Monday, 22 August 2016

Catch of the Day...

Hello everyone and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week, our theme is GO FISH and I will admit, I did have to have a long hard think about what I could use for this project but after a good search through my stash, I found this wonderful photo from the Tim Holtz Found Relatives Occasions set and inspiration flowed and it just all came together perfectly!

As always, I hope you love the piece of created telling these story of two children and there prize catch of the day!

and here's how I created this piece!

To begin with, I used an 8" square canvas board. I cut pieces of Tissue Wrap to fit the board and scrunched these in my hand to create texture. Open out the tissue and then using Collage Medium attach the scrunched tissue to the board, allowing the folds and ripples in the tissue to create texture.

Apply a layer of the Collage Medium over the top, thoroughly dry the medium and then start to apply your colour using the blue tones of Distress Crayons. I usually just scribble the crayon onto the surface and then blend them out with a semi dry wipe and my fingertips. Once I was happy with the blend of colour, I then used an old credit card to scape some gesso over the surface, allowing it to highlight the texture on the board. As a final layer of colour, I dry brushed some Gold Rush Metallique Paint over the top, again allowing it to catch areas of the board but not creating block colour.

Once again heat dry the surface before moving onto the next stage.

I wanted to create as much texture on this piece as I could and still keep a really natural, rustic feel and so I used Texture Paste and to start with, I applied it through the "found" wording on the Industrial Layering Stencil. 
Let the paste dry before adding colour to the paste surface with Distress Crayons and adding shadow around the wording with the Hickory Smoke Crayon. I then used my fingertip to apply a small amount of the Gold Rush Paint over the top.
For more texture, I then used the Herringbone stencil and the Splatters stencil, once again applying them directly to the painted surface and adding colour once the paste was dry.

To highlight the paste and to create some shimmer, I applied Collage Glue over the raised surface and then added Foil Transfer Sheets. 

To complete the background, I added Black Soot Distress Crayon around the edge of the canvas, blending it out with my fingers and also added a few foil highlights.

For the layered part of the panel, I began by using the largest sized vignette panel. I added some Picket Fence Paint over the top to create the look of weathered worn wood and allowed it to dry.
I then attached the painted board over a layer of cheesecloth, which I had dyed with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain. I also added some wire, that I twisted and bent so that it would wrap around the corners of the board.
For the photo, I wanted to add some tinting to the black and white image and for this, I used Distress Marker Pens and blended out the colour with a Q-Tip.
Ink around the edges of the photo and then matt onto white canvas card before mounting onto the board using foam pads.
Apply some wax over the top of your metal gears and then tuck these underneath the photo.
Using the "Good Times" Alpha Part, apply a layer of Glossy Accents over the top and then sprinkle over some Glitter Dust. Tap away the excess and then attach with Collage Medium to the bottom right hand corner of the photo. I then just arranged the wire so that it frames the wording.
Finally add some mini stars and an adornment arrow to the background...
...and to complete the project, I used a Remnant Rub which you can just see peeking out from under the wire.
I really hope you've loved this panel and it's given you some inspiration for the challenge and of course, as always if you do need any further inspiration, 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: Tumbled GlassPicket Fence
Distress Spray Stains: Antique Linen
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
Distress Crayons: Set 1, 2 and 3
Distress Marker Pens
Layering Stencil: Industrial, Splatters, Herringbone
Surfaces: Vintage Foil Transfer Sheets, White Canvas Card
Blending Tool
Collage Brushes
Cheesecloth, Canvas board and wire from my own stash


  1. Gorgeous canvas Emma, the photo is fabulous and I love the colours and all of the details, the whole design is brilliant! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Oh My! This really is spectacular! I love all the texture you have added! Gorgeous! Chrisx

  3. Love all the texture including using the Vignette panel in the background. Perfect for the theme!

  4. This is a fantastic artwork, as always! You are great!
    x Zoey

  5. Stunning work, I do not know how you manage to use what you do and make it look so fabulous

  6. Stunning layering Emma! I'm loving the sparkly sentiment too :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  7. Oh wow , this is so pretty, love the look and feel of it. So much texture and so many details! It's really rustic! Hugs, Sandra

  8. Your backgrounds are always so amazing, Emma! I could look at your artwork for hours and delight in all the details. You're so talented at putting all the elements together for the perfect balance. Gorgeous!

    Cathie ♥

  9. Wonderful piece Emma! Totally love how you create texture and build depth and the interesting things you use to do it. This is beautiful!! hugs, maura

  10. Oh this is perfect and in fabulous colors as always. I am so in love with your color palette you show each week. SO smooth, soft and perfect blended! I love the scene and very small detail you applied! Hugs, Marzena

  11. wow another amazing the soft blended ocean much texture and detail...hugs kath xxx

  12. Such a gorgeous creation, Emma. I love the beautiful rustic and distressed effect! :)

  13. Wonderful piece Emma and how fun that you and Barbara used the same image, but with such different looks. Love all the textures and details here, everywhere I look.

  14. Fantastic! Emma and so befitting of the theme. So much depth, texture , distress and detail make for one terrific seafarers canvas.
    hugs x

  15. Emma I dont't know what words I can use to comment your fabulous projects! Every week is a feast for my eyes! This sea canvas is fantastic! Barbara


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Emma ~xx

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