Saturday, 19 November 2011

Zutter Books and Stampbord

A while ago I entered the fabulous Stampbord competition, and I chose to use a couple of Zutter Cover-Alls (bamboo spine) books, which at 3"x4" are the perfect size to use with the ATC-sized Stampbord pieces.      We could not share our entries in our blogs at the time, so I'm sharing mine now...I had two entries, this first one made it through to the finals:

I started by covering the book with torn pieces of masking tape, then I gave the whole book a coat of acrylic paint (viridian) and the edges were painted with burnt umber  and bronze.    I then got one of those fun ATC-sized Stampbord pieces, and using some StaZon inks (mustard, rusty brown, blazing red) covered the entire piece, I then used various stamps from these Darkroom Door sets (Steampunk, Gothic Arches, Prague Vol 2 ) using StaZon ink (jet black) & then I scratched out some highlights using one of the Stampbord scratch knives.       I covered the whole Stampbord piece with a coat of DM to give it that nice shiny finish, and I made the insert using plain copy paper, cut to size and hand-sewn together.

For my second entry I used basically the same products, giving the cover a coat of viridian acrylic paint, and the background on the ATC-sized Stampbord piece was created by using watercolour paint and a sprinkling of salt, I then used this image from Stampotique Originals, as well as images from these Darkroom Door sets (Love Birds, Mail Art)     The motif in the top corner was drawn in using a Zig pen (0.5) and all the highlights were scratched using a Stampbord scratching tool, this entry didn't make it into the top 6, but I'm very happy with how both entries turned out just the same : )

And if you're wondering why I didn't cover this one with a coat of DM, it's because I really like the matte finish : )        Thank you for visiting me, and a big thank you to those of you who voted for my entry into the competition.   You can still see all the beautiful entries HERE.

And talking about competitions, don't forget to enter this month's Craft Queen challenge, just use some stamping, and some pink ribbon and email a photo of your project (which can be anything at all)    For all the details, go HERE and good luck : )


shirley said...

Love both these stunning pieces of art Vicky!
Are you going to use them as a journal?

Vicky said...

Hi Shirley, I gave the top one to my hubby for his b'day, he has it on display at home...& the other one I kept as an ideas book for crafty things. I like your idea of a journal, but at 3"x 4" it would be a bit restrictive for me, but I may just look at getting some bigger sized Zutter covers, thanks for the idea :)

Gio said...

Vicky, I love both, especially the first one, so colourful and the sentence is so meaningful!

Cuchy said...

You always amaze me with your use of the stamps. Beautiful projects.
BTW Do you know I'm right now working with the same bamboo spine zutter cover?? LOL It will be my Xmas album -or i hope so-

Lyn S said...

These are both stunning projects Vicky! Well done on being a finalist in the competition!

Mim said...

Stunning - love them! Love the vibrant colours and I can just 'feel' the texture through the lens.. fab.