Anyway, back to the project at hand...Love the colors and the patterns of these papers. I am working with the Graceful Paper Pack that has all the 12 x 12 papers, journaling cards and two 12 x 12 sticker sheets. This pack would make for a seriously beautiful Mothers Day mini book even though some of the phrases are geared toward a younger girl.
Index cards: naked scalloped as the foundation and one binding ring in the top left corner. The new scalloped cards are the same stock as the tabbed cards I love so much. Nice and heavy, great for dividers and book pages since they have a fun edge. They also soak up spray ink without getting sopping wet or overly warped, distress ink works beautifully on the manilla paper and 20 pieces come in a package for $3.99. nice.
Dylusions spray inks I purchased after seeing them at CHA. With names like Cut Grass, Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange, and Pure Sunshine you can imagine the inks are vibrant (nothing less than vibrant from Dyan Reaveley). There are 12 colors of ink so far...and I imagine more to come.
So time to get out the inks and start on some foundation cards. A craft mat, paper towels and heat gun is a must for this technique, oh and some loud music couldn't hurt! Seriously love these ink colors.
1. Using your craft mat as a base, spray two complementary colors of ink next to each other (not on top of). Here I am using Lemon Zest and Vibrant Turquoise (I also added a spritz of water but that is not necessary).
5. Now back into the ink on the craft sheet and dry again. The key is to have the heat gun close by so you can keep swiping or smashing the card into the ink and then drying between each swipe. That way the colors layer on top of each other rather than just meld into one.
I also wanted to mention that if you want to experiment with color combinations and might want to repeat them, it is best to write the colors on the back of your tests, otherwise it may be hard to identify the colors used once they start mixing. trust me on this one.
Okay so on to the mini...
This one is meant to be quick and fun. Not a lot of thinking, just creating. A bit of glue was used but also staples and a lot of sewing.
I cut a stack of Graceful papers 4.5 x 5.5" so they could be adhered to the back of a scalloped card or they could be punched as another page. I also cut some plain manila paper the same size. I used the inked cards for the cover and 3 inserts.
If you have an inked card that didn't turn out as well as you would have liked, just cut it up into smaller pieces or shapes. Sometimes I just cut off the scalloped edges and sewed them to pages.
Papillon by Stampers Anonymous).
Extra scalloped piece stitched on and a small journaling card insert.
backside of pages
After finishing the mini I had so much paper left that I made this layout.
I used the same materials including one of the sprayed cards.
We're giving away a
12 x 12 Echo Park paper pack - Graceful
(a brand new pack, not the one I just cut up!)
the Remember Mini Book
If you would like to win either of these two giveaways just leave a comment.
You have until Thursday at midnight to leave a comment to win.