Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Beautiful-Splattering For Fun at Emerald Creek Dares

Hello friends and visitors! It's time for a new Dare at Emerald Creek Dares, and this time we are daring you to 'Splatter For Fun'. Just add splatter to your project this month, be it paint, sparkle, embossing powder, whatever...! My talented teamies have lots of splattered inspiration for you, so be sure to pop over to have a look.  Today, I have a wall hanging for you with lots of splattering effects and sparkle, too!

I started with a piece of corrugated cardboard, gave it a wash of gesso, sprinkled on Emerald Creek Ultra Puff White embossing powder and heated to melt. I splattered with watered down Chipped Sapphire Distress paint, a mixture of Chipped Sapphire and Blueprint Sketch Distress inks, and Wilted Violet Distress ink. I blended random areas with Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet and splattered with water. After letting it sit for a minute, I patted with a clean paper  towel to remove some of the color.

The purple panel is a piece of water color paper I used to mop up paints/inks sometime in the past. I'm not sure what colors I used, but I'd be willing to guess Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire and Wilted Violet and maybe even Hickory Smoke. This paper was perfect, because it already had the little droplets from picking up the last of the color on the mat. I swiped some of the same inks I used on the cardboard on my mat and spritzed lightly with water. I laid the paper in the ink face down to pick up the little droplets of color for more splattering. Additionally, I splattered on the same paint and inks as I used on the corrugate backing and some watered down white acrylic paint. Again, I blended Blueprint Sketch and Wilted violet in random areas and splattered with water, letting it sit, and patting it with the towel to make those lighter splatters you see here.

I mixed water with clear embossing ink and splattered that on the background. I sprinkled on Emerald Creek Fractured Ice embossing powder, shook off the excess, and heated 'til bubbly. It's hard to capture just how pretty this is on the camera, but in real life, it looks like little ice crystals that pick up the color around them. So pretty!

For the focal point, I embossed a Tim Holtz Ornate Frame cut from chipboard. I slathered on a sloppy layer of thick gesso and sprinkled with Ultra Puff White embossing powder, and heated to melt. I love the subtle matte texture this powder creates.


The Tim Holtz  Detailed Butterfly was cut from water color paper I had blended with Wilted Violet ink, spritzed with water, and heat embossed with a splatter stamp (maker unknown) and Emerald Creek's Onyx Frost. I cut a second butterfly from black paper, cut it in half and embossed the edges with Onyx Frost. I layered them to create a "shadow" and topped with an Emerald Creek Heart Brad I enameled (3 layers) with Ranger Emboss It Dabber and Emerald Creek Candy Red embossing powder.

The Tim Holtz Wildflowers outside the frame were splattered very lightly with diluted white acrylic paint and tipped in Onyx Frost embossing powder for yet some more splatter and sparkle.

I love to put little details on my projects and here you can see some bits of black lace I've tucked between the layers and some threads I've added to lead your eye around the canvas.

"Beautiful" is a gift from my talented friend, Autumn (SewPaperPaint) and it's extra sparkly with Onyx Frost embossing. Oh, how I wish you could see this in person--it sparkles like the sun on dew drops! Underneath you can see some more droplets of the Fractured Ice.

I hope my wall hanging gives you a little inspiration to put some splatter on your art this month and join in the fun at Emerald Creek Dares. You have an entire month to enter, and there's a generous gift certificate to Emerald Creek Craft Supplies for the winner!

Emerald Creek Dares
Emerald Creek Supplies:

Other supplies used and available at Emerald Creek:

Challenges entered:
Scrapy Land Challenge 61-Anything Goes I used 3 Sizzix dies.
A Vintage Journey February Challenge-Words That Are Special I wasn't going to enter, since it's only a word and not "words", but it is a word I use so frequently when I write comments, and if you were sitting here with me you would hear me utter it when I visit so many of the blogs!
Allsorts-Week 404-Metal and/or Charms My heart is a metal brad.
Love to Create Challenge #4 Anything Creative Mixed Media Goes
Thank you for dropping by today and for all your lovely comments! They make my day!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily


  1. Gorgeous piece Sara! I really adore your colours here, the purples and blues work so well together and you have blended them beautifully into one amazing background. The black flowers and the white frame make such lovely accent pieces and the high contrast works wonderfully against the colourful backdrop! The corrugated cardboard background is amazing!! Love the added texture and interest. I think my favourite bit is your sweet butterfly with the red heart in the middle, such an amazing focal piece and boy does that red ever pop!! I hope you had a wonderful couple of weeks while I was away, sending big hugs to you and wishes for a lovely week and weekend!

  2. Such a beautiful creation, nicely designed and great details!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Allsorts this week!

  3. Oh my goodness Sara Emily! You really made that Verve Stamps beautiful die shine - quite literally! I love how you embossed it with that gorgeous powder. It really is a word we use often in the blog-o-sphere - particularly for amazing mixed media work like yours. ;0 This is truly beautiful my friend! Stunning layers. Hugs, Autumn

  4. Ooooh, I love that gorgeous mop up background and the fabulous red heart on the butterfly. The technique with the Cracked ice EP looks absolutely stunning and those silhouette flowers look so, so beautiful and such great contrasts! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. We were thinking about each other at the same time Sara - I just saw a message from you!!! Thank you sweet girl. This is a lovely card.... and your splatters are done to enhance it's beauty perfectly too. I always enjoy anything with corrugated cardboard so you capture me right off the bat. What delights me the most is the black wildflowers and the black layered butterfly. To me... the black 'silhouette' enhancements takes your card from just being lovely to being elegantly intriguing! One of my favorites Sara. Xj.

  6. Stunning colours Sara Emily!! Plus, I love all the splatters you have going on! (Ive become really fond of them too). Gorgeous card! Nicola x

  7. hello sara! this is so pretty, luv the details and mixed media techniques...thanks for sharing! I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

    blog-paperie blooms

    sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

  8. A beautiful card displayed and a gorgeous colour combo for our challenge this time at ALLSORTS challenge for the theme, ADD METAL/CHARMS, hope to see you again. ♥[aNNie DT for Allsorts Challenges]

  9. A very pretty creation, many thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week.

    B x

  10. I love your splattered purple/blue background, Sara Emily! Your black and white elements really pop with these colors, not to mention that awesome red heart! Love the texture you've added with the embossing powders as well. Awesome as always! Hugs :-)

  11. Sarah Emily,
    Your purple piece is beautiful,and not just because it is my favorite color! You really know how to layer your elements and pieces- so clever my friend! xo

  12. Hi Sara Emily, wow I didn't know which to choose from your entries to A Vintage Journey! Love them all! Sorry not to have been in touch, unfortunately health issues, hopefully resolved by the summer. I am starting to get to grips with my blog again but most people do face book instead. Are you on FB? X

  13. Lovely inky background, brought to life by all that gorgeous spatter (hope to be along to play with this - as you know it's a rare project without spatter round my way!). The flowers look fabulous against the dramatic sky. Great to have you along for the ride at A Vintage Journey again.
    Alison x

  14. Love that splattered background colours and the frame/butterfly are stunning. Thank You for dropping by my blog Sara and leaving such a kind comment. Great to view another project at AVJ too. You are a busy lady xx

    Best wishes
    Annie x

  15. I am terrible at splattering! I want to learn how!!!! I wish you would do a video on how you splatter!!!!
    Very creative Sara Emily and I do love your background!!
    sandy xx

  16. Just popped back to say a big thank you for joining in our Words That Are Special challenge at A Vintage Journey! Hugs, Anne xx

  17. Fabulous splatters and layers Sara Emily, love the gorgeous purples combines with the black and white accents and the gorgeous red heart was the perfect finishing touch. Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  18. This is gorgeous! The background is amazing. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown.

  19. What can I say, Sara, it's absolutely stunning! I adore every single inch of this marvelous piece! The splatters, the techniques, the composition, everything is simply perfectly done, here! Oh, how I love this amazing piece of art, my friend! Bravo! Big hugs! Branka xx

  20. I absolutely love what you did to a simple piece of corrugated cardboard! It looks fantastic! You are a true master of Mixed Media! The color is gorgeous too! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenges!

  21. This is such a gorgeous card! The colors and the texture you created are fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  22. Beautiful indeed! I bet that ice EP does look even more amazing IRL. What a splendid splattered fun time you had with this darling design. Is that Wildflower a stamp? It needs to come to my house. Haha. Fantabulous details with the hidden little lace and such. Awesome sauce dearie! Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

  23. Goodness you turned a piece of cardboard into a masterpiece. Its just great. Thanks for joining us at Southern Girls.

  24. Beautiful splattering indeed ( and I do love my splatters). Love the purple tones with the black and white - so striking and the pop of red just lifts the tones perfectly . Wonderful design and fabulous make
    hugs x

  25. Absolutely love everything about this Sara Emily!! so many gorgeous layers and textures, I just want to touch that frame! You always inspire me my friend! :)

  26. Stunning !
    Thanks for joining us at Scrapyland challenges blog and good luck !
    Maryvonne DT Member

  27. Way to splatter Sara! Love the background colour and how it works with the black and white! Pretty! :)


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