Monday, 5 March 2018

Whatever The Weather...

Hello friends...

Welcome to a brand new week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and as many of us experienced a huge amount of snow and falling temperatures over the last few days, this week's challenge theme couldn't have been more appropriate as it's called...Whatever The Weather. The DT are also showcasing the products of the one and only Tim Holtz within their projects and even though this isn't something you have to do we hope you'll join us and play along!

For my project, I created a panel which was all about finding joy, whatever the weather and I decided to use a blue/grey background, with just a hint of purple which I thought worked so well with the warm tones of copper and gold ~ it's definitely one of my favourite combinations and I loved how the hint of metallic looked on the umbrella man die cut.
So, let's get started because it's time for the new challenge and here's how I created this piece!

To begin with I cut a panel of canvas paper from my stash and covered the entire surface with Hickory Smoke Distress Paint which I then heat dried. I then took some gesso and scraped this over the top of the painted surface. Once the gesso is dry, I then started adding my background layers, beginning with some Symphony Tissue Tape, which I applied to the central area of the painted background. I added some stamping using the script stamp from the Entomology set which I am loving at the moment as I find it so useful to add some interest to backgrounds. I then used Distress Crayons, Wilted Violet, Pumice Stone and Black Soot to bring more depth to the background. I completed the background by adding some Grit Paste through the Dotted Layering Stencil, allowed the paste to dry before adding a wash of Wilted Violet Distress Crayon over the top, together with a scraping of gesso. Finally, I added a few splatters of Black Soot.
Setting the background to one side, I then started creating my layers. I found this weather related ephemera piece in the Collector's Layers pack and attached it over the top of a torn piece of corrugated card, that I painted gold using a combination of Gold Rush and Steampunk Copper Alchemy paints. I placed a couple of hex fasteners into the bottom left and right hand corners.
I attached the layer using foam pads and placed this over the top of Design Tape strips and some Film Ribbon. I also used one of the Ticket Booth Stamps and added this to the layering. The ticket was stamped onto  a piece of card inked with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks and just tucked underneath the corrugated panel.

Now for the main star of the show...the umbrella man. I cut the image twice from chipboard and then layered them together to create one image which is nice and thick and substantial.

After giving the die cut a coat of gesso, I then painted it with Black Soot Distress Paint. Once it was dry, I then added applied Copper and Aged Brass Alchemy Waxes over the top to create this bronzed look to the surface. To complete the man, I added a scarf made from cheesecloth dyed with Pumice Stone and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain.
I attached the completed die cut to the project with foam pads to create more dimension and another layer.

To ground the die cut image, I placed him onto a quote chip ~ Find Joy In The Ordinary and also added another small torn piece of cheesecloth.
As the finishing touches to this project, I added a hinge clip, a Nailhead Finding and some Sprocket Gears to the layers and painted them with the same paints as I used on the corrugated card to create the look of rust.
To complete the panel, I added a Clippings Sticker ~ "Under Cover of the Rain" and I also added some Melange Pebbles to create the look of little raindrops....
...and here's another look at the finished project, mounted onto layers of gold metallic kraft card and a panel of chipboard, that I painted with Black Soot Distress Paint with an added touch of Alchemy Wax.
Don't forget, you can find more inspiration from my talented teamies over on the challenge blog 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 I'll see you very soon!

Love Emma xxx

Heat Gun
Cheesecloth, chipboard and canvas paper from my own stash


  1. What can I say but stunning? The subtle touches of color and then the metallic accents with the layers are wonderful!

  2. Gorgeous panel Emma :-) the background is lovely, the greys and blues with the touch of purple is fabulous and I love the umbrella man and all of the details, absolutely brilliant! :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. What a beautiful panel, Emma! You always have the perfect balance to every project. I love the scarf around the Umbrella Man. It reminds me of a cold gusty wind on a rainy day. Touches like that make one feel the emotion in an art piece and you are a master at that! Love this!

    Cathie ♥

  4. Gorgeous Emma, love all your layered elements and umbrella man is perfect especially with his scarf. Love the touches of rust you incorporated. Gorgeous background too. Have a lovely week. Tracy ❤️❤️

  5. wow the amount of good grungy detail on the Umbrella man is so very cool. And of course I love all the layers.

  6. Wow,Emma,THIS is knockout! All the layers, elements & grungelicious vibe... The TH umbrella man is iconic. I only have the stamp so along with the alchemy paints & waxes,looks like another shopping trip is required. Lol. Absolutely stunning piece. I do find it tough coming up with superlatives when I see your art. Consistently cool & clever!😉

    1. Apologies for the lack of "spacebar" usage⬆️😶

  7. i love this. all the details are just inspirational. hugs xx

  8. Amazing! As always, no surprises at all :-) I love the focal panel with the add and the coarrugated paper behind looks like a frame to it. What a great idea. I love all the grungy details and the umbrella man is stunning. Hugs, Marzena

  9. This is amazing. Gorgeous. I love all the details.

  10. Cheese cloth scarf on umbrella man is like a cherry on the top of a lavish cake! Your attention to detail is extraordinary!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  11. Emma, this is fabulous! You really do know how to showcase products to their best! I hope your team captain's know this! I love your work!
    Jackie ")

  12. Love this gorgeous creation, Emma. The layered embellishments and the sentiment are awesome! :)

  13. The umbrella man was the very first Tim die I ever owned' He was a 'love at first sight and so it's a 'given' that I absolutely LOVE this , Emma. Adore the colour palette, the layers , the detail and of course your metallic Umbrella man .Yet again you bring joy and smiles with your creativity . Thank you !
    Big hugs xx

  14. Excellent job making Umbrella Man look like he's marching on a blustery day with that scarf! I almost feel like you could turn the umbrella inside out! Ha!

  15. beautiful panel Emma, love that rusty old umbrella man with his scarf blowing in the wind, hugs kath xxx

  16. Brilliant touch with the rusty umbrella, Emma! After all the rain, we'd expect some rust! My favorite part is his scarf - love how you did that! Wonderful!! hugs, Maura

  17. This is such a great perspective on the challenge! I do love the concept of being happy no matter the weather and you've captured that beautifully in your piece. I especially adore the incorporation of the almanac info.

  18. Emma... the grunge attitude of this piece amaze me! It's wonderful as every piece you create! Details are outstanding, every week the same ... you make another masterpiece! Barbara

  19. Such a pretty panel, Emma! Love the umbrella man with his scarf! So much texture and love all the embellishments! Hugs, Sandra

  20. Emma, one of the thing that I mostly admire in you, is your capability of adding such teeny but precious detail that can transform everything into magic. The scarf added to this stamp is just mind blowing!
    Love it!


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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