Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Eileen Hull Collaboration with The Crafter's Workshop

Hello Blogland, today is a round up of projects for the Eileen Hull collaboration with The Crafter's Workshop. This month the team has been playing with the awesome products supplied by TCW. In case you are not familiar TCW is famous for their stencils of which they have so many wonderful designs. Now with a line of mixed media products as well as stamps they have so much arty potential to offer! *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.  **some of these links are affiliate, I receive a small percentage from the company at no cost to you. This helps me deliver free content!

This is my 2nd journal made this month- this size is just my favorite in the whole wide world! To see my 1st Journal which I am calling Wonderful World you can go here. The great thing about stencils & stamps is there are so many things you can do with them & in this post I will show you some from the simple to the more dynamic.

First up this newest journal. For my cover I used one of my favorite things to do with stencils. Using multiple types of paste & different stencils to create the cover of my book. Using a spatula & scraping Crackle Paste & Light Modeling Paste all over the cover pieces. The yucky stain is from my stencil being cleaned in not so clean water. The good news is the ink will cover it up.

Set aside to dry. The paste will feel a bit cold when not quite set. As I plan on using lots of wet products the book is set aside overnight to fully set. Once set, it is time to add color. The list of colors & the links to the supplies used, is at the end of this post. I used a combo of sprays, Distress Stain, Distress Oxide, & Mica. Sticking mainly to the blues & light greens is a good way to avoid the color getting muddy. 

Don't get the mat board too wet. Let dry in between layers. Repeat the same colors in the same areas to get good coverage. Let dry. If you have problems with the mat board layers separating you can create this on a piece of mixed media paper & then adhere it to your covers.

Once the cover is completely dry, it is time to add some shine! I love working with the Sizzix Luster Wax & especially love using all the colors. 

Simply add some wax on a palette & using a piece of hard foam gently scuff the high points of the paste. Adds so much luster & shine.   

This really makes the embossed portions pop!

After gluing some gel prints to the inside of the book it is time to put the book together. Add a strip of .25" Super Tape to the edge of the front cover & adhere your covers together. 

Using Collage Glue & printed paper adhered to the inside of the spine seemed a good route to go. I used Tim's Entomology but there are many different ones you can play with. These collage papers create such dynamic images.

Most of the inside spine won't really show so I let my image over lap to the covers. How fun is that? 

The outside of the spine was painted with acrylic paint. Once dry images were stamped with Archival Ink in Cobalt. Then some stencil work was done with Night acrylic paint. I added a few eyelets to the center glued portion, this helps keep the book together. This spine portion was covered in Glistening Glass Emboss to give it that extra strength & lovely shine.  

 Video Link

Next up let's add some elastic for the binding. I made a video as people often ask how to do this part & it is hard to explain. Plus I don't think I ever do the stringing the same way twice!

Now it is time for some cover art. All of the elements on my cover are Tim Holtz. I have the Stencil Chips to commemorate the year. They are adhered with cool industrial brads. 

The final touch was to add a collage using a Salvaged Tag, various ephemera, Vellum wings & a Paper Doll. Now all I need to do is decide what to do with this cover!

Let's look at some other ways to use TCW stencils in your journal. My release post from the beginning of the month was a Wonderful World Junk Journal also using the Full Size Journal. On the canvas cover some simple stencil work was done with acrylic paint & a foam sponge. Medical Music stencil is one of my new favorites! This is a great way to add a few details to add some interest to your project.

A tag was made as a element to tuck inside this book. A photo of some wonderful flowers from my neighbor was added to a distressed tag. Stencil Butter in Terre Verte was scraped through the Leaf Study Slimline Stencil. This butter has a wonderful shine & works beautifully through the stencil, really showing off the details. Some stamping was also added with an archival ink & TCW stamp set Sweet Sentiments. Lots of great images on this set. The quote came from there too!  

When making junk journals often there are pages in the book that are plain or only have a basic pattern. One great way to add some imagery to your page is with Distress Inks & a stencil. 

In this case the whole stencil was used. Journal Musings was a great one for this technique. Multiple colors of yellow & green inks were stenciled in using an ink dabber. Now my page is ready for some documenting or a photo. Whatever you want to use it for. 

That is it for this post. I hope you hop over to Eileen's Blog to see the round up of all the TCW projects. There are quite a few! Have a great rest of your week & make sure you get the chance to get inky!

Supply List:

Ranger Ink 

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