Monday 14 November 2016

There Is Always Something To Be Thankful For...

Hello friends and welcome to another week over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! This week our challenge theme is ~ Thanks or Thanksgiving. There are so many options for this challenge, whether you make handmade items for Thanksgiving or just want to say a simple thank you to someone, the choice is yours and we can't wait to see how you interpret our theme!

For my project, I chose to create a panel that told a story. Whenever I look through Tim Holtz's Vintage Photo Booth photos, they immediately conjure up these little stories in my head and for this one, I was just drawn by the idea of this young girl simply saying thank you to her parents.

So, it's time for a new challenge...
...and here's how I created this project!

To begin with I cut a panel of canvas paper. I wanted to have quite a big surface area around the layered focal point, so this is roughly A4 size.

I then started by adding a layer of gesso before applying my colour. I began by using a combination of Tumbled Glass and Weathered Wood, blending the colours together over the gessoed surface. Once this layer of paint is dry, I then went in with my Distress Crayons and added some Rusty Hinge, Hickory Smoke, Vintage Photo and Tumbled Glass, blending the colours together with my fingers and a semi dry baby wipe. Give the surface a blast of heat to ensure that everything is set and then add strips of Tissue Tape across the centre of the canvas.

To add some texture over the top of the tape, I then applied Texture Paste through the Linen, Splatters and Industrial Layering Stencils, let the paste dry before adding some colour over the top. Once again, I used the same colours of Distress Crayon that I added to my background. I also added some drips of Rust Alcohol Ink over the top, letting it run down the canvas.
Add a few paint scratches of gesso and a few splatters and then dry the entire background thoroughly.
As a finishing touch and to add some shimmer, I used Gold Rush Alchemy Paint which I dry brushed over the top of the embossed areas together with Gold Foil, allowing the foil to just kiss some of the areas of the embossing.
Now that the background was complete, I mounted it onto a piece of mount board and set it aside to work on the focal point.

For this, I started by colouring some card using Tarnished Brass, Squeezed Lemonade, Peeled Paint and Aged Mahogany Distress Stain which I applied to my craft sheet, misted with water and then dragged the card through the inks. Heat dry the card before die cutting it to cut some Layered Leaves and some Fall Foliage using Sizzix dies. I love how you can also emboss the Layered Leaf, (embossing folder is included in the die) to create the veins which create such a fabulous texture.

If the leaves need a little more colour to bring them to life, just apply Distress Ink over the top and around the edges.

For the gold shimmer, I ran a collage glue stick over the veins of the leaves and then applied Gold Foil Transfer sheets over the top.

Shape and arrange the leaves in a grouped cluster onto your background, together with some ephemera pieces that I mounted onto my canvas using Multi Medium.
I wanted to create some real dimension to this piece, so you can see from the photos how the leaves are really standing out from the canvas.

At this stage, I also twisted some wire and attached these around the leaf arrangement.
Now for the main part of my story and I chose this beautiful photo from Tim's photo booth set and attached it to a fork from the silverware adornment set ~ this is something that I'd seen my very talented friend, Paula Cheney do on one of her projects and I just thought it looked amazing and was such a cool idea. So, with this in mind and with the theme of my project, it just seemed the right moment to incorporate this into this piece!
I then laid down my image over a bed of floristry sisal, attaching it with a hot glue gun.

To complete my canvas, I added some metal studs and applied Distress Crayons around them to create the look of them being rusty and also a Remnant Rub.
As a finishing touch, I attached a small talk sticker ~ a quote which really does encompass this theme.
So, that completes my Thanksgiving project ~ a story of love and a dedication and I really hope you've enjoyed the creative process behind this piece!
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....

Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz Punches Dies: Fall FoliageLayered Leaf
Finnabair Mechanicals Embellishments: Mini Stars, Tin Hearts
Floristry fibres, wire and canvas paper from my own stash


  1. Gorgeous panel Emma, the photo is fabulous and I love the whole background you made, the fork holding the photo is a great touch! LOVE it :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. This is beautiful, Emma! Your background are always so amazing and I love the texture. Gorgeous!

    Cathie ♥

  3. Wonderful piece Emma with the perfect sentiment. The texture, the color...all combine to make a stunning display.

  4. Completely pinned! had me at the photo on the fork...brilliant! LOVE the layers of leaves, and the photo, and that gorgeous background!

  5. Absolutely stunning Emma!
    Lovely to read through your creative process.
    Really enjoyed it.
    Thanks so much for your inspiration. Hugs

  6. Absolutely stunning! Emma. Just love the colours, texture and detail of the background panel and the cluster of leaves - WOW! - an incredibly effective way of 'framing' the photo. AS always your design and execution is second to none!
    Thank you for always being so willing to share and inspire and for all the creative 'Smiles'.
    big hugs x

  7. WOW!! These leaves look REAL! I also love the "rusty" effects in the background :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. FAbulous Emma! love the combo color, with the addition of Distress crayons and Alcohol ink! As always an inspiration! BArbara

  9. beautiful project the background and those gorgeous layered leaves...hugs kath xxx

  10. Oh, Emma! Once again you have made something that makes me FEEL such tender emotions! This reminded me of my mom and caused me to think about how grateful I am for my parents. I admire the way you send such profound messages through your artwork week after week!

  11. Wow Emma! This is so pretty!! I love the background, bed of leaves and all the details. What a great idea to use a fork as a photo holder!

  12. No surprises! Perfect and beautiful as always! Love the colors of the background, the texture given by the paste ans the splashes of alcohol ink. The focal point is just amazing, the colors of the leaves and the layers are fantastic! Hugs, Marzena!

  13. Each and every time, you amaze me Emma! You are uber talented!! This is gorgeous - love the rusty background grid and brilliant idea with the alcohol ink, then the vintage photo and wonderful layers of leaves! Even the way you have woven the wire throughout adds a lovely touch. just love this! hugs, Maura

  14. Love the beautiful background you created! Emma. The leaves and embellishments are so pretty! :)

  15. The background of this panel is stunning, Emma! Love all the colors in it, and you're so good at layering, this project is no exception! Hugs, Sandra


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Emma ~xx

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