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Thursday, 14 November 2019

Aspenglow... by Ann

Hello and Happy November! This year our challenges are based on musical inspiration with some of Kim's favourite songs, and the song Aspenglow by John Denver is our inspiration for November. We want to see anything you create that is inspired by winter, snow, mountains, etc! Listen to the song below and get creating - then link up at the bottom of the post or share on social media using the hashtag #ecnov2019 for a chance to win a cool prize pack!


This month the theme at Emerald Creek Dares is "Aspenglow." We would like to see anything you create with a snowy, wintry feel, perhaps inspired by the John Denver song with this title. As the weather has suddenly turned cold here, and we've even seen a few snowflakes in the air, I thought I would create a piece that could be put out with my winter decorations. Emerald Creek has quite a few embossing powders that could work their magic in the snow department; I have chosen to use blizzard, one of Seth Apter's Baked Textures, for the snowy accents.

I begin with a mini Etcetera thickboard tag. I first add a coat of white gesso to each side and, when dry, a layer of weathered wood distress paint is sponged onto the surface and allowed to dry. To create the look of falling snow on the tag, I use texture paste through a stencil. When the stencil is lifted, I sprinkle a layer of the blizzard powder onto the wet paste and set aside. (Note: it is important that you allow the texture paste to completely dry before heating the powder. If you heat too soon, the paste becomes puffy.) Once the paste is completely dry, heat set the powder.

With the background complete, it is time to move on to the snowy evergreen trees. The trees begin as different sized chipboard laser cut shapes. They are painted green with forest moss and peeled paint distress paints. I add the color with a sponge to give the look of texture. Using a foam sponge, I add Versamark embossing ink on the surface of the trees. This is then coated with a layer of  forest foliage textured embossing powder. Since I hope to keep a textured appearance, I rub some of the areas with my finger to give varied coverage. I then heat set the powder.

This process is completed on all three trees.  Now it is time to add the snowy accents to the trees. Using my Ranger emboss it dabber ink and a paintbrush, I add embossing ink along the tops of the branches. as if the falling snow has been caught. I also paint some lines of ink within the central tree section to give a dimensional effect. The blizzard embossing powder is poured down from the top and sticks to the areas where the ink has been added. The snowy areas are heat set, then set aside to cool.

The back side of each of the trees is reinforced with a painted skewer stick, this allows them to be attached at varying distances away from the background (tag) white still retaining their rigidity.

Using Etcetera ledges, I create a base for the tag. The base is painted and then covered with texture paste and embossed with the blizzard powder, similar to the snowy background process. I die cut three chipboard deer and create a dimensional animal to stand tall in front of the forest of evergreens.

When everything is secured in place, I add flecks of watered down gesso to the entire piece.

Here are some close ups of the piece:

I hope that maybe you are inspired to create something snowy for the Emerald Creek Dares Challenge this month, after all, it's always better when we can play in the snow without the extra work of shoveling.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by the blog,
I truly appreciate it.

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Emerald Creek Supplies used:

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 Blizzard Baked Texture

 other supplies used:
Distress collage medium
Distress Paint:
antique linen, forest moss, ground expresso, peeled paint, picket fence,
vintage photo, walnut stain, weathered wood
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts: pine tree shape set
Ranger: Media white gesso
Ranger: texture paste: opaque matte
Tim Holtz /Sizzix Alterations: prancing deer (660033)
Tim Holtz /Stampers Anonymous Etcetera:
mini tag, trims bat/web set (ledges only)
Tim Holtz /Stampers Anonymous stencil: speckles (THS021)
VersaMark embossing ink
Wagner heat tool


To play we need you to link up ANY social media project pics you are posting this month that fit the category. You can use the hashtag #ECNOV2019
 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!

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