Saturday, 1 October 2011

Imagine Journal for The Artistic Stamper

It was nice to see all the numbered creations for last months challenge, all were different, but all so arty :)
How do you feel about this one then?
"Autumn Colours"
Yes it's a colour challenge for October over at The Artistic Stamper Creative Team ;)
and additionally the design team have been requested to use some of the fabulous stamps newly released by Jennie.
And what do you know? These beauties have 25% off this month :)
I am very fond of the Autumn season especially when the sun shines and makes the changing colours come alive.

I made a little (4x4) journal to keep my 4x4's in! LOL
First I cut two square pieces of thick grey board (chipboard) 4⅜ by 4 inches and then two square pieces of sticky back canvas approx. half inch bigger all round.

I coloured the canvas by squirting some home made Distress spritz that I made by using a mini-mister with one full dropper of Distress re-inker and filling with water in barn door, dried marigold, dusty concord and peeled paint.......then I gave it a good old squirt of Perfect Pearls mists heirloom gold....when it was dry I fixed it to the covers.
Because I "needed" ;) to experiment with my new Distress Stain picket fence I gave the back cover a coating of this to see what difference it would make.
I took the new large dotty open background stamp and without attaching it to an acrylic block it was inked up with Archival sepia and stamped on the covers. A couple of stampings with the large ink splat from the A4 sized swirls,splats and dots plate in Archival black made me happy too.

The "Imagine" title was stamped in Archival black onto Ranger gloss paper that had been coloured with Alcohol Inks in purple twilight, terra cotta, pesto and copper mixative......with enamel accents added for the shiny black give it a bit of dimension I glued it to some grey board, cut out and edged with gold marker......lastly layered onto a piece of white card edged with black marker.
NOTE TO SELF.....because it's a shiny surface the dots seem to have spread a bit and are not as pert as they usually are on normal paper! LOL

I then made some end papers to finish off the insides and swooshed my paper through a mix of the same Distress ink sprays that had been spritzed with the Perfect Pearls spray to dilute on the craft mat.
When it was dry I stamped the new mini polka dot background in Archival coffee and edged all round with some tissue tape before attaching it to the inside of the covers.

The inside pages are cut 4 x 4to take into account the bit at the edge you loose where the book is bound.
As this is a work in progress I have chosen to keep it simple with two rings that I can easily keep adding pages too ;)
Two metal corners were added on the front and...............I tried and tried to get a good pic of the scrummy shimmeriness on the cover and was about to give up when the sun began to shine just right ;)....hope you can see it too!

You really must take a look at the "Autumn Colours" creations the rest of the team have made and here are the DT member links for you.
Alison, Hels, Jennie, Kat, Minxy Tina and our brand new teamie
Emma at That's Life
Big wave to Emma ;)

So don't forget.............the monthly challenge is "Autumn Colours"
The rules are simple... all you need to do is make a piece of art, be it a card, ATC, wall art, altered art, mini journal book ;)... just remember that it must include some rubber stamping and the theme... and... if you use Artistic Stamper stamps on your entry you will be entered into the draw twice! The prize is £15 worth of stamps from the Artistic Stamper shop... along with the KlingOn to mount them onto.
I hope you get chance to play at the challenge... it is open until October 31st and the winner will be chosen by shortly after :)

Thanks for looking and happy stamping
xoxo Sioux


  1. Wow! Those book covers are stunning Sue! Great techniques! xxx

  2. You've certainly put a lot of thought and techniques into this project which is both practical and yummy. Hope you enjoy using it as much as I've enjoyed watching the process and seeing the end result.
    Hugs Joanne xx

  3. ooooooooooh just gorgeous!!!! Hugs Juls

  4. Beautiful backgrounds you have created. Really yummy!

  5. Wow!! Love these book covers ~ stunning work!!
    Thank you for the lovely warm welcome to the team, looking forward to creating alongside everyone!!
    Have a great weekend.
    Emma xx

  6. Such a wonderful project, love the autumn feeling.


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