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Thursday, 12 September 2019

Be True To Your School... by Ann

Hello friends! We are back today with another fabulous project for you from our Design Team for September's Dare - Be True To Your School! We are at another back to school season, so let's see anything School Related - maybe even some flash back photos, grads, first days, first dates. This year has been a year of musical inspiration for our challenges, taken from songs that are some of Kim's favourites, so I think it's fitting that September's Song would be Beach Boys - Be True To Your School. Click the link to have a listen to this fun vintage song!

Hi everyone, September means back to school, and the Emerald Creek Dares Challenge is embracing this event with the theme "Be True to your School"!

I realize that many different types of students all have varying opinions on what will be their "best class" this year. I was always partial to math class; however, one of my other favorites tended to be art. Using this as inspiration for my September project, I have created a panel titled "art and soul."

I begin with four square panels of Bristol board.

I then select different pieces of vintage papers from my stash that represent different educational subjects. I tear these papers into strips and pieces, then layer them onto the four panels using collage medium.

When the collage medium has dried, I add a layer of color with Paper Artsy fresco paint (butter). I also add layers of distress ink (fossilized amber and wild honey). When the inks are dry I stamp additional images onto the panels with black soot Archival ink and set aside to dry completely. 

Next, I coat each panel with a layer of embossing ink then cover with a layer of Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture. This layer is heat set and then allowed to cool. When cool, an additional layer of embossing ink is added, then once again, covered with Vintage Beeswax embossing powder and heated. I add an additional layer of stamped images with Archival ink between coats of beeswax embossing to create added depth. 

I continue adding the layers of embossing until I am satisfied with the appearance. One of my favorite aspects of the Baked Texture Vintage Beeswax is the rich warm colors that emerge as the layers are built, these layers and colors are further enhanced by the colors that you have added beneath.

Using Staz-On pigment ink (black) I stamp my final images onto the topmost layer of embossing. The incredible color wheel image fit perfectly with my theme and then I added the words "Art" and "soul" onto separate panels. The four panels were then attached to a square base panel that was painted with flat black paint.

I really love the way that this piece turned out, looking at all the different layers and color gradients within each panel is truly satisfying.

The vintage beeswax is an amazing embossing powder. It is now available in a larger jar, which I am thrilled about. I truly believe this powder is best when applied in multiple layers and the larger jar ensures you won't run out in the middle of a project. It is a really great value as well.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and learn about my piece. Maybe it even inspired you to join the Emerald Creek challenge this month.  Here is a link below to enter if you dare!

Emerald Creek Craft Supplies

Emerald Creek Supplies used:

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Other items used that are available at Emerald Creek: 
Wagner Studio Precision heat gun

 Other supplies:
Distress collage medium:matte
Impression Obsession / Seth Apter stamps:
color chart (H18088), primitives (3193-LG)
Paper Artsy fresco paints: butter
Ranger / Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink: black soot
Stampers Anonymous / Tim Holtz stamps:
brush collection (P2-2111), mini worn text (CMS156) 
Staz-On Pigment Ink: black
VersaMark Embossing Ink

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To play we need you to link up ANY social media project pics you are posting this month that fit the category. #ECSEPT2019
 on your posts as well so we can reference them and if you add and tag various Emerald Creek product you will get a bonus entry. At the end of the month we will pick a winner and send a prize pack to the Winner as well as link up their project and share it out.

Just for entering our Dare Challenge, you can receive 10% off your Emerald Creek order.

So what are you waiting for... we DARE you!


  1. Your project is fabulous Ann, so many wonderful layers, wonderful stamping, especially that final stamped layer! Love this! xx

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