Monday 26 September 2016

Something Wicked This Way Comes...

Hello friends...

Hope you've all had a great weekend and ready for the week ahead and you're also ready for a brand new week over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!! This week, our theme is all about POWDER POWER! So whether you use embossing powders, mica powders or pigments such as PaperArtsy Infusions...we can't wait to see what you create and hope you'll join us for this fun challenge!

For my project, I chose to use a gorgeous Ranger Ink embossing powder to emboss die cut pieces to create a central focal point on my spooky altered book cover!

I started with this A5 kraft notebook that I bought for £1 from a local store...
...and then let the transformation begin!

I began by adding a coat of gesso over the surface of the book and heat dried it thoroughly! Using Frayed Burlap Distress Paint, I started to add some layers of colour, building up the intensity as I go along.
When that layer was dry, I then used Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge and Fossilized Amber Distress Crayons to add my next layer of colours, blending the crayons with my fingertips and again just building up the intensity of colour as I go along. Once I was happy with the base colour, I then used my fingers and added a small amount of gesso, blending it into the background. Heat dry the surface again, it's so important to do this between layers otherwise you could end up with a muddy mess...then add some darker shadows using the Walnut Stain Distress Crayon, finishing with Black Soot around the edge.
Give the surface a blast of heat using the heat gun to ensure that everything is thoroughly dry before adding some drips of gold using Ecoline Gold Watercolour Paint and just moving the book around to let the paint drip.

Once the paint is dry, you now have the base of your book and a surface to build on and for the next stage, I wanted to create some more layers and texture. I started this by using randomly torn pieces of Materialize Tissue Tape which I applied directly to the painted cover. I then took the Linen Layering Stencil from Mini Stencil Set 22 and applied paste through the stencil, focusing in the central area of the book and applying it over the top of the tape.

Let the paste dry and then using the same colour combination of crayons as before, apply the colour over the top of the paste, finishing with a dry brushing of the gold paint to add a shimmery highlight.
Now that the book cover is complete, I moved onto the embellishments...
I started with the frame and using the Ornate Frame 2 die, I used this to die cut a piece of chipboard. I then painted the frame using Black Soot Distress Paint and once dry, I applied some clear embossing ink over the top and sprinkled with Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder. Tap away the excess powder and then heat emboss until it becomes molten. I wanted to ensure that I had a nice thick covering for the frame, so for this...I applied a second layer of ink and powder and heat embossed again.
Now to create the spooky image of the face in the mirror. For this I used an image cut from the papers in the Materialize Paper Stash, a panel of mirrored card and the transfer technique. To begin with, I cut a piece of the mirrored card just slightly larger than the aperture of the frame. I cut the photographic image from the paper stash and with the image uppermost, I applied Tim Holtz Collage Medium over the top of the paper ensuring that every last bit is coated in the medium. Place the paper centrally, face/image side down onto mirrored card and use a brayer to ensure that it is firmly in place.

Leave this to dry thoroughly, I left it for a couple of hours but you can leave it overnight to ensure that it is completely dry. When you are happy that it's dry, spritz the card with water, soaking the paper really well and then start gently rubbing the top layers of paper away. Don't be too aggressive with your rubbing, nice and slow is better and if you need to add more water, then just keep spritzing until you start to reveal the final layer of the image. Wipe away any excess paper and water using a paper towel and I also, gently wiped away some of the straight edges of the paper, so that it created a less uniform look and made it more vintage.
Apply Mushroom Alcohol ink to the edges of the mirrored card and then position the image behind the frame. I also added a Remnant Rub to the mirror, placing it at the bottom of the image.

Attach the frame using foam pads to the front of the book cover, placing it over the top of some sisal floristry fibres.
Using the Halloween Script Layering Stencil, I placed this underneath the frame and applied paste through the word "wicked". Leave to dry and again, add some colour to the stencilled wording with Distress Crayons. Add a Remnant Rub spider to hang down from the frame.
To create the bat for the frame, I used the bat from the Hocus Pocus die and die cut the image from two pieces of black card. Dab clear embossing ink over the surface of both die cut pieces and then sprinkle the Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder over the surface. Tap away the excess and heat emboss. Apply a small amount of Black Soot Distress Paint over the surface of each die cut and leave the paint to go slightly tacky before wiping away the excess with a kitchen towel. Shape the wings of each piece and layer them over the top of one another. Attach the bat to the frame and add a Crossbones adornment piece to the centre.
Add one of the mini plaquettes (no.13) to the top of the frame and I then painted some Wicked spider adornments with Black Soot Distress Paint, adding a touch of red to the bodies and attached them around the frame, popping them in amongst the fibres.
Finally, I added some Hitch Fasteners to the bottom left and right hand corners, a pen nib and hung a chain down the side of the book and attached a Halloween Typed Token and an idea-ology key adornment, both coloured with Treasure Gold Gilding Wax to create a more vintage look.
My book cover is now complete and ready to use! I thought it would be perfect to use as a recipe book for all my Halloween ideas or maybe just use it as a piece of home decor but whatever it's uses, it's definitely full of wickedness!
So, I really hope you've enjoyed the creative process behind this project nd hope that some of the ideas will inspire you to create some Halloween decor pieces of your own. 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....


  1. Emma, you do amazing work and give the best instructions (which I thank you for). It is always a pleasure to see what you have done next. Happy Fall, Charlotte Hutcheson

  2. Love the beautiful embossing effect on this book cover, Emma. Such a fabulous creation! :)

  3. Absolutely Fantastic Emma! the image transfer, the altered bat wings, the texture paste word...just genius.

  4. Whoo hoo! This is awesome!!!! Thank you!

  5. Love the background and embossing on the book cover, Emma, and all the details. It's awesome! Cathie ♥

  6. This is amazing Emma! I totally love that supercool mirror transfer, wow. And all the textures and embellishments are just perfect.

  7. What a wonderful book, Emma! That platinum frame is amazing, and that spooky mirrored image is totally cool! Love how the background is more simple(or so it seems) so the frame really stands out! xxMaura

  8. I'm astonished! I can't stop loving all your backgrounds each week! The colors are amazing as always! You are a master of blended backgroungs :-) I love everything of your cover except the spiders which I hate :P Hugs, Marzena

  9. This is awesome Emma! The image transfer is on my list of must do's. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  10. gorgeous haunting work again Emma luvly xxx

  11. oh wow. wouldn't i just love that notebook. so many gorgeous details. fab, hugs xxx

  12. Oh Emma, this is absolutely stunning. Thank you for all the step by step photos and instructions...I'm sure I have some of those books ...somewhere!! I really must find them! xxx

  13. How COOL, Emma! I love how you made the spiderweb! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  14. I agree with Rea' WOW !!! Love love love this project especially your tutorial to transfer this image and the frame! Fantastic! Barbara

  15. This turned out so well! I am always impressed at how you bring sophistication and classiness to everything you touch! And your ideas are always so modern and inventive. I bet your house is the COOLEST at Halloween time! When I lived in London about 20 years ago, Halloween wasn't a big deal at all. Not sure if it's grown in popularity since then, but I can bet that your house is full of spooky fantastic fun!

  16. Incredible work... The attention to detail is amazing! Love it! <333

  17. Incredible work... The attention to detail is amazing! Love it! <333

  18. wow wow the soft colours on the background and liquid platinum is my favourite embossing powder...hugs kath xxx

  19. DRooooooool! Notebooks are one of my secret 'loves'. I'm always buying them but this notebook Emma is an absolute gem , one to treasure forever - never use just admire and admire its sheer WOW factor!
    AS always your attention to detail is second to none and takes its awesomeness to another level- the bat with the skull and cross bones - genius, the spooky mirror transfered image , the hanging spider remnant rub and thats to name just a few . Yes you can be sure I absolutely LOVE ( with a capital L ) your wicked notebook . Thank you so much for always offering so much inspiration and so many smiles .
    big hugs xx

  20. This notebook cover is amazing, Emma! Love every detail of it, the background, the frame, the embellishments, simply everything! Hugs, Sandra


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