Feeling under the weather today and decided to plan out the mini album for our Turkey trip later this year. Paging through my previous minibooks, I realized that i LOVE making books during the trip and with the right planning, die cuts, washi, and gadgets, it can be a lot of fun making a book on the go. Check out this book below from a few years back.
When Funnel Cake first came out in 2014, I convinced myself I would never use the stamp or die more than two times and bought the digital version instead. I printed it out on vellum ONE time — see here — and it looked amazing but I only used it one time. So when the funnel cake stamp and die set mysteriously ended up in my cart during last month’s SC St Patty’s Day sale, I don’t know what I was thinking but boy am I thrilled I got the set. I’ve been playing with different materials and textures and using the die with an embossing pad and it’s been so much fun!!
The first experiment started out with a layer technique I’ve used before with small pieces of patterned paper. This time, I used washi on a blank sheet of copy paper and die cut the outline. On a sheet of letterpress paper, I used the stamp — the MISTI stamping tool was critical here to ensure smooth and even coverage! — and ran the die through my Evolution using the squishy embossing layer to create this textured, quilted feel directly over the black lines. Then I carefully glued the washi-covered copy paper on top of the letterpress paper. In person, it looks and feels so awesome.
On this second batch of blue cards, I repeated the same stamping and embossing technique using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored the background with neocolors before using a waterbrush. I’m not very good with blending the neocolors but I started to get the hang of it after a few cards.
When I first saw this flower stamp months ago, I couldn’t justify spending 25+ dollars for a kit when I only liked the stamp. When Studio Calico recently released a similar stamp set, I got it straight away.
I embossed the stamp on watercolor paper and outlinesd the image in various Tim Holtz distress markers. Instead of using a water color brush, I blended the colors using a Wink of Stella brush pen. The end result was amazing and really brought out the delicacy of the various colors.
I have a hoarding tendency with all pretty papers that gets exponentially worse when a paper has sparkles or gold foil. I got this adorable pack of foiled Christmas-theme designs last year and couldn’t bare to throw away my scraps. Instead I cut them into little strips and punch anything else into one inch squares, figuring that I would do SOMETHING with them at some point. That point has arrived and I love how this die cut inlay effect turned out! The pow glitter paper joy die cut was just perfect and another illustration of something I can do with a simple metal die cut that would not be as clean-looking using my Silhouette Cameo.