Here are two journals I've just completed using Tim's faux enamelling technique from his Twelve Tags of Christmas 2011, day 6. I've used the Tim Holtz Bingo texture fade embossing folder and a Cheetah Print folder, from Sizzix. I've put water colour paper in one and cartridge paper in the other so that I can use them as sketch books. I'm now going to post them on Studio L3 Grungy Monday 32. Sponsored by Simon Says Stamp! My first on-line challenge!
After preparing the decorative centres of the books by following Tim Holtz's instructions on his Twelve Tags of Christmas Blog, I then cut two window mounts from mount board. For the Cheetah book, I collaged the window mount with patterned crepe paper. I used distress ink to create a more vintage look. The back cover is treated in the same way. For the Bingo book, I covered the window mount with something called 'Spackle', this is a type of dimensional paste, I then pressed a piece of hessian fabric onto the surface to create texture. Once dry, I painted it with a silver paint dabber and left it to dry again. I then rubbed Black distress ink over the surface.Finally, I embossed the whole surface with clear embossing powder. It makes it look quite metallic, I treated the backcover the same. I lined the inside of each book cover with patterned paper before constructing the books.
Ever since I can remember, I have enjoyed dabbling with a variety of crafts. My earliest crafting memories are of spending hours doing 'corking' or 'french Knitting' at my grandmother's house, using a wooden cotton reel with four short nails tapped into it and endless tangles of coloured wool. I also have fond memories of those little knitting kits, that came in a container that was made of the same material as an egg box. Happy days!
My interests now, range from textiles to ceramics, with knitting,felting, sewing and card making in between. I've reached a stage where I feel I know a little about a lot of different crafts. I'm still striving to become a master of at least one!
My favourite craft adventures at the moment, include digital collaging using PSP Elements, rubber stamp making with my imagpac kit and getting to know my Craft Robo.
When not crafting or looking after my family, I work part-time as a teacher, supporting visually impaired children.I also teach ceramics in a primary school and do occasional art residencies in mainly primary and special schools. Phew! I didn't realise I was that busy.