Monday 3 April 2017

One Of A Kind...

Hello friends and welcome to a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. This week the Design Team are showcasing Tim Holtz products and combining them with our theme ~ MAKE A RAINBOW. This theme can be interpreted in so many could choose to actually paint a rainbow or maybe like I did, choose to use rainbow colours within your project but whatever you choose, we can't wait to see what you create!

I decided to create an explosion of rainbow colours on my background and then add some more rainbow colours into the wings of the gorgeous dragonfly with majestic wings, full of shimmer and iridescent shine!'s time for a new challenge!

To begin with I cut a piece of canvas paper and applied a layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint over the surface. As I've mentioned before, I like to prime the surface with this paint when I use Distress Crayons as I find they blend so much easier.

I then started to add colour and began by brushing some Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough over the top of the painted surface, blending the colours together but also leaving white space so that I can add the colours of crayons. Once I was happy, I then started to add Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron and a touch of Spiced Marmalade into the mix, blending the colours together with a semi dry baby wipe and my finger.

To add a little more depth to the mix, I also added strokes of Black Soot Distress Crayon...not too much, less is more. To complete the background, I used a palette knife to scrape some gesso over the top and then gave it a blast of heat to dry the paints and crayons thoroughly.
Now for some texture and for this, I began with some torn strips of tissue tape, which I placed in a  grid onto the background. I then added a layer of gold die cut metallic card, die cut using the Mixed Media dies before applying Grit Paste through the Linen Layering Stencil. When the paste is dry, I added some Distress Paint in Picked Raspberry and Tumbled Glass over the top and once again gave a blast of heat.

After adding a few splits of Picked Raspberry and Black Soot, I applied my final layer of colour by mixing Fossilised Amber Oxide Ink with some Grit Paste and applying it through the Speckles Layering Stencil.
I doodled a border around the edge and then matted the background onto black card, followed by gold metallic card and a final layer of chipboard, painted with Black Soot Distress Paint.

To complete my background, I added a border strip of torn corrugated card which I placed across the middle.

Moving onto that gorgeous dragonfly, I began by die cutting and embossing my image from a piece of Mixed Media card. I then added a layer of Peacock Feathers onto the wings and Black Soot onto the body.
For the iridescent shine, I added some Raven Black Sparks paint to the body and Fairy Wings and Mermaid Sparkle paint to the wings. I then dried the die cut image thoroughly before adding a hint of more colour by using Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet Distress Crayons. 
Splatter the wings with a brush loaded with gesso and then for that extra shimmery touch, I applied the Collage Glue pen onto the embossed veins and added Blue Transfer Foil over the top. For the eyes, I added drops of Duck Egg Nuvo Crystal Drops.
I attached the dragonfly onto a layer of cheesecloth, dyed with Picked Raspberry Distress Spray Stain, some sisal fibres and a loop of wire which I placed over the top of two twigs from the garden.

To complete my canvas, I added some Nailhead Findings to either side of the border, which I arranged in a cluster of 28 Lilac Lane sequins and finished with the One Of A Kind quote chip.

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!
Love Emma xxx

Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies: Mixed Media Thinlits, Layered Dragonfly
Distress Crayons: Black Soot, Set 1, Set 4
Heat Gun
Palette Knife
Canvas card, sisal fibres and cheesecloth from my own stash


  1. Gorgeous panel Emma :-) the background is fabulous and I love the dragonfly, he looks real with his iridescent wings! absolutely stunning! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. wow!!! this is fabulous! I love it =)

  3. Such a pretty design Emma, full of colour and inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing with us.. Hugs Tracey xx

  4. this is spectacular Emma! I love the shimmery butterfly wings!! just stunning

  5. WOW Emma this is stunning!
    Linda xxx

  6. My jaw was still on the ground from last week's project and I was just about ready to pick it up off the floor but I guess it will have to stay there another week, Emma! This is absolutely stunning. Gosh you are so talented and each week is such a treat to see what you create!!

    Cathie ♥

  7. Perfectly blended colors on the background, as always. I will never stop admiring your backgrounds! Hugs, Marzena

  8. This is truly a work of art—I love it!😍😍😍

  9. This is very pretty, Emma. Love the colorful background. The dragonfly is amazing! Hugs, Sandra

  10. WOW! This is just Sensational! Emma . What an amazing explosion of colour so artistically applied to create one knock out work of art.
    Thanks for making me beam from ear to ear continually .
    Big big hugs and hope you have a lovely week . xx

  11. Wow!!! It's so beautiful Emma!! I LOVE the colours you chose and that dragonfly is fantastic!!

  12. Amazing, gorgeous background and the dragonfly is stunning, Cathy x

  13. Absolutely stunning Emma!

  14. Woooooowwwwww! This is one of my favorite things you've done (and pretty much every one of your projects is one of my favorites)! But the color blending on this is exquisite. I love everything about this and want to buy it as wallpaper!

  15. This is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing this.

  16. Love the beautiful spring palette of colors you used here, Emma! Your dragonfly looks iridescent - one of the things I love about them. The drips of color are magical and love the pink cheesecloth! hugs, Maura

  17. I feel like I'm repeating everyone's comments, but I still have to say it: WOW! Your canvas is amazing.

  18. Just beautiful! The color palette is so pretty, and I love all the texture and subtle layers.

  19. Gorgeous background. Wish I could watch you on video making backgrounds. Well, and making everything else, too. The dragonfly is beautiful, too.

  20. Not to say I don't appreciate your tutorials. I do. I would like to watch the build up of your backgrounds and blending of the Distress Crayons on video, especially.

  21. Such a stunning creation! Just gorgeous!! WOW WOW WOW!

  22. Wow, this is a one of a kind card! All the layers and details are amazing and I love the rainbow of colours on this card.

    Thanks also for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment!

  23. This is such a stunning project, Emma. The colors and texture on the background are amazing. :)

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  25. I love this sooooooo much!!! Totally gorgeous canvas!!!! Is it for sale?

  26. Wow, Emma, this is fantastic! Love the super cool background, layers of cheesecloth and of course the dragonfly.

  27. stunning project Emma...such a beautiful rainbow of colours and wow that dragonfly is so gorgeous...hugs kath xxx

  28. Background is stunning! You know how I love your backgrounds but this is one of my favourite of yours! It's incredible, colorful and so classy! Dragonfly also is spectacular! as always a masterpiece! Barbara

  29. This is so amazing, Emma! Thanks for sharing all the steps you used to create this beauty!


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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