Monday, 19 February 2018


Hello everyone!

Hope you all had a great weekend and ready for the new week ahead and a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week, our theme is called GRUNGE IT UP and as it says in the title, we want you to get your grunge on! We can't wait to see what you create and hope you'll join us for this fun challenge...

For my project, I created an Etcetera tag and used a combination of Grit Paste and Distress Paints on the background to create the look of worn paint surrounded by an oxidised, rusty border and the focal point of those beautiful Entomology stamps from Tim Holtz...
So, let's's time for the new challenge and here's how I created this piece!

To begin with, I took the smallest Etcetera tag and primed the surface with a coat of gesso which I dried thoroughly using a heat gun. I then smeared Grit Paste onto the edges of the tag and allowed this to dry.

To create paintwork effect, I started by adding layers of Distress Paint, blending a combination of Peacock Feathers and Evergreen Bough and applying it to the surface of the tag with a brush. Once I was happy, I heat dried the paint before moving onto the next layer. For this, I applied some torn Tissue Tape from the Symphony set and adhered it to the painted surface. I then brushed Matte Collage Medium over the top and once that was dry, scraped some gesso over the paint work. Once again, I dried this layer and then added some more depth of colour using Vintage Photo and Rusty Hinge Distress Crayons, just scribbling them onto the painted background and blending it out with a semi dry wet wipe. Using the text stamp from the Entomology set, I randomly stamped the wording onto the painted background using Jet Black Archival Ink.

Now to create that rusty border where I've applied the Grit Paste to the edges of the tag. For this, I applied a combination of Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress Crayons over the paste and then to create that real pop of colour and beautiful look of rust, I used Red Amber and Rich Copper Art Alchemy Brilliance Waxes. For this, I just applied the wax onto the raised areas of the paste using my finger and for any uncovered areas, I took an old paintbrush and just used a dabbing motion to get the wax into all the nooks and crevices of the paste. Once I'd covered the pasted areas, I then ran my Black Soot Distress Crayon around the outside and blending out the colour.
To complete the background section of this project, I attached some torn strips of corrugated card using Collage Medium and then dry brushed some gesso over the top. Once the paint was dry, I then applied some more wax to accentuate the corrugation of the card. Finally, I added the final layer to the background and applied some more paste through the Industrial Stencil, adding the numbers to the top and bottom section of the corrugated card.

I added the hole reinforcer piece to the top, which I painted with Black Soot Distress Paint and then dry brushed Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint over the painted reinforcer. Add some twine through the hole and a Snippets Ephemera piece on the side.
I now have the base of my project finished and can move onto those beautiful stamps. Taking three of the bugs from the set and using the Stamp Platform, I stamped the images in Jet Black Archival Ink onto a piece of card that I'd inked with a combination of Fossilized Amber and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide Inks before then applying a layer of gesso over the top. I then inked up the script stamp from the Entomology set with Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide Ink and stamped the script across the surface of the card, allowing the stamp to touch some of the card but leaving other areas blank. Heat dry this to set the ink.

I then stamped the bugs a second time onto watercolour card and this time, I painted these with Distress Marker Pens. I cut around the bodies of each of the stamped images and then laid them over the top of the stamped images on the inked card panel, leaving the wings free and lifting them slightly. I then added some Clippings Stickers and a remnant rub to each bug.
I flicked some gold paint across the surface, stitched around the edge and added some Hex Fasteners to each corner before matting and layering the panel onto linen and kraft card.
I then attached my artwork to the centre of the tag, layering it over the top of the corrugated card and at this stage, placing two sprocket gears behind the panel.
As my final layer to this project, I tied some twine around the bottom section of the tag, fastening it at the back and then using a broken Ruler Piece, coloured with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, I attached the ruler with Collage Medium, placing it over the top of the twine and slightly taking it over the edge of the tag. I then took a Quote Band and applied Rust and Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink to the metal before accentuating the wording by painting Picket Fence Paint over the top of the metal and then wiping away the excess paint to reveal the quote.
To complete my tag, I added some Mini Hardware pieces and Nailhead Findings.
I hope you've enjoyed how I created this project and it will inspire you to join us and play along. 

You can find more inspiration from my talented teamies over on the challenge blog and don't forget that 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 I'll see you very soon!

Love Emma xxx


  1. SO gorgeous Emma...the blues are perfect with your gorgeous rust! TFS!

  2. Another wonderful project Emma!! Grungy and Rusty just the way I like it!!! Hugs xxx

  3. Oh my goodness, what a fabulous tag! The whole design of this is stunning! I love the colours on the background and the 'rusty' edges a perfect backdrop for the Entomology images! A beautiful work of art Emma! LOVE it :-)

    Lols x x x

  4. Absolutely gorgeous, Emma! I love the blues and rusts together and, as always, the design is impeccable.

    Cathie ♥

  5. Another stunning creation with a fantastic color palette! So amazing!

  6. Who would have thought I would call bugs pretty ! LOL They are !! That background is amazing too !

  7. I love the entomology stamp set and can’t wait until my order arrives. This project is amazing, thanks.

  8. Love this tag, and that combo of Peacock feathers and Evergreen Bough is beautiful!!

  9. LOVE the textures and layers of depth and colors on the tag!!

  10. I don’t ever think I’ve ever seen insects look this good! I love how they are so detailed- the coloring you did s here is remarkable and they look like they could jump right off the page. Gorgeous teal/blue in the background.

  11. Absolutely gorgeous Emma!
    So happy you share your steps! Thank you!
    Jackie ")

  12. Beautiful tag Emma! Love the layers and structures! Stunning as always!

  13. Wow! Both backgrounds are amazing. I love both the vibrant and strong turquoise and the soft and pastel beige one. The texture on the big one is stunning and the edges amazing. Love the butterflies too, of course. Great project! Hugs, Marzena

  14. Gorgeous tag, Emma! I love how you made it look like rust was corroded around the edges and the pieces of corrugated board that frame the focal point is perfect!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  15. Its another big WOW from me . Those colour tones and grungy touches on the tag are absolutely fabulous and make for a really striking backdrop for your entomology panel . Love the broken ruler that you've broken to a sharp point - really caught my eye .
    Anther Monday marvel Emma . Thanks for the smiles :)
    big hugs xxx

  16. Stunning! Your tag is gorgeous, Emma! I love the blues and rusts, and texture you created with the bits of cardboard. New stamps are cool! I like how you wrapped at the bottom and added the metal quote and broken ruler - genius! hugs, Maura

  17. Wow, your tag is amazing! I love the worn paint background that you created with those beautiful colours and rust effect, and your panel of insects is stunning too 😁. Happy Weekend! J 😊

  18. Your tag is stunning, Emma. The vintage effect and all the details are amazing. Love your great design! :)

  19. love everything about this tag Emma, the colour combo is spot on, love the addition of the corrugated card and your grungy edges, hugs kath xxx

  20. This project is so beautiful Emma. I love love the background and all the wonderful grunge. The insect panel is fantastic.

  21. Fabulous tag, Emma! The rusty edges are amazing and and love the entomology stamps! Hugs, Sandra

  22. I've just bumped into this on Pinterest - I love it so much!


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Emma ~xx

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