Monday 2 October 2017

I Believe You're Scared...

Hello everyone and welcome to another week over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! This week, the theme for the challenge is called A WALK ON THE DARK SIDE and the team are showcasing products of someone I think everyone knows that I love...Tim Holtz! So, I don't think I could've asked for a better combination than this to work on, I was in my element creating a project for Halloween, using plenty of Tim's wonderful products!

I decided to create a burlap panel for my project, telling another story which is something I love to do within my work! This time, it's the story of a little girl, who's found herself lost and alone and a little bit scared as she sits amongst a collection of oddities! There's lots of layers and depth to this project and everything sits on a shelf of driftwood which is attached to my panel.


So, to begin with I did embrace the dark side of colour and began by dying my burlap panel black, using Black Soot Distress Spray Stain which I lightly spritzed over the surface. Heat dry or allow to dry naturally.
Whilst the panel is drying, I cut a piece of paper from the Halloween Paper Stash and stitched around the outside in black thread. Using Collage Medium, I adhered my paper to the black burlap panel.

To create the first layer on the panel, I used the largest of the Vignette Panels and painted it black. I then attached some more paper from the stash, adhering it directly onto the panel, leaving a border of the wood showing around the outside. Apply Collage Medium over the top of the panel to seal the paper layer, add some Black Soot Distress Crayon around the outside, blending out the colour with your finger and then. using the Splatter Brush, flick Black Soot Distress Paint across the surface! Heat dry the surface whilst creating the next section, the spider web.

For this, I used the Cobweb die from Sizzix and cut into black card. I then dabbed the die cut with Versamark Ink and sprinkled a combination of Liquid Platinum and Black Embossing Powders over the top. Tap away any excess powder and then heat emboss until molten. I repeated this process until you have a really thick covering on the web.

Once I was happy, I used Collage Medium to attach my web, which I cut to size so that it would fit onto my vignette panel.
For the next part, I wanted to create a shelf and for this I used a piece of driftwood so that all my embellishments could be clustered onto the shelf and I could sit my little girl on the edge.

I attached the piece of wood, which I lightly inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, using a hot glue gun and then adhered some cheesecloth, dyed with Pumice Stone and Antique Linen onto the shelf, just allowing it to drape naturally.
Once this is all in place, I then matted my vignette panel onto some silver metallic card, followed by purple kraft core card and a final layer of gold metallic kraft card, each time leaving a border around the outside. Attach the panels onto the centre of the burlap panel.

Now for the fun part, embellishing! I started by creating my bottles, adding a layer of Collage Medium over the outside of the bottle and then applying Rock Candy Crackle Paint when the medium was thoroughly dry. You can see this process HERE ~ it is on a larger glass jar but is exactly the same technique! When the crackles have appeared and the medium is dry, apply alcohol ink to the glass and add labels to each bottle. I also filled some of the bottles and dripped candle wax over others to create a really old, dusty look.
I added a broomstick and some Boneyard pieces into the bottle arrangement which I attached onto the shelf using hot glue.

Next, I coloured the little girl using Distress Marker Pens and attached her onto the edge of my shelf, so she appears to be sitting amongst the bottles with her legs dangling over the edge.

I also added some skulls, piled up next to her, a remnant rub spider and a flower.
To complete the panel, I used the Halloween Typography Findings, coloured with a combination of Tarnished Brass and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint. Once the lettering is dry, I attached them to my panel using good old Collage Medium.
I also added a red resin rose to each corner...
For the finishing touch, I added my quote "I Believe You're Scared", which I took from the Halloween Clippings and attached directly to my panel.
...and that completes my burlap panel, full of curious oddities and spooky goings on and I hope you've been inspired by this piece and love what I've created ~ it was so much fun to make!
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

Heat Gun
 Cheesecloth and driftwood from my own stash


  1. I just LOVE your gorgeous creation!!!! Great products that show the amazing details that you created.

  2. Fabulous panel Emma! I would be scared too if I was sitting amongst all of those spooky skulls and things! I love how you made the shelf and added all of the details, absolutely spookylicious! :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. this is so amazing! Thanks for all the tips and the wonderful details. BTW, your link to the SSS blog appears to be incorrect. Thanks!

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment Maureen and thanks also, for pointing out the link was's now been amended! :)

  4. This is awesome, Emma! I love the spooky scene your created. All the elements come together perfectly on the shelf and the little girl looks calm, yet terrified, which gives it a horror movie type of feel. So cool, I love it!

    Cathie ♥

  5. Wow what an awesome project! So many details and layers! So inspiring!

  6. Oh I see my yesterday's comment is gone. So let me repeat what I love about this project. The soft and delicate colors and that you always thinh about everything placing all the details so perfectly together. Love the story about the girl too and I am not surprised she is scary - there is a spider below the shelf! Even the sculls are scared :-) Hugs, Marzena

  7. This is an outstanding piece of work Emma, the story and the whole build up of the card, it really is one of the best pieces of work I've ever seen from you. Totally and utterly amazing.

  8. this is positively divine Emma!!! You picked the right girl too- she sure does look to be full of mischief:)

  9. Stunning piece, Emma!

    I love the way you created a ledge and the potions and skulls are so cool around the girl!! Super great eye for detail!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  10. This is awesome, Emma! I don't think I would want to be that girl stuck there on the ledge - hope she finds her way home before Halloween night! Your talent and taking all these different elements and putting them together just amazes me every time! Love this! hugs, Maura

  11. Once again, you've brought ordinary to an extraordinary level! I am dying over how you made those bottles! This is so well-done and is perfect down to every last detail, which is what I have come to expect from your work!

  12. Wonderful panel! I love the neutral colour palette with the pop of red - beautiful 😁. Wishing you a Happy October and Weekend! J 😊

  13. Absolutely fabulous dear Emma..xx

  14. awesome, wicked and beauutiful all rolled into one, love the neutral tones with a pop of red, hugs kath xxx

  15. She does look scared!!! Great job with lots of fabulous details!!

  16. This is so cool Emma and she really does look scared. I love all those bottles and the fact that you used a piece of driftwood as a shelf. Gorgeous layers as always.

  17. This is such a fantastic Halloween creation, Emma. All those spooky embellishments and the girl image are awesome. :)

  18. such a an amazing Halloween scene! Love the girl she is a perfect suit for the whole scene you created!

  19. So very cool, Emma! Love that it has so many creepy elements and has lots of depth by all those dimensional pieces! Hugs, Sandra

  20. An Exceptional piece of creativity! Emma. Absolutely LOVE everything about it. As always your design and execution are faultless. This one, without doubt, makes my 'favourites of Emma's' list.
    Big hugs x

  21. Another super cool project! Love it! Your use of Tim's stuff is always outstanding!Barbara


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Emma ~xx

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