Monday, 16 January 2017

Elementary, My Dear Watson...

Hello everyone and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week we are asking you to...CHILL OUT! So whether you choose to make a winter card, chill out by creating a project or show us your favourite thing that you chill out too ~ we can't wait to see what you create and hope you'll join us for all the fun!

For my project, I chose to use the TV show, Sherlock as my inspiration! After a busy few weeks making top secret projects, shhhhh ~ more about that soon...I like nothing more than relaxing on a Sunday night indulging in some of my favourite shows and this one was the perfect inspiration for my panel!
It's time for a brand new challenge and here's how I created this piece...
 
To begin with I cut a piece of canvas paper and applied a layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint over the surface. Heat dry the paint and then start to add the colour ~ for this I used gesso and Distress Crayons, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Crushed Olive and Pumice Stone and just layered my colours, blending them out with a semi dry baby wipe. I also used two of my favourite background stamps, Newsprint and Halftone, to add some more layers and interest and for this, I inked up each of the stamps and randomly stamped it onto areas of the background.
Once I was happy with the 'peeled paint' effect that I'd created I then stamped the London Cityscape scene across the bottom of the panel and colour washed it with Distress Marker Pens before heat setting the stamped area.
To create the focal point, I used one of the Evolution stamps and stamped the image using Jet Black Archival Ink onto a panel of Mixed Media card, coloured with the same crayons as I used for the background. After adding some more highlights of colour to the panel and ageing the edges, I mounted my stamped image onto a piece of Black Soot Core'Dinations card.

To create the lettering and numbers, I used the Halloween Words die and just took the individual letters I needed to spell out 'Baker St'.
I also used some alpha part numbers and letters painted with Antiqued Bronze paint and added the number of Sherlock's house beneath.
Now for the layers and I started by cutting a circle of foil card, embossing it with the Riveted Metal Texture Fade and then creating a rusty effect with Alcohol Inks (Rust and Pitch Black) and Distress Crayons (Vintage Photo and Cracked Pistachio).

Cut the circle in half and after placing the stamped image where you will finally attach it, stick the semi circles behind, so that they appear either side of the image. I also added some Film Tape ribbon to either side.

Mount the stamped panel over the top using foam pads to secure it into place. At this stage, I also added a frame, painted with a combination of Antiqued Bronze and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint and attached it to wind around the image, putting Sherlock in the frame!!
For even more layers, I used the Gadget Gears 2 die to die cut some gears from foil card and inked them with the Alcohol Inks and Crayons to create the rusty effect. I then layered them with various metal sprocket gears and an ephemera piece, and added these around the framed image.
Mount the panel onto a piece of copper metallic kraft core card, followed by a piece of corrugated card distressed with gesso and gold paint and finally a layer of black card.

To complete the panel, I added a Hinge Clip to the top.
I really hope you love this project and it's given you some ideas for the latest challenge. As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members 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 see you again very soon!


Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Stamps: Cityscapes, Evolution, Halftone and Rings, Newsprint and Type
Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies: Halloween Words, Gadget Gears 2
Sizzix/Tim Holtz: Riveted Metal Texture Fade
Distress Paint: Tarnished BrassAntiqued Bronze, Picket Fence
Distress Crayons: Set 1345 and 7
Canvas Paper, corrugated card from my own stash


Monday, 9 January 2017

Be Square...

Hey everyone and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is ~ BE SQUARE and we can't wait to see how you interpret this challenge!

For my project, I created a card celebrating friendship with layer upon layer of squares! From the matting and layering to the layering stencil creating the texture on the background ~ it's all about squares!
So, come and play along...it's time for a new challenge and here's how I created this card...
 
To begin with, I created my background and cut a piece of canvas paper from my stash to measure, 13.5cm square. I then added some colour using Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky Distress Paints and gesso, allowing the paint to dry thoroughly before adding torn strips of Tissue Tape onto the central section of the panel. I then applied Grit Paste and some more squares over the top of the torn tape, using the Linen Layering Stencil.

Once the paste was dry, I applied some more paint over the top and then used my Distress Crayons, Pumice Stone, Rusty Hinge and Stormy Sky to add a little more colour and depth. I also added some flicks of Black Soot Distress Paint and let some Antiqued Bronze paint dribble over the top of the paste. Finally I added some shadowing around the edge using the Black Soot Distress Crayon.

To add even more texture, I used torn pieces of corrugated card, altered with gesso and Distress Crayons to create a more grungy effect and stuck these vertically and horizontally onto my background.
For the main focal point, I cut the gorgeous Photo Booth image to create a square and distressed it around the edges. I then cut a square piece of corrugated card, again distressed with the gesso and crayons, layered it onto a square of kraft core core'dinations card, wrapped some twine around it and attached this to my canvas background panel, placing it over the top of some threads, using foam pads to secure it into place and add some dimension.
Attach the image to the centre of the corrugated panel and then add a small Finnabair metal star to the corner.
I applied some Remnant Rubs around the central area.
Matt the finished panel onto a piece of blue core'dinations card.

Cut another square of card, 17cm square and colour with Old Paper Distress Paint. To age the paper even further, I used some gesso and the Vintage Photo Distress Crayon. Machine stitch around the outside of the panel and then matt onto gold metallic kraft core cardstock, followed by a layer of Pumice Stone kraft core card. 
Mount the matted layers onto a square black card blank and then mount your completed artwork centrally onto the card.
To complete the card, I used one of the Small Talk Stickers and attached it to the bottom left hand corner.
I hope you love the card I created and can see how many squares I've actually packed into this project...it's amazing how many layers you can get onto one card!!!
As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members 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 see you again very soon!


Recipe for project:

Distress Crayons: Set 45 and 7 and Rusty Hinge
Canvas Paper are from my own stash

Monday, 2 January 2017

Looking Forward to 2017...

Hello friends and Happy New Year!

Today, we have a brand new challenge starting over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week, our theme is...START AFRESH and the DT are also showcasing Carabelle Studio products!

Whether you choose to use a product fresh out of the package or want to experiment with a new style of craft ~ we can't wait to see what you create and hope you'll play along with us...

For my project, I created a card welcoming 2017 and the thought of starting afresh in a new year! New ideas, new products and new inspirations...
It's time for a new challenge and here's how I created this card...
 

To begin with I started by making my background. I cut a panel of canvas paper, 17 x 14cm and applied a layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint over the surface. Those of you who follow me on a regular basis will know that I do this when I work with Distress Crayons as the paint creates a surface that allows me to easily blend my colours. I then laid down my colours and for this I chose, Evergreen Bough, Cracked Pistachio and a hint of Peacock Feathers. I scribbled small amounts of the crayons onto my surface and then blended them with my fingertips and a semi dry baby wipe. Once I was happy with the blend, I then scraped gesso over the top to create a more distressed look and then used a heat gun to dry the surface thoroughly. Machine stitch around the outside.

For the next stage I inked up the Evolution stamp with Jet Black Archival Ink and stamped the image onto Mixed Media card stock. Cut around the silhouette image and then apply the entire stamped image onto your background, sticking it with Collage Medium, which I also applied over the top of the image.

Use the Black Soot Distress Crayon to add a shadow around the outside of the image, smudging the colour with your fingertip.

To create some texture on the piece, I applied Grit Paste through the Carabelle Stencil Toujours Avec Des Ronds Edge Stencil, and once dry, I added a small amount of Evergreen Bough Distress Paint over the top of the dried paste.
Add splatters of gold paint and Black Soot Distress Paint, heat dry and then matt the background onto a piece of copper metallic kraft core card, followed by a layer of Black Soot Kraft Core card. I wrapped some twine around the layers of card and secured the ends at the back of the layers.

I then mounted my layers onto a piece of patterned paper, slightly larger than the layers and taken from the Wallflower Paper Stash, which I distressed by inking and tearing the edges. Mount the matted layers onto the front of a 20 x 18cm card blank, distressed around the edges with gesso and added gilt highlights. These are created using a collage stick applied around the edge of the card and then using the Vintage Foil Transfer sheets, apply the sheet, shiny side uppermost to the tacky edges.
For the plaque I used the Marquee dies to die cut my 2017 from gold kraft core card and then mounted each of the die cut letters onto the corresponding die cuts, cut from the Alphanumeric Thinlits die. I attached the numbers to a panel of silver metallic kraft core card, which I distressed using crayons to add a more vintage feel. I then mounted the panel onto cork, followed by a layer of copper metallic card and finally a layer of black soot card.

Apply foam to the back of the mounted panel and attach underneath the stamped image. Finally, add two Nailhead Findings to either side of the numbers.

To complete the card, I used a combination of Sprocket Gears and Mini Sprocket Gears painted with Gold Rush paint and then added an Arrow Adornment which I then attached to my stamped image.
For the finishing touch, I added some gold sequins and a Remnant Rub.
I also had to take this picture below because look how cool this panel looks with the sun shining on it, it takes on a whole new life...
So, I hope you've enjoyed the process behind this card and you're inspired by some of my ideas!
As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members 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 see you again very soon!


Thursday, 29 December 2016

A Dapper New Year...

Hello friends! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the magic of the season!

Today, I'm thrilled to have been invited as a guest over on the Simon Says Stamp blog and as we fast approach the new year, I decided to create a card project celebrating the countdown to 2017! Inspired by the grandeur and elegance of Downton Abbey and Mr Selfridge (two of my all time favourite shows) ~ I combined a very dapper gentleman and surrounded him with die cut gears to represent the countdown clocks and shining gold stars! If you want to see this project in full, then I'd love for you to pop over to the SSS blog to check it out...
Thanks for popping by today and I wish you a very Happy New Year and hope 2017 brings you all health, peace and happiness!

I also want to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you for everyone who has supported me and visited my blog during the last year ~ it does mean the world!

See you in 2017...love Emma xxx

Monday, 19 December 2016

It's Time To Sparkle...

Hello friends and welcome to our last Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge of 2016!! Hasn't this year flown? This challenge is going to last for TWO weeks and we will be back on 2nd January, so if you have the time to join in and play along, we would love to see what you create for our PARTY TIME theme! Whether it be last minute Christmas ideas or maybe New Year...let's party!!

For my project, I created one last very special Christmas card to wish all my friends and followers a very Happy Christmas and New Year! I wanted to make something really frivolous and create the look of a real party atmosphere and the ideas and techniques that I used on this card can be used on any projects and wouldn't this make a wonderful scrapbook layout for New Year or even a personalised party invite....

So, it's time for a brand new challenge and here's how I created this piece...
 
To begin with I cut a piece of canvas card stock which I have in my stash and prepped it with a coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint. As I mentioned last week, I always add a layer of Distress Paint (you can use gesso or a multi medium) because it easily allows me to blend the Distress Crayons onto my surface and it also creates a white background and doesn't change the colour of the mediums I'm applying.

Heat dry the painted surface and then start layering the Distress Crayons. I used Victorian Velvet, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen and a touch of Hickory Smoke and blended the colours with a semi dry baby wipe. Once I was happy, I then added some texture and for this I started with some offcuts of card that I had in my stash and just attached them onto the background using Collage Medium, slightly offsetting each piece. I added some gesso over the top and then went in with the same crayons as I used on the background to build up the colour. To add some more texture, I applied Transparent Texture Paste through the Splotches Layering Stencil and allowed to dry, before flicking some Gold Watercolor Ink and Black Soot Distress Paint over the entire background.
Matt and layer the background onto kraft card, followed by a layer of corrugated card with a hint of gesso applied around the edges and finally a layer of gold card.

Now to create the party vibe and for this I began by altering one of the photos from the Found Relatives Occasions pack and just adding a wash of colour with Distress Marker Pens.

Matt the photo onto metallic kraft core cardstock and then attach with foam pads, sticking it directly onto the background over a layer of cheesecloth. I then added an Ephemera piece, which I cut in half and added to the top and bottom of the photo, (I'm really sorry but can't remember which pack this was from as mine are a little jumbled up).

Using the Dimensional Stars die, die cut three various sizes from gold metallic kraft core card and assemble them.

Using Collage Medium, apply the gel over the top of the cheesecloth and smear small amounts onto the background. Sprinkle Gold Rush Glass Glitter, Copper Micro Beads and some small gems over the medium and allow to dry.

Attach the stars with a strong adhesive, placing them around the photo. Cover the photo and then using the Distress Splatter Brush, splatter a small amount of Picket Fence over the stars.
To compliment the die cut stars, I also added some Finnabair metal stars, coloured with Gold Alcohol Ink and placed these in the top right hand corner.
Finally, I added some Gold Gilded Remnant Rubs, a couple of crystals in the bottom left and right hand corners and a Chit Chat sticker.
I really hope you've enjoyed the creative process behind this piece and you're inspired by some of my ideas!
As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members 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 Merry Christmas everyone!

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