Monday, 9 November 2015

Create Something Beginning With The Letter 'N'...

Hey everyone and welcome to a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week, our theme is ~ Create Something Beginning With The Letter 'N'!

So, what will the letter N mean to you? Nautical? Navy blue? Numbers? The month of November? Whatever you choose, we can't wait to see what you create!

For my project, I was inspired by the words NEVER FORGET! On Wednesday, 11th November, Armistice Day~ we will once again fall silent at 11:00 and with this in mind, I chose to make a remembrance plaque to honour our heroes, past and present!

I wanted to create a panel that really focused on the words Remember and the poppies and decided to keep the background quite neutral in colour but very textural and also create a dimensional, multi layered piece!

...and here's how I made it!

I started with a pre-gessoed canvas panel, 7" x 5" and I laid the Gothic Layering Stencil directly over the top of the canvas and applied Texture Paste through it! When the paste was dry, I then added a layer of Chalk White PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint over the top.
I heat dried the paint before dry brushing the whole canvas with Frayed Burlap, which really made the embossed areas pop! Once the paint was dry, I flicked some Black Soot and Festive Berries Distress Paint over the surface and then, applied small amounts of Treasure Gold Gilding Wax over the top of the raised areas before using my fingertip to apply Picket Fence Distress Paint around the outside. This can now be set aside to dry thoroughly.

For the next stage, I used the Quilt Texture Fade to emboss a piece of Manila card stock coloured with Antique Linen Distress Paint. I then used a blending tool to gently ink the edges and the raised areas. I then matted the embossed card onto black card and mounted the panel onto the centre of my canvas using foam pads for dimension.

To create my gold metallic plaque, I used the Alphanumeric Thinlits dies to die cut the word Remember into a piece of gold metallic kraft core card stock. When using these dies, it's always a good idea to tape them into place, so that they don't move when you pass them through the machine! I sanded over the top of the plaque before matting it onto a piece of black card. I then attached two brad to either side of the plaque.
For the poppies, I used the Tattered Florals die to die cut my lightweight card. I then coloured the poppies on BOTH sides using Festive Berries and a hint of Abandoned Coral Distress Paints. Mist all the coloured petals with Perfect Pearls Shimmer Mist Spray and then scrunch them up. Dry the Tattered Florals with a heat tool before opening them out again, shaping the petals and layering them up. I used three large petals and two smaller ones for each of my flowers and inked all the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
For the centres, I used the Spiky Flower punch and punched black card. I used two punched flowers for each centre.
For the leaves, I used the Fall Foliage dies and inked them with Peeled Paint before spritzing them with the Perfect Pearls Mist.

Now all that's left to do is build those layers and for this I started with a piece of black wire which I coiled into a triple circle and then placed onto my canvas.

I then attached my poppies, plaque and leaves over the top, adding a mirrored star as a finishing touch, together with the metal corners which I inked with Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink.

Finally, just play with the wire to create some kinks and to make it less uniform in it's appearance and that completes my Remembrance plaque!

I really hope you've enjoyed how this piece came together and loved the finished project!

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....

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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/Sizzix Dies and Texture Fades: AlphanumericTattered FloralsFall FoliageQuilted Texture Fade
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Gothic
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
Alcohol Ink: Gold Mixative
Canvas board and wire from my own stash


  1. this is absolutely GORGEOUS Emma and perfect for this Remembrance week. the dimension on those poppies is amazing and I love the gold plaque, perfect positioning of the dies too! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Gorgeous! When I saw your never forget I immediately thought of the Veteren's handing out the poppies! Brilliant design!

  3. Beautiful tribute. Love everything about it, especially how it touches my heart.

  4. Such a beautiful , respectful and touching work of Art ! Emma. Needless to say I love everything about how you have created your canvas and I love too that out of all the possibilities that were open to you you have chosen to make a piece of art to honour our brave heroes both past and present ! hugs x

  5. Amazingly beautiful way to show tribute. Wonderful tips & tricks ( taping my alphanumericals next pass!) I love how this peace is strong and yet gentle...💜

  6. Absolutely gorgeous, great step by step 😊 xx

  7. What a stunning piece, Emma!! Every layer of this is flawless!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. Stunning and a fitting tribute.

  9. awesome. so befitting the occasion. just love it, hugs xxx

  10. Emma this is a truly stunning sample x

  11. Above and beyond gorgeous!!! Those poppies are amazing, and love the background! PINNED!!!

  12. GORGEOUS... love the flowers and how you layered !

  13. Emma, perfect day to be checking this out, thank you for a beautiful representation on Veterans Day!

  14. Beautiful, Emma ... what a wonderful piece of art to remember all those who gave their lives so that we can live in freedom. Anita :)

  15. This is such a fabulous creation, Emma. The flowers are gorgeous. :)

  16. This piece is so lovely and I adore it on an emotional level as well as aesthetically. I remember when I was living in London how powerful the imagery of the poppies was to me, especially in November. I would see them everywhere-- in people's lapels, on hats, in gardens....and I thought that was such a beautiful way to pay tribute. I miss London and now the imagery and what it stands for means even more! Thanks for helping me to remember, too!


  17. Your talent to create flowers is incredible! I love so much the way you've layered the flowers and the leaves! I adore the stencil on canvas , so elegant! Great work! barbarayaya

  18. These poppies are stunning, Emma! I'm so impressed by your flower making skills. Wish I could follow a flower making workshop from you. Amazing piece, love the gorgous background and the remember plaque is absolutely fabulous. Hugs, Sandra

  19. This is so beautiful Emma! The poppies are absolutely gorgeous and look great on the neutral background.

  20. Your poppies are spectacular. I also appreciate all if the work you put into this piece... it came together so naturally in the finished product, I was glad you discussed your process... it totally enhanced my already heightened appreciation!


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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