Monday, 6 August 2018

Take Time To Dream...

Hello everyone and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is called Tape It Up and the DT are also showcasing Jane Davenport products within their projects which you don't have to use to play along, but if you have them ~ we'd love for you to use them.

For my project, I took three of Jane's products which included, Tape Strips and Inkredible inks in my favourite blues and combined them with Tim Holtz items, to create a vintage style piece all about a boy with dreams and aspirations of becoming an artist.
So, let's get started because it's time for the new challenge!

To begin with I started to create the background on my canvas panel which measures approx 17 x 24cm. The panel is pre-gessoed, so I can start adding the mediums straightaway and applied a spritzing of Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain directly over the surface. Give it a blast of heat to dry the spray and then I applied two colours of Jane Davenport's Inkredible, Blueberry and Hydrangea to create the look of a splash across the central section of the canvas. Once you place the inner panel over the top, you can always go in and add more of the Inkredible if you need it but I was happy with how mine looked. I added a few splashes of Black Soot Distress Paint and then used Pumice Stone and Black Soot Distress Crayons around the edge of the panel.

At this stage, I also applied some tape strips, a combination of Tim Holtz and Jane Davenport to the bottom left and right hand corners of the panel ~ these will sit underneath the main layer once it's complete.
Setting aside the canvas, I began work on the inner panel and cut a piece of watercolour card, slightly smaller than the canvas.

I then adhered some offcuts of card to the surface, concentrating on the central area and attaching them vertically using Collage Medium. Once the strips are in place and thoroughly dry, I spritzed the surface with some more of the Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain, letting the stain run and puddle in places before heat drying the ink.
I love creating depth and dimension on my projects but I also love layering and at the base of the layering are some Jane Davenport tape strips from the Journal Strip Set. I placed these across the card strips and you can just see them in the photo below, sitting beneath the focal point of the image.
I then went in with the Inkredibles and added drops of the two colours that I previously used on the background canvas, giving them a mist of water and just allowing them to run, puddle and drip across the centre of the watercolour card....

For my next layer, I added some Tim Holtz Snippets Ephemera pieces and adhered these into place with Collage Medium before applying Grit Paste through the Stitches Layering Stencil and adding a splatter of Black Soot Distress Paint across the surface with a few doodles around the edges of the card.
I then attached two old paintbrushes, that I've used and abused and after attaching them together with some rusty wire, I placed these over the top of some cheesecloth and sisal fibres. This will form a base for my Paper Doll to sit on.
But I'm not done with the layers just yet and I wanted to add one more, that will sit behind the little boy, a 3D Flourish. I cut the flourish from Mixed Media Heavystock card and then applied Distress Paints to create a stone effect finish to the die cut. I attached the die cut to the brushes and then sat my coloured paper doll onto the flourish.
I matted my watercolour card onto a piece of paper from the Dapper Paper Stash and then mounted the artwork onto the canvas panel and just LOVED how the inky blue background became a continuation across the two backgrounds.
Moving onto the embellishments, I added some Melange Pebbles, painted with Sparks Mermaid Acrylic Paint and attached these around the arrangement that I have clustered in the centre. I also added a Index Clip to the card and hung a Story Stick from it.
To complete the background, I applied some three individual phrases from the Tape Set ~ 'learning, dreaming and painting', inked them with Antique Linen Distress Ink and then, placed them onto the background...
...before wrapping some twine around the bottom section of the panel and placing a final phrase, 'Take time to dream' in the left hand corner.
I really hope you've enjoyed the process of how I put this project together and below you'll find a list of items I used to bring this canvas to life ~ happy shopping!
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

Recipe for project:

Jane Davenport Products: Hydrangea Inkredible, Blueberry Inkredible, Strips and Phrases Journal Tape Strips
Tim Holtz/Sizzix 3D Impresslits Die: Flourish

Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Stitches
Distress Spray Stain: Antique Linen
Distress Paint: Black Soot
Distress Marker Pens
Distress Crayons: Pumice Stone, Black Soot
Heat Gun
Splatter Brush
Tim Holtz Collage Brushes
Hemptique Twine
Sisal Fibres, rusty wire, cheesecloth and paintbrushes from my own stash


  1. I really did enjoy seeing how you put this beautiful project together, I do love the look you achieved with the Inkredible Inks, the colour is amazing, and the 3D flourish behind the boy is such a lovely touch!

    I am absolutely thrilled and I feel so honoured to be Guesting alongside you and your other talented team-mates!! Hugs, Anne xx

  2. I am seriously giddy looking at these details ... just takes me to my happy place... love the work ! Story told VERY WELL, gosh the words ( learning, dreaming, painting ) , the paint brushes ( used and abused... love it ), the paint splatter ... okay I'm gonna stop I could write a book !!! Did I say I LOVE IT :)

  3. Each week I truly look forward to seeing the beautiful artwork that you share. All of your details are so meticulous and each piece is such a treat to admire. There are so many fine details in this one. One of my favorites has got to be the words placed around the dreamer. xx

  4. oh WOW! Emma this is a stunner!! the textures and details on this are simply fabulous!! :-)

    Lols x x x

  5. Another stunner Emma! I love all those amazing layers and particularly the colours achieved with the Inkredible Inks and also your wonderful embellishments, they just all work some creatively together. Fabulous! x

  6. Oh wow! Beautiful mixed media art piece!

  7. This is absolutely stunning!! A truly beautiful MM piece!! Thank you for the inspiration!!

  8. Amazing as always. Your unique style is so remarkable and yours. I do not have to see who's done the project to know that was you. I am always amazed by your creations and the absolute order you kept on them. Colors and layers and textures - a beauty! Hugs, Macarena.

  9. Totally fabulous, Emma, you have used those Jane's products to such great effect without losing any of your much loved and highly admired creative style. Always enjoy getting up close to fully appreciate all those extra little touches... Thanks for sharing x

  10. This is such a stunning creation, Emma. Love the beautiful layered embellishments and all the details are fabulous. :)

  11. Your attention to detail is astounding, Emma! I just love the layers, colors, and texture!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  12. Lovely splashes of blue across your piece, Emma! Wonderful layers, and great thought. hugs, Maura

  13. Lovely and elegant background you have here! Awesome project!

  14. Work of art! What do you do with all of your gorgeous projects? I love the way your paper doll sits on the flourish and the paint brushes, and I really like the tape journal strips you chose.

  15. beautiful panel Emma, love those ink splatters in the background, hugs kath xxx

  16. Fabulous piece, Emma! So fun to see this cute boy having a good time being the center of this gorgeous project! So much pretty details, love it! Hugs, Sandra

  17. I would not have thought Tim Holtz and Jane Davenport would mix so effectively. You are a clever designer bringing the two together so effectively. Thanks for sharing the piece and your process. x

  18. Out of all of our Design Team members, I thought of YOU first when I knew we'd be doing a Jane Davenport challenge. I was so curious to see how you would fit Jane's products into your own distinctive style. And guess what? You hit the balance perfectly, as I figured you would. It was such a treat to see these different styles meshed together so beautifully. Well done!

  19. Emma another stunning work! the words aren't enough to say how I love your style! I adore your skill to mix products, I agree with Andrea : you balanced perfectly every elements of your project! Amazing as always! barbara


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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