Monday 9 May 2016

Enjoy Life...

Hello everyone!

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend and ready for the week ahead! As always on a Monday, I'm here to tell you all about the latest Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week, our theme is ~ EMBOSS IT! There are so many different ways to emboss ~ dry embossing, embossing folders, embossing powder, the choices are endless and we can't wait to see what you create....or you can even create your own raised surfaces to create the look of embossing, which is exactly what I did on my canvas panel and I hope you love the piece that I've created for you!

and this is how I created this project!

To begin with, I took a 9" x 12"media board and I wanted to create texture to my canvas so, I cut a couple of pieces of Plain Tissue Wrap, scrunched the tissue in my hand to create creases and then carefully opened it out. I then attached the scrunched tissue wrap to my canvas, using Collage Medium and moving the tissue around to form this creased effect to the board.
Once dry, I then started to create the raised panel that would create the look of embossing. For this, I used the Crosshatch Frameworks die and cut four panels from chipboard which I then attached to the central area of the canvas with Collage Medium. At this point, I also used some of the little crosses from the die cuts and placed these randomly around the raised panel.

Allow to dry before coating the entire surface with gesso.

When the gesso is thoroughly dry, I started to add my colour using Distress Crayons. I start by scribbling a base colour onto the canvas and blend it out using a baby wipe before then adding layers of colour over the top and just using my fingertips to blend them. The crayons are so beautiful to work with and if you haven't tried them yet, then you must...they are fabulous!

At this stage, I just kept going, adding more crayon where needed and blending them out with my fingers until I was happy with the colour. To complete the background, I flicked some Black Soot and Picked Raspberry Distress Paint across my background and I also used a little watered down gesso and gently flicked that across the surface too. I also used my finger to apply small amounts of gesso to the background.

Once I was happy with the finished canvas, I just added some Black Soot Crayon around the outside.
Now, for the layered elements and for this, you can use whatever you choose ~ how about an old family photo or a photo of a special day...whatever you decide, it will work and will be a wonderful keepsake.

For my photo, I used a image from the Found Relatives pack by Tim Holtz and this worked so well as I wanted to create a fun canvas with a vintage feel to my layered elements.
To begin with I wanted to create even more texture and for this I covered some card with metal foil tape and then embossed the card with the Bullseye Texture Fade. Once I'd done this, I then applied Black Soot and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint over the top of the card to create the rusty effect to the metal ~ at this stage, I use a piece of kitchen towel to rub the paint into the raised areas before wiping away any excess.
Allow the paint to dry and then die cut the card using the Mosaic die to create these small panels, that you can see layered onto the background, together with vintage ephemera pieces, the photo and I also used the reverse side of one of the photos, which looks so cool just poking out from behind the main image.
Arrange and attach all the pieces to the background.
I then added some metal Gadget Gears, together with the smaller sprocket gears and applied a small amount of Gilding Wax over the surface of the metal to create a more brassy tone.
Add some colour to the "Enjoy" Flash Card using the crayons and then pop this into the arrangement.
As a finishing touches, I added some twine, Dapper Designer Tape, pins, some gorgeous 28 Lilac Lane Buttons, (which are now stocked at Simon Says Stamp ~ yay), some metal embellishments and completed it with some Nailhead Findings.
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: Mosaic, Crosshatch Frame
Texture Fades: Dotted Bullseye
Distress Crayons: Set 1, 2 and 3
Metal Embellishments: Finnabair Mini Hardware, Mini Stars


  1. Outstanding! What a lot of creative elements and work! I particularly like how you created the background with the paper and die. You are always a foundation of inspiration and I thank you, sweet Emma😘

  2. Beautiful colors! I love the effect of faux embossing on the background using dies. I always love the most your perfectly blended colors! Hugs, Marzena

  3. Fabulous canvas Emma, the vintage photo is very cute and I love the colours, textures and details, altogether gorgeous :-)

    Lols x x x

  4. Emma, this is beautiful! I love the background and will have to give this a try. I just love the effect the faux embossed background gives to your panel. It's gorgeous! Cathie

  5. Gorgeous soft colours as always Emma. The faux embossing is so so effective, and you have worked your magic with the understated embellishments.
    Thank you for sharing, and the tutorial. X

  6. this is gorgeous. i love what you have done with the background. hope you have been enjoying the lovely sunshine, hugs xxx

  7. All I can say is WOW ... this is amazing !!! The little details in your work blow me away; the faux embossing ... those little extras on the embellishments ... the background; the "composition" ...

  8. Absolutely stunning, Emma! I love everything about it!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  9. Stunning creation! Such a beautiful work of art! TFS

  10. Fabulous! Emma. Love how you have embraced the 'emboss' in different ways. LOVE the background - inspiring , effective use of the crosshatch framelit die and those colours are just fantastic. Being me I just gotta love all the rusty, faux metal panels and metal embellishments collaged perfectly with your other elements. yet again you dot all the 'i's' adnd cross all the 't's' with yur attention to detail .
    I do love 2pm Monday afternoon :)

    1. How could I forget to leave you some hugs- that can only mean you get double hugs my lovely talented friend .
      HUGS and HUGS xx

  11. Emma, I absolutely fell in love with your technique of using the die in the faux embossing! The colors and blending you have done are wonderful. I just found you and will be following with anticipation for your next project!

  12. What a gorgeous canvas, Emma! Wonderful texture and layers to frame the old photo. I just love the soft greens you chose for your palette! hugs, Maura

  13. Best use of a "First Class Mail" emblem ever (you're cleverness is not lost on me).

  14. beautiful project Emma...a keepsake to treasure...hugs kath xxx

  15. Absolutely love your faux embossing technique! I'll try it!!! This canvas is perfect( as always!!!) , great use of metal embellishments and dry embossing! LOOOOOOve it! BArbara

  16. Oh wow, I absolutely love the colours you've used and the textures.. fab :)

  17. Emma! I loved this project so much that I immediately bought that Tim Hiltz die!! You made the background look so fabulous and all those shades of minty green were a true treat for the eyes!

  18. What a fabulous piece, Emma! Love the green tones of your project! So much texture, so pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  19. Beautiful panel Emma! I love the background with all the texture and the metallic star on top of the Sprocket Gear is so clever!


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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