14 October 2021

Eileen Hull Designs and The Crafters Workshop

Hi everyone and welcome. October has been a busy month for Eileen Hull Designs with new Sizzix Chapter 4 releases and new stamps from Maker Forte. And for an extra layer of fun members of Eileen's teams are also teaming up with The Crafters Workshop to show how well their beautiful range of stencils work with Eileen's designs.

With the release this month of Eileen's new Full Size Journal there's lots of work going on here to make pages that will go inside. Today I'm sharing two of those pages which combine Eileen's stamps and Rebekah Meier stencils from The Crafters Workshop. This first one also makes use of a couple of Eileen's dies too.

I took photos showing how the basis of the page was created, starting with the background colour which came from a piece of gel plate printed tissue using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints. This was layered over a torn piece of paper from the index of a botanical book (a charity shop find).

Wanting to add some subtle patterning over the top so opted to use Eileen's Vintage Damask background stamp in combination with embossing ink and a metallic embossing powder. In order to add a window.

I traced around the leftover piece from a window shape in Eileen's 3-D Camper die and drew a border and ledge to match. More acrylic paints and some watercolour pencils were used to colour, highlight and shade this simple shape to give it more dimension.

For the next part of the design I painted an ombre effect of Autumnal colours onto card and cut out three leaves using Eileen's Spring Leaves die. These were lined up underneath the window in a row.

To add more detail to the leaves I remembered from one of Eileen's FB Live shows that the shape at the top matches one of the stamps in the Wonderful World of Flowers stamp set.

Using permanent black ink I stamped the top half  of each die cut leaf with the leaf sections from the smallest of the flower/leaf stamps.

It was then easy to use a black gel pens to extend the patterns to cover the rest of the leaf shapes. I then filled in the little dots with a white gel pen to contrast with the darker colours.

From this point on the creative process took over, starting with the addition of the flower head between the second and third leaves. I swiped texture paste through one of the flower shapes and a little of the text at the bottom on Rebekah Meier's stencil TCW849 from The Crafters Workshop.

This stencilling was then covered in paint to make it stand out against the background. It is perfect for drawing the eye down from the window and up from the stamped word at the bottom. I broke up the line a little by adding a strip of fabric and stitched buttons on top.

To finish the page I stamped the word nature from Eileen's stamp set Snail Mail Inspirations and added a little lace trim in the top corner.

Moving on to the second journal page I didn't take 'in progress photos' for this one because it was basically a case of layering together the various stamped and stencilled elements on top of a background that was created with a mix of book page, sewing pattern tissue and paint.

The largest element is the piece that has a pale blue, raised textural pattern and words from Rebekah Meier's stencil TCW771 from The Crafters Workshop. One of my favourite things about Rebekah's stencil designs is that she provides a 'ready made' collage that can also be used for its separate parts in the way I've done here.

Also layered underneath the painted window are a stamped library card and ticket, taken from Eileen's Buttons Cards and More stamp set.

The main picture of a French window is one I took on a family holiday and used a copy of to create a gel transfer print that could have paint and tea stain added on top. Pieces of lace and some hand stitching completed the overall design by adding texture, pattern and a splash of extra colour, and another of the words from Eileen's Snail Mail Inspiration stamp set finished it.

Other members of Eileen's teams will be sharing their own makes combining her ranges with stencils from The Crafters Workshop and there will be a round up on Eileen's blog at the end of the month so make sure to see that.

For now thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx


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