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Monday, 16 January 2017
There were a lot of stages- probably more than needed, but it was a learning curve- and did come out pretty much as I was planning it to.
This was the original cover.
I wasn't a fan, but it was the only one I could find at the time, so, as I'd already made some alterations to the pages, it seemed that this was up next.
But, onto the cover. First job was a coat of white gesso, then some crumpled tissue paper over that.
I gave that time to dry, then added some texture to the surface with black stencil paste and a Sweet Poppy stencil.
Just a few patches, front & back.
I had some metal pieces bought from a local craft shop, a whole load of wooden ones, and a bunch of die cuts.
Everything, including the covers now got a coat of black gesso.
Next I started laying out shapes on the cover.
I had the front pretty much as I wanted it, so time for the back.
I didn't want to make the back too bulky, and remembered I had some sheets of chipboard numbers, by Woodware, bought a few years ago at the NEC.
The cameo was from a pack of four bought at The Works, and sits on top of a chipboard frame.Thats the most dimensional bit on the back cover.
Added the numbers, a few cogs and a dreamcatcher to the back, then everything got another coat of black gesso.
Now to add colour, and I realised my mistake here- the sprays wouldn't show up on black! So, gave it a very rough coating of white gesso, which I forgot to photograph. I still wanted some areas of black to show, so didn't cover everything.
After these dried and went paler, I added some Distress Stains in Faded Jeans, Wilted Violet & Seedless Preserves.
I realised I'd have to paint the hinges & lock again in black, as they were also coloured by the spray, and I wanted them black.
First though, I wanted to put a sweep of micro beads down the dress form, so ran some Glossy Accents down it.
I already knew which beads I wanted to use, but when I was getting them out, I spotted a jar of mixed black, blue & white ones, and decided to use them.
However, I didn't like it when it was on, the colours were wrong, so I scraped them off and went with my original plan.
I've used some black Starlights paint, from Imagination crafts to re-colour the hinges on the back, then did the same on the front.
I also decided I'd hidden too much of the black base colour, so dry brushed some of the black paint into random areas. The paints have crushed Gilding Flakes in them, and have a lovely sheen to them.
I then thought I could enhance the colours a little by dry brushing on some Amethyst and Saxe Blue too.
I'd decided that it was time to stop, it looked pretty much as I wanted it to. And it was only a matter of time before I went too far.😀
So time to put it all back together. Which is when I realised I had missed something important. I hadn't covered the insides of the cover. I'd intended to do that anyway, but now, thanks to inky painty smudges & fingerprints, it was a definite.
Quick troll through various papers and card to find something suitable, that was big enough to do both sides, especially as it is slightly wider than A4.
Came up with this, which is sort of like a very thick tissue paper.
After giving the edges a coat of black gesso, I stuck the paper down with some Aileenes TIOO glue.
While that was drying, I removed the original wire binder from the book pages. I'd left it in till now, as it kept all the pages in one place!
And on to the final assembly then.
I used four book rings in the end, and you can probably also see I applied some rub on gilding in places, both front and back.
I *might* add some photos into the little frames at a later date,and I was thinking off adding something to that wooden tag, but not sure what yet. Maybe a stamped word.
Thursday, 12 January 2017
I'd been planning on doing a few for a while now, but while I was shopping the other day, I had a brainwave. Cut down on the cleanup by using Baking Foil to work on! Then, when I'm done, the whole thing just gets rolled up and thrown in the bin.
I sprayed out the shaving foam- and you must get foam, not gel!-any cheap brand will do, I used the stores own, about 40p a can.
First batch, I used Distress Inks in Weathered Wood, Hickory Smoke and Pumice Stone. You can use any dye ink, even paints for this technique.
Now I cut down some white cardstock to A5 size, and began dipping them.
This is the first piece, still covered in foam. Use a ruler to scrape the foam off, and put back in the pile.
Doesn't look like much at this stage, but the next bit is when the magic happens.
All the excess foam scraped away, and the surface wiped over with a paper towel.
There is a limit to how many times you can re-use the foam, eventually you will just end up with mud.
Also a good reason to pick your colours carefully.
For the three darker ones here, I added some Ground Espresso ink to the foam, and re swirled it, using a paintbrush handle this time.
A touch more Weathered Wood, and you can see I'm getting a lot of browns now, from continually mixing. Time for a new batch!
To be honest, I think I prefer the browns of the first batch.
I chucked in a little Faded Jeans here, so the pinks are not quite so dominant.
Side by side comparison, and definitely prefer the more subtle browns.
Just need to put them somewhere to flatten out now, and that's a few backgrounds for my UFO box.
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
It started out as me putting away some spare die-cuts, and while I was at it reminding myself what was already in there. Stored in a box, it's very much a case of out of sight, out of mind.
Anyway, while I was sorting, I came across a number that I thought might be useful for the covers of that Birthday Book. No, I hadn't forgotten about it, just had no clue where I was going with it.
I had a number of each die cut- dressforms, hinges,cogs etc, so I stuck 3 or 4 of each together, to make them a little thicker.
There are quite a few, and I shan't use them all, but at least I have a little choice.
Now they were stuck, so they all got a coat of black gesso, as well as a few wooden shapes I'd picked out.
And this is as far as I've got.The front is almost done, embellishment wise. Just maybe the key to the lock to go on yet, but I'm thinking about that. Now, when the glue is dry, it will get another coat of gesso. The back has the hinges in place, and I've yet to figure out what's going on there next.
People who do a lot of this make it look so easy- I watch videos where they do this in an hour or so- even if it was sped up, they probably took maybe 3 hours. So, far, I'm at 3 weeks, lol.
And just for a giggle, there's this:
By the way, those Avery Elle pockets? I emailed Avery Elle, to try to find out if they were being discontinued, as I couldn't get them anywhere. I got the reply that the packaging was in the process of being changed, but were available from them, and would be shipped to retailers soon. From a member on SCS, who also asked them what was going on, they said the new packaging would read 5 1/2 x7 1/4",whereas the older ones read 5 5/8 x 7 3/8". Just measured mine, which are old stock, and it looks like nothing has actually changed, it's just that the new measurement reflects the actual usable area of the pouch, rather than the overall dimensions.
Quick Edit to this:
Just had a look on Amazon, and the new pockets are on sale there now. Link HERE to them, the LARGE size, which is what I've been using, and just a tad smaller than our A5.
Sunday, 8 January 2017
It features two cheeky robins from a Hobby Arts set, called Round Robins.
The card base is a 7" square deckle edged card, bought when we visited Happy Stampers in October.
I stamped out two of the robins using Memento Tuxedo Black, and coloured them in using Promarkers. I added the Santa hat, which is also part of the set, and made the furry edge with a little cotton wool and glue. I cut some backing paper slightly smaller than the card front, and from the offcuts I made a matt for both robins.
I added this to the Designer paper matt, then placed the robins on top, leaving room for two die-cut elements.
I also added a little sparkle to the hats with some Icicle Stickles.
Final addition was some white Organza ribbon tied in a knot down the spine.
Wednesday, 4 January 2017
New Year, and I thought it time for a new Banner pic too.
No crafting going on, I've been sorting out my Christmas stamps. I have them all in 3 ring binders, but no order to them at all. The stamps are all just added to the first available space, and I realised that as I then tend to stop at whatever is new, lots of stamps are never getting a look in as I don't get that far in the folder. So, I decided I would sort by theme, I have no problem splitting up sets, generally. And so it began.
If you think that looks bad, you should see the desk behind the desk!
That's had all sorts of crap thrown on it while this sorting was happening.
So that will be the next sort & tidy job, later today.
4 Folders, 3 with image stamps, and one for sentiments. It was awkward to get a picture, as my door is only about 3 feet away, so I had to do it sort of side on to stop it going blurred.
Final picture is a funny I saw on FB yesterday- this week has me confused already-Tuesday night was Dougs first night back, so of course it's felt like Monday all day to me. I'm writing this on Tuesday evening, today I went for the first of my exercise classes, and expect to find my muscles complaining on Wednesday, so I'm scheduling this one, as my desk won't be changing at all.
Made me laugh, this did.
Still no news on the surgery front, I shall start chasing them if I don't hear anything towards the end of this week.