Monday 22 February 2016

Planet Earth...

Welcome to a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog where this week, we ask you to be...Inspired By A Song! Whether it be a current song that you just can't get out of your head or maybe, it will be your all time favourite tune, we can't wait to see what song you will be inspired by and look forward to all your wonderful creations!

For my project, I was inspired by my favourite band, Duran Duran and their very first single, which was called Planet Earth. I've been a lifelong fan of this band and seen them numerous times in concert, so how could I not use them as my inspiration and of course, their first single was just the perfect place to start and I quickly knew exactly what I would use ~ yes, my favourite globe die has made another appearance and I hope you love what I made...

I started with two canvas panels, one 8" square and the second, 6 x 4". I used the larger of two panels and with a paintbrush applied a base coat of Hickory Smoke Distress Paint across the surface of each. I then added a very small amount of Picked Raspberry and used a baby wipe to blend the colours together. Once I was happy with the blend, I heat dried the background before spritzing the surface with Black Soot Distress Spray Stain. Once the mist has dried completely, I then added some paint scratches in white gesso and some flicks of Color Bloom Gold Spray Mist before setting it aside to start work on the second layer.

For this layer, I once again started with a layer of Hickory Smoke Distress Paint and then blended some Black Soot and Peacock Feathers over the top. After a spritz of Black Soot Distress Spray Stain, I then dried the panel thoroughly.

You will need to ensure that the paint is completely dry before moving onto the next stage, where I added a small amount of glitter to the background. For this, I applied a smear of Transparent Texture Paste to random areas and then sprinkled Vintage Glamour Dust over the top. Leave to dry before using a soft, dry brush to brush away any excess glitter.
At this point, I also used my fingertip to rub a small amount of Treasure Gold Gilding Wax around the outside of both canvas panels.

Now, it's time to start building up those layers and I began by tearing a section of corrugated card from the Textured Surfaces pack and painting it with Picket Fence Distress Paint before inking around the edges. I attached the card with Multi Medium, placing it across the centre of the larger panel before adding my second smaller panel over the top, placing the canvas on the left hand side of the square canvas and using foam pads to attach it.

Once in place, I then die cut some gold circle loops from gold Metallic Kraft Core Core'Dinations card stock and attached these onto my background. These dies are a must have and are so pretty and delicate but create such an impact to any project.
Next, I added some Glass Glitter and Micro Beads to the corrugated card for a little more texture.
I then moved onto the globe which I die cut from silver Metallic Kraft Core Core'Dinations card and layered over the top of a circle of silver Deco Sheet, which created a shimmery but not too glittery effect as a background for the globe. When mounting my globe onto any background, I like to use foam pads to create a realistic, domed effect to the central area of the globe.
I also used a sander over the top of the silver card to create a more worn, vintage look to the cardstock.
Mount the globe, using more foam pads, to the smaller panel, placing it over some torn pieces of cheesecloth and slightly offsetting it before attaching a small talk sticker, (so perfect for the theme of this canvas), mounted on gold card.
For the final addition of embellishments, I added die cut stars, glittered with Vintage Glitter Dust. Scatter the stars around the globe, using foam pads to create dimension and layers...
...before adding moonshine sequins and some studs to each corner of the canvas.
...and here's the finished piece ~ where you can see all the layers and the hopefully, even though it wasn't the easiest piece to photograph, you can also see the beautiful shimmer that this project has!

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 StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and 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/Sizzix Dies: Globe, Stacked Stars
Distress Ink: Ground Espresso
Distress Spray Stains: Black Soot
Cheesecloth and 8" square canvas panel from my own stash


  1. This takes my breath away! It is so stunning and beautiful. I'm wondering how I have missed that Tim Hotlz die before now.

  2. Fabulous canvas Emma, I love how you used 2 canvases to create the dimension, it really feels like you are bing drawn into another galaxy! the dark colours and all the details are brilliant! LOVE it :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. This is beautiful, Emma! I'm amazed at how you've managed to make the globe appear as though it is moving through the galaxy. Brilliant! Cathie <3

  4. Emma this is absolutely AMAZING. I'm in love with this project and totally speechless...

  5. Another Monday Challenge well n truly nailed! Emma . Your 'Planet Earth' canvas is absolutely superb. I'm going to have to say it yet again - your colour tones , textures , dimension and design make for a stuuning piece of art .
    I remember seeing Duran Duran way back in the
    good ol'80's when they were first starting out on their musical career. They were the support act for Hazel O' Conner ( breaking Glass) playing at the local university ! I don't have as much Love for them as you do but you can be sure I have an abundance of love for your inspired canvas !
    big hugs xxx

  6. Emma, truly out of this world awesome! I am going to try your color combinations today! Brilliant, you are!😘

  7. WOW!! Stunning! I just admire your creativity soooo much!

  8. This is such a fabulous creation, Emma. I love the beautiful color scheme and those glittered embellishments. :)

  9. This is stunning! I love the tonal quality of it and it does remind me of a galaxy. Gorgeous!

  10. Oh my...this is so amazing! Aeesome job you did and....yes great choice of Duran Duran!!!

  11. This is such a beautiful work, Emma! I love every details, even the tiniest ones!

  12. Love that globe, Emma! Beautiful project.

  13. A truly great song choice Emma and your project is positively stunning, I have never seen the globe die used more beautifully! Hugs, Anne xx

  14. A celestial masterpiece! Loving all the shimmer!!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  15. I already tell you that i'm a 80s girl! This work is STUNNING!!!!!!! i love your idea to layer two canvas! Fabuolous! Barbara

  16. Oh, such a subtle use of color with this, Emma! It is downright gorgeous! I love your choice, and the earth and all the wonderful layers of texture and goodness! Beautiful!!

  17. Gorgeous piece, Emma! Love the metal globe! And what a fabulous way to share your love for your alltime favorite band! Absolutely a stunning project! Hugs, Sandra

  18. Emma, this project is full of AMAZINGNESS! Is that a word? I do not know, still your project is stunning!
    Love the globe and the song you choose is being represented awesomely.
    I forgot how to speak English, but hey, that's your fault. You leave me speechless.

    Awesome <3

    Hugs x Zoey

  19. What an awesome tribute! This piece is so...heavenly (ha, ha-- no pun intended). I really do love how it looks Celestial without being cheesy or over-the-top. It's like the glammed-up classy view of the universe! And a great band to pay tribute to. I had a college carpool buddy who would always crank, "Hungry Like The Wolf," when it was her turn to drive, so this post brought back a lot of fond college memories. Well done!

  20. I love this so much and perfect inspiration!!!!

  21. Oh my, what a beautiful piece. Thank you so much for sharing!


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Emma ~xx

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