Sunday, 21 September 2014

Twofer with master board

I was inspired by Lelaina Lloyd who made a fun tag book for the Paper Artsy blog, you can see her creation here.

I produced my master board following her tutorial and, although I was concerned the water droplets were drying with no effect, I waited patiently as instructed and lo and behold awesome drips impressions appeared! I used the same stamps as Lelaina, from the Paper Artsy EEV06 set as the finishing touch.

However, instead of making a tag book I decided to replace a Post-It holder I made some time ago. I figured the paint on one side would make the construction more durable and I strengthened the inside with a piece of fabric tape. At the back I stuck a magnet so the holder lives on the fridge ready for action.


One of my favourite thing to make is embellishments so, instead of adding a bought metal tag, I made my own with embossing powders. This should have been fun but it turned into a nightmare!

I was using the Intaglio technique and used a piece of aluminium as a base (easier to heat up from underneath and not blow away all the powder) with WOW embossing Puff black. With just 2 layers of powder I stamped my "A few pencil notes" image (set ESN07 from Paper Artsy) into the EP.
This came out perfect: the stamp flattened the EP (Puff is grainy and doesn't "run" like standard EP) around the words ready for highlighting with a bit of silver. Sadly I took leave of my senses and when I die cut my tag I also embossed it which marred the depth I had achieved earlier.

I decided to do over... trying to salvage the EP by re-melting. BIG mistake... The Puff was now more gray than black, so I added a bit of black EP, this one is glossy unlike the Puff. The melted EP looked a mess, very uneven, and I hoped (to no avail) that it would sort itself out when stamping.
Well see the result for yourself... By this time I was so annoyed with myself I highlighted the raised areas with silver and called it Distressed & complete. On a positive note, I am entering my make in the WOW Embossing powders challenge.

I still had some master board, enough for another holder, when I saw the Artful Times challenge for this fortnight is to make a small book. It occurred to me I could make an alternative version of a Post it holder to keep in my handbag.

This is the book closed:                         and opened showing the tab closure :










I hope I haven't bored you with my tales of woe...

10 comments:

  1. For all your problems, it came out great!

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  2. This looks great and is such a good idea

    Love Chrissie d

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  3. Great and inspiring journey you had here with a fantastic outcome. You NEVER bore me!!!

    Sensational make, love the colours and shape:-) xxx

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  4. Not bored me at all I so enjoyed reading it and learned so much from your post.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge, I was getting rather red faced thinking nobody would - you have saved the day for us.
    Hugs, and Thanks again - Neet xx (Artful Times)

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  5. Well done for persisting with it, well worth it. Thank you for joining us on Artful Times.

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  6. Je ne suis pas sure d'avoir tout compris, mais suffisamment pour comprendre que la création de ton petit tag embossé t'a posé quelques soucis.. :D Je le trouve chouette comme ça en tout cas ! Bravo pour cette super idée de réa, vraiment sympa. Bizz

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  7. What a great idea! I made a notebook with post-its in inspired by Lucy's post! I love the magnet idea - we're always looking for paper to make lists on and the pads can never be seen in the kitchen! I love your abstract design and colour choices!

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  8. These look great! I love the colours & abstract design!
    Alison xxx

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  9. It worked out great in the end - well done!

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