jump ring to attach the Union Jack which is found in the Ephemera Pack.
I then used the Alpha Chips to spell out the word "HERO" and placed these inside the box, together with a pen nib and a wonderful vintage photo, again found in the Ephemera Pack and which I aged and distressed slightly.
To decorated the outside of the box, I used more Ephemera pieces and added two of the Arrow Adornments, which I aged using Treasure Gold Gilding Wax.
...and that, completes my Heroes shadowbox!
But there was one more thing that every hero needs, and that is there very own trophy. So, using Tim Holtz's Tarnished Trophies die, I set about cutting six pieces of chipboard, which I then stuck together to create a free standing trophy. I then covered a piece of Grungepaper with Metal Foil tape and die cut another two trophy shapes and applied Alcohol Ink to the surface before using a sander to create a scratchy, tarnished appearance. I stuck one of the alcohol inked sections to the back of the freestanding chipboard trophy and then for the front piece, I attached a Number Brad through a die cut star, which I'd coloured gold and attached it through the centre of the trophy before sticking it onto the main section.

To complete this trophy, I added some offcuts of ribbon and twine to the handles before attaching the finished trophy to a cotton spool which I painted with Walnut Stain Distress Paint, with some twine wrapped around the centre.
...and that is my finished shadowbox and trophy, fit for a hero!!!

I really hope you've enjoyed my photo tutorial and loved my interpretation of our theme. As always, if you're looking for some more great ideas and inspiration, then you need to look no further than the blog to see all the wonderful creations from my very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. Good luck....
Thank you so much for all your visits today, I really do appreciate them all and I'll see you all very soon!!
Bye for Emma xx

Products used:

Ranger Inksssentials Manila Card
Archival Ink ~ Black
Chipboard, Cotton Spool, Twine and Ribbon Offcuts from my own stash


  1. What a stunning shadowbox, Emma! Love it! All the texture you've added, gorgeous! Hugs, Sandra

  2. Fabulous shadowbox! LOve that row of stars along the top and the detail of the ribbons on your trophy! This would be a perfect father's day gift or to someone who is an everyday hero! Lovely!

  3. this is most fabulous!!!

  4. Wonderful project Emma! Lovin' the patriotic theme! Such a creative project! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Another splendid shadow box, Emma. There are many heroes in this world and they should be getting the headlines, not the bad people who deserve no praise, no lines written about them and certainly no shadow boxes!

  6. You are so talented, I love this. :))

  7. gorgeous as ever. love it xx

  8. Lovely pieces of art Emma, I love the delicate colour palette, texture and design. Lovely theme for a piece of art too. Love the texture and your little trophy on a spool, gorgeous. Tracy x

  9. Such a beautiful creation! Love all the gorgeous details. :)

  10. Your little shadow box is darling. The stars and the hanging piece....I love the little details that make it truly special.

  11. Emma! This piece is so fantastic! I always look forward to your details because each of your creations gives me about 20 new things I want to try! On your shadowbox, I love how you made the stars at the top jump out of the border of the box. I also really liked how you made the pen nib look like it was in the middle of writing. So clever! I love also how you hung the flag. The subject matter is inspiring, the distressing is genius and the whole thing is so creative. Thanks again for the inspiration!

  12. Love your altered shadow box and the clever way you've mounted the fabulous trophy! Jenny x

  13. fabulous project! I love the crackling on the frame and your trophy looks perfectly vintage!

  14. FAb shadowbox as always! Especially I love the spool with trophy!!!! BArbarayaya

  15. This is gorgeous Emma! I love what you did to the trophy and placing it on the spool was such a great idea. Wonderful details as always.


Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated and I hope you'll come back and visit again soon...
Emma ~xx

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