Monday, 28 August 2017

As Easy As ABC...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week, as our thoughts turn to the end of the summer holidays, our theme is all about STUDY & SCHOOL and we are so looking forward to seeing how you interpret the challenge and studying the projects that you create!

For my panel, I was inspired by one of the pieces of paper from the gorgeous Memoranda stash by Tim Holtz and created a project based on an old report card, adding plenty of layering and elements that were all school related and mixing them with stamped images and inky detail!
So, it's time for the brand new challenge to begin...
...and here's how I created my project ~ it's as easy as ABC! 
To begin with, I cut the paper that I chose from the Memoranda stash to use as my base, measuring approximately 24 x18cm. I then added some extra ink splats over the top of the paper by applying Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink through the Splats Layering Stencil. I then added a few more splatters by flicking some Black Soot Distress Paint across the surface. Heat set the ink and paint before stitching around the outside of the paper and matting onto some black chipboard, leaving a border around the outside edge.

The paper that I chose, actually showed a girl's name, so because I wanted to use an image of a boy, I actually added a Clippings Sticker (no.24) over the top, just to hide the name.
Now to move onto the layers and to begin with I wanted to add a pile of books to build up some of the dimension, so I used the stamp from the Schoolhouse set, stamped onto a piece of Mixed Media Heavyweight card and then watercoloured the image with Distress Marker Pens before cutting around the outline of the books. Set this aside for later.
To start building up the layers...
...I began by attaching some school related pieces from the Collector's Ephemera and the Snippets sets and adhered a couple of these directly onto my paper using Collage Medium. To create a shadow around the edge of the pieces, I ran the Black Soot Distress Marker Pen around the outside and then smudged it with my finger.
For the next layer and the start of the dimension, I wanted to create a mini clipboard and did this by taking the System of Marking card from the Collector's Ephemera pack and mounting it onto chipboard to make it more substantial. I then added some Vintage Collage Medium over the top, drying it thoroughly before sanding the surface to create scratch marks and inking around the edge. I added a hinge clip, altered with alcohol ink, clipping it to the top to recreate the clipboard. I then attached the piece to my layers using foam pads.

Using one of the Ruler pieces, I applied Walnut Stain Distress Ink directly over the top of the wood and then rubbed away any excess ink with a damp cloth. Attach the ruler, with a Index Clip on the end across the bottom section of the clipboard, before adding the stamped book image, placed over a bed of sisal fibres and a paper doll.
For some added embellishments, I added some numbers from the Numbers remnant rubs set and some gold stars from the Gilded Accents Set. To complete this section, I attached a pen nib, which I altered with alcohol ink for a more vintage feel and added a small wrap of twine around the metal.

I completed the upper section by adding the ABC lettering, using Typography Findings. To change the colour of the letters, I used Candied Apple Distress Paint for the first layer, allowed it to dry and then pounced a little Black Soot Paint over the top. I also coloured an Adornment star using Broken China Distress Paint. I attached the letters and the star using Collage Medium and then added a Clippings Sticker below, outlining the sticker with the Black Soot Marker Pen.
As the final finishing touches, I added some Nailhead findings to the bottom left and right hand corners and painted them with Gold Rush and Steampunk Copper Alchemy Paint to create the effect of rust around the Nailhead.
Then added a Quote Chip along the bottom edge...
...and that completes my school related project, packed full of little pieces that create and tell a story of this little boys life at school!
As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then 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


  1. Stunning Emma...I really need to improve my vocabulary and learn more adjectives to praise your work, my dear friend!!! Huge hugs...Simona

  2. Fabulous panel Emma :-) the layers and details are all awesome and I love the little guy sitting on his books. altogether brilliant!! :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. I agree with Simo, there aren't enough adjectives to describe your work. Each week is such a treat to behold and this one's no exception. I love everything about it. Amazing, Emma!

    Cathie ♥

  4. Hahaha ... I feel the way Simo does... my vocabulary is so limited, plus at this point I probably sound like a parrot repeating myself. But ... WOW was what O came up with for today!! The layers are amazing as usual; the details rock and the use of Tim goodness is "fabtabulous"; seriously I have a visual picture of him grinning from ear to ear when ever he looks at your work. You turned the class out my friend... A+ for you :)<3

  5. You are such an amazing artist! I am always amazed how you put all these elements and textures together. Fabulous!

  6. such a wonderful project Emma! You have used the ephemera to perfection-I love this whole vintage look!

  7. What a great panel, Emma! I love how you have the boy sitting on the books, and how you have clustered a lot in the top half! hugs, Maura

  8. I absolutely love what you have done with this theme and the way in which everything looks so perfect. The little boy looks rather proud. Another amazing piece

  9. Gorgeous project Emma! I too love the background paper that you used, and all the fun school related items.

  10. Fantastic! I love the background a lot, so delicate and vintage, so cool! The colorful books are pop up perfectly here and I love the 3D letters. Hugs, Marzena!

  11. Love love love how you use bright colors to paint Tim's stamp! As always your attention to details and your endless creativity amaze me! Super project, my friend! Barbara

  12. a gorgeous work of art Emma and as always you make it look as easy as ABC...hugs kath xxx

  13. Your class is beyond words. Your touch is delicate and strong at the same time. Awesome work Emma, you are never disappointing!

  14. Love your fabulous creation, Emma. The layered embellishments and the sentiment are fantastic! :)

  15. I absolutely ADORE this piece! I love the way that you kept so much of the background beautifully subtle, but then have all those pops of color placed perfectly! The book stack especially draws me in and makes me want to sit and stare at this piece. And the clever way you incorporate embellishments and add to them (like the red twine on the pen nib) is always inspiring.

  16. What an amazing piece, Emma! Love all the cool school elements like the report card, the ruler, the pen nib and the ABC letters! Love the brighter colors you've chosen! Hugs, Sandra

  17. EEk! I'm late for class - so sorry only just arriving Emma .
    This fabulous masterpiece has to be, without doubt, an A*+++! It would be top of the class for sure.
    Absolutely adore this Emma. Thanks you for , as always , bringing smiles to my day.
    big hugs x

  18. This is so gorgeous! I love all the fantastic layers.


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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