Monday, 17 April 2017


Hello friends!

Hope you're all having a Happy Easter and had a wonderful weekend! Can you believe that it's Monday already? But the beginning of the week means one thing and that is, it's time for a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week our theme is called ~ SPLASH IT ON!

Whatever you choose to use, may it be watercolouring, water themes or maybe just splashing water onto your inky projects...we can't wait to see what you create and so looking forward to you joining us!

For my project, I was inspired by the deep blue ocean and the splashing waves as they lap against the sandy beaches and created a canvas panel full of texture and dimension and hope you'll enjoy the creative process behind this project...


To begin with I started by cutting a piece of watercolour card, 14 x 19cm and spritzed the card with a little light misting of water. I then applied some Distress Oxides to my craft sheet ~ Broken China, Cracked Pistachio and Faded Jeans, spritzed the ink on the sheet with some more water and then dipped my card into the inks, heat drying the surface and then going back for more if I needed it. To create the runs and drips, I just spritzed more water directly onto the inked card and letting it run. Once I was happy with overall effect I heat dried the entire surface and then started to add some layers.

To begin with I applied some Tissue Tape and the applied Grit Paste through the Herringbone Stencil (one of my favourite stencils to use) and gently heat dried the paste. Tip: Don't overheat the paste as it will bubble, just waft your heat gun over the top or you can allow it to dry naturally!

Once dry, I then added some colour into the paste and used the same colours of Distress Oxide Pads, applied to the craft sheet and with a damp brush, I picked up the colour and brushed over the top of the paste before adding even more depth using the Pumice Stone Distress Crayon.
Add a few splashes and splatters of Black Soot and Gesso over the surface of the card to complete the background.

Now to add that gorgeous texture....
For this, I began by applying some 3D Gel over the surface, concentrating on the centre of my inked card and also around the edges of the card panel. I then sprinkled Mini Art Stones and the larger Art Stones over the top. I allowed the stones to dry and set into the paste before adding some Dragon's Eye Sparks Acrylic Paint over the top.

To create my starfish, I used the Dimensional Stars die from Tim Holtz and cut five stars from card inked with Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks.
Construct the stars by folding along the scorelines and then apply a small amount of the 3D gel to them and sprinkle with the Mini Art Stones.
Once again, allow the stones to dry before brushing with a small amount of the Dragon's Eye Acrylic Paint. (You can see the sparkle in this photo)
I can now build up my layers and attached each of the stars over the top of a bed of silver decorative twigs and some cheesecloth that I dyed using Weathered Wood, Mermaid Lagoon and Faded Jeans Distress Spray Stains and arranging them around one of Tim's Quote Bands which I had altered using Gold Mixative and Rust Alcohol Inks. I also added some Hex Fasteners, again altered to create the rusty look.
I then added some real shells, some Pearl Baubles and a few of the Prima Melange Pebbles which I coloured with Rich Turquoise Alchemy Acrylic Paint and a hint of Fairy Wings Sparks Acrylic Paint. All these pieces are attached with Tim Holtz's Collage Medium.
To complete the panel, I added some Star Adornments and matted and layered the finish piece onto kraft card altered with a small amount of gesso, gold metallic kraft card, followed by a layer of blue kraft card and a final layer of kraft card.
I really hope you love the finished piece and I had so much building up the layers and creating the dimension using Tim Holtz dies and mixing them with the texture of the art stones to create this beautiful sandy beach feel...
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: Dimensional Stars
Distress Inks: Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap and Tumbled Glass
Distress Oxide Inks: Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China
Distress Crayons: Pumice Stone
Heat Gun
Palette Knife
Cheesecloth, twigs and shells from my own stash


  1. A dream creation! Emma You have captured the essence of your inspiration perfectly and created a work of art that makes me see, hear and feel all the beauty and magic of a sandy beach and deep blue ocean just as if I was actually there.
    AS always your concept, design, creativity and attention to detail is above and beyond.
    Thank you for bringing the sand and sea closer to home today , for the smiles and for sharing and always inspiring .
    Big hugs. Hope you have a lovely week .
    take care xx

  2. Emma, this is fantastic! How very very clever to use the star die to create starfish. I love all the wonderful textures here and the great design.

  3. Stunning as always, Emma! You have such a talent for putting everything together and creating perfection.

    Cathie ♥

  4. A delightful textural piece of art Emma, I adore your background and your stars are stunning. Have a lovely week. Tracy x

  5. This is an outstanding project! Well done, you are so talented! Love the little details you always put in every project you make!

  6. Amazing colors as always! Lovely background and the centerpiece. I love the stars covered with the beads, it's so beachy :-) Hugs, Marzena.

  7. What an utterly astounding piece of 3D artwork. By using modern media and craft tools you've created a timeless image of the sea shore...taking me back to rock pooling as a child in the pools of South Wales. I don't know how you come up with your interpretations - and I am not at all up to date with your recent output - but you knew what you were doing when you took on the Artymiss name. By name, by nature...

  8. This is an incredible piece!!!! The work you put into this is unreal. Thanks for a great tutorial!!

  9. ocean and beaches-YES, and YES! Your project is breathtaking Emma!

  10. Stunning!! Love the starfish :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  11. Gorgeous canvas Emma, I just love the whole design of this, absolutely fantastic!!! LOVE IT 😍❤️❤️❤️

    Lols x x x

  12. Emma, do you know just how fabulously stunning this is? Wow! Absolutely stunning! I want to go to the beach right now. Thank you for sharing and for your tutorial.

  13. You have such an amazing talent, Emma! I love your eye for color and detail and texture and this project shows that wonderfully! Your inspiration from the ocean blue, makes me want to go to the beach! hugs, Maura

  14. So much texture and levels of interest here! I could stare at it all day~

  15. Completely stunning composition and textures, Emma - this is so beautiful.
    Alison x

  16. Love the texture and the colours....beautiful project, as always Emma! Thanks so much for your sweet comment...hugs!

  17. such an amazing project the soft colours and how you used dimensional stars with art stones to make gorgeous starfish...hugs kath xxx

  18. Wow... this is such a stunning creation, Emma. Love the beautiful colors and those shell and Pearl Bauble embellishments are fabulous. :)

  19. This week I have no words! I'm in awe, your project is absolutely outstanding, your ability to create masterpiece is endless! Barbrara

  20. One of the most amazing projects I've seen in a long time, those stars look like real starfish - you are a clever and amazingly talented crafter


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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