As you know, I live on a permanent countdown to Christmas (259 days, if you’re interested!) however this week I am also counting down the days until my Hels Sheridan workshop. Just 3 more sleeps (eek!) and I’ll be packing up my tweezers, along with the some surprise treats for Mrs S, and catching the train to Harrogate, I can’t wait. In the meantime I have the first of my makes that I will be sharing over at Sunday Stampers where the theme is nature:
This is a little faux vintage book and I saw the technique over at Polly’s Paper Studio where Ginny Nemchak has made a great video to show how it’s done. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to give it a try. I haven’t got it quite right this time, but I now know what to do next time! All the same I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out.
The book isn’t designed to fold, but is intended to decorate other projects. Check out Ginny’s Graphic 45 audition piece to see how fabulous it can look. Now I’ve had a go I want to have a go at making a miniature version. I won’t explain how to make the actual book – check out the video for that, but I’ll tell you how I made the front pages.
I’ve used a piece of ivory card and coloured it with Antique Linen distress ink. The edges have been distress and then I’ve added a little Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain. I stamped a background with a dictionary page stamp – using the third impression so it is very feint.
I stamped the bees and butterflies using Walnut Stain and then stamped on the blots and splodges using Vintage Photo.
The words were printed on the computer using an old typewriter font. The finishing touch was to add the ribbon book mark and a little key.
Once I had photographed this I wondered, as I do, what this might be like if the stamped images, which if this were a real book would be illustrations, might be like in colour. So as I hadn’t made this for anything in particular I thought I’d find out so added some colour using watercolour pencils and a water brush.
Mmm – quite like this. One piece of advice, if you do decide to make a colourful version make sure you do the colouring before you assemble the finished piece!
Thanks for buzzing by.