Monday, 2 May 2016

Eternal Flame...

Hey everyone and welcome to a brand new week over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! This week, we challenge you to create a piece of Home Decor and the team were also asked to showcase Prima Marketing products within their challenge pieces. You don't have to use them to join in but if you do, then we would love to see what you create and can't wait to visit all your blogs...

For my project, I was inspired by the antique jewellery of the Tsarinas of Russia and decided to create my own piece of treasure using one of the resin pieces from the Flaming Hearts Ex II Votos Relics and Artifacts pack.

and here's how I created my treasured artefact!
To begin with I took one of the wooden trays and coated it with a layer of gesso to prime it for the paintwork.

I then added a layer of PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint in Chalk over the top of the gessoed frame and allowed to dry. To create the recessed section of my frame, I cut a piece of Tim Holtz Plain Tissue Wrap to the size of the recess and then crumpled the tissue paper into a ball. Open out the paper and then using Tim Holtz Collage Medium, apply the tissue to the background, allowing the paper to create a creased effect.

Once the paper is thoroughly dry, I then dry brushed the entire frame with some Frayed Burlap Distress Paint, creating the look of worn wood. I then flicked some Gold Color Bloom Spray across the inside section, ensuring that none went onto the outside section of the frame.
Next, I inked up Tim Holtz's Cracks stamp with Cool Graphite Ink and stamped crackles over the frame before adding a finishing touch of Vintage Gold Foil to the edges to create a touch of opulence and shimmer.

Finally, I added some Remnant Rubs to the top left and bottom right of the frame and it's ready to go.

Now that my frame is complete, it's time to create my artifact and for this I took two of the pieces from the pack to create my flaming heart and removed the hooks from each piece before gluing them together to make one complete piece. I then wrapped a piece of rusty wire around the neck.

Next, I mixed some Mini Art Stones into a small amount of Soft Matte Gel and applied them to my heart and also around the neck, where the two pieces join before painting the entire surface with Blue/Gold Opal Acrylic Paint ~ which is just a stunning colour!

Let the paint dry before dry brushing Gold Metallique Paint over the top.
To create even more impact and shimmer, I added some Gold Rush Glass Glitter and then allowed everything to dry thoroughly before attaching the piece to the inside of my frame, laying it over the top of some natural florist fibres.

At this stage, I also added some Melange Pebble pieces around the heart.

To complete my heart I added a rusty gear to the centre and a beautiful aqua pearl from the 28 Lilac Lane Minty Fresh Embellishment Bottle.
To complete the piece, I attached one of Tim Holtz's Word Bands, using twine to secure it into place and coloured the band using more of the Gold Metallique Paint....
...before then finishing the frame with two small metal cogs to each of the corners at the top and added an upturned bottle top and knob.
I am so happy with how this project turned out, I love it and now, all that's left to do is proudly display this piece in my craft room!
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 Stamps: Cracks and Specks
Distress Paint: Frayed Burlap
Prima Relics and Artifacts: Flaming Hearts, Rectangle Wooden Trays
Finnabair Mechanicals: Mini Knobs, Steampunk Gears
Prima Mixed Media: Silicone Brush
Floristry fibres, bottle tops, rusty wire and small gears all from my own stash


  1. Gorgeous work of art Emma, the whole design of this is stunning! lovely colours and textures :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. This is stunning Emma, I love the soft colour tones on the artifact and those mini art stones look amazing! x

  3. Simple and beautiful! I love the color combo. You have made some gorgeous projects lately.

  4. Classy and beautiful! Love the way you added color to the heart! hugs xx

  5. I will begin by apologising for arriving late to see this striking piece of Home decor! Emma - so sorry .
    It really is stunning! Full of style and elegance, opulence and class. A real eyecatcher and an absolute treasure !
    Big hugs xx

  6. Stunning, Emma!!! Just perfect detailing! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  7. This is so so so cool! I love the sacred heart, and gave this piece from Prima myself, though I would have never thought to marry it to the era that you did! What an interesting AND AWESOME mash-up!

  8. Definitely worthy of royalty! This is a gorgeous piece, Emma! Love all the beads and bling on the heart, it reminds me of old, heavily embroidered pieces from that era.

  9. Absolutely gorgeous, Emma. I love all the beads and the soft blue colors. Cathie <3

  10. You never fail to make my draw drop!! I love this

  11. the colour of your artifact and how added the art new guilty pleasure and the gorgeous glass glitter...hugs kath xxx

  12. Love your beautiful and creative piece! Emma. The soft color scheme is fabulous. :)

  13. Wonderful project, Emma! Love the big flaming heart! Hugs, Sandra

  14. This color combo is outstanding and your work is another masterpiece, love the gold addition on the frame! Prima and Emma's style is a fantastic mix!

  15. I thought I couldn't be more speechless than I was last week and the others but I am, seing your posts every Monday is just an adventure. I love the colors you gave to the frame, they astonish me completely. Thank you for that! Hugs, Marzena

  16. This is such a cool piece and is definitely thought-provoking! Love the visual impact and how you did it all in such a soft soothing color palette. You've proven that pastels can pack a punch!

  17. Such a stunning piece Emma!! I love the colours, bits of gold and the wonderful textures on that flaming heart.


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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