Thursday, 21 January 2016

Love is {NOT} in the air......Emerald Creek Dare

It is time for a new challenge at Emerald Creek Dares and this time
the team was challenged to create Valentine's ~ For All The Single People. Sort of Valentine's Day themed but not necessarily filled with all the mushy romance if that's not your thing. Quite a challenge since I have not been single for 25+ years. So as I pondered this challenge while enjoying a Venti Pike Place it came to me - I LOVE COFFEE!

I decided to do a small 5x7 canvas ~ this is one of series of canvases that will be hot beverage themed and displayed above my coffee/tea corner in my kitchen.
Let's get started.....



















I started by mixing some Dina Wakely Glazing Medium with a bit of Candied Apple Distress Paint.
I appled this to my canvas with a pallet knife and my fingers. While this layer was still wet I added a couple of drops Fired Brick Distress Paint to my red glaze mixture and using my pallet knife added this colour to my canvas. Lastly, I added a couple of drops of Aged Mahogany to my glaze and using my fingers added some to my canvas.



















I next made a mixture of Crackle Paste and Texture Sand Paste (both from DecoArt Media) to use with my Tim Holtz Brick Stencil. My mixture was probably 50/50 but if I was to try this again I will definitely make sure that I went heavier on the Crackle Paste so the cracks would be more visible.

After I let the paste dry completely, I applied a mixture of Golden Fluid Acrylic Burnt Sienna & Glazing Medium to the entire canvas. while this was still wet I used a baby wipe to wipe back some of the colour. I applied more of this mixture to the bricks 2 more times until I got the colour I liked.



















I then added some stamping to my canvas using Archival Ink in Black & Potting Soil. I love how the stamping on the bricks looks like graffiti.

I used my Fresh Brewed Die from Tim Holtz/Sizzix for my main focal point.
I cut it from chipboard, painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint and gently sanded the edges before spritzing with Ground Espresso Distress Marker.
The sentiment was one I found on Pinterest and I used a combination of Chit Chat stickers & stamping on paper.



















I used my Interlaced Hearts Stamp from Emerald Creek as the steam coming from my coffee cup.
Mmmmmm........coffee. ;)
A Prize Cameo Charm, also from Emerald Creek, was perfect for the the front of the cup.
I added some Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder to the outer edge of the charm before filling the centre with glossy accents, 3 coffee beans and some red glitter.


Thank you so much for dropping by my blog today!
Be sure to visit the rest of Emerald Creek DT blogs for more
 "Valentine's ~ For All The Single People" inspiration
and enter our challenge at Emerald Creek Dares for a chance to win
a $25 online store credit!

Emerald Creek Design Team

Karon
Diana
Katelyn
Cathy
Claudia
Shilpa



~stay crafty~

julia


Challenges Entered 
Simon Says Monday Challenge: love is in the air

13 comments:

  1. so many elements come together to make a delicious looking project!!! now i need coffee!

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  2. This is beautiful and I love the background - fabulous!

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    1. I knew you would like this one. ;) Thanks, Nicole!

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  4. Great explanation of how you created all the beautiful textures and colours! It is such a beautiful project Julia! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  5. Love your canvas, Julia! Love all the texture and colours on the canvas!

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  6. Well, this is definitely the way to my heart! Amazing artistic creations and the smell of coffee! Yummy project with such fabulous design elements in the layers. So cool!

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  7. Beautiful use of EC charms, Julia. I love that texture in the background! Gorgeous piece of art.

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  8. Absolutely love this!! The red is so gorgeous...and I too have a love affair with coffee!! :)

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  9. LOL, that is fabulous Julia, wonderful graffiti covered bricks and brilliant idea to use the interlaced heart stamps to simulate the steam. Deb xo

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  10. Love coffee and art and you have combined the two steamingly well. Hehe! Gorgeous graffiti and grunge. Awesome sauce design! ~Niki

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