Monday 12 June 2017

Reach For The Stars...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is called, TOUCHY FEELY and we hope you will join us for this fun challenge and show us how you interpret the theme!

For my project, I created a panel which will be perfect for Father's Day and included so many elements of 'touchy feely', that I just wish you could all just reach into the screen and touch! As many of my friends will know, I do love creating my own backgrounds and textures but this week, I wanted to use and show different ways to create the texture and dimension without getting painty or inky and as the main "touchy feely" part of this project, I've included a metallic panel which is actually created using kitchen aluminium foil and then embossed. It really does give such a wonderful effect and makes a fabulous background for my panel. So, it's time for a new challenge and hope you enjoy the project I've created....

To begin with, we'll start with the metallic panel and for this, as I've already mentioned, I used aluminium foil. I cut a piece of regular card, 6" x 4" and then cut a piece of foil, slightly larger than the card and attached my foil to the card panel using collage medium. Ensure that the foil has no bubbles by rolling a brayer over the top. Allow the foil to dry completely, maybe batch make and allow to dry overnight and then, once it is dry, you can emboss it. I chose the Tiny Stars Texture Fade and embossed it though my Big Shot. For the gorgeous rusty colour, I then applied some Black Soot Distress Paint, allowed the paint to go slightly tacky and then wiped away the excess with a dry cloth.  Give it a blast of gentle heat (don't heat it too much as the foil will lift) to ensure the paint is dry and then add some Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint over the top, again allowing it to almost dry before wiping away some of the wet paint. When the panel is thoroughly dry, sand over the top of the painted surface to reveal some of the silver underneath and then I used Black Soot and Vintage Photo Distress Crayons and just ran them over the surface before blending the colour out with my fingers. The crayon just gave that extra layer of rust and depth and accentuated the stars beautifully!
Matt the embossed panel onto a layer of paper from the Dapper Paper Stash, followed by a piece of burlap from the Textured Surfaces pack.
Now to create the larger background panel and for this, I cut a piece of the plaid background paper from the Dapper paper stash, 18 x 16 cm and machine stitched around the outside before scratching the surface very lightly to create a more worn, distressed feel to the paper. I then matted the paper panel onto a piece of thick chipboard for stability before cutting a further patterned paper from the stash, the stripes, again machine stitching the edges and mounting onto corrugated card which I attached across the centre of the background.

I took one of the Collector's Layers ephemera pieces and some snippets, attached them with collage medium to my embossed background and then, added a Paper Doll.

I have always loved this image of the dapper gentleman and gave him a light wash of colour using Distress Marker pens but there was one thing missing ~ no distinguished gentleman would have gone anywhere without his walking stick and for this, I used a BBQ skewer. I cut the skewer down to size and then coloured it with Walnut Stain and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint before attaching reuniting my gentleman with his walking stick.
I added a metal gadget gears coloured with Rust and Gold Mixative alcohol inks behind him and also added a snippet piece, crinkled for an aged look.
I distressed the "Original" quote chip using Vintage Collage Medium and then applied inked the edges before attaching it to the side of my panel....
...then added some finishing pieces of a broken ruler, a star adornment coloured with Gold Rush and Steampunk Copper Alchemy paints and a mechanical knob.
As the finishing touch, I added a monocle, coloured with Prima Alchemy waxes and attached to a swivel clasp. I also added some Mushroom alcohol ink to the glass to give an antiqued feel.
I attached the swivel clasp to a hinge clip and clipped it to the side of my panel to hang freely.
Finally, I added some corners to the panel which I had in my stash.
I really hope you love this project and it's inspired you with some last minute Father's Day makes and you've enjoyed the techniques I've used and how I've created dimensions and texture using various papers and card, stitching, fabric and embellishments.

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

Heat Gun
Distressing Tool
BBQ Skewer and metal corners from my own stash


  1. Fabulous panel Emma :-) I love the whole masculine look of this, the guy is so dapper with his walking stick and the starry details and monocle are awesome :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Every week I end up pinning your works of Art. TFS Emma!!! :D

  3. OMG this is fantastic. All the details are perfectly done! The stitching, the embellishments, everything. Amazing what you have made with the embossed panel and how you gave it thios fabulous color. I love it. Hugs, Macarena

  4. Another amazing creation, Emma! I love how you always know what elements to pair together for perfection. Love it!

    Cathie ♥

  5. I tried to start Monday morning without you first ... hahaha ... didn't work I needed to see what you did. This is fabtabulous ... omg the background ( still the background Queen ) :)

  6. This is fantastic! Love all the textures!

  7. what a fabulous creation. i especially love the embossed panel you made from kitchen foil. great make. i am sure any dad would love to have it, hugs xxx

  8. Fab project, Emma! I love how you aged the embossed star page!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  9. I do love your project Emma, the aluminium foil layer looks incredible and I love all the wonderful elements you added to bring this beautiful piece together! Anne xx

  10. Thanks for the information on how you created the star panel. It looks fantastic.

  11. The starred background is what truly caught my eye! I love the rusty effect on it! It is AMAZING!!!!!

  12. Absolutely Superb! Emma As always your meticulous eye for detail and knowing 'what works' together is exemplary in this Masculine Masterpiece.
    Thank you for sharing and inspiring and bringing the smiles .
    big hugs x

  13. Emma, this is stunning! What a great idea with the aluminum foil and it looks fabulous! Love, Love every detail you have added (and there are so many!) to create this wonderful masculine piece of art! hugs, Maura

  14. another amazing project the embossed panel and that Dapper Gent with his toothpick walking stick is genius...enjoy your weekend my friend...hugs kath xxx

  15. Beautiful project Emma! I love the metallic star panel and all the wonderful layers.

  16. The layered embellishments and the vintage effect on this piece are amazing, Emma. Love your fantastic design! :)

  17. Embossed background is my favourite part of your panel! Love the color you used, love your design, love your work! As always ... you are fantastic! barbara

  18. I love your work Emma, you never cease to come up with new and amazing pieces every time you post.


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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