Monday, 25 July 2016

Lady Rose...

Hello friends and welcome to a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! Our theme for this week is...Add Some Texture and we can't wait to see how you incorporate this into your wonderful projects!

For me, this was my perfect challenge as I LOVE texture and the more the better and for my project, I created a canvas panel that has layer upon layer of texture and tells the story of love and romance! As always, I hope you love what I've created and enjoy the process of how I put this piece together...

I'll begin with the first background layer and for this, I took a piece of canvas paper and covered the surface with Antique Linen Distress Paint. Once the paint was dry, I dry brushed over the top with Frayed Burlap Distress Paint and heat dried it thoroughly. For the first layer of texture, I used Texture Paste applied through the Flourish Layering Stencil. I then dried the paste and using my fingers, I added some more Antique Linen Distress paint over the top. When the paint was dry, I then added some more colour using the Vintage Photo Distress Crayon before inking the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I machine stitched around the edge and matted onto gold metallic card, followed by a layer of dusky blue card.

Now to move onto the next layer ~ I started by cutting a piece of Manila card, 15 x 20cm and applied a layer of Tissue Wrap over the top of the card, using Collage Medium to attach it.

Cut a second piece of manila card, exactly the same size as the previous piece and on this section of card, I used the Flourish die from the Mixed Media 2 Thinlits die set to die cut into the top left and bottom right hand corners of the card.

Once this was done, I attached the card over the top of the Tissue Wrap covered card using the Collage Medium. Apply a layer of Collage Medium over the top and then allow to dry thoroughly. Once the card is completely dry, add a layer of gesso over the top, wiping away the paint from the die cut areas, so the layer underneath still shows through. Apply Weathered Wood, Tumbled Glass, Walnut Stain and Salty Ocean directly onto the card surface and then using some more Collage Medium paint over the top of the inks to blend the colours. Once again, allow to dry.

You now have your second textured layer.
I highlighted some of the die cut areas using the Hickory Smoke Distress Crayon and then stamped in Jet Black Archival Ink directly onto the card surface using the Ledger Stamp.
I added some flicks of gesso across the card before adding some paint scratches to create a border around the edge. Apply a small amount of Collage Glue to the edges of the card and then using the gold foil from the Vintage Transfer Foil set, apply the foil  (shiny side uppermost) over the top of the glue to add some metallic shimmer to the edges.

Mount the card using foam pads onto the previous layer, placing it centrally to show the texture paste border around the outside.

Now for the third layer of texture and the main focal point...

I started by cutting a piece of the canvas paper, 8.5 x 11cm and stamped the beautiful image of Lady Rose. I always heat dry the ink to set it before colouring the image with Distress Marker Pens to create a light wash. Again heat dry to set the ink.
I inked the paper around the image with Old Paper Distress Ink and then distressed the edges to create small rips and tears. Matt the image onto kraft card and then a piece of corrugated card, die cut using the Postage Stamp Die.

Add some more metallic shimmer around the edges of the card using the Collage Glue Stick and the gold foil and then attach the word band to the image, adding a pearl stud from the Dapper Fasteners set.
Mount the image onto the background card layers using foam pads.
I also added some ephemera pieces at this stage, tucking them underneath the edge of my stamped image layers.
As a final touch of romance to the card, I created a shabby bow from crinkle ribbon dyed with Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet Distress Spray Stains and added a Dapper Fastener in the centre depicting the love of her life. I also hung a shield from the bow and then added a spray of pearls that I had in my stash before applying the finishing touch and attaching a pearl in each corner of the project.
To display my canvas I've used the Tim Holtz Adjustable Easel.
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: Lady Rose, Ledger
Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies: Mixed Media 2 Thinlits Dies
Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap
Distress Spray Stains: Victorian Velvet, Spun Sugar
Distress Marker Pens
Distress Crayons: Set 1
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain, Old PaperWeathered Wood, Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean
Layering Stencils: Flourish
Blending Tool
Collage Brushes
Palette Knife
Big Shot
Pearl Spray and canvas paper from my own stash


  1. genius move to stamp on the canvas so it looks like an old painting! I would not of thought you could have gotten that good of an image! You did. Just stunning.

  2. Very vintage ♥ Absolutely STUNNING Emma xx

  3. Really beautiful. Love the embossing/debossing effect you got with the stencil and mixed media die cut. What an incredible textural effect for the eye to perceive. Truly a gorgeous romantic, vintage make. -- Mary Elizabeth

  4. Emma, this is so elegant! I love how you stamped onto a piece of canvas. I never would have thought the image would come out so clear but you did it! Amazing as always.

    Cathie ♥

  5. What a beautiful work of art Emma! the photo is lovely and the muted colours and all of the details are so pretty!

    Lols x x x

  6. She is stunning Emma. I love ♥ her. xx

  7. Love your idea to stamp Lady Rose on canvas! It's fantastic, I think that I 'll try ! You are always an inspiration! Amazing project... as always! You never disapponit me! Barbara

  8. i do so love this background you have created. the colours are amazing, hugs xxxx

  9. Gorgeous and elegant, Emma! Love all of your detail work :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  10. Absolutely stunning piece of work

  11. Lady Rose is beautiful, Emma! She looks like an heirloom treasure that someone has lovingly held on to. Wonderful textures on your frame! Your shabby bow and shield cluster is just perfect.

  12. Love your fabulous creation, Emma. The texture on the background is gorgeous. :)

  13. love the soft dreamy look of your project much beautiful texture and detail....hugs kath xxxs

  14. Perfect colors as always, your backgrounds are what I love the most of them. Great texture and perfect finish. Hugs, Marzena

  15. Truly a work of art, Emma! I love the spray of pearls!

  16. I finally made it- so sorry I am so late Emma . I am so behind with my blog visits all round so it really isn't anything personal but thank you for your patience.
    Lady Rose is without doubt both elegant and exquisite! So much gorgeous texture, beautiful delicate colour tones, imagery and embellishments not forgetting all those extra little ' attention to detail ' touches make for an absolute Masterpiece. Totally and utterly faultless!
    Thank you Emma for sharing your incredible talent and for endlessly inspiring.
    Take care and Big hugs xx


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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