Monday, 21 May 2018

What A Wonderful World...

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! My weekend was all about the Royal Wedding, celebrating it with family and enjoying every minute of what I thought was a truly fabulous day!

Anyway, with the weekend behind us, it's time for a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week the theme is called ~ Inspired By A Song! When I started thinking about this theme my first choice was choose a song by my favourite band, Duran Duran or maybe create something as a tribute to another favourite of mine, David Bowie but with all the excitement of the last week and the wedding, the one song that kept coming to mind was What A Wonderful World and so, with the lyrics firmly stuck in my head I created a tag combining many new products with a few older favourites by Tim Holtz that would depict the lyrics of the song!

"I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world" ~ Louis Armstrong
So, let's get started because it's time for the new challenge!
To begin with I prepped the surface of my tag using a coat of gesso, followed by a layer of Antique Linen. Once the paint was dry, I then started to apply my Floral Collage Paper, using the areas showing the red roses. For this I use a water brush and apply a very small amount of water around the image I want to remove from the paper. I then tear along the wet line, removing the image from the paper and using Matte Collage Medium, adhere the paper to my painted surface. This will create a seamless finish and you won't get any harsh cut lines to the the image once it's laid down. I added the roses to the top and bottom of the tag, applied a coat of the Collage Medium over the top and then allowed it to dry before using Ground Espresso and Pumice Stone Distress Crayons to create a little more depth of colour to the surface.

To add some more texture to the tag, I applied Grit Paste through the mini Floral Layering Stencil in Set 25 and added this to the top right and bottom left hand corners. Allow the paste to dry before then adding some some more Distress Crayon over the top, blending out the colour with a semi dry baby wipe.

Once I was happy, I ran the darker crayon around the outside of the tag before gently spritzing the tag with some Distress Resist Spray. Working fast with this medium is the key and once the spray hits the surface, I sprinkled Gold Embossing Powder over the top and then heat embossed to create these glorious gold speckles and wonderful texture. I also added a Remnant Rub number in the top left hand corner of the tag and the hole reinforcer, painted with Ground Espresso and Black Soot DP.
Now that I have my tag, I can move onto the embellishments...
...and started with the globe, die cut from silver metallic card and inked with a mixture of Gunmetal and Mushroom Alcohol Inks. I then mounted my globe onto some silver deco sheet for a hint of sparkle behind and attached it to my tag, leaving it to slightly overlap the edge.
I added some shading around the edge of the globe with Black Soot Distress Marker, blended out with my fingertip. At this stage, I also added a Measurement piece, placing it across the bottom section of the globe ~ this will become the base of my little paper doll's seat.

To complete the scene on my tag, I sat my paper doll on a bed of sisal and surrounded him with some die cut foliage cut from Classic Kraft Card. I added some Nuvo Crystal Drop 'berries' to the leaves and allowed them to dry.
As a finishing touch to this wonderful world, I added a couple of butterflies from the Botanical Ephemera set, shaping the wings to appear as they are in flight.
As my finishing touches, I added a clippings sticker, 'a very wonderful place'...
...and attached a quote chip, 'See The World' which I have coloured with Vintage Collage Medium.
I attached some crinkle ribbon dyed with a combination of Bundled Sage and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stains and looped it through the hole reinforce on the finished tag.
I hope you've enjoyed the inspiration behind this piece and love how I interpreted the song!

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


  1. And I think to myself...what a wonderful Tag!!! Ooohhhh yessss...
    Well...I couldn't help fitting! Brava my sweet Emma! ❤

  2. YES Simo ... I agree ..." And I think to myself what a wonderful tag !!! " Amazing, amazing, amazing... (picture Giddy Queen drooling here) the details are fabulous; that globe WOW. Okay young man is in a wonderful world sitting so proudly ( he's so perfect for this tag ). Do I need to say it??? What the heck it's Monday ... #ProductQueenisinthehouse!!!

  3. Gorgeous tag Emma, the the young boy is fabulous and I love the world and details, it really is a beautiful world and this tag is stunning!

    Lols x x x

  4. Such a fabulous representation of this song Emma! I love all the incredible details and that world looks amazing. I just love this, you are so talented. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Fantastic interpretation of this challenge Emma! the song you chose is a masterpiece as well as your tag! As always you're amazing.... Barbara

  6. this is beautiful Emma - love the collage paper and the globe. Really great interpretation of the song!!

  7. Oh my! Everything is so beautiful on your tag. Especially love the way you gave the color to the globe, it looks so vintage and distressed. Te flourish background full of red roses is such a great contrast and the scene with the boy is very cute. Hugs, Marzena

  8. Stunning tag!! So much detail, dimension, and artistry! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  9. Beautiful tag, Emma! I love your story about how you were inspired by the Royal Wedding to choose your song, and create this wonderful piece! hugs, Maura

  10. I love the whole look of this tag its colours and floral background is like the Victorian decorative albums. Beautiful, thanks for sharing

  11. This is such a gorgeous tag, Emma. Love all the beautiful details and the great interpretation of the song. :)

  12. Fantastic tag Emma and what a great interpretation of that wonderful song. I love all the special details and how he sits almost in a nest on the globe.

  13. This is amazing! You have created such incredible layers and your texture is out of this world. You always find clever things to incorporate and make everything look high-end. Beautiful, as always!

  14. Magical as always... I love the soft neutrals of the globe, and the amazing leafy bower you've created for your paper doll to perch in. A glorious background with the texture and gilded shimmer.
    Alison x

  15. beautiful take on the challenge Emma, love those red roses, a perfect backdrop for your globe and the leafy cluster for the paper doll, hugs kath xxx

  16. This is so pretty, Emma! Love the gorgeous colorful collage paper in the back and the globe is fabulous, love it all! Hugs, Sandra

  17. Beautiful and creative tag. Loved it!

  18. Great choice of song Emma- its one of the old classic's that's a real fave of mine and you have most certainly interpreted it with superb artistry and creativity. Beautiful, charming and so heartwarming .
    Big hugs x


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Emma ~xx

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