' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: Book cover Vintage motifs

Friday 1 November 2019

Book cover Vintage motifs

This month I have the pleasure and responsibility of choosing the Country View Challenge Theme. My choice will come as no surprise to my faithful readers...

Thinking of all the tools in my craft stash from stencils, dies, paper and moulds, although I love and use them all, my number one crafting items are stamps. Yep, a true stamp-a-holic…
Obviously this led me to choose "Hand Stamped" as the theme!

My inspiration piece is a book cover that went through a make over with the help of paints and stamps.


First I gessoed and applied a first coat of Deco Art paint in Buff as a base.

Next, I painted thin layers of paints in Cyan, Quinacridone Violet and Blue Green Light.
I let that dry and stamped Crafty Individuals Baroque Splatter with Violet Archival ink.

Before strengthening the colours I stamped more images, this time with black Archival as I knew some of the starkness of that ink would be softened by subsequent layers of paints. The stamps are from Stampendous, designed by Andy Skinner.

Several washes of paints later.... By now I was happy with the depth of colour but sadly my Baroque motifs were nearly invisible! I stamped again, without putting on too much pressure this time since this will be my last layer.
To finish my stamping, I used Turquoise, Grey and Violet Archival inks, mixing colours direct on the stamp. (Hero Arts/Basic Grey - Luscious Ledger stamp).

And just as I have done you can carry on adding paints and stamps, layers after layers until you reach the look you are after!

A close up for you :

I hope you will join us in stamping this month at Country View Challenges and if you do you could win £20 to spend on... stamps (or any other crafty supplies) that take your fancy!

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the Allsorts, SSS Wednesday challenges.


  1. I imagine you had great fun creating this one Christine, blues and purples make a lovely colour palette and it's really very pretty, many thanks so joining us at Allsorts this week. And apols I've been MIA lately, life has been getting in the way.

    B x

  2. Such a gorgeous book cover! The paints are blended beautifully and with the stamping the finish is so elegant - stunning 😁. I'm looking forward to joining your fabulous theme this month, Happy November! Hugs, Jo x

  3. This is fab - love the colours and the stamps you used. Thank you for joining in with my make your own background challenge at Allsorts challenge.
    Lynn x

  4. Your book cover is so beautiful, Christine!!! Great job and great challenge theme!!! Happy November!!! xx

  5. Love the theme you chose ! This book cover is fabulous ! xx

  6. Ooh, that's lovely - the subtle layered stamping is wonderful, as are the beautiful shades of blue from turquoise through to violet.
    Alison x

  7. absolutely lovely - and I adore your theme - perfect!!! Thankyou! Hugs rachel x

  8. Fabulous cover.
    Thanks for sharing at Allsorts;-))m

  9. Such a fabulous topic - love your book cover.

  10. This is so pretty, and a fabulous choice of stamps. Thanks so much for the great theme xx

  11. A great book cover Christine and you're like me....a stamper through and through xx

  12. Beautiful bookcover! I love the vintage mood you created with the subtile stamping!
    Happy November!
    Evelyn xxx