Thursday, 21 April 2016

Emerald Creek Dares - It's A Charmed Life

It's time for the next challenge at Emerald Creek Dares - and this one features the wonderful charms from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies. Kim has a fantastic selection of charms available at her online store. 

This will be my final Design Team post for Emerald Creek ~ I have enjoyed working with Kim & her amazing line of embossing powders, charms & stamps over the last 8 months. Check out the Design Team Call on the Emerald Creek Dares blog if you would like to join this fabulous Canadian design team!

Now on to my project - I created a vintage look canvas.
I started with a flat 8x10 canvas and using matte medium glued down scraps of patterned paper from the Emporium Of Curosities Mixed Media Paper Pack from IndigoBlu.
Next I applied molding paste through the Flourish & Harlequin Layering stencils form Tim Holtz/Sizzix. I also applied DecoArt Crackle Paste with a palette knife.
After my canvas was completely dry I sprayed it with Dylusions Ink Sprays - Ground Coffee & Postbox Red. 
Still using the Emporium Of Curiosities Paper Pack from IndigoBlu, I placed paper pieces that I inked and distressed. This was going to begin forming my centre focal point.
The flowers were made using paper from the same paper pack and the Jumbo Tattered Foral die from Sizzix. Each flower is made of 6 layers of paper that I sprayed with water and scrunched up before fixing together with a brad.
The greenery is chipboard cut from the Garden Greens Die from Sizzix. I painted it with Peeled Paint Distress Paint. I then randomly stamped  a script stamp over the painted chipboard before covering  the pieces with the new Crazing Collage Medium from Ranger. I absolutely love the crackle finish the crazing medium leaves when it dries.
To add a bit more grunge I added some Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder by first 'painting' on some matte medium over the edges of my canvas then sprinkling on the embossing powder. I let the this dry before heat embossing the powder.
A couple of Copper Filligree Leaf Charms from Emerald Creek perfectly finished off my floral focal point. A couple of vintage photos added to my canvas and I was done!

Now check out the rest of the design team projects for some more amazing inspiration then head over to the blog to share your 'Charming' projects with us for a chance to win!

Products used:

Emporium Of Curiosities Mixed Media Paper Pack - IndigoBlu
DecoArt Crackle Paste
Crazing College Medium - Ranger
Molding Paste
Layering Stencils - Harlequin, Flourish
Doily Die - Sizzix
Jumbo Tattered Florals Die - Sizzix
Garden Greens Die - Sizzix
Dylusions Ink Sprays - Ground Coffee, PostBox Red
8x10 canvas - Dollar Store


  1. Gorgeous as usual!! I love all your layers! It has been an honor to be on the team with you Julia!! You are so talented!

  2. Total awesomeness here, Julia! Gorgeous layers of texture in the background, beautiful flowers and greenery. And brilliant composition.
    You will be missed on the team Julia.

  3. Gorgeous project Julia! The textures that you have created are fabulous! I love the effect you used on the leaves. It's been awesome to have you on the team and you will be missed. I will make sure to keep checking you out in blog land!

  4. Sad to hear that you are leaving the ECD DT, and wish you the best! This is such a fabulous project, you are leaving with a bang! The crackled leaves melt my heart. <3

  5. Julia, this is so beautiful and grungy all at the same time--just the way I love it! Great texture and colors on the background and all of your elements are the perfect compliment. So much work went into this fabulous canvas! I will be sad to see you leaving the Emerald Creek Design Team, but I wish you well! Big hugs!

  6. Love your canvas, Julia! And thank you for sharing some close ups as well - these were a treat to look at too! Hugs, Claudia x

  7. So you have me so torn. I'm so sad, I'm so happy, and I want to make you teach classes and be my artistic protege. You are awesome and have been such an inspiration. Sending so much love and thanks your way!! 💕

  8. Absolutely stunning Julia!!
    What shall you do now? Are you on to other DT's?
    I do love your style,only having recently discovered you!
    Best wishes!
    Jackie ")

  9. This is a gorgeous canvas! Love your tutorial!

  10. This is stunning!! love all the details!


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