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Soul on fire

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Hello Crafters!

Here we are to a brand new challange over Simon Says Stamp!


This week’s theme over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challange is “Distress it” – There are many ways to distress and age a project, from inking and sanding to scraping along the edges with a paper distresser or a sharp pair of scissors. We will be looking forward to seeing how you distress your creation!
This week, I wanted to go back to when I was 12 and I was obsessed with old parchment. I used to make so many parchment for all my family members and I used to wrote why I loved them or what I appreciate about them – It was awesome and I remember I was feeling so cool and “gangsta” to be able to hold a light to burn the paper and make it look like an old parchment. Thank god I was not so clumsy back then…LOL!!

I glued together a couple of old book paper pages to make them thicker. I covered the pages with clear gesso because I was going to use a lot of water and I was afraid that my base would fall apart…
I grabbed a couple of distress oxides and started building my backrgound. I let the layers dry well before adding more colors and when I was satisfied…well… I covered everything with white paint. I used a spatula to add white paint, and with the same spatula I removed some paint to make the backrgound pop back again.

I repeated the process above a couple of time, till I was so happy about the background….that I decided to burn part of it! LOL!


As I was burning pieces of the paper, so many memories came back to my mind. I was so happy and at the same time so melancholic. It was an awesome feeling that I tried to transfer to my art journal page. I added pieces of tissue tape and stamped image – Then I took my sewing machine and I started to add some stitches all around the page.


I took an old photo of me, a photo that I always loved. I don’t know why. I know I shouldn’t say that i love this photo, but, even if I might sound vain, I do really like this photo. There is SO much behind it. I do not know why, but I took the photo in my hand and I crumpled it up in my own hand. Why? Who knows! I then took the lighter and burned around the photo. I loved the effect.

Then I took again a bit of white paint, I added water and I used a brush to cover the entire photo. I let it sit for a couple of seconds, then with a cloth I removed the paint. This left a thin white halo over the photo that made the photo fit perfectly with the background.
Please note that my photo was printed with Canon Selphy – this printer allows me to add water or paint or color without ruining the photo itself. So try this method at your own risk, lol!

Finally, I took some TiM Holtz stickers and started building my story…

For this challange Simon Says Stamp kindly offers a $50 gift voucher to shop over Simon Says Stamp!

Simon Says Stamp is also on Instagram! If you would like you can also share your projects there, but don’t forget to use the hashtag #sssmchallange

And that’s all for today, If you have any questions, suggestions or if you want to let me know what  you think of this project, leave a message!

Zoey Scarpelli

I'm Zoey - I'm passionate about Mixed Media, Stenciling, Stamping and reading books.

  • barbara

    Emozionante! Davvero un lavoro splendido, la tua foto è perfetta e le frasi sono bellissime! La parte tecnica neanche la commento, è troppo bella….Barbara

    July 17, 2017 at 9:15 am Reply
  • B.

    tres bon brulage

    July 17, 2017 at 3:35 am Reply
  • kath stewart

    wow amazing Zoey…love the burnt edges…all the details and of course your signature stitching…hugs kath xxx

    July 16, 2017 at 9:45 am Reply
  • Anna-Karin

    Beautiful project Zoey! The burnt paper edges look fantastic and I love the colors and the background, and how you added that great photo of yourself.

    July 15, 2017 at 10:45 pm Reply
  • Emma

    Love, love, LOVE this Zoey! I adore the burnt paper and all the fabulous detail you’ve added to this page and the colours you’ve used are stunning! Everything is just perfect and such a gorgeous photo too… <3

    July 15, 2017 at 1:40 pm Reply
  • meihsialiu

    Love the beautiful burned edges on this piece, Zoey. The colors and the photo of you are fantastic! 🙂

    July 14, 2017 at 10:44 pm Reply
  • smouwen

    This is such a stunning page, Zoey! Love the rough edges and all the stitching! Fabulous picture and the background is amazing! Hugs, Sandra

    July 14, 2017 at 10:49 am Reply
  • Andrea Ockey Parr

    This is really a wonderful project! I love the way you put yourself so thoroughly into your work and the effects are always stunning! Love how you incorporate stitching, too,and the aging technique you did on the paper is incredible!

    July 14, 2017 at 6:36 am Reply
  • Maura

    Ah-maze-ing!! You are always thinking beyond the stars, Zoey, and using fire to distress is a fantastic idea! Definitely a grungy distressed piece, and love how you add the stitching! hugs, Maura

    July 13, 2017 at 11:49 pm Reply
  • steph203

    Fab colors and texture! Great pic too 🙂

    Simon Says Stamp!

    July 12, 2017 at 11:21 pm Reply
  • Mimi- she's crafty

    Wow, this is radical, and your process sounds like it was a mini-journey… I appreciate your candor, and your art!

    July 11, 2017 at 8:29 am Reply
  • Macarena

    This is AMAZING! I burned the paper edges a lot when I was younger and now you recalled me this technique. Lovely warm colors mixed with burnt edges and black stitching are a perfect design. LOVE it! Hugs, Macarena

    July 10, 2017 at 8:34 pm Reply
  • Cathie C.

    Love this, Zoey, and I love how you burned the edges. The colors you used go perfectly with the technique and your beautiful face makes it gorgeous!

    Cathie ♥

    July 10, 2017 at 7:27 pm Reply
  • lorraine

    LOVE this Zoey! you are so pretty and the background and burnt edges are fabulous, love the stitching too. The whole design. is absolutely stunning! LOVE it 🙂

    Lols x x x

    July 10, 2017 at 4:07 pm Reply

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