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

Monday, 14 May 2018

When In Doubt, Vacation...

Hello friends!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend and ready for the week ahead. Of course, the start of a brand new week means the start of a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week our theme is called STENCIL IT! So, whether it's card making, mixed media or home decor, it's time to break out those stencils and show us what you can do with them!

For my project, I went with using the stencils to create a background for my vacation themed tag and combined three Tim Holtz Layering Stencils to add depth and layering to this vintage style piece full of textures, dimension and of course, the star of the show ~ those wonderful die cut seashells.
So, let's get started because it's time for the new challenge!
To begin with I primed the surface of my medium sized Etcetera tag using white gesso. Once the medium is dry, I then started to add my colour and for this I wanted to capture a crystal turquoise colour of the ocean and used Evergreen Bough Distress Paint as a started and then layered Picket Fence, Bundled Sage and Pumice Stone DP over the top. For this project, I applied the paint using a brayer as it gives a smoother finish than using a paint brush and it also allows me to layer the paints without adding too much extra colour.

Once I was happy with the colour, I then dried the surface and applied torn pieces of tissue tape to the central area of the painted tag. I then used the brayer to apply some more paint over the top of the taped section, adding the same colours of paint as before.

Now that I have my background, I moved onto the stencilling and started by adding gesso through the Dotted Layering Stencil using a blending tool. Be careful not to overload the foam with too much paint as you don't want it to seep underneath the stencil.

Heat dry to set the paint and then, placing the Dotted stencil over different areas of the background to before, I applied Grit Paste.

Let the paste dry before dry brushing gold paint over the paste to accentuate the raised areas.

Finally, I added some more paste through the Speckles Layering Stencil and and added some random stamping to the background using the script stamp from the Entomology set before adding some doodling around the edges with a white pen and some shading with the Black Soot Distress Crayon.
To complete the tag, I painted the hole reinforcer piece with Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Paint, attached it to the hole and added some crinkle ribbon, dyed with Tattered Rose and Pumice Stone Distress Spray Stain before attaching the Story Stick and bird from the Milagros set.
Now for the beautiful shells and for this, I used the Seashell die by Tim Holtz (this die is amazing, the detail is just fabulous and if you love creating beach or sea themed pieces, this is definitely the one for you) and cut two of the same shell from Mixed Media card. I then applied gesso over the card, dried the medium and placed it into the texture fade to emboss both die cuts.

To create the lustre and shine of the shell, I used a combination of paints ~ Spun Sugar Distress Paint as my base and adding some Unicorn's Hair and Ginger Magic Sparks Paint from Prima over the top. You can just see in the photo below just how much shimmer there is to these die cuts but it was so hard to capture it properly on camera.
To complete the shells, I inked the edges with Ground Espresso Distress Ink and added a few flicks of white paint over the top.

To create the dimension and shape of the shells, I used foam pads on the reverse and added more pads to the central area to give the domed shape before attaching the seashells over layers of various Ephemera pieces including those from the Collector's Ephemera set, which are all adhered to the background with Matte Collage Medium.
To add the step, I used two pieces of driftwood that I placed together and attached with Collage Medium, adding them over a bed of cheesecloth dyed with Pumice Stone Distress Spray Stain. To create the look of sand on the wood, I used Prima/Finnabair Art Stones and sprinkled the stones over some 3D Gel. Once the stones are dry and set into place, I added some more of the Unicorn's Hair paint, together with a touch of White Alchemy Paint.
I now have the base for my figures and I'm ready to add the finishing touches to complete this scene. I lightly colour tinted the Paper Doll, creating the look of 'foxing' ~ an age related process of deterioration on a photo before attaching it with foam pads, that I've discreetly hidden at the back so that I can achieve the dimension to the couple...

I attached some curly moss behind the figures, allowing it to cascade out over the edges of the tag and placed a different variety of moss onto the driftwood step before attaching a Snarky Sticker below.
As the finishing touches, I added some metal hardware and a Clippings Sticker, 'Play On The Beach'...
...and placed some Melange Pebbles into the arrangement. These acrylic pebbles are great accents and for this particular project I painted them with Magical Pond Sparks Paint and White Pearl Alchemy Paint to create a little more shimmer.
So that completes this week's project and I hope you love this piece and all the techniques I've used to build up layers and dimension.
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:

Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Stamp Sets: Entomology
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Dies: Seashells Die and Texture Fade
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Dotted, Speckles
Distress Ink: Ground Espresso
Heat Gun
Cheesecloth and driftwood from my own stash

Monday, 7 May 2018

A Bug's Life...

Hello friends...

Welcome to a brand new week over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and also, a brand new challenge! This week our theme is OMBRÉ and we want you to create a project using this beautiful effect. The DT are also showcasing Dina Wakley products within their projects, something that you don't have to do but of course, it would be lovely if you could!

For my project I used the Dina Wakley Media Journal to create a layout across two pages using an Ombré background using Dina's paints and combining it with a few Tim Holtz products.
So, let's get started because it's time for the new challenge!
To begin with I cut a panel of cotton watercolour paper, slightly smaller than a page in the journal and gave it a coat of gesso. Allow the medium to dry before adding the paints and for the ombré effect I chose from top to bottom...Night, Marine, Peacock and Buff. I applied the paint with a paintbrush, adding a small amount of water to blend them seamlessly. If you need to add more paint, I would suggest that you heat dry between layers, otherwise it could become very muddy in appearance. Once I was happy with the colour, I then added some white paint across the bottom section of the panel, applying the paint with an old credit card and just scraping it down.

Ensuring the panel is thoroughly dry, I moved onto the next stage ~ the gold speckles along the top and for this, I applied Grit Paste through the Speckles Layering Stencil and then sprinkled gold embossing powder over the top. Allow the paste and powder to dry and set and once this is done, I heat embossed the powder to create this beautiful effect which I was so pleased with!
After machine stitching a border around the edge, leaving strands of cotton hanging free, I moved onto the journal page and using exactly the same colours of paint, I applied these onto my page, mirroring the ombré effect of my panel.
Allow the paint to dry and then attach the panel onto the centre of the journal page.
At this point, I also added some Design Tape along three edges to appear as if it had been used to attach the panel to the book.
I wanted to create a double paged spread but not add colour onto the opposite side as I didn't want to detract from the artwork.
So, I added some torn Design Tape along the seam of the journal before applying scrapings of the paint colours I'd previously used and applying a small amount of Black Soot Crayon.
I then flicked Black Soot Distress Paint across the surface and once the page is dry, I added some stamped images using the Correspondence stamp set.
Now for the next stage and those bugs...

To begin with I used the Stitched Circles die set and cut out five circles (using the smallest two dies from the set) from card inked with Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Hickory Smoke Oxide Inks. I then stamped the text from the Entomology set onto each circle in Hickory Smoke Archival Ink before stamping each individual bug onto the die cuts. I coloured the images with a soft watercolour of Distress Marker Pens, inked around the outside of the die cut with Ground Espresso Distress Ink and then, using Matte Collage Medium, attached each circle across the centre of my journal page.
Once the medium was dry, I added shading around the outside with the Black Soot Marker Pen, smudging it with my finger and then applied little white dots around the circles.
To complete the page, I stamped some wording from the Air Mail stamp set, coloured this with a was of Dina's Acrylic Paint in Night and then added a Remnant Rub, Collection from the Words Set to the centre of the Original wording.

As a finishing touch, I added some Nailhead findings and a clip.
I hope these pages have inspired you with some ideas of how to use Dina's products for this challenge and 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:

Dina Wakley Products: Media Journal, Cotton Watercolour Paper, Acrylic Paints: Night, Marine, Peacock, Buff
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Stamp Sets: Entomology, Air Mail, Correspondence, 105713
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Dies: Stitched Circles
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Speckles
Distress Paint: Black Soot
Distress Marker Pens
Distress Crayons: Black Soot

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