Monday, 4 December 2017

Dreaming Of A White Christmas...

Hello friends and welcome to this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Our theme is called Icy Inspiration and the DT are showcasing PaperArtsy products within their projects.

For my piece, I used PaperArtsy's Fresco Finish Paints and Infusions to create a background on this icy blue panel, which I've packed full of layers and dimension all created using Tim Holtz products.
So let's get started and here's how I made this project...

To begin with, I cut a piece of canvas paper (but you could also use Mixed Media Heavyweight card) to measure 17 x 15cm. I then mixed some of the Mermaid Fresco Finish Paint with the Snowflake paint so that it would give me this beautiful shade of blue that I then painted over the card to create my background. I then added torn strips of tissue tape to my background, dry brushed some gesso over the top and then added some depth of colour using Pumice Stone and Chipped Sapphire Distress Crayons. Once I was happy with the layers of colour, I used an old credit card to scrape gesso over the surface which created the icy white patches. I then machine stitched around the outside to create a border.

To add some texture to the piece, I then laid down the Starry Layering stencil and applied Grit Paste through the stencil. Whilst the paste is still wet, I sprinkled Rock Candy Distress Glitter over the top and tapped away the excess. Let the paste dry.

The background is now complete and ready for some layers...
...and for this, I used some Tim Holtz Christmas Ephemera pieces that I collaged onto the background, attaching some directly onto the surface and layering other pieces onto pieces of corrugated card, painted with the Snowflake Fresco Paint.
For the snowflakes, I used the Stacked Snowflakes die. I used the die to die cut seven flakes from chipboard and applied a layer of gesso over each of the flakes to prime them.

Once the gesso is dry, I painted them with the same colours as I used on the background, dried the surface and then added a layer of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint over the top. At this stage, I also added a small amount of Art Stones, by sprinkling them over the medium. Set this aside for the gorgeous crackles to appear and once the medium has done it's job, then apply a very small amount (less is more) of the A Bit Jaded Infusions. Spritz the colour crystals with water and allow it to sink into the crackles.

Gently heat dry the snowflakes, dabbing away any excess moisture.
Place three, various sized snowflakes over the top of the ephemera pieces, stacking some of them and leaving the others singular and using foam pads to attach them. Once the flakes are in place, I attached my Christmas Paper Doll. I decided to keep this image black and white, as I didn't want to introduce to much colour to the piece, just keep it icy blue with a pop of red.
With the remaining two snowflakes, I added Jingle Brads to the centres and then attached these to my project.
To complete the project, I added the Dreaming Of A White Christmas Quote Chip and placed this over a small amount of cheesecloth and attaching it so that the paper doll is standing on the wording.
I then added an adornment arrow and a Christmas Remnant Rub to the arrangement in the centre.
Finally to complete the panel, I added some crystal gems to each corner and matted the artwork onto layers of kraft card, silver metallic card and a final layer of pewter coloured card.
I hope you've enjoyed the creative process behind this project and loved the techniques I've used to create texture, sparkle and dimension.

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, crystal gems, sisal fibres and canvas paper from my own stash


  1. Stunning panel Emma! the whole design of this is gorgeous, I love how you layered the elements and the icy shades and sparkle are perfect! Love it! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. fabulous Emma. The Stacked Snowflakes are beautiful!!!

  3. I can't resist; nobody does those layers and techniques like you... those are "royal " snowflakes !! <3 #ProductQueengoneIcy

  4. Another amazing work of art, Emma! That background actually looks cold to the touch. How do you do it?? So fun and festive and those snowflakes are awesome!

    Cathie ♥

  5. Gorgeous project, love all the beautiful details. Hugs, Valerie

  6. Completely stunning!! And a great step out, - so much detail, brillint, I adore this!!!

  7. Your Christmas card is wonderful Emma x Love the layers you have created right down to those threads.....Love it !!!

    TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  8. Oh, how I LOVE your softly painted backgrounds! They are so your unique style. Love all the layers of papers too. And the scene is beautiful, lovely stars behind the boy and all the frosty elements. Great winter mood. Hugs! Marzena

  9. This is such a beautiful project! And as with all of your artwork, it tells a story and evokes happy feelings. I love the color palette and your layering is always phenomenal!

  10. I feel like I am stepping back in time in your wonderful canvas! Love the story you tell with it, Emma. Great colors and textures, and the threads are fun, and love that jingle bell on the snowflake! hugs, Maura

  11. Gorgeous wintery project, Emma! I love how you added some texture with paste and stencils to add another element! So neat! : )

    SImon Says Stamp!

  12. beautiful project Emma, love that little pop of red with your icy palette...enjoy your weekend hugs kath xxx

  13. This is such a stunning holiday project, Emma. Love the beautiful layered embellishments and the texture on the background is awesome. :)

  14. Oh my! This is above and beyond doubt an absolute Stunner! Emma. Words cannot express ..... Pure Ice Magic! Your art makes my ♥ so so happy - thank you. Big hugs my super talented friend xx

  15. Fabulous panel, Emma! Love the details in the background, and soft blue colors is wonderful! The snowflakes look amazing! Hugs, Sandra

  16. beautiful, stunning!! i am at loss of words when I come across your works!


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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