Monday, 11 January 2016

Life Is Beautiful...

Hey everyone and welcome to a brand new week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! this week we have turned our attention to stencils and the theme called ~ STENCIL IT!! There are so many beautiful stencils available and there are so many ways to use them. Will you ink through them, maybe use texture pastes or create backgrounds ~ whatever you choose to do, we hope you'll play along and can't wait to see how you'll interpret this week's challenge!

For my project, I created my own circular canvas panel and used various Tim Holtz Layering Stencils to create a multi layered background for a vintage canvas.

and here's how I made this project!

To begin with I cut a circular piece of adhesive canvas, 20cm in diameter and mounted it onto a piece of mount board. I then applied a good coat of gesso over the top of the canvas, left it to dry before applying some Fresco Finish Chalk Paint over the top of the gesso.

Once the paint is completely dry, I added a dry brushing of Frayed Burlap Distress Paint which took away the starkness of the chalk coloured paint but still left me with a neutral base to work on.

Once the background was dry, I misted the canvas with water and applied a small amount of Mermaid Lagoon and Salty Ocean Distress Paints directly to the background. I misted it with some more water and then moved the canvas around to create a more diffused colour and also a beautiful dripped effect. Heat dry before adding torn strips of tissue tape ~ placing them coming in from the right hand side, horizontally across the canvas.

Now for the stencilling and I used three Layering Stencil for this ~ Blossom, Speckles and Dot Fade! I started with Dot Fade and used a blending tool to sponge Jet Black Archival Ink through the stencil onto the background. For the next stage of stencilling, I mixed a small amount of Spun Sugar Distress Paint into some Texture Paste and applied it through the Blossom Layering Stencil, positioning it around the edge of the circle. Leave the paste to dry thoroughly.
To create more layers on the background, I added more uncoloured texture paste through the Speckles Layering Stencil, flicks of paint in various colours and used the Type stamp, inked with Jet Black Archival Ink.

Finally, I inked the edges of the background with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and added gold foil highlights for a touch of shimmer before mounting the canvas onto a piece of kraft card, cut slightly larger than the canvas panel which created a framed border.
Now for the elements and for this, I cut pieces of paper from the Wallflower paper stash and lightly distressed them with inks and tearing the edges. Layer the papers onto the background and attach with multi medium.
I added a photo from the Photo Booth set, which I mounted onto another piece of paper from the Wallflower Paper Stash and placed this over the top of some wire, which I coloured gold using a Krylon pen.

As a finishing touch to the arrangement, I used the Tiny Tattered florals die to die cut some Victorian Velvet Core'Dinations paper and created the beautiful little blossoms which I added with some punched branches and die cut leaves.
Ink the edges of the die cut elements and attach them in a cluster to the bottom left hand corner of the photo.
To complete the panel, I attached a mini sprocket gear with a gem in the centre and a chit chat sticker before adding a final layer of Remnant Rubs to the background.

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 Punches: Tiny Tattered Florals, Branch Punch
Tim Holtz Stamps: Type Stamp
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Blossom, Speckles, Dot Fade
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
White Wire Thread and Mount Board from my own stash


  1. This is stunning! Love the colour combo and layout. Thank you for step by step process description ;)

  2. Absolutely GORGEOUS canvas Emma! I love the circle shape and all the details, so very beautiful! LOVE it :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. Love that its a sweet circle! All the details are fab!

  4. I love 'Art in the round' and you have created a real beauty with this piece Emma. It has a lovely subtle vintage femininity about it.
    As always your design and execution is a joy to behold
    BIg hugs xx

  5. Love this unique color combo, Emma! Such a pretty composition too! <3

  6. Beautiful canvas, I love your flowers and wonderful tip to lay the canvas on kraft as a frame, Cathy x

  7. stunning! it has such a delicate feel about it even though
    you have grunged it up. love it, hugs xxx

  8. So much texture and artistry. Beautiful, indeed!

  9. I love how you made this circular, it really stands out! Just beautiful with a wonderful cluster of elements, Emma!

  10. I like the soft look of this, it is beautiful!

  11. Agree with the sentiment :) Love the texture!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  12. I like the idea of working in a circular format--this looks terrific. I didn't know Krylon made pens, the gold used is a perfect touch. Most oil-based paint pens for me seem to be more trouble than they are worth, perhaps I'll give these a try.

  13. Gorgeous creation...looks so beautiful!

  14. Gorgeous canvas Emma, love the colour palette and the texture on your background and perfect vintage embellishments to complete it! Deb xo

  15. Perfect balanced as always! I adore the background and you know what I think ... you are the Queen of flowers! Every time I look your works I see beauty and elegance! Wonderful! BArbarayaya

  16. What a pretty canvas, love that it's circular! It's gorgeous, and your flowers are stunning as always. Hugs, Sandra

  17. Emma, you never disappoint me!!! I love this project!!!
    xx ZOey

  18. Beautiful! I love the soft embossing paste flowers in the touch of pink on the canvas. Gorgeous arrangement and design!

  19. Love your fabulous canvas, Emma. The embellishments you created are gorgeous. :)

  20. Emma! Every time I swing through your blog, I just feel...refreshed. Like I've had a nice deep breath of clean air and can tackle the world again! Thanks for always making pieces that are thoughtful, innovative and inspiring!

  21. How pretty Emma!! The textures are amazing and I love the bright blue together with the pastels. Gorgeous flowers of course too.


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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