Monday 28 March 2016

We Can See Clearly...

Hello everyone and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week, our theme is...WE CAN SEE CLEARLY and it's all about using acetate or vellum! Whatever you choose to use, we can't wait to see how you incorporate these surfaces into your creations and hope that you'll have fun playing along with this brand new challenge!

To be honest, I don't use acetate or vellum very much in my work and when I have in the past, I'll either use if for flowers, wings of butterflies or dragonflies or maybe as a window but this week, I thought it would be really fun to try something different and use it as a base for my project. So, with this in mind, I decided to die cut a tag from a piece of acetate and I was so pleased with the finished piece and hope you love it too...

To begin with I die cut a tag from a piece of acetate. I had some really thick acetate in my stash but you could also use old packaging which would work just as well!

I then started to build some layers onto my surface and began by painting on some gesso, applying it in a random fashion and not being too controlled about it! Once this was dry, I then used Glue N' Seal to attach a torn piece of tissue wrap over the top of the gesso! 
When using acetate, you will need a little patience as each layer dries because if you use a heat tool, you could melt or bend the acetate which isn't a great look!

Once my layers were thoroughly dry, I then used the Mustard Seed Distress Crayon to add a small amount of colour over the top of the tissue wrap, blending it with my fingertip before then adding some texture paste through the Zig Zag Layering Stencil, again being patient to let it dry thoroughly.
Lightly spritz the tag with some Gold Foil Color Bloom spray and again, allow to dry. Once this is done, I then added a smear of 3D gel over the top and sprinkled the wet medium with glass glitter and micro beads, tapping away the excess!
To complete the tag and to give it a vintage worn look, I alcohol inked around the edges before adding a light flick of Black Soot Distress Paint across the surface.
Setting the tag aside to dry, I then moved onto my embellishments and for this, I die cut some Tiny Tattered Florals from mixed media card, spritzed the spikey flower die cuts with Peacock Feathers and the small roses with Gold Foil Color Bloom Spray Mist. Heat dry the die cuts before assembling each flower ~ I also added stamens into the centres of the larger spikey flowers. Once the flowers are made, I then spritzed them with Biscotti Perfect Pearls for some extra shimmer.
For the photograph, I used one of the PhotoBooth images, inked around the edge and then applied a Fragment Finding over the top, using Glossy Accents to attach it into place. When applying the Fragment Finding onto the photo, I usually move the fragment around whilst pressing down, so that it dispels all the air bubbles. I then lightly scratched the surface of the fragment piece before inking the edge with Mushroom and Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink and adding a Remnant Rub showing the year to the top left hand corner.
Attach the photo, together with the flowers, floristry fibres and some laurel leaf foliage, punched from gold Metallic Kraft Core card stock and inked with Mushroom and Gold Mixative alcohol ink. I also added a small gold pearl to my background.
Dye a piece of Crinkle Ribbon with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain and then tie into a scruffy bow, adding a vintage button to the centre.
As the finishing touch, I used a Small Talk sticker and placed it in the bottom left of the tag.
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:

Distress Paint: Black Soot
Distress Spray Stains: Antique Linen, Peacock Feathers
Distress Crayons: Set 1
Layering Stencil: Zig Zag
Acetate, flower stamens and button from my own stash


  1. I love the flowers that you made using Peacock Feathers - a favorite of mine!

  2. as always this is outstanding! wow!
    xx Zoey

  3. absolutely GORGEOUS tag Emma! I loved reading about how you made this and the products you used, some more to add to my list ;-) this really is beautiful!

    Lols x x x

  4. Exquisite! Emma So elegant and classy! Perfect, as always in concept, design and execution.
    NO challenge is ever insurmountable for you (not even taking quality photographs of acetate - no easy task) and every one of your creations always inspires - Thank you .
    Big hugs x

  5. Gorgeous project, I tend to keep all the acetate packaging now, very handy for pop up box cards :-) xx

  6. Love EVERTHING about this tag! Those yummy flowers, that background ... your ROCKED this Emma !

  7. Magnificent, Emma! I thought you had run it through an embossing folder to get the zigzag - I wonder how that technique would work with acrylic?

  8. this is so beautiful. the acetate tag works so well. and all the details are superb.
    i have entered challenge but kind of cheated or used a twist on the words. if you like to have a look i think it might be the first entry on challenge blog..... hugs xxxx

  9. It is amazing how that clear tag creates such an entirely different feel than if it was paper. Love all the little details you have added, Emma, like the glitter, flowers, and chevrons. I love the button on the bow idea - I have to try that!

  10. Stunning tag, Emma! I LOVE the gold glitter against the clear tag!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  11. Simply gorgeous! Wow...I love everything about your tag especially it being clear. The gold and Peacock Feathers are a perfect match. I've never used acetate before but have added this to my list of techniques I must attempt.

  12. Beautiful tag. Love the chevron, the glitter and those turquoise flowers.

  13. AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This project is one of my favourite of yours! It's so beautiful, classy and it has an incredible design! your choice of gold and turquoise is superb!Barbara

  14. Emma your tag is fabulous. What a great idea to use acetate as the base. It looks elegant, unusual and very exciting. I also love the embellishment items you added. The flowers look awesome. The colors are fantastic...
    Love your work. Thank you for the step-by-step tutorial. And for sharing your art.
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

  15. Love your elegant tag, Emma. The flowers and glitters are just gorgeous on this clear background. :)

  16. You left me absolutely speechless cause this tag is just AMAZING. You're too talented Emma! <3 Hugs, Marzena

  17. Wow, Emma! I'm in love with this tag! I love everything about it. The elegance is amazing, but it has also lots of mixed media elements going on! Perfect mix of the two! Hugs, Sandra

  18. This is absolutely beautiful, Emma. I'm in love with that glitter and pairing it with the blue is perfect! Cathie

  19. Wow! Just stunning! I LOVE your work!

  20. This is beautiful, myself and acetate do not get along!!!

  21. Ohhh Ahhh! This is just gorgeous! I just love that you put glitter, twine and all the beautiful embellies with the picture on an acetate tag and your photo is taken brilliantly!


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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