Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Traveller's Journal with Samantha K Gifts & Crafts

Hi all! Katy here today with a creation using some wonderful laser cut shapes from our November sponsor company, Samantha K Gifts and Crafts. Owner Sam sent the team some amazing bundles of shapes, precision cut with the most amazing detail. All this month we'll be showcasing her wares and we have a giveaway coming up too!

I am currently obsessed with the Eileen Hull journal dies, so that's what you've got today! I used some lovely warm autumnal shades with embellishments from my Samantha K stash. You'll find a list of materials at the end of the post.

Here's how I made it:

1 Start by cutting the die covers (I used mountboard). Use Raw Umber paint to colour the spine. I like to crack the spine where it's scored and paint the scorelines in also.

2 Using a variety of Printables from Mixed Up Merchandise, cover the front randomly. Glue the pieces with gel medium or similar and seal them with the same medium for a good bond. I love using printed 'ephemera' for projects like this where it will be mostly covered it - it seems a waste of the 'real' antique stuff! Allow this to dry well.

3 Knock back the print with Titan Buff paint and dry it with a heat tool. Add blobs of Diarylide Yellow, Trans Yellow Iron Oxide and Burnt Sienna.

4 Work the paint out randomly with a DRY brush. Once the brush is no longer loaded with paint, move to the next colour and spread/blend that colour too.

5 Add more areas of colour and continue to blend - I don't like brushstrokes so once I'd spread the paint, I lightly blended it with my finger to remove them.

6 Keep adding paint until you are happy. I added extra areas of dry brushed Titan Buff mixed with yellow to highlight and the very dark edges are created with the addition of purple (Quin Violet).

7 Heat emboss the laser cut pieces with Stampendous Detail Gold powder (I chose a detail powder because the die cut is so intricate and I didn't want to lose that). Once embossed, apply Rebekah Meier Mixed Media Medium (Therm-o-Web) randomly in some areas with your finger and, once the medium is tacky, apply Rebekah Meier gold leaf. This gives a two-tone gold effect which I love.

8 Using a stencil (Andy Skinner) apply Americana Premium Gold paint to the edges (I prefer the thicker consistency of the Premium paint for stencilling). Also stamp some texture around the edges with Raw Umber paint (oooops! Forgot to take a pic of that!).

9 Enhance the die cuts a wee bit with some metal additions - the clock hands and Tim Holtz Word Band are both altered to match with some paint. The clock face has a scrap of stamped paper behind it to highlight it.

Glue the chipboard pieces in place on the cover, along with some metal book corners. Assemble the book according to the instructions, slipping a little key charm onto the closure near the spine. I threaded the book with 2mm elastic.

I loved working with these products and I hope you've enjoyed my tutorial today.

Katy x

- Samantha K Gifts and Crafts: Pendulum Clock and Clock Sign, Scrollwork Hinges
Eileen Hill Sizzix Journal Die
- DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Diarylide Yellow, Burnt Sienna, Titan Buff, Quinacridone Gold, Raw Umber, Trans Yellow Iron Oxide, Quinacridone Violet
- Americana Premium Acrylic: Gold
- Andy Skinner Stencil: Distressed Numbers
- Stampendous Clear Embossing Ink Dauber
- Stampendous Embossing Powder: Detail Gold
- Stampendous Andy Skinner Stamp Set: Industrial
- Rebekah Meier Mixed Media Medium
- Rebekah Meier Transfer Foil - Old Gold
- Metal embellies
- Elastic cord

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  1. Beautiful colours, very striking and I love how you embellished. Tracy x

  2. Such great details and techniques! Love your book Katy!

    1. Flip Eileen - just realised I didn't link your die up from the materials list - I've done that now. Apologies! I LOVE both the journal dies, they are soooooo clever and super easy to use.

  3. Abosultey gorgeous, Katy!! Loved the embellishments so much, I just had to vist Samantha K's shop - and I don't regret that I did! Placed my first order, won't be the last... Thank you for sharing! x

  4. Stunning Katy, I love this so much :) x


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