Monday, June 22, 2020

Seth Apter Mini Art Journal Page for Topflight Stamps

Hello Stamping Fans, let's make a Seth Apter Mini Art Journal page for Topflight Stamps. Mix Media Monday has me playing with embossing powder in layers. 

Layers of Embossing

The best part of mix media is adding lots of easy layers. I have been playing with Seth's embossing powder by Emerald Creek. He has a translucent line of powders that create subtle coloring. This page is for my #100dayproject as well. It is small 2.75" x 4.75" fits in my Passport Journal. I just love the quote, plus daisies are a very happy flower!  


Adding Stamping

I started the page with paper that looks like parchment. Using Seth's newest stamp line by PaperArtsy to create the background. To keep the images crisp use an archival ink. 

 The word Now was stamped in Archival Ink, dried & then embossing ink was put in random places. Starting with Sedona & then Maize, I heat embossed them 1 at a time. 

Using Prism Ink in Fire Coral I sponged through a stencil & covered the area in Dusk embossing powder. Let that cool.

Embossing ink was used to cover the page in 2 steps first using Dusk in the background & then Aegean Sea. This leaves the paper almost like it is covered in a light coat of resin. 

I had an element from the previous page that hung over the edge & wanted to cover it. A small tag was stamped in archival & heat embossed using Maize. Another option would be to heat emboss the X 1st, & then cover with a 2nd coat of the embossing, like on the background. It highlights the stamped area better. 

The word Now was adhered with 3D foam pads to create dimension. Then the quote was added & inked around. That is it for today! I hope you get a chance to play with embossing powder it really makes for a dynamic look. Make sure you stop by Topflight Stamps there are pictures & links to all the products I used.

Supply List: 

Seth Apter ESA15 for PaperArtsy
"       " Embossing Powder by Emerald Creek in Dusk, Aegean Sea, Maize, & Sedona
Prism Ink in Fire Coral
Quote from Mambi Planner

Monday, June 8, 2020

Recycled Tag Art Using Darkroom Door

Hello Topflight Stamp Fans, let's make recycled tags!!! I was feeling Monday mix media-ish today & decided to pull out one of my 1000 tags from packaging that I save & hoard. I love, love tags and tend to stash them but today is the day to create using one as a base. I decided to play with more of my Darkroom Door Stamps. If you want some great inspiration their blog is full of it!

This tag has techniques that are great for an art journal page, full size planner page or art card. I wanted to add some photos from a recent mental health drive. It looks so peaceful but turned out to be quite the crazy adventure. There is plenty of room on the back to journal. *the supply list at the end of the post & if you go to my Topflight post there are pictures of the stamps with links too. Remember karenbearse code saves you 12%

Where To Start

My first job was to choose a tag out of my vast collection of saved treasures. Do you do save the packaging when you buy your scrappy fun? Do you wish you actually used some of the tags you saved? If you said yes then you are right with me!! If you save & use tags well done you. If you don't save at least some what are you waiting for LOL. Seriously you can also do this with a plain tag too!  

Gesso Is Your Friend

Step 1: I don't want to completely get rid of the images just push them back a bit. Plus it creates a more ink friendly background especially if the tag is a shiny surface. Gesso a few extra tags so you have some ready to grab. This is called batching, & saves time! If using a plain tag just stamp some random background images. 

Step 2: Add Random spritz's of Glimmer Mist. Even though I used red & green which can make mud just keep the colors a bit apart & you will be OK. Love how the spray picked up the texture of the gesso! Air dry or use a heat gun.

Step 3: Add some random background stamping with archival ink. That allows for more wet media to be used without worrying about smudging. 
Step 4: Lava Paste! Scrape some through a stencil & then use a heat gun to set the paste- it will bubble up and then harden when cool. If using a boarder stencil, use masking tape to isolate the part you want to use. Creates some really cool lava like texture. If you don't want it to puff up just let it air dry but it dries clear. If you just want white but not a lot of puff, heat for less time. This product dries fairly quickly which is great for mixed media. 

Batch Creating

Step 5: Darkroom Door has all these great sentiment stamps with multiple phrases on them. I stamped out a few, again so I have some ready to grab. 

Step 6: The sentiments fit quite nicely in some of the "Lots of Labels" set. This is how I made my super cool quote. The label was stamped with pigment ink & heat embossed. 

Made a few of all the things cause...saving time! Dang should have thought to make multiple colors!!!

Step 7: Cut out the inside of the label & adhere the quote behind it. This way I can pop any quote in without worrying about messing up! 

Step 8:  Add ink to ribbon (Apple Green Glimmer Mist) & let dry while finishing the details. You can add photos, focal stamped image, collage image. For mine photos were added, as well as bling on the label box. I also added the hand from the label set. Why do I feel the need to get any set that has that hand? 

This tag is going to go in my planner. The back side has lined, distressed paper with a few stamps for documenting the story. Thanks for joining me today. I hope you are healthy, safe & have a little time to escape with some art.

For product photos with links.
Darkroom Door Stamps- Adventure (Sentiment), Lots of Labels, 
Texture Stamp- Alphabet
"                " Stencils- Grunge Borders 
Prism Ink in Thundercloud, & Peacock Green.
IndigoBlu Gesso
Glimmer Mist in Apple Green, Cherry Pie & Glamour Gold
Lava Paste
Eileen Hull emboss in Aqua Splash
Diamond Sparkles - Green

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Amazing Cork Fabric Pocket Notebook For Eileen Hull

Hello Blogland I hope this post can brighten your day with an amazing cork fabric notebook. This month the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team are playing with Belagio's mind bending cork fabric. How can it be cork & fabric too- what???? I have some tips along the way as the cork does respond differently than fabric but is still easy to work with. *Affiliate- some of these companies have given me product to use, play & experiment with. The ideas are my own but I tend to work with companies whose products I like so enjoy the inspiration.

Here is my finished Pocket Notebook! Going into this I had a few ideas of what I wanted design wise. 

I had to see if that concept would work with the cork! I knew I wanted a Pocket Notebook to put in my Tim Holtz Sample books that I have been making. More about that further on.

It was really hard to just pick out one print as the options are pretty cool.I am a big fan of copper so the cork/copper combo was a good choice. I also really love the wood grain pattern so the spine was a great way to put that in. 

Belagio cork is available by the roll 18"x 15" with 9 different patterns that can be purchased at Hobby Lobby. Nature & natural with gold can be bought by the yard at Walmart with fabric sections. also carries it as well as some craft stores. If you have a local Scrapbook Store ask if they can carry it. We need to support our local stores especially with most of them having been effected by Covid-19!

 Let's Go!!

I made this book with Heat'n Bond Fusible Fleece in the middle as I like the quilt like feel to those books.  ***if you want to make a book with the cork but not sew, simply use Foam adhesive between 2 layers of cork, cut 2 pieces using the die cut, adhere & bam book made.
Start by following the directions to prepare the fleece. I did not pre-wash the cork fabric as it is going on a book this step is not necessary. Cut 2 Pocket Notebook shapes out of the fleece. Adhere to the cork following the directions using an iron on wool steam, holding for 10-15 seconds. *** the iron does wrinkle the copper & the cork somewhat but creates a cool texture. If you don't want that look just adhere the fleece with glue. Cut the cork leaving a 1/4" space all the way around the edge. I learned from making a previous book that the fabric should be a bit bigger then the fleece or foam die cut if sewing around the edge is the goal. Otherwise the foam or fleece shows through. 

Once you have the covers create a spine for added reinforcement. I cut 2 pieces of the spine from foam adhesive using the die cut trimming them, then putting them together with the one center hole lined up. Peel off one side of the adhesive & put on your spine cork piece, cut leaving 1/4" around the edges. This will give me 6 signatures. The beauty of these books is you can make them as wide or skinny as you like.

Time to Sew

Over lap the 2 covers in the middle, pin & sew. I used a zig zag stitch. One of the challenges with the cork vrs. fabric is the cork is less pliable & doesn't fray. Fraying is a great way to hide sewing mistakes LOL. It was tricky to line the cork up, sew without the edge of one side showing here & there. The simple fix is trim the edges after sewing &/or distressing the edges with ink or add lace.

Decide the fabric for the inside of the book. I used 2 different patterns. I cut them 4 3/4 x 7 1/4 ish leaving the inside spine area open. The edges were sewn at the top, outside & bottom edges with a 1/4" seam allowance using a zig zag stitch.

Here is a photo from the inside adding in the spine pieces. Cut another piece of the copper/natural cork fabric. It was cut to match the outside piece. Using a cropodile re-punch the holes in the outside spine piece following the hole placement of the foam adhesive. Adhere the outside piece, then glue the inside piece- I used double sided adhesive for this. Re-punch the holes & add eyelets. 

Adding Ephemera is the best part!  

Now that the book is put together it is time to decorate the cover! I used the newest Tim Holtz Idea-ology products. Fabric tape was used under a distressed quote chip for my title. Love the KB distressed metallic Type Chip letters. Redline tape is a good choice to adhere the ephemera.  

I made an ephemera layer with the butterfly which was just plain fun to do. The butterfly was glued with Glossy Accents to the 2ofclubs but for extra security it was adhered with the brad using a cropodile to punch through the chipboard. The fabric scrap & card sandwich were adhered with Redline Tape. 

To add the books 1mm elastic was strung through the eyelets. I start in a middle eyelet threading to the inside and then down and out creating elastic lines to slide the booklets in. When I have gone through all the holes the elastic is simply knotted on the inside. 

Details such as threads & charms were added. I strung ribbon through the elastic by the eyelets & hung charms & beads using jump rings. Some of the beads were threaded onto the ribbon. I really love that wood grain pattern that I used for the spine. 

 On the inside cover a cork pocket was added with some more ephemera. Here you can see some of the other cork fabrics, the back ground fabrics, the pocket are all different types of cork! The ephemera is more of Tim Holtz's newest release.

Tim has been doing a Facebook Live every week that focuses on tons of awesome techniques. Lucky for me watching them on replay is possible & seriously so fun. Art in troubled times is the best recipe. The cover photo is a screen shot from his promo photos on instagram.

You can catch these shows live almost every Saturday. I haven't been able to so watching on replay enables me to create technique booklets complete with samples and directions. I have slowly been making these books which leaves me covered in nummy ink!

To make the inserts, I simply cut double sided TH scrapbook paper & lined paper, folding the papers & inserting them inside themselves to create booklets. I can always go back & sew the spines of these books if I want. Then just slip the books in the elastics-easy peasy. 

Well thanks so much for joining me today. I hope you have the chance to get make a book or get inky!! Make sure you pop over to Eileen's blog to see what my team mates have come up with. Also be sure to join the Eileen Hull Fan Club, Eileen does 2 Facebook Lives a week with all kinds of techniques & projects, tons of inspiration!


Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook by Sizzix
Cork Fabric by Belagio Enterprize- Rose Gold,
Eileen Hull Foam Adhesive, Double sided adhesive & Redline Tape by Therm*O*Web
HeatnBond Fusible Fleece 
Tim Holtz Idea-ology- Stitched Scraps, Quote Chips, Thought Tokens, Baseboards Junk Drawer, Fabric tape, Type Chips, Ephemera, Paper Ecetera,
Here are some other papers that would be fun to use- Departed,&  Abandoned.


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