I wanted to create a little album to give someone special some ‘Thank you’ vouchers.
I was in need of pockets and this little album is perfect! This particular pocket album design is by Lori Whitlock for my Silhouette cutter. But you do not need anything fancy, the colour and embossing combination would work great on a normal greetings card too.
This month we do not have a design brief!! So I indulged by starting with one of my favourite colours ever: Golden turquoise acrylic paint. Just use paper that does not warp when painted. Water colour paper is good, but I am working a lot with lining wallpaper. When the paint has dried it is smooth and becomes quite stiff and works beautifully for 3D projects. And it works great with heat embossing. Did I mention that it is very cheap too?
I gave all my pockets two coats with the acrylic paint for a rich deep turquoise and the cards which slide into the pockets got one coat for a lighter colour. Both versions are very nice! I think it also helps to not paint too neatly. This way you will get some instant and interesting texture more like fabric than paint.
To emboss, I opted for my my favourite WOW stamps: Vintage wallpaper plus the rose from the Simply Amazing Set and chose gold embossing powder as a contrast to the colour.
Voila……. instant designer look. It feels very rich and expensive! I will come back to this colour combination often, I am sure!
Now I just have to think about what I am going to write on those vouchers and slide them into the pockets of my album.
When anything goes in the design team, I am drawn to embossing furniture (just because I have not worked out how to emboss my walls without making an almighty mess!)
I chose this little solid wood table. I use it as a bedside table and it came from my husband childhood bedroom. Considering how much time people spend these days distressing furniture, this came already distressed and I do not want to change that.
A couple of tips when embossing furniture:
- Clean the item thoroughly removing grime and dust
- Go outside and wear a mask (when heating old paint there could be some nasty fumes)
- Distressed is the way to go! Any paint underneath the embossing powder might bubble under the heat
- Try not to pick a windy day like I managed to do!
- Chose a piece of furniture you can lift because you will have to tip it and tap off the embossing powder
Here is the finished item ‘in situ’. I used Primary Indigo to emboss.
Next I am going the do the piece on the other side of my bed which is a proper old bedside cabinet. I am thinking a repetitive pattern in silver could look stunning. Watch this space!
A friend of mine has just bought a property in France and they are moving in beginning of 2013 and there will be New Years celebrations. Two embossed birds with one heat gun I say as the challenge this month is Celebration/New Year.
The Eiffel Tower is a cutting file by Jennifer Wambach and rather than using ink on these intricate shapes, I utilized my discovery from last month and sprayed the whole shape with re-positionable adhesive (Krylon).
It means I can glue the shape together first and then emboss. Super easy and fast! I usedmetallic Platinum Sparkle to cover the tower. It is so sparkly that it is hard to get a good picture of it without glare. Which is a very good thing!
The box underneath the Eiffel Tower is covered in French dictionary papers and some more Platinum embossing and washi tape. It will hold an album with French phrases.
Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a very happy start to 2013 or as we say in Germany
‘Einen guten Rutsch!’
Might this be the continuation of yesterday’s story? Where did that come from? I am not guilty – I just used randomly chosen words from a clean autobiography.
So what is it…. naughty or nice?
I just love cutting up old books. There is so much fodder in good text. I have been feasting on ‘The moon is a balloon’ by David Niven for ages (very funny read too!)
Today I set myself the challenge to randomly stick my finger into the remaining pages and work with the sentence it lands on. ‘Regardez….’ the sentence started and this is the story that kind of wrote itself and is yesterdays journal page.
Frohe Weihnachten everyone!