Monday 20 July 2015

Inspiration and Imagination ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hi everyone and welcome to this week's brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

This week's challenge is called ~ "I" Scream for.....
From ice cream to IndigoBlu, and inks to ice resin ~ this week the letter 'i' is our inspiration and we can't wait to see how you will be inspired this week?

For my project, I created a canvas that was inspired by a world of pure imagination and one of my favourite musicals/books, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory...

So, to see how I created this piece ~ come with me and you'll be able to enter my world of pure imagination...

To begin with I took an 8" square canvas board and applied a layer of Dina Wakley's Sky Blue Paint over the top. I then layered some more colour over the top using Tim Holtz's Picket Fence, Twisted Citron, Stormy Sky and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint which all blended together perfectly.

Once I was happy with my background, I heat dried the paint and then sponged some more Antiqued Bronze paint around the edge. Another blast of heat to dry it was needed before moving onto the next stage.

Place the Layering stencil onto random areas of the background and sponge a small amount of Stormy Sky Distress Paint through the Bubble Layering Stencil. Once dry, I dipped a Distress Paint bottle top into Black Soot Distress Paint and stamped the circles onto the background. Heat dry the paint, then overstamp the circles with the bottle top using gesso, slightly offsetting them to the original black circles to create a shadow.

When dry, I applied Texture Paste through the Traveler Layering Stencil, adding the words Explore and Adventure onto the top left and bottom right hand corners of the canvas.

I also added paste through the Dot Fade Layering Stencil and attached torn pieces of Tissue Tape onto the painted background. For the final layer of texture, I mixed copper micro beads and glass glitter into soft matte gel and then applied to the canvas with a palette knife.
Finally, to complete the background add flicks of Black Soot Distress paint across the canvas.

Die cut the World Globe and some clouds (using the clouds from the Mini Airplane and Clouds Movers and Shapers die set) from Metallic Core'dinations card. Ink the surface of the die cuts with Hazelnut, Gold Fixative and a touch of Pitch Black Alcohol Ink.
I matted the globe onto a circle of Core'dinations card using foam pads to add dimension and attach this and the clouds to my canvas.
I used a few of the stamps from the Correspondence stamp set to add more interest to my background before adding the wording using Alpha Parts painted with Distress Paints, Chit Chat Stickers and Big Chat stickers. I then applied Tarnished Brass Distress paint to the surface of the Adornment Arrow and wrapped some twine around it before attaching it to the word arrangement.
As the finishing touch I added a hinge clip altered with Picket Fence and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint and attached a swivel clasp and enamel tag to the clip. I then added Remnant Rubs over the top of the tag to complete the project.
I really hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and that you love this canvas! I just wish you could see it in reality as it captures the light so beautifully and that metallic kraft core card stock is just a wonderful addition to my paper crafting!

As always, if you need any further inspiration for this challenge, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the 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 and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again Emma xx

Products used:

Tim Holtz Stamps: Correspondence
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Dot Fade, Bubble, Traveler
Finnabair Art Ingredients: Copper Micro BeadsSoft Matte GelPearl Glass Glitter


  1. Wow, love the way you have used all die cuts designs here, Emma....beautiful artwork

  2. oh i so love this. i wonder if i could borrow this as inspiration for a canvas? hugs xx

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment Theresa and of course you can borrow the inspiration for a canvas! I can't wait to see what you make and be sure to tag me, just in case I miss it! Hugs. xxx

  3. Well Emma you have only gone and done it again ... blown me away with your incredible talent. This canvas is absolutely fabulous and theres not a single part of it I don't love . The globe die has been on my wish list for awhile now n seeing how you have used it with the metallic papers has definitely urged me to go splash my cash ! As usual your choice of colours, texture , ideology and die cuts are brought together perfectly to create an extremely impressive composition enhanced further by your attention to detail . You can be sure I certainly enjoyed the tutorial ( as i always do ) and I More than LOVE the canvas hugs x

  4. Very inspiring, Emma! Simply marvelous, with all the details.

  5. This really is stunning Emma! I love the different techniques you've used to create the background and the globe die is just so cool! I'll be humming the theme tune for the rest of the day... come with me and you'll be in a world of pure imagination... ;)

  6. I love this! Different than yesterday's make but equally beautiful. Now I want the globe die. I like how you made the gold paper look mottled.

  7. One of my favorite movies/books as well Emma. I love your World of Pure Imagination. Gorgeous texture and color on your canvas background. And the alcohol ink treated metallic card stock is marvelous. It's amazing!! Great inspiration for the this weeks SSS challenge.:) -- Mary Elizabeth

  8. It's a beautiful piece Emma! Love where your imagination took you. The colors are yummy and the perfect back drop for that amazing metallic globe. Thanks.

  9. Your canvas is indeed a work of art. I love each and every detail of it. Thanks for sharing your work with us.

  10. What a wonderful piece, Emma! Love the stunning background, and the globe is incredible! Hugs, Sandra

  11. Fabulous canvas Emma, a stunning design.
    Julie x

  12. Love this!! From the awesome canvas background to the earth you created! Thanks for the steps!

  13. Stunning! I absolutely love the metallic effect on your globe and other die cuts!

  14. How gorgeous! Love the beautiful embellishments and textures. :)

  15. This is gorgeous, Emma! I've never seen the gold mixative used before. Never. I love metallics, so this was an enlightening post for me. Now I'm eager to play with some for myself! I love your posts. Not only are they lovely to look at, they're informative too! Thank you for sharing.

  16. WOWWWWWW! This is a stunner! I am so amazed at the delicacy of your globe! It looks fabulous with the metallics and I can't believe that you made it a dimensional dome. You obviously have some serious sciency-physics skills in addition to your art skills to have made this so realistic and so 3D. Gorgeous, gorgeous!

  17. I was looking thru all of my Pinterest (well some of) items and came across your canvas...ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. It was a stunning piece of artwork. Thank you for sharing.


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

Powered By Blogger

Total Pageviews