Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Collage Tissue

This tutorial really begins over at the 7gypsies blog where the beginning stages of the covering the book board cover is shown.  Because the Collage Tissue is kraft colored it blends in with the book board, so much so that once dry the print looks as if it's printed directly on the board.  Deb and I made samples of each tissue print for the trade show booth and we had a hard time convincing some people that the pattern was not printed on the board.  Super cool.  
I tested adhering the Collage Tissue with both Mod Podge and Claudine Hellmuth Matte Medium.  For what it's worth, each medium works, but I liked the smoothness of the Matte medium best, the Mod Podge almost felt too wet for this project but that's again, just my opinion.  With both products you need to work quickly, so have your tissue cut to the size you need before you start brushing on which ever medium you choose. 
So, lets keep going on this easy journal cover.
Paint a 1/4" border on the edge of the journal with a blue color of acrylic paint.  The paint that I had on hand was a bit bright but no worries, I can fix that.
Once dry, sand off some of the paint.
Ink the edges to distress the color.  That's better now.
Look at the color of the paint before and after I was done distressing.  Quite a change.  Once again, our motto applies, "use what you have on hand".
So now we need to punch the cover holes for the rings.  Of course I'm going to use the 7gypsies Binderie punch...with a twist.  So we start with standard punching, sliding the book board cover all the way into the punch, centering and then punching the cover.

Here's the twist.
The Binderie punches the same distance from the edge to hole each time.  Which, in this project, could be problematic since edge of our cover has a parenthesis shape and if we punch a stack of straight edge paper with the Binderie the paper will stick out beyond the curved edge. 

To solve the problem we need a jig:  1.  a device that holds a piece of work and guides the tools operating on it.
Ours is a simple piece of book board about 1/4" wide.  (I cut it with my handy roller cutter)  The jig has to be thick enough to stop the stack of paper when it is slid into the machine.
Once cut, slide the jig into the back of the Binderie punch.
Slide the stack of paper (you can punch up to 7 sheets of cardstock at one time) into the punch until you hit the jig.  Now push the button.
And there it is, the hole is closer to the edge and perfect for our journal.
Add rings
and a bit of ribbon and you have the start to a journal.
Now to fill it...
So tomorrow, lets talk Collage Tissue made into paper.  
Can it be done?   Of course, and I'll show you how.


  1. what a super idea for a jig! and that tissue looks like sooo much fun to play with. hoping it arrives here in the stores soon!
    thanks for posting your tutorials - i think they're awesome!

  2. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. I hope our LSS gets some of the Collage Tissue in. It looks like fun to play with. :)The more I see the Binderie in use the more I think it may be a very good tool to invest in. The jig idea is wonderfully simple.

  3. Wow, that is so beautiful.
    I just love it!
    Thanks for sharing the technique.
    I'll visit 7gypsies blog right away.

  4. Ohhh I love it, thanks for always sharing such gorgeous ideas.

  5. This journal cover is gorgeous! I already knew how much I loved the gypsies tissue paper... now I MUST have it, oh dear. Seriously, thank you for the tutorials you two post and for reminding me to make the blue paint I have on hand work.

  6. This looks like a cool technique. Can't wait to see the rest.

  7. Love this! And the jig idea is genius as I've had that problem before with my binderie punch. Problem solved!