31 October 2013

Hassle Free Marbling

Hi everyone. Thank you so much for your response to yesterday's post. I'm sending a copy of all your messages for Anne to her in hospital so she can see for herself how much support she has.

A quick post today to show you this journal, altered for No. 3 son's birthday. He doesn't have a passion for a subject at school or hobby at the moment but he does love animals, so this former steampunk gentleman has become an old fashioned ringmaster replete with performing beasts.

I took inspiration for the base of the cover from Candy Colwell's Spooky frame, covering it with an initial layer of crumpled tissue before layering on Distress Paints, stencilled embossing paste and gilding wax.

Taking part in CC102 has given me even more enthusiasm for utilising stencils, and as you can see here, after employing some masking of the main images a number of stencils were layered to add that circus/carnival feel to the background.
A hint here - if you want to 'bleach' areas having coloured them with deeper Distress Ink colours, paint on Antique Linen Distress Stain, let it dry, a little then blast it with your heat tool to allow the base stamped image to become clearer.

One of my favourite parts is the inside cover. I was lucky enough to win my choice of a new stamp from The Artistic Stamper and went for the Marbled Background. You will be seeing much more of this as it is an easy and far less messy way of creating those wonderful marbled backgrounds people usually achieve with inks and shaving foam. Here I used it with Distress Stains before adding some more ink through a Dylusions Stencil  and using another fabulous stamp called Smudge Background which gives you a distress look without having to go to the trouble of spritzing/flicking. Finally some washi tape added some much needed structure to the pages.

I will be entering this into this month's Artistic Stamper Creative Team challenge - Alter Something and highly recommend you consider adding these two background stamps to your collection.
You will never be stuck for coordinating backing papers again!

Time to leave you for now with the promise that there's much more on the way.
In the meantime please take care of yourselves.
Hugs, Jenny xxx


  1. A wonderful album, Jenny!

    I am sure son No. 3 will love it :)

    Claudia x

  2. Wow! Jenny, yet another stunning creation.
    Now!! that "stamp" for the background really appeals to me......no dirty hands!!!! No shaving foam!!!
    Your son will be delighted with this.
    Have a BOOOOOtiful!!!! evening

    Patricia xxx

  3. Fabulous work Jenny. I love the cover and I.m sure No3 son will love it too. Anne has never been far from my thoughts and hopefully she is at least comfortable and the pain is under control. Hugs Rita xxxxxx

  4. Looks fantastic Jenny and like you I'm really impressed with the inside cover - wonderful stamps there. Thanks for tip on 'antique linen' too. Nicola x

  5. Fantastic, love how the images work together and great choice of circus colours too

    Sam xxx

  6. This is lovely Jenny and will be so appreciated
    Rosie x

  7. What a great masculine look Jenny.
    Fab alteration!

  8. Jenny, first of all could I mention that I am only catching-up now so maybe you could pass on my very best wishes to Anne. The poor soul, I was shocked to read your post.
    How fabulous this is - wonderful background and I like the transformation of this man into a ringmaster.

  9. Wonderful Jenny, I bet son number 3 will love his journal as much as his brothers loved theirs! This one looks fantastic too and I just love how you have used the steampunk gentleman this time round!

  10. Love this striking front cover Jenny and putting our great gent as a ringmaster is inspired. The inside cover looks fabulous, must look at the stamps you have used, they worked beautifully.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  11. Your son will have the coolest notebook in the school, lucky thing. And thanks for the heads up on the marbled stamp.

  12. Wonderful Jenny - so many grand things to buy. I am sure your son likes his new note book. Very creative and fun!

  13. Just fantastic. I'm sure you son will love it.

  14. Great work on this notebook - and I agree about that inside cover - it looks wonderful!
    Alison x


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