Monday, 11 February 2019

Love Is All You Need...

Hello friends...

Hope you've all had a wonderful weekend and feeling refreshed and you're all ready to join us and play along with the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which this week is called ~ Typography! We want you to show us some letters within your projects and the DT can't wait to see what you create and look forward to visiting all your blogs...

For my project, I felt the love in the air and with Valentine's Day approaching, I decided to create this vintage style panel full of romance. The initial inspiration for this piece came from the Beatles song, All You Need Is Love ~ my Mum is a huge John Lennon fan and she'd been playing the song and it just got stuck on repeat in my head and so, this project was born!
So, let's begin and here's how I made my panel...

To begin with I cut a Media Board to measure 18 x 24cm and started work on my background. I began by adding the lettering.

For this I used two of Tim Holtz's dies, Deco (my all time favourite) to cut out "ALL YOU NEED IS" and the Cutout Script to die cut the 'LOVE' lettering from chipboard. I then adhered my lettering down the side of the panel using Matte Collage Medium. Once it was in place and the adhesive had dried, I applied a coat of gesso over the entire panel and heat dried it.
If you don't own any of the XL Bigz dies, then don't worry as you can still create this effect using the Thinlit dies and cutting the lettering from card a couple of times and then layering it to create the dimension but obviously the Bigz dies do the job for you, as they cut through chipboard like a dream and it makes your life much easier!

I then took a combination of Distress Sprays ~ Victorian Velvet, Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo and starting with the palest of the neutral colours, I spritzed Antique Linen over my board and lettering. If you feel you've applied too much spray at any point, don't panic ~ just dab it away with a kitchen towel. I then applied the remaining colours, one by one, over the top and just built up the intensity in some places, leaving others to be paler.

Once I was happy, I heat dried the panel ~ I did apply some Distress Crayons to create a little more depth on the background, using the same colours as I'd used in the sprays but it just helped to intensify the colour.  I then added some Crackle Texture Paste over the surface and when the paste is dry, I just scribbled Hickory Smoke Distress crayon over the crackled areas, spritzed lightly with water and allowed the colour to sink into the crackles, dabbing away any excess water. At this stage I also added some script ~ not too much on this piece as I wanted the lettering down the side to really be the star of the show.

To give more definition to the letters, I dry brushed gesso over the top before taking my Pumice Stone Distress Marker Pen and outlining each letter, smudging the ink with my fingertips to blend out any harsh lines. I then flicked some Black Soot Distress Paint using the Splatter Brush over the surface of the panel.

To complete the panel, I used Pumice Stone and Ground Espresso Crayons around the edge before wrapping some twine around the right hand side, fanning it out to create some texture and interest.
Now to bring this panel to life and tell the story and I chose to use one of the new photos from the new Paper Dolls pack, which I believe this is shipping very soon.
I colour tinted the image...
...and then arranged it with some of the new Botanical Layers, which once again will be shipping soon, so you don't have too long to wait!
To create dimension on this piece, I placed the layers onto different depths of foam tape, this builds up perspective on the piece that I wanted to achieve. You'll also notice that I placed a piece of broken ruler into the arrangement, which gives a base for the Paper Dolls to be attached too.

I attached a final layer of Botanical in front of the couple, attaching it over a bed of moss and sisal fibres, which just give a little more movement.
Now for the finishing touches, and these included a Clippings Stickers in the top left hand corner and one of the new pink labels in the bottom right hand corner. I then placed a stitched button onto the label.
I also added some Melange Pebbles, painted with metallic acrylic paints to give some shimmer and shine and I added these to my arrangement.
 So, that completes this week's project which I hope you've enjoyed and has inspired you with some ideas of your own. How wonderful would this be for a newly married couple or maybe an anniversary gift and I love how the die cut lettering creates dimension but doesn't overwhelm the project.

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 taking the time to stop by today and hope to see you again soon, love Emma xxx

Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz/Sizzix Dies: Deco, Cutout Script
Distress Spray Stain: Victorian Velvet, Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo
Distress Paint: Black Soot
Distress Crayons: Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone, Ground Espresso
Heat Gun
Splatter Brush
Big Shot Plus
Palette Knife
Twine, moss, sisal fibres and button from my own stash


  1. This is a really Gorgeous Art panel Emma !! Love the so beautiful colours, the background, the quote, image and all the details. Great Art !! Congratulations!
    I wish you a very nice day, big hugs, Caty

  2. Oh my goodness Emma!! How GORGEOUS is this!! I love how you applied the letters and the colours and details are all so pretty! Love the couple too, an altogether stunning project! :-)

    Hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

  3. You know how you giggle when you see something that thrills you? Well, I'm giggling like Maxwell the Pig in the GEICO commercial. Wheeeee!
    I absolutely have to try the gesso on top of the letters. I have an older BIGZ die around somewhere. I'll find it. Absolutely inspired!

  4. So pretty and such fun details... background is amazing; loving the twine and button :) <3

  5. This is such a wonderful panel, Jo x

  6. Honestly I don't know what words to use! You are a rockstar of craft universe! In fact I think you're really an artist! I adore this work with such soft colors! As wonderful as ever! Barbara

  7. You are truly the QUEEN of elegance and romance! This is so lovely and I always look forward to seeing the clever ways you use Tim's materials. Your art is totally soothing and I love that aspect of it.

  8. An amazing project and very inspiring. I have some old wedding photos that I think I'll try to turn into home decor using your piece as inspiration. Thanks.

  9. You have brought 'love and romance' to life with your gorgeous vintage canvas, Emma. It tells a story and fills the heart with warmth. A beauty indeed .
    Happy Valentines day my friend
    big hugs x

  10. Totally brillant! The way you always get so soft backgrounds is amazing and also the sweet contrasts you add is a piece of art every time. Hugs xxx

  11. Beautiful panel, Emma! Love the softness of your palette, and the couple with the flowers and strings. Wonderful! hugs, maura

  12. Beautiful as always Emma, adore the raised Typography sentiment and all of your wonderful textures. Perfect Paper Dolls to use for this amazing piece too, thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  13. Beautiful project Emma and such great inspiration. I like how you emphasised the word 'love' by using a different font.

  14. So so soft and beautiful Emma! A new favorite...

  15. Absolutely beautiful work Emma, you are fantastic at making vintage pieces. Love this.


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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