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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Notebook cover with stamps & pan pastels

It's a new "Anything goes" challenge over at Love 2 Create and I thought I'd share a notebook I made using my pan pastels, inks, stamps and some die cuts ...


Now I have to be honest and say the notebook isn't finished as I made a bit of a 'boob' when printing the inside pages. I created different styled planner pages and was really chuffed with myself. Trimmed them down and went to place the holes in them, (with my bind-it-all), when I noticed my mistake ... I had printed the planner pages with the titles at the very, very, very top which meant the holes would obliterate them. Definite face plant moment ...! Oh well back to the printer I go ...

I began by covering a piece of mount board with kraft card. Next came a layer of gesso and whilst wet, I stamped in to the gesso to leave a subtle floral impression. Once dry, I covered everything with grey and then with white pearl medium pan pastel, blending with the colourless blender. Next I highlighted all the raised bits with my versamark pen and coloured with metallic gold and bronze pan pastel.

I stamped in between these designs with a script stamp in brown ink. Using gilding glue, I stamped extra flowers and gilded them. As they looked 'brash', I sanded them back to give a more aged look.

On a piece of kraft card, I created the same background (as main front) but instead of gilding, I stamped flowers over the panel (see below). I mounted this panel on to another piece of kraft card but distressed the edges with black pan pastel. I stamped a butterfly, colouring with metallic bronze & magenta pan pastel. This was then placed in to bottom left corner.

I created another smaller panel using the same principles as above but made sure the final result was smooth so it could be written on (if need be. This was then mounted on to a decorative die cut panel created by using 2 die cut corners. As a finishing touch, I added a further butterfly.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting absorbed in to my project, chucking this and that at it and by the time I finished, my hands were very dirty ... sheer bliss! Have to be honest and say not sure when I'll have another go finishing my notebook but it will have to be soon as I want to give it as a present.

If you get the chance, pop over to the challenge blog and firstly see the wonderful projects my teamies made and if you get the time, join in with us all.

Have a great Sunday everyone,

x x x

Products and links:

Love to Create - anything mixed media
Addicted to stamps - flowers
Stamping Sensations - favourite stamp (at present, mine is Belle Papillion & Bella Fleur)
Mixed Media World - anything goes
A bit more time to craft - anything goes
A Inky Mess - anything mixed media
Altered Electics - anything goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - anything goes
Artistic Stamper - winged things
Classic Design Team - anything goes


Katrina Brown said...

This is so gorgeously rich! Stunning project! I had to come over and read about this one!

brenda said...

A really lovely mixed media creation, many thanks for sharing your favourite stamp with us at Stamping Sensations June challenge.

B x

Sammy said...

This is gorgeous. Lovely colour and texture. Thank you for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics this month. Sammy-x

Michelle Windsor said...

I just love this project Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Michelle DT Co-Owner/Admin for

Titbelsoeur, mixed-media addict said...

Stunning cover ! Thank you so much for sharing your work with us at The Artistic Stamper
WIshing you good luck to win beautiful stamps !

Marlies said...

A beautiful elegant cover! Lovely colours and design. Thanks for joining our challenge at Addicted to Stamps. Marlies

Elaine aka Ellapu said...

wow loving your notebook cover - so very pretty.Thank you for sharing with us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

Handcrafted by Ellapu
Mother Hen for Altered Eclectics
Mother Hen for Eclectic Ellapu
DT Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Angie Jones said...

Beautiful project - love it.

Sandra Wright said...

Such a pretty the delicate colour palette too.
Thank you for joining in with our challenge this month at Rhedd's Creative Spirit..x

pinky said...

This is one gorgeous project Lou, love the muted colours and gorgeous butterflies. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.

Julie Short said...

Your palette is refreshing and romantic. Oops are always opportunities! Thank you for joining in at Rehdd's Creative Spirit Challenge this month.

Maria Lillepruun said...

Very curious creation! Thank you for sharing with us at Mixed Media World!