In the Garden Burlap Panel by Emma Williams

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In the Garden Burlap Panel by Emma Williams

Hello everyone, it’s Emma here and I’m so happy to be back on the Simon Says Stamp blog sharing a home decor project, inspired by the lazy days of summer and this wonderful photo of two giggling girls from Tim Holtz’s Paper Dolls collection. So, with this in mind I’ve designed a dimensional, multi layered vintage style panel, using this fabulous image as my focal point and surrounding them with many more beautiful Tim Holtz products.

1. Using the burlap panel, use your fingertip to smear a small amount of gesso around the outside edges and set aside to dry. This will create a shabby chic look to the burlap.

2. Cut a panel of the Memoranda Paper Stash to measure, 13.5 x 18 cm and ink the edges of the paper. Machine stitch in a neutral coloured thread around the outside of the paper and then, Using a paper distresser tool, run the tool around the edges of the stitched paper to create a worn, vintage look adding small rips and tears as you work your way around.

3. Cut a panel of green card from the Classic Kraft Stock, slightly larger in size than the patterned paper. Using the sanding tool, gently sand the edges of the card stock before matting the stitched panel of paper over the top. Mount the layered panels onto a piece of gold metallic kraft paper measuring, 14.5 x 19cm and then adhere the matted layers onto the front of your burlap panel.

In the Garden Burlap Panel by Emma Williams

4. Using one of the Cabinet Card Frames, lightly sand around the outside of the frame.

5. Cut a further piece of Tim Holtz Memoranda paper to fit inside the Cabinet Card Frame and adhere the paper into place.

6. Using the Collage Brushes, apply a layer of Collage Medium over the entire Cabinet Card before taking the Walnut Stain Distress Crayon and running it around the edge, blending out the colour with your fingertip. At this stage, I also ran the crayon around the inside of the aperture to create some more depth to the layers.

7. Flick small amounts of gesso over the surface of the Cabinet Card Frame and allow to dry.

8. Attach the Cabinet Card to a piece of burlap from the Textured Surfaces pack and leave a border of the burlap showing around the outside of the card frame. Cut a strip of Linen Ribbon and wrap this around the Cabinet Card, placing it just above the writing and securing the ends of the ribbon at the back.

9. Choosing a selection of flowers of various colours and heights from the Botanical Layers pack, I arranged and attached some of the flowers using Collage Medium directly onto my Cabinet Card Frame, arranging them around the oval aperture and attaching them with Collage Medium.

10. Take the image of the two adorable girls from the Paper Dolls set and colour the dress of the girl on the left by using the Tumbled Glass Distress Marker Pen and applying the colour directly to the surface, before gently wiping away any excess with a soft cloth. Apply Picked Raspberry to the other dress, again wiping away the excess ink before adding Brushed Corduroy to their arms and faces and a touch of Picked Raspberry to give them rosy cheeks.

In the Garden Burlap Panel by Emma Williams

11. Place foam pads on the back of the image and attach to the centre of the aperture of the Cabinet Card Frame, placing them over the top of some floristry fibres.

12. Using the remaining flowers that I’d chosen from the Botanical Layers pack, I attached these with foam pads, placing them around the bottom section of my Cabinet Card Frame and at the feet of the Paper Doll girls, giving the appearance that the girls are standing in the garden, surrounded by flowers.

In the Garden Burlap Panel by Emma Williams

13. Cut a further piece of linen ribbon and tie into a small bow and attach this bow to the left hand side of the Cabinet Card frame. Place the Clipping Sticker, “In The Garden” into a memo pin and insert the pin into the knot of the bow.

14. Cut away four of the flower heads from one stem of the Bouquet Findings. Spritz the flower heads with Spun Sugar and Antique Linen distress Spray Stains and allow to dry before attaching them to the base of the memo pin, arranging them to cascade down the pin.

In the Garden Burlap Panel by Emma Williams

15. Attach two butterflies from the Botanical Layers Pack to complete the scene on the front of the Cabinet Card.

16. Add Remnant Rubs and a Clippings Sticker to the top right hand corner of the card frame.

17. The ruler pieces are slightly smaller than the width I wanted to use on the burlap panel, so for this I created an illusion by taking one of the Ruler pieces which I cut into two sections measuring approx 3cm. Rub the wood with Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo Distress Ink before spritzing each piece with a light misting of water and allow to dry. Attach the two pieces onto the covered burlap panel, placing them approx 4.5cm from the bottom edge and adhering them into place on either side with Collage Medium, allowing them to slightly overlap the left and right hand edges of the burlap panel.

In the Garden Burlap Panel by Emma Williams

18. Place foam pads on the back of the completed Cabinet Card Frame and attach centrally onto the front of your burlap panel, placing it over the top of the ruler pieces, which now appear to be one length of ruler.

19. Apply Picket Fence Distress Paint to the surface of the Hinge Clip, allow for the paint to be-come tacky before wiping away some of the paint from the clip. Attach the clip to the top of the frame.

20. Finally, add four of the Prima Knobs to each corner of the panel and I’ve added it to the Tim Holtz Adjustable Easel to display it.

In the Garden Burlap Panel by Emma Williams

I really hope you’ve loved the creative process behind this project and that you’ll be inspired by the piece I’ve created especially for you! Thanks so much for stopping by today and I’ll see you again very soon!



Thanks so much for reading today, and thanks to Emma for being our guest!

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  1. Layer upon layer of sheer Gorgeousness! Emma . As always your design and execution is faultless. Thank you for sharing the step out and all those fabulous photos getting us closer to indulge in the detail .

  2. This is a piece that would speak volumes in my genealogy work and address my scrappers itch. Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. Thank you for the detailed info on making this beautiful frame of the Two Girls in the Garden! Time to add to my collection of Tim Holtz!

  4. Absolutely ” fabtabtulous ” ( translation = BETTER than fabulous !!! <3 The layers, the composition, the details… love them all. Tim must grin from ear to ear whenever he sees your work. Your use of product is so amazing. And inspiration ??? OMG sooooooo much <3

  5. So lovely – the textures from the burlap, ribbon and flowers are fabulous, and I love the idea of cutting the ruler piece to make it look longer!

  6. I just added a burlap Background stamp to my stash, and I love to use it. And instead of real fabric it´s not bulky, so the cards will be mailable.

  7. This framed mixed media collage is just beautiful. This gives me a lot of inspiration to try making a framed collage for my home.

  8. Wow is this beautiful! I love the vintage look and all those layers. The burlap adds an extra bit of texture and gives it a sweet country look

  9. This is a gorgeous decorative piece of artwork and I love it!! Looks like I will have to get myself some burlap panels to try doing my own!

  10. I love this card and always on this blog I love the instructions and materials list. Love the frame and the garden idea. Timeless appeal. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Those two paper doll girls look exactly like my two older sisters when they were younger. We all had those pixie hair cuts. I wish I could attach a photo of my sisters; the resemblance is just too much. Anyways, I love the burlap on this, the layering and the colorful flowers really stand out. It makes me want to try something like this and take me out of my comfort zone of making cards.

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