Monday 16 January 2017

Elementary, My Dear Watson...

Hello everyone and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week we are asking you to...CHILL OUT! So whether you choose to make a winter card, chill out by creating a project or show us your favourite thing that you chill out too ~ we can't wait to see what you create and hope you'll join us for all the fun!

For my project, I chose to use the TV show, Sherlock as my inspiration! After a busy few weeks making top secret projects, shhhhh ~ more about that soon...I like nothing more than relaxing on a Sunday night indulging in some of my favourite shows and this one was the perfect inspiration for my panel!
It's time for a brand new challenge and here's how I created this piece...
To begin with I cut a piece of canvas paper and applied a layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint over the surface. Heat dry the paint and then start to add the colour ~ for this I used gesso and Distress Crayons, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Crushed Olive and Pumice Stone and just layered my colours, blending them out with a semi dry baby wipe. I also used two of my favourite background stamps, Newsprint and Halftone, to add some more layers and interest and for this, I inked up each of the stamps and randomly stamped it onto areas of the background.
Once I was happy with the 'peeled paint' effect that I'd created I then stamped the London Cityscape scene across the bottom of the panel and colour washed it with Distress Marker Pens before heat setting the stamped area.
To create the focal point, I used one of the Evolution stamps and stamped the image using Jet Black Archival Ink onto a panel of Mixed Media card, coloured with the same crayons as I used for the background. After adding some more highlights of colour to the panel and ageing the edges, I mounted my stamped image onto a piece of Black Soot Core'Dinations card.

To create the lettering and numbers, I used the Halloween Words die and just took the individual letters I needed to spell out 'Baker St'.
I also used some alpha part numbers and letters painted with Antiqued Bronze paint and added the number of Sherlock's house beneath.
Now for the layers and I started by cutting a circle of foil card, embossing it with the Riveted Metal Texture Fade and then creating a rusty effect with Alcohol Inks (Rust and Pitch Black) and Distress Crayons (Vintage Photo and Cracked Pistachio).

Cut the circle in half and after placing the stamped image where you will finally attach it, stick the semi circles behind, so that they appear either side of the image. I also added some Film Tape ribbon to either side.

Mount the stamped panel over the top using foam pads to secure it into place. At this stage, I also added a frame, painted with a combination of Antiqued Bronze and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint and attached it to wind around the image, putting Sherlock in the frame!!
For even more layers, I used the Gadget Gears 2 die to die cut some gears from foil card and inked them with the Alcohol Inks and Crayons to create the rusty effect. I then layered them with various metal sprocket gears and an ephemera piece, and added these around the framed image.
Mount the panel onto a piece of copper metallic kraft core card, followed by a piece of corrugated card distressed with gesso and gold paint and finally a layer of black card.

To complete the panel, I added a Hinge Clip to the top.
I really hope you love this project and it's given you some ideas for the latest challenge. 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 stopping by today and see you again very soon!

Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Stamps: Cityscapes, Evolution, Halftone and Rings, Newsprint and Type
Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies: Halloween Words, Gadget Gears 2
Sizzix/Tim Holtz: Riveted Metal Texture Fade
Distress Paint: Tarnished BrassAntiqued Bronze, Picket Fence
Distress Crayons: Set 1345 and 7
Canvas Paper, corrugated card from my own stash


  1. what a fabulous panel! I love how you have the London landmarks and Sherlocks address in here, the whole design is so quirky and cool! LOVE it :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Too fun. Love the bottom stamp of London BG

  3. Week after week I'm so amazed at what you put together. You create the most amazing backgrounds and have an eye for adding just the right elements that create absolute perfection. Love this, Emma!

    Cathie ♥

  4. An inspired use of all those Tim goodies to create an absolutely awesome Sherlock panel, Emma. As always your design, execution and attention to detail is impeccable. Imho faultless . ♥♥♥
    big hugs xx

  5. Always a winner! Love Sherlock and the panel. The off kilter rectangle is genius.

  6. I don't say awesome often Emma but this is indeed totally AWESOME! LOVE your design and impeccable detailing. Nicola x

  7. What an amazing piece! I love England and I love mysteries, to this really encompassed some of my favorite things. I love the feeling you created with this piece and that narrow frame on a diagonal is such a brilliant element!

  8. I love the angled frame and those gorgeous colours in the background. Just the right amount of layered elements make for a wonderful creation. Love your Sherlock inspired piece Emma. Tracy x

  9. another masterpiece. i do love how you blend those colours in, as if they were always like that. so many details and techniques. fab. can't wait for the secret stuff, hugs xxx

  10. This is fantastic Emma! I love chilling and watching Sherlock, and eagerly await the new episodes (wish there were more!). Wonderful texture especially with the cardboard and the metal, and tilting the one frame is brilliant! hugs, Maura

  11. The highest perfection as always! Amazing clalm colors everywhere and those beautiful touches of gold in details. Just lovely! Hugs, Marzena

  12. Love your stunning creation, Emma. The background and those embellished details are fantastic! :)

  13. amazing project as always the attention to detail and the addition of Antique Bronze finishes it off beautifully...have a great weekend...hugs kath xxx

  14. Gorgeous! I love the Evolution stamp and your layers here.

  15. Emma... It's always more difficult to comment your projects! They are masterpieces, every week a masterpiece! I love this , the colors and the design are stunning! barbara

  16. Wow, Emma! This is amazing, love all the little details of your project, it has so many of them! Gorgeous! Hugs, Sandra

  17. So many stunning layers on this piece Emma!! I particularly love the thin frame that you placed a little skewed, it is a perfect touch. Gorgeous colours and a great theme.

  18. Amazing! You captured the steampunk feel of the latest movies beautifully with all the detailing. Blessings!

  19. Very detailed and appropriate for the time you made it


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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