Monday, 25 September 2017

An Unfortunate Ending...

Hello friends and welcome to this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Our theme for this week is called ~ HEAVY METAL and whether you choose to create the look of metal, use metal or incorporate metal embellishments within your work, we can't wait to see how you interpret this challenge!

For my project this week, I made a clipboard with a Halloween theme, telling the story of a gentleman with an unfortunate ending...a visit from a poisonous spider. I decided to use quite a bit of metal including a rusty metal panel made from metal foil tape and embossed, a metal clip on my clipboard, a frame and even rusty screws.

 

To begin with I created my riveted metal panel and began by covering a piece of heavyweight card with some metal foil tape. I then popped it in the Rivet Texture Fade and ran it through my machine. To create the rusty feel to the panel I then started by adding a layer of Mushroom, Latte and Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink, pouncing the ink over the top of the metal. To create some more texture to the piece, and I really wish you could feel this as it does actually feel like rust, I used Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder! Apply a Versamark Ink directly to random areas of the metal panel and  then sprinkle the powder over the top, tap away the excess before gently heating the powder until it melts and you see a change in the appearance. Once the powder has cooled down, rub away the excess particles, (don't put these back in the pot, just throw them away) and this creates a beautiful rust texture. I then added some more depth to the colour by using my Black Soot, Vintage Photo and Rusty Hinge Distress Crayons over the top of the inked surface, blending out the colour with my finger.

Matt the panel onto a piece of gold metallic kraft card which has been sanded to create a more worn, vintage feel and set aside.
Unscrew the clip from the board and set that aside for now. I then covered the board with a piece of paper taken from the Halloween Paper stash and cut to size. Adhere the paper to the board using Collage Medium and also apply a layer of medium over the top.

Once the medium is dry, I ran the Black Soot Crayon around the edges and blended the colour out before adding a couple of Remnant Rubs to each corner of the board.
Now for the clip and to begin with I attached a Crossbones Adornment onto the clip using Collage Medium. To change the colour of the clip, I lightly gessoed the clip, cried it thoroughly and then used a combination of Vintage Photo, Tarnished Brass and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paints just painted over the surface of the metal. I allowed the paint to dry and then added touches of Aged Brass Alchemy Wax over areas of the clip. Attach the clip back onto the board and flick Black Soot Paint over the entire surface before drying completely. Finally add a Halloween Clippings Sticker, placing it just beneath the crossbones adornment.
Adhere the rusty metal panel into place, attaching it centrally onto the clipboard.
Now for the embellishments and I started with my photo frame. I took one of the Framed Portrait images, removing it from the frame. I added a small amount of colour to my photo, just to pick out some detail in his face, rounded the corners of the image with a punch and then inked the edges of the card with some Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Attach the photo onto a wooden vignette panel for some added dimension. Attach the panel onto your metal background.
Alcohol ink a Baroque Frame using the same colours as was used on the riveted metal panel and just pounce the ink over the top of the metal frame. Once happy, I then smeared a small amount of Black Soot Paint over the top, using my finger, gave a blast of heat to set the paint and attached the finished frame to my photo. I then added one of the resin roses to complete this section.
For the final part, I used one of the mini pocket watches, again altered with alcohol ink to change the colour to a richer tone. I also added a smear of alcohol ink to the glass to create a more vintage feel. Inside the pocket watch was the final part of my story and for this, remove the back of the watch and then using Collage Medium, adhere a circular piece of paper to this section.

Layer a small amount of sisal fibres over the top and then place one of the spider adornments, coloured with Black Soot Paint over the top of the fibres.

Close up the watch and then wrap a piece of twine around the neck. Attach the watch over a bed of cheesecloth, dyed with Pumice Stone and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain and some sisal fibres.
Add a remnant rub directly onto the glass.
To complete my panel I added some screw heads, three to each side.
I hope you've loved the creative process behind this spooky project and that some of the ideas I've incorporated will inspire you with your projects.

As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then 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!
Love Emma xxx


Heat Gun
 Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder, cheesecloth and sisal fibres from my own stash

Monday, 18 September 2017

When Black Cats Prowl and Pumpkins Gleam...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is called Shimmer and Shine and we want you to get your sparkle on and think of all the ways you can shine in this challenge...

For my project, I decided it was time to start making some Halloween pieces ready for the big day and created a centrepiece for my table that glimmers and shines in so many ways, especially when you turn the lights on in the little crackled jar. With so many wonderful new dies, it was hard to choose just one but my heart really does belong to the one this gorgeous die that I have used, Witchcraft by Tim Holtz ~ from the minute I saw her, I knew this was my die of the season and here she is standing proud surrounded by many other Tim Holtz goodies!
It's time for a brand new challenge and here's how I created this piece...
 

To begin with I started by cleaning my jar and drying it thoroughly ~ you really do need to make sure your jar is dry before adding any mediums, as even the smallest amount of grease can affect the final result, so I would recommend the dishwasher or if not, just a really good clean, inside and out will do just as well!

I then started by adding a layer of Collage Medium, brushing it over the surface of the jar. I allowed the medium to dry completely before then taking Rock Candy Crackle Paint and applying the paint with a brush over the dried medium. I added various amounts to different areas of the jar, so that some crackles would be bigger than others when it dried.

Once you've covered the entire jar, set aside to dry...I would recommend overnight to get the optimum crackle but if you're a little impatient like me, you might want to keep checking and go in earlier!

For the next stage, I wanted to add some colour to accentuate the crackles and for this, I used alcohol inks in Gold Metallic, Mushroom and Latte ~ applying the ink to the surface using the applicator tool. For the harder to reach areas, I just pull off the felt and using a pair of disposable gloves, apply the ink directly.
For the lid, I used a small amount of the same alcohol inks and just added the colour to create more of an antique feel to the silver.

Finally, I took an ephemera piece and attached the label to the front of my jar using Collage Medium to secure it into place.
Now for the fun part, decorating the top and I began with my witch! I cut five separate pieces of the witch image from a thin piece of chipboard and then using collage medium layered them together to create one very substantial and solid image. I also did this with the little cat.

I then painted the image, (back and front because you will see all around this piece) with Black Soot Distress Paint, allowed it to dry. Once dry, I applied a thin layer of 3D Gel over the top of one side of my witch and then sprinkled with Black Soot Distress Glitter. Allow to dry before repeating on the other side.
Whilst the die cuts are drying, I dyed some cheesecloth with Pumice Stone and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stains and gave them a blast of heat to dry them. I also took a small chunk of driftwood, coloured it with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then draped the cheesecloth over the piece of wood, attaching it with Collage Medium. This will become the base for my witch to stand against, so it will create a little step behind her and give her some support.

Now to attach all those pieces and for this, I would recommend that you place your lid onto the jar, just so that you know where the centrepoint for your decoration will be.

Cut a circle of paper from Tim's Halloween Paper stash the size of the lid and adhere into place with Collage Medium before attaching the driftwood in place. For the heavier pieces, I do use a hot glue gun to secure them.

Attach the witch to the driftwood, so she appears to be standing in front and then add some art stones around her feet, attaching them with 3D Gel.

Add some mini pumpkins, Boneyard findings and a skull before placing some moss onto the lid.
Remember, you do see all around this piece, so add pieces to the back and the front.
At this stage, I also added a Clippings Sticker to the front of the lid.
Finally, once the Art Stones were dry, I painted them with Unicorn's Hair Alchemy paint to create a very subtle shimmer.

Tie some tinsel twine from the Halloween Trimmings by Tim Holtz and tied this around the jar before adding some battery operated fairy lights inside.
For the cat, I just attached the layered glittered die cut to a Dimensional glittered star that I had left over from last week's project and placed it by the side of the jar but I am going to be making more of these as they will make fantastic place settings for the table.
I hope you love this project and it's given you some ideas for halloween. I had so much fun with this piece, that I think I'll be making one of these for Christmas too as they look fabulous on the table!

As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then 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!
Love Emma xxx


Heat Gun
 Chipboard, driftwood, moss, cheesecloth and jar from my own stash

Monday, 11 September 2017

Look At The Stars, Look How They Shine For You...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week, our theme is called ~ IT'S WRITTEN IN THE STARS and we can't wait to see how you will interpret this fun challenge!

As you all know we are celebrating STAMPtember over at Simon Says Stamp and today we are all super excited about the new STAMPtember® Stamp And Stencil Exclusive designed by Tim Holtz! These sets are available for a limited time and once they have sold out they won’t be replaced...so, you need to get yours while they are in stock because you don’t want to miss out!
So back to this week's challenge and for my project, I was inspired by the lyrics from my favourite Coldplay song, Yellow and I took the line from that song to create my Etcetera tag using dies from Tim Holtz and Sizzix to make my starry night scene and the words of that song written in the stars.
It's time for a brand new challenge and here's how I created this piece...
 

To begin with I cut a panel of canvas paper to measure the exact size of the smallest Etcetera tag. You can work directly onto the tag's surface but I wanted to have just a little texture to my background and the canvas paper will give me this.

Now to begin the layers to build up my galaxy and to start I laid down some black gesso, covering the surface of the paper. Once the gesso was dry, I then went in with some colour and started with Blueprint Sketch Distress Paint, applying the paint over the top of the gesso and blending out the colour with a semi dry baby wipe. I then added more layers by using Dusty Concord, Picked Raspberry, Brushed Pewter and Black Soot ~ each time blending out the layers in horizontal strokes to create the blend of colours I wanted. Once I was happy with the overall effect, I then heat dried the paper and spritzed it with some Tarnished Brass Mica Spray to create the glittery effect of a galaxy.
 
I attached the finished background to the Etcetera tag using Collage Medium and added the ring around the hole which I painted with the black gesso and Blueprint Sketch before heat drying and adding a touch of wax to create a shimmer. Set the tag aside to work on the elements.
Starting with the stars, I used the Stacked Stars die to die cut some chipboard. I wanted three glittered stars with between two and three layers on each. I painted the chipboard with a layer of Sterling Acrylic Paint from Dina Wakley and then once the paint was dry, I applied some 3D gel over the top. I then sprinkled the stars with a mix of Pumice Stone Distress Glitter, silver micro beads and Silver Glass Glitter. Allow the glitter to set, leaving it overnight means that it will be rock hard once you start working on them and layering each section. The smaller stars are all die cut from metallic kraft stash, gold and silver, using the Crescent Moon and Stars die.

For the little people I used one of my favourite Halloween dies from Tim and I am so pleased that he's done this in a thinlits version which is slightly larger than the original die. I used the little people die to die cut some very thin chipboard ~ I cut three pieces of chipboard which I then stuck together to create a substantial die cut piece.

I then started to create my enamel effect by pouncing a Versamark ink pad over the top of the die cut and then sprinkling a mixture of embossing powders which include, Liquid Platinum, Gold and Black powders.
Once you have heated the first layer with the heat gun and the powders have melted, continue to apply the Versamark and the embossing powders to build up the layers, I probably applied 6 layers to get this thickness.
For the final element of this scene, I needed the wording and for this I used a combination of the Alpha Deco die and the Thinlits Thin Words die to die cut the lettering from Metallic card and a silver Deco Sheet. As you can see, I layered the Deco wording over the top of gold metallic, to create a shadow effect.
Now for the fun part, putting this project together and I started by attaching my wording, using Collage Medium to adhere each letter into place. I then added the little people using foam pads to add some dimension. To ground the figures, I used some cheesecloth, dyed with Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress Spray Stain and then attached using Collage Medium and also added a twig. I also added some Art Stones, attached with the 3D gel medium and painted with Unicorn's Hair Acrylic Paint.
Finally, I attached my layered stars, again using Collage Medium....
...and adde some highlights of gold foil to the edges, by running a Collage Stick along the edge of the tag and pressing down the foil sheet, shiny side uppermost to transfer the foil.
And that completes my starry night tag, full of glimmer and shine and lots of sparkle to create this little scene!


As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then 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!
Love Emma xxx



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