Here's a little book I've entered into the Fashionable Stamping Challenges 'Play Bingo' A great challenge to take part in as there's so much scope. I chose ... 'show some metal, distress and vintage' As it is the queen's diamond jubilee year, I decided to choose this as my theme and try to create a surface that looks as though it's been around since then. For the cover, I've used Tim Holtz's 'faux enamelling' technique, this really appeals to me as it reminds me of the tins of toffees I used to get as a child. I firstly embossed the Union Flag, using my foil sticky tape attached to card. The embossing folder is from Papermania. I then painted it with acrylic paint and left it to dry. Once completely dry I sanded the surface to reveal some of the metal. I then stamped some 'rust' spots and heat embossed with frayed burlap distress embossing powder. I rubbed in some DI in black soot and Vintage photo and then gave the whole surface a coat of versa mark before clear embossing. The Lion and Crown were stamped onto painted foil tape and embossed with gold and clear powders. I then attached these using glossy accents.
A close up showing the faux rust .
Here's what the inside of the book looks like. I've stamped each page with a flourish using Antique Linen DI.
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.