21 April 2021

Camper Retro Style Accordion Photo Album for Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. This month the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team are sharing projects made using her Chapter 2 2021 Sizzix Scoreboards and Thinlits dies. At the beginning of the month, as part of Eileen's Release Party and Blog Hop, I showed how I'd used the tags from the 'Card, Waterfall & Tags' die set to decorate the front of my Mandala Collage Folio Journal.

Today I'm back to share something new - a Camper Retro Style Accordion Photo Album which uses Eileen's new 'Camper' Scoreboards 3D Die along with a couple of other Thinlits die sets from Eileen's collection, including the new 'Card, Waterfall & Tags' set. The outside cover of the album is a 1950's style camper complete with glazed windows and colour coordinated blinds as well as the touches of rust, inevitable for a vehicle of this age. Inside are retro patterned accordion pages, pockets and tags displaying vintage vacation photos and complimentary words from Alison Bomber's stamp sets.

Here's how the album came together, starting with the camper covers; as well as cutting the sides, 'wings', and stand pieces I cut four doors, chopping two of them in half so that a second supporting layer could be added behind each of the window frames. I also cut four window frames, two for the sides and two extra for the door windows. To build the wheels I cut the two wheel pieces, thinning out the middle sections to create a sunken wheel trim for each wheel, before mounting them onto large circles of board painted black to match the wheels. 

The main body of the camper and wheel hubs were painted with 'Aquamarine' Fresco Finish Paint whilst the side panels, doors and windows were covered with white gesso. Finally the wings, hub caps, door window frames and stand pieces were painted with silver paint. To add the touches of rust I began by sanding back small areas on each element. Then a small paint brush was used to apply tiny drops of Butterscotch Alcohol Ink.

To add to the aged appearance of the camper covers I used a cotton bud to apply silver Luster Wax from Sizzix to some the edges of each element; this was intended to simulate the look of aluminium, revealed when paint is worn away from exposed areas of the vehicle.

To create the double-sided paper for the album pages I wanted to make something bespoke with a 1950's style retro. A custom stencil was cut from the acetate packaging around the Camper die using rectangles from Eileen's 'Credit Card Sleeve & Tags' Thinlits Die Set and the 'House/Pocket' Stitchlits Die Set, with the 'starburst' element from the 'Stitchy Flowers' Thinlits Die Set. I also found a freebie stamp from an old issue of Craft Stamper Magazine which matched perfectly. If you are not so confident with creating your own papers this stage could be skipped by selecting coordinating double-sided patterned paper.

Below are the Fresco Finish Paints used through those stencil sections onto A4 pieces of white card starting with the rectangles and ending with the starburst and stamped images. The stencilling and stamping was repeated on both sides of two pieces of card for this album.

With the white sections standing out too much I applied some tea stain to both sides of each piece of card and allowed them to air dry. This wrinkled the card a little so I took advantage of this by lightly sanding it back, catching the raised areas to give the impression of imperfect, aged paper.

To fit inside the camper covers I cut three horizontal strips 6cm wide from each sheet of patterned paper. These were scored and folded at 9.5cm, 19cm and 28.5cm intervals, leaving a small piece at the end to use for joining to the next strip. With all the strips connected in one long accordion fold length, each was glued onto the reverse side of each camper cover. They should sit within the edges of the covers.

Below shows how the finished accordion looks when attached to the covers;

Since this was too long and unwieldy I decided to create pockets by joining some of the sides together using strips of 1/8 inch red tape liner. To disguise the joins I chose those sections to use as the pockets as shown below. 

Here is how the accordion pockets looked when stuck together, three pockets on one side and two on the other.

From the remaining paper left after cutting the page strips I used the scalloped edge die from the 'Card, Waterfall & Tags' Die Set to cut two sections for the blinds on the windows.

The scalloped edge pieces were cut and mounted behind each of the windows and doors before they were glued in place on the camper bases. I then filled each window section with Glossy Accents to 'glaze' them.

To secure the stand sections more firmly I marked around the angled sections and cut into the reverse side of each camper cover so the stands could be 'set in' to them.

To complete the album I used the remainder of the patterned paper to cut strips that could be layered over white gesso'd tags, cut using the 'Card, Waterfall & Tags' Die Set. To make them fit easily into each pocket the sides of each tag were trimmed to make the overall width 5cm. I also chose to add some slow stitching across some of the pages and the tags.

I am indebted to my team mates Lisa Hoel and Betsy Skagen for providing me with some fabulous vintage vacation photos that were printed and mounted on the pages and reverse sides of the tags. I also stamped some verses from a number of Alison Bomber stamp sets from PaperArtsy which fit with the vacation theme. Here's a look at more of the finished album (including a photo of a young Lisa!). You can take a closer look by clicking on each of the images.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing how Eileen's dies have been used to create this accordion album. Make sure to check out the projects and tutorials from the other Inspiration and Educator Team members - links to their posts can be found on Eileen's blog throughout the month.

For now thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

7 April 2021

Eileen Hull Designs Sizzix Chapter 2 Release Party and Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome. Thanks for joining us for the Eileen Hull Chapter 2 Release Party and Blog Hop. Today we are sharing the new Folio Journal accessory dies - the 'Card, Waterfall & Tags' and 'Book Binding & Labels' die sets and the new Bigz L 'Camper' 3D ScoreBoards die.

The new 'Card, Waterfall & Tags' and 'Bookbinding & Labels' dies may be designed to work perfectly with the Folio Journal but don't be limited to keeping them in a book - you can also use these elements in different size journals, cards and layouts. Check out all the different ways to use these new dies on our Blog Hop. Click through and leave a comment on each of the designers' posts and be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate in Eileen's Etsy Shop!

Join Eileen and the team on Facebook Live and YouTube Live for an up close and personal look at the team's projects using the new dies (scheduled for 7th April at 12pm noon EST, 5pm UK time). Eileen will also demo how to use the dies during the show. We hope you can join us for this fun event.

For my first project this month I've used the three tags from the 'Card, Waterfall & Tags' die set to decorate the front of my Mandala Collage Folio Journal (you can see the completed pages inside HERE) cutting the tags from different materials to add texture and interest. The largest tag has been cut from the blue background paper that was previously used to create several of the pages inside the folio journal. The 'Mandala' die has been used to cut a stencil for the texture paste pattern sitting on top of that blue tag, and then I've added a circle of faux 'rusted' card over the top.

For the next layer I've used the next tag; the middle sized tag has been cut from corrugated card filled with texture paste, embossing powder and ink to give a rusted effect and sanded back to reveal some of the card beneath. The scalloped edge sitting just beneath it has been cut from the background paper which covers the journal using another of the dies in the same set. There are also strips of lace and fabric on the other side.

Moving down to the smallest of the tags, this one has been cut from vellum and stamped with a Seth Apter stamp from PaperArtsy using Fresco Finish paint. On top are a triple embossed stamped Seth Apter image and one of his Journal Jargon words, repeating the design idea used on the pages inside.

Thank you for joining me here as part of this Eileen Hull Designs Blog Hop and Release Party. Here's the full list of blog hop participants - remember to leave a comment for each designer and you'll be in with a chance to win;

25 March 2021

4th Birthday Blog Hop for Topflight Stamps

Update - thank you to everyone who left so many lovely comments on the entries to the Topflight Stamps 4th Birthday Blog Hop. Each of the designers randomly chose a winner and mine is Clintine Steele! Congratulations Clintine - please contact me at buttonscraft@btinternet.com to claim your prize code.

Hi everyone and welcome. Today is a special day for Topflight Stamps as they reach their 4th birthday!!! To celebrate they are hosting a Birthday Blog Hop, showcasing birthday cards created by a team of Guest Designers using the unique products available at Topflight Stamps. Please hop along with us and see all the beautiful talent from this group of amazing designers! You should have arrived here from Ericka Strange's blog.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes! Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $100 Gift Certificate to the store. But wait, there is more, each stop on the hop has an additional $25 Gift Certificate up for grabs for some lucky commenter. For a chance to win, make sure to visit every stop on the hop and leave a comment by March 29th. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on March 31st. Good Luck!.

The birthday card I've created is based around one of the new Sara Naumann stamp sets from PaperArtsy together with an older set and one of her new stencils. A few elements have been layered together on a stencilled background to create a collage with a feel of Spring.

Here's a quick tutorial to show how this card came together, starting with the purple flower in the centre. It's good to keep a stash of Gel Plate prints in reserve when you need to whip up a card and I had one pulled on thin tissue with a predominance of 'Spanish Mulberry' Fresco Finish paint visible. As shown below I stamped the flower collage image from Sara Naumann's stamp set ESN47 onto the tissue with embossing ink and covered those areas with clear embossing powder. Once heat set the tissue was painted with 'Heavy Cream' Fresco Finish paint and rubbed over with damp tissue just before the paint dried; in this way the image of the flower and the script around it could be 'revealed' in a slightly non-uniform way. To remove the shine left by the embossing simply add a layer of clear gesso, then cut away any parts you don't want to appear on the final card.

Moving on to the leaves I pulled another Gel Plate print onto tissue using mainly 'Zucchini' Fresco Finish paint with a dash of 'Seaglass' Fresco Finish paint. Another of the images from stamp set ESN47 was stamped over it before I turned over to the back. Wanting to reverse the leaves I glued some card to the back of the tissue, stamped the leaves (again from stamp set ESN47) and cut them out ready for the next steps. Yet another piece of Gel Plate printed tissue was added to a tea stained blank postcard onto which I re-stamped the flower collage in a deep brown permanent ink. The mulberry flower tissue piece, leaves and a piece of single ply tissue coloured with 'Violetta' Infusions were layered over the top ready for placement on the card with a little hand stitching for good measure (and extra texture).

With lots going on in the foreground of the card it was important to keep the background relatively simple. After brayering and brushing on various blue Fresco Finish paints I applied PaperArtsy Grunge Paste through Sara Naumann's PS219 stencil, and then once dry scraped a little more across the top. Cut into a square the stencilled paper was inked around the edges and distressed before being matted onto layers of complimentary coloured card, with yet another piece of coordinating purple Gel Plate printed tissue added on top. It's easy to pick up on the dotty design below by running a brayer over the top to apply a little white gesso.

To finish the card the main floral panel was matted onto a piece of vellum and dimensional foam tape before being stuck onto the background. You'll see from the close ups below that the little rectangular element in the floral collage was further enhanced by being stamped onto a contrasting piece of card, fussy cut and glued in place. The birthday sentiment, stamped onto more tea stained card, comes from Sara Naumann's stamp set ESN37 by PaperArtsy. After being edged with ink and distressed it was mounted onto a piece of coordinating card and layered over the floral panel.

That's all from me. Follow along with the rest of the Birthday Blog Hop by hopping over to Autumn Clark's blog here and if you get lost you can always start at the Topflight Stamp Blog. And don't forget to comment on each of the blog posts to be in with a chance of winning!

24 March 2021

Mandala Collage Folio Journal featuring Seth Apter for Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. Last week I shared the progress of my latest mixed media folio journal journey featuring Eileen Hull's 'Mandala' and 'Folio Journal' dies, many of Seth Apter's stamp sets (a mix from PaperArtsy and Impression Obsession) Izink pigment inks, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints and Seth's embossing powders from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.

This week I'm back to share all 18 completed pages, each an individual collage piece in it's own right and bound together inside the Folio Journal covers. A quick reminder that you can see how the basic journal was created here.

Some of the pages have circular 'windows' in them which means you can see other pages beneath. In the case of the first page that helps to add to the design. Around that window I've used a die cut of Eileen's 'Mandala' to act as a stencil through which texture paste has been applied along with a coating of Seth Apter's 'Rocky Road' Embossing Powder. Underneath the stencilling a little stamping is visible and layered over the top are two die cut rings of  faux rusted card, created using layers of Izink Pigment Inks on top of a base of black gesso. To finish I added fabric/lace scraps, some hand stitching and a word from one of Seth's 'Journal Jargon' stamp sets.

The second page has more faux rusted card, this time sanded back to reveal the layers of ink beneath and, in the case of the central circle around the 'window', stamped and clear embossed for added impact. There is more stamping in the background, an extra die cut circle around the window, more hand stitching and another 'Journal Jargon' word. As the pages progress you may also spot the little trail of 'breadcrumbs' (various card scraps) leading the eye from page to page and linking the designs.

Following one of Eileen's many FB Live tutorials I've used the 'Mandala' die to emboss another piece of faux rusted card. Here it's been teamed with a piece of Gel Plate printed tissue, cotton lace and some hand stitching. I've continued the Mandala pattern across the page with a little stencilling and added hand stitching to the background.

The next page has a heat embossed/stamped piece as the focal point; after stamping the image onto a piece of card and cutting around it I covered the card in layers of 'Rocky Road' Embossing Powder, re-stamping into the final layer to create the deep impression. Re-stamping with Fresco Finish paint made the image stand out even further. Gel Plate printed/stamped tissue, more stamping, more hand stitching and another word completed the layout.

This page has a lot going on, with part of a tea stained postcard in the background covered in embossed stamping and hand stitching. On top is layered the die cut 'Mandala' that had previously been used as a stencil and various die cut circles of inked and embossed card. The 'window' reveals part of the page underneath including another 'Journal Jargon' word.

The 'window' on the other side also reveals the page beneath and in this case it's the embossed/stamped focal point. More stamping and bits of fabric, lace and card scraps are layered up around the window to add to the design. The die cut circles in centre have been clear embossed to make them stand out against it all.

The main elements on this page have been stamped/cut from the faux rusted card, with Gel Printed tissue that has been stencilled in the background alongside some heat embossed vellum. The hand stitching surrounds the 'Journal Jargon' word.

For this page the 'Mandala' has been used as a stencil again with the high spots hit with some darker and lighter Fresco Finish paints to emphasise the the design. There's more Izink Pigment Ink rusted card, some embossed stamping, hand stitching and a heat embossed die cut cog shape in the middle along with another of the 'Journal Jargon' words.

The corrugated card on the page below has had layers of paste, embossing powder and ink applied before I took the decision to sand it all back and reveal the layers below which produced the blended worn look. After cutting a hole through the middle of the page and stamping the crosshatched circle image I've added a piece of coiled wire, some stitching, a leftover piece of rust coloured lace and a 'Journal Jargon' word stamped on a left over scrap of background paper.

The second half of the Mandala embossed card has been added to the reverse side of the coiled wire page. I've used Seth Apter's 'Chunky Rust' Embossing Powder on the circle in the middle, dots have been stamped and embossed to one side and the bands at the top and bottom have been stitched in place.

On this page some of the embossed stamping has been done on vellum and more Gel Plate printed tissue used along with hand stitching and lace. Even the 'waste' from the edge of the background paper has been used to trim one side and add more patterning.

This page is one of those happy accidents where a bundle of mixed paper and fabric over-stamped several times with in and paint have become a focal point when layered with lace and a stamped dial. The stamping on the bundle has been extended across the page along with the stitching and a lot of the background left exposed to reveal yet more stencilling.

This page began with the other half of a Mandala stencilled piece seen previously. This time a larger hole has been punched through the centre of the page to reveal the stamped piece of vellum captured between. More stitching and stamping add to the texture whilst the die cut rings that surrounds the cut out hole have been clear embossed.

The next page has been the trickiest to resolve given its asymmetric layout. The layers of heat embossed stamping, die cut circles and stamped vellum sit to one side of the page leaving the rest of the background exposed as on previous pages. I completed it with a 'Jargon Journal' word sat on top of gauze and Gel Plate printed tissue scraps.

On this page there's Gel Plate printed tissue, heat embossed stamping down one side, lace, hand stitching and die cut elements included. The stamped circle border has been fussy cut and embossed with a larger stamped circle added over the top to draw the eye down the page.

I've used another of the embossed elements as a focal point on the following page, created the same way as the previous one and this time surrounded by some faux rusted card. The Gel Plate printed tissue, fabric and book page paper has been stamped over and heat embossed to compliment the line of hand stitching to the side of it. 

The second piece of tea stained post card has been used in the background of the next page, over stamped either side of the little 'window' and with lots of layers of fabric, paper, lace and hand stitching underneath. As on previous pages the die cut circles have layers of card stacked beneath them to add to their dimension.

The final page combines the other half of the sanded corrugated card along with another die cut 'Mandala'. The circle surrounding the 'window' has been inked and embossed to give the impression that it has been rusted whilst the paper edging, hand stitching and lace once again add to the texture.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing how I've filled this Eileen Hull 'Folio Journal'. Make sure to check out the projects and tutorials from the other Inspiration and Educator Team members using Eileen's Chapter 1 dies in imaginative ways - links to their posts can be found on Eileen's blog throughout the month.

For now, thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx
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