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How To Use ZIG Emboss Pens With Masks

Hey up all, got another tutorial for you today. It is always the way, no tutorials for ages then three come along at once (or is that buses?).

This one was on the Kuretake Blog and is for the card I made for the Wedding-inspired challenge.

Now you still have time to join the Wedding challenge and there is £50 bundle of Kuretake and Basically Bare products up for grabs, there aren’t many entries, in fact none at the moment, so your chances of winning if you link up is very high indeed! LOL! But get your skates on – there are only 3 days left to enter.

Ok, onto the tutorial – it uses the ZIG Emboss pens and masks.

You Will Need:

ZIG Emboss Pen (brush nib)

ZIG Art and Graphic Twin Pens

ZIG Watercolour System BrusH2O

Embossing Powder

Spray bottle – water

Plastic Palette

Mask (TCW Damask)

Sentiment (Lawn Fawn Happily Ever After)

White Card

Anti-static Bag

Heat tool

First you will want to add some colour to the card using the ZIG Art and Graphic Twin Pens and the 
ZIG Watercolour System BrusH2O

I like to scribble the ZIG Art and Graphic Twin Pens onto a piece of plastic such as a palette or some old packaging or even a spare acrylic block, then I pick up the colour with the ZIG Watercolour System BrusH2O and swish it across the card. To get more of a spread I might also spritz the card with water. 

Let the card dry completely before moving onto the next step.

Wipe the card with the anti-static bag then line up the mask where you want the embossed image to be.

Hold the mask in place (you can stick it down with masking tape if that helps) and use the ZIG Emboss Pen brush nib to ‘block out’ the design through the mask.

Sprinkle on the embossing powder, tap off the excess and heat. I added the embossing powder in stages by embossing part of the pattern, heat fixing it then re-aligning the mask and adding the next part of the pattern. If you need to, you can also fill any ‘missed’ bits by going over the pattern with the pen again and adding more powder.

Next emboss the sentiment.

You can use the ZIG Emboss Pen directly on the sentiment stamp, again I’ve used the brush nib. Stamp the sentiment out and add the embossing powder, tap off the excess and heat.

Enjoy all the Wedding inspiration on the blog and don’t forget to link up your makes on the Challenge post.

Thanks for popping by.


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How To Keep The Detail In The La-La Land Crafts Hot Air Balloon Die

How about another tutorial? This one has been up on the La-La Land Crafts blog for a couple of days but I thought I would share it here too in case you missed it. If you remember my card from Monday using the La-La Land Crafts Hot Air Balloon die

you might also have spotted all the balloon detail too? The die is beautifully intricate with a filigree-like look to it, but you can also use it and keep the balloon whole too.

Let me show you what I mean.

You Will Need:

La-La Land Crafts Hot Air Balloon die

Spare paper


Glue stick

Die-cutting machine



This is a great way to use up all those spare pieces of paper we all collect, you know the free ones, or the junk mail etc. You can even use newspaper. Use lots of the glue stick to stick the papers together building up the layers to around 8 layers depending on the thickness of the paper. Use the brayer between each layer to make sure you have a good fix with the glue. Let the paper dry to a semi-stiff piece of ‘card’.

Once the glue has dried paint the surfaces of the ‘card’ with acrylic paints and let it dry. 

Everything is dry so now we can use the die and the Die-cutting machine. I’ve used a Cuttlebug and you might want to do a trial run to see what works best for your machine. My sandwich is: the Spacer A; a piece of 290gsm card; the Thin die adapter C; the Die; the ‘card’ to be cut; the Cutting pad B.

Run the cutting sandwich through your machine 3 or 4 times until you can start to see the cutting pattern on the back of the ‘card’ and the excess ‘card’ has been cut away. If you are using newspaper you will need to be careful at this stage as it tends to be a bit softer so you might not get a clear cut to remove the excess ‘card’.

Carefully remove the Hot Air Balloon from the die, as you have made the ‘card’ from layers the details should remain in place but if any of the pieces stay in the die you can stick them back to the Hot Air Balloon. You also have the option to fully remove any of the pieces you want to too, like I did for the ‘strings’ to the basket.

Hope you have fun with your dies and don’t forget to link up any of your La-La Land Crafts makes to the Customer Gallery.


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Mixed Media Tag With ZIG Cartoonist Inks

I have some inky tips to share with you today, this post has been on the Kuretake Blog recently but I wanted to share it here as well.

But before I do don’t forget to check out the new Kuretake Challenge – there is £50 of Kuretake and Basically Bare products up for grabs.

Back to my tutorial today, I’ve been playing with lots of inky bits and bobs recently and one of the new ranges I’ve been able to try out is the ZIG Cartoonist range from Kuretake which have been designed specifically with Manga and Cartoon artists in mind. But they have lots of other applications too and I wanted to show you how they can be applied to a mixed media project, so I’ve used the ZIG Cartoonist Sumi Ink and the ZIG Cartoonist White Ink for this Butterfly Tag.

As you can see I’ve also done a little bit of recycling too with old book pages and packaging.

I’ve covered the tag background with a coat of Gesso then used the ZIG Cartoonist Sumi Ink and nib to add the border. But that is all I’ve done to the background. The focal point on this tag is an ink blot butterfly and I wanted to share with you how I made it.

You Will Need:

ZIG Cartoonist Sumi Ink 

 ZIG Cartoonist White Ink 

ZIG Nibs and Nib Holder

ZIG Cartoonist Brushes

(Pipette – optional)

Old book page

Spare paper

White Card


To start you might want to practise making your ink blot Butterflies on spare paper before committing your old book page.

Fold the spare paper in half and use the dip pen and nib to draw a line with the ZIG Cartoonist Sumi Ink to act as a guide to drawing out the rest of the butterfly. You want to work relatively quickly so that the ink remains wet and a bit of trial and error will give you an idea of how much ink you need to get the kind of blot pattern you want. You can also experiment with the pipette to draw the butterfly too if you want a bolder ink blot.

Fold the paper at the pre-made fold and use your fingers to smooth and spread the ink out. Open the paper again to reveal your ink blot butterfly.

Now you can do the same on the old book page, just remember that each ink blot butterfly is unique!

I have another tip to share today and that is the making of the sentiment.

Spread the ZIG Cartoonist Sumi Ink with the back of the nib onto some white card and let it dry.

Write out the sentiment in the ink using a brush. Once the sentiment is dry tear the sentiment out letting the white card show and it is ready to stick to the tag.

Hope you enjoyed that bit of inkyness and will have fun with your ink blots. If you want to see another butterfly ink blot checkout my grungy boy card from May.

If you happen to be near the Greenford Hobbycraft I shall be there on Saturday 4th August 10am-4pm Demoing for Kuretake – see you there!

Have fun.


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Bring On The Love And Make Your Own Colour Spray Using Kuretake Pens

Are you looking for some love? Well you have found it!

Some inky love with Kuretake for the season of love and for Kuretake’s new Challenge, have you had a chance to check the Challenge out yet? There are some amazing prizes!

Materials: ZIG Memory System Calligraphy Antique Burgandy and RoseZIG Fabricolor Twin Red, ZIG Opaque Writer Anniversary Ivory, Basically Bare Bare Basics Hearts Set 2Basically Bare Bare Basics Hearts Set 1 and Basically Bare Bare Basics Buttons

I used the ZIG calligraphy and fabric pens to make my own colour Spritz for using with a mask on the large Basically Bare fabric heart, and here is how I did it:

You Will Need:

 ZIG Memory System Calligraphy Antique Burgandy and Rose

ZIG Fabricolor Twin Red

A non-stick sheet (craft sheet, plastic, acetate)

Small empty spray bottle

Pipette/ Eye-dropper

Perfect Pearls or Cosmic Shimmer powder


Mini-scoop or thick tweezers

Step One – Scribble!

Scribble the pens onto the non-stick sheet to build up some colour. I’ve used all three pens but you can easily mix and match to make your own colours.

Step Two – Just Add Water

Pour a drop of water directly onto the scribble of colour and mix the colour into the water. Try to keep the pool of water in one large drop, don’t spread in around the sheet or break it up into smaller droplets.

Step Three – Suck!

Suck the coloured liquid up in the pipette (eye dropper) and put it into one of the empty spritz bottles. You can repeat Steps 1-3 as many times as you like to build up colour and volume. If you want to make the colour more intense use a drop of the coloured water from the spritz bottle on the scribble of ink instead of fresh water in Step 2.

Step four – Bling It Up!

If you want to add a bit of sparkle to your spritz then add a pinch of mica powder such as Perfect Pearls or Cosmic Shimmer to the bottle and mix well. Use your Kuretake colour Spritz as you would any other colour spray for a week then give your bottles a good wash with mild soapy water before making more.

There you have it, your own tailor made sparkly colour spray. I used it here through a mask on the fabric heart and to change the colour of this seam ribbon.

Don’t forget to checkout the new Kuretake’s new Challenge



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What Is On Your Work Desk Wednesday (WOYWW) – RUST!

Yep, I have a rusty desk today, well to be honest I have had a rusty desk for the last few days as I’m rusting a few things in batches.

I thought it would make a good WOYWW so don’t forget to pop on over to Julia’s blog to join in the fun!

If you want to know how I do it then read on, if not than just whiz on down to the comments to say WOYWW ‘Hi’.


A couple of folks asked how I do my rusting after posting this make from last week:

I’ve rusted the fabric – the key was an already rusted find.

If any of you have seen my ‘The Machinist’ make in the September 2011 issue of the Craft Stamper you would have spotted a clue as to how I rust stuff but here are some more details…

You will need:

Rusting Powder 

White vinegar


Things to rust

Bowl/tray/old newpaper/plastic sheets

Glue stick/Acrylic wax (Optional)

I set myself up a space to rust and layer up some plastic sheets and newspaper to protect the surface of my desk or tray or whatever you are rusting in/on – this is going to be messy!

Fabric – If you are rusting fabric give it a soak in a solution made from one part water – a little bit more than one part white vinegar. You can happily use 100% vinegar but I’m a cheap skate!  The more evenly saturated the fabric the more even the rust covering will be so if you want some areas more rusted than others experiment with the length of time you saturate the fabrics, where you put the rusting powder or only saturate parts of the fabric. You can play with rubber bands wrapped roughly around the fabric to get ‘tie-dye’ like patterns too.

Sprinkle on the rusting powder and allow the rust to develop as the fabric dries.

TIP – I also add bits of metal or previously rusted items to my rusting and rust layers of soaked fabrics in a bundle. You get some interesting intensities and patterns. If you are lucky you might have a bit of copper in the metal and you will get some lovely greens developing too. You can keep adding soaked fabric to the original rusted fabric to rust more pieces, you might need to add a little more vinegar solution each time. 

When you are finished let the fabric dry completely and then brush off the rusty bits you no longer want.

Card/Paper – There are a couple of ways of rusting card and paper. I often cover bits of the paper and card with a glue stick and add the powder to the glue then sprinkle with the vinegar solution. Let the rust develop as the card/paper dries.

You can then use this piece as a base to rust other card or paper by soaking a new piece of card/paper in the vinegar solution and layering it on top of the original rusted piece and let it dry again.

Plastic – You can rust all sorts of things and I have had fun rusting non-rustable items such as plastic buttons or metal that won’t rust etc. Add glue stick to the plastic to be rusted, sprinkle on the rusting powder and some vinegar solution and let it dry. If you are worried the rust will fall off then seal the object with a little bit of gel medium or a layer of polymer medium which dries clear. I think this is where the acrylic wax comes in to it’s own, but as I don’t have any I use the glue stick and a sealant!

Heavy gel medium is great for attaching the heavy rusted elements to your work, I’ve been using the one from Golden.

So you can use your rusted items in your work such as with these rusted cogs in this altered sardine tin make:

Or use your fabric to stamp on and stitch into:


Have fun with this one and I would love to see what you do with it, so don’t forget to leave a link to any makes.


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Make With Me Tutorial

Another tutorial today – this time it is to make these packaging recycled tags and you will find it on the Make With Me website in the Christmas Make Week section.

Whilst you are there checkout all the other Christmas projects as well! 

You will find Make With Me on Facebook and Twitter too.

Hope you like it! The templates are included in the free to download tutorial, you might have noticed that this is my favourite tag shape at the moment LOL!


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Some Odd Girl Opulent Christmas Tag Tutorial

Hi everyone, here is a step by step I recently put together as part of the month long celebrations for Kristy’s Birthday over at her blog The Odd Girl.

It is a special Christmas Tag using the Some Odd Girl Angel Kaylee.

You will need:

Stamps – Angel Kaylee, Alphabet stamps, Music stamp

Papers – Prima Printery

Colouring – Prismacolor pencils

Inks – Versamark, Black

Usual Suspects – Scissors, Silicone glue

Equipment – Heat Gun, Crop-A-Dile, Paper distressor

Other – Ribbon, ZIG Embossing powder (Black Sparkle), Acrylic Paint (Gold), Sponge, ZIG Wink Of Stella Pen, Eyelet

Prepare your tag by cutting out several tag shapes to the size you want and make each tag slightly smaller than the one before. I used one of the ‘2011’ labels in the Prima Printery paper pad but you could easily use a sentiment stamp or other cut-out. Also cut a small strip the width of the tag.

Stamp out the music in Versamark ink on your top tag layer, the smallest tag, and add the embossing powder, shake off excess and heat to melt the powder.

Distress the edges of all of the tag layers, sentiment and paper strip, I use a seam ripper for
this job.

Now all your layers are distressed start building up the tag by glueing each of the tag
layers in place. Add the gold acrylic paint to the distressed edges of all the papers using a sponge. I used some Cut n’ Dry but you can easily use a make-up sponge for example.

Add the acrylic paint in lumpy blobs and smooth some of the blobs out to lightly add sparkle to the paper. Leave some of the blobs to dry to give a more bumpy opulent gold look to the tag. When the paint is dry tie the ribbon into a bow and the ribbon to the paper strip and stick it to the tag. 

Stamp and cut out the ‘Christmas’ to stick to the ‘2011’ cut-out and add a light touch of acrylic paint to the edges. Stick the sentiment to the tag.

Colour Angel Kaylee and add sparkle to her wings, hair and shoes with the ZIG Wink Of Stella pen and stick her to the tag to finish.

Hope you enjoyed this opulent little sparkly tag. 

Don’t forget to go take a look at all of Kristy’s birthday celebrations!


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How To Make Acrylic Paint And ZIG Alcohol Blender Ink Backgrounds.

I promised you all a tutorial for my La-La Land Crafts DT make for this week’s Inspiration Monday. Well here as promised is how I made the spooky background for the little Skeleton Luka Tag.

I adapted the technique from Nancy Reyner’s book Acrylic Revolution and is really easy to do if you have a little bit of time and want to play with some acrylic paint and alcohol blender ink. I just love the texture it adds to a make!

[There are some affiliate links in this blog post, so if you buy through them I do get a small amount of money at no extra cost to yourself. Thanks for your support!]

You will need:

Corrugated Card

Old Book Page

A Liquid Glue (like PVA or Elmer’s)

Acrylic Paint

Alcohol Blending Ink (like ZIG Kurecolor Blender refill/alcohol ink; Adirondack Alcohol Blending solution or Rubbing Alcohol solution)

Golden Polymer Medium (Gloss)

Non-Absorbent surface (like an Acrylic block)

Non-Absorbent dip stick (like a palette knife)

Plus – Your favourite La-La Land Crafts Halloween Image (mine was Skeleton Luka and you can get him as rubber stamp or as a digi-stamp), colouring materials, button, needle, sewing machine, thread, eyelet and eyelet puncher, button, black ink pad, Alpha stamps.

Step One – Prepare The Background

Cut a piece of corrugated card to bigger than you want your final tag to be and if you need to, take the top layer of paper off to expose the corrugations.

Tear out a page from an old (unwanted!) book and use the glue to stick the page to the corrugated card and let it dry fully.

Once dry tear off the book page to reveal the corrugated card again, you can leave on or take off as much as you want!

Step Two – Seal The Surface

You need to coat the support with a layer of medium to seal it, so try a gloss medium like the Golden Polymer Medium. Before you coat the book page/corrugated card it is quite absorbent and will just soak up the acrylic paint and alcohol blender solution and you wont get the
same effect.

Allow this layer to dry before moving on to the next step.

Step Three – Paint The Tag

Cut out the tag shape from the prepared corrugated card. Make up an acrylic paint solution with your chosen colour and some water, I used approximately 1:1 water to paint for my glaze but it really is down to personal preference and the acrylic paint you are using.

Now you will have to start working a bit quickly at this point as you do not want the paint to dry before you add the alcohol blender ink.

Paint the tag and move directly onto the next step.

Step Four – Add The Blender And Watch The Magic!

Add a couple of drops of the alcohol blender ink to a non-porous surface (I used an acrylic block) and dip your non-porous dip stick (e.g. a palette knife) into the drops and then touch it to the still wet acrylic paint on the tag.

The alcohol blender ink spreads in a circle pushing the acrylic paint away from the area leaving a really interesting look. The more alcohol blender ink you add the bigger the circle will be so try adding different amounts to get different looks, but be careful not to use too much as it will wash the paint away completely.

Repeat this process as many times as you want to get the look you want. When you have finished let the tag dry.

Step Five – Add A Bit Of Stitchery

Free-stitch, machine stitch or hand stitch (whichever you are most comfortable with) a spider’s web at the top of your tag.

Step Six – And Finish!

Sew on a little spider button and stitch it some legs – creepy! Edge the tag with the black ink pad and add the eyelet. Colour your La-La Land Crafts image and stick to the tag. Finish with the little sentiment. 

Have fun with this one! As always if you use this one I would love to see what you make and if you leave a comment with a link I’ll be sure to pop by.

Catch you later alligator.


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Creative Expressions Calling Card Challenge

Got something that might interest you guys looking out for DT calls. Have you seen the Creative Expressions DT call?

Creative Expressions is a UK craft manufacturer and distributor supplying many of your favourite crafty retail shops and they also have their own lines of rubber stamps designed by various designers. If you haven’t seen the recent steampunk themed stamps from Sam Poole then you should go check them out!

All the details for the DT call are on the Creative Expressions Website but it is in the form of a challenge:

Calling Card 

The only other requirements are that there is an ATC somewhere in the make and that the make uses stamping.

So I thought I would have a play and for my project I’ve made a photo album / scrapbook from recycled packaging and business or ‘calling cards’ – see what I’ve done there? LOL!

What you will need:

StampsCreative Expressions Umount Vintage Photo, Creative Expressions Umount Texture

Inks – Ranger Tim Holtz Distress inks Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain; Ranger Archival Coffee; StazOn Jet Black

Paper – Calling/business cards; Cardboard; Kraft packaging paper

Usual Suspects – PVA Glue; Golden Heavy Gel;

Equipment – WRMK Cinch; Scissors; Blending tool; Heat tool

Other – Tea-dyed fabric; Kuretake Screwtop brads; Acetate; Spiral wires; Prima Mask Set 5; Gesso; Acrylic paint Sand, Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber; Kitchen towel; Red ink

Making Backgrounds From Calling Cards

Ok so what do you do with your old business / calling cards? Between me and David we have boxes of these things from jobs we have moved on from over the years so what better way to get rid of them than to use them in making backgrounds?

Tear The Business Cards Into Strips

Tear the business cards into thin strips approx 1cm wide.

Weave the Business Card Strips

Weave the business card strips onto a spare piece of paper with dilute PVA and using the same principle as the Collage Background Technique but a bit more structured and leave to dry.

When the weave is dry cover with Gesso and allow to dry.

Paint The Weave Background

Cut the weave background down to the size of an ATC (2.5 by 3.5 inch) and build up layers of colour by adding paint then wiping the majority of the colour off again with kitchen towel to show the layer underneath. I started with a layer of Eco-Green Acryllic Paint Sand, the next layer was Raw Sienna and then I finished with Burnt Umber. When the paint is dry edge the ATC with Ranger Tim Holtz Walnut Stain and dry with the heat tool.

Prepare The Album Covers

Cut the album covers from packaging cardboard (~17cm square) and punch holes in one side. Paint the album covers with Gesso and when it is dry paint with Eco-Green Acryllic Paint Sand.

TIP: You might also have noticed that I’ve stamped out the images I wanted to use on spare paper first? I usually do this so that I can play around with the composition of the piece before I commit myself!

Build Up Texture With Masks And Stamping

Start building up the background with blending Rangers Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress ink and the Prima Grid Mask from Set 5 and then use Creative Expressions Umount Vintage Photo stamps and the writing stamp from the Creative Expressions Umount Texture set to decorate the corners. Then finish with Rangers Tim Holtz Distress inks Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain and dry with the heat tool.

Add The Sentiment

Stick down the ATC with the Golden Heavy Gel and stamp out the photographer stamp onto spare card in Ranger Archival Coffee and colour with red ink before sticking to the cover. Tear a rectangle of acetate and paint the back with the sand paint. When the paint is dry stamp the sentiment from Creative Expressions Umount Vintage Photo in StazOn on the front and attach with the Golden Heavy Gel and add the Screwtop brad.

Finish With A Stamped Film Strip

Stamp the film strip from the Creative Expressions Umount Vintage Photo in StazOn onto acetate and carefully line up the image to stamp again giving the effect of a continuous strip of film. Attach it to the cover with the screwtop brad. Assemble the album and finish with strips of tea-dyed fabric tied around the binding wire.

Have fun with the challenge and catch you later.


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Quixotic Paperie – Mini Book Using Wooden Shapes – Tutorial

Well it has been a busy month of tutorials here at Crafty Makes and I have another one for you this week. This time I’m using the wooden alterable shapes from Quixotic Paperie along with other yummy items to make a mini-concertina book. If you follow the Quixotic Paperie blog you would have seen this on Saturday 18th June 2011.

You might have noticed it is the round ornament bauble shaped wooden shape? You don’t have to use them just for Christmas!

What you will need:

StampsArtistic Outpost Ephemeral Backgrounds; Artistic Outpost Birds Of A Feather; Studio G Alphas

PapersKraft Card; Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante

Colouring – Pencils

Inks – Distresss inks; Distress stains; Archival Jet Black; Archival coffee

Usual Suspects – Golden Gel medium; Gesso

Tools – Scissors; Crop-A-Dile; Cuttlebug; Spellbinders Nestibilities Circle dies; Blending tools and foam; Ruler; Scoring tool

OthersWooden Shape Round ornament with hole; Fabric; Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Sprockets; Viva Decor Gel Pen Walnut; EZ Mount

Make A Template For The Inner Pages

If you need to make the hole in the wooden shape bigger then before making the inner pages template use the Crop-A-Dile to make the hole bigger. Then use the wooden shape to cut a rough template to give the size of the inside pages. I’ve made sure that the hole in the ornament is not covered.

Score And Fold Kraft Card

To make the inside concertina pages use the template to score a line in the Kraft card and
fold it.

Use the fold to score the next line and keep scoring and folding until you have the number of pages you want or until you run out of card! Make sure that your first and last pages are both folded in the same direction i.e. the first and last page are both valley folds when attached to the covers (see picture below – ‘Assemble Mini Book’).

Cut Inside Pages

For this step you can either use your template to cut out the inside pages, making sure you leave the left and right folded sides of the circle uncut to give the concertina effect.

Another method is to use the Spellbinders nestibilities dies. Pick the die nearest to the size you want and line up the folded Kraft card on the die, again leaving the left and right folded sides untouched by the die. Use the thinner cutting plate and some shims with your cutting machine and run the card and die through the machine a couple of times. It wont cut all the way through and you might need to experiment with the shims to get the right thinkness.

Finish cutting the pages with the scissors, the die will have left guidelines in the card it has not cut through.

The inside pages are ready to decorate anyway you want. For this tutorial I’ve used distress stains to colour them.

Prepare the wooden shapes with a layer of gesso and once it is dry colour as you wish, I’ve used distress ink and stains in this tutorial.

Assemble Mini Book

I used soft Golden Gel Medium to apply the first and last page to the covers making sure that the holes are next to each other at the ‘spine’ of the book.

‘Bind’ The Book

I’ve used a strip of fabric coloured with distress stains to tie the covers together, making sure that it is not so tight that you can’t open the book. You can of course make the knot easy to tie and untie so that you can see both sides of the concertina pages if you have decorated both sides.

The book is finished and ready to decorate however you want!

I’ve linked this up to the Artistic Outpost June referral program and whilst you are there also check out their fabulous stamps.

Have fun with this tutorial and don’t forget to come back to let me know how it goes!


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How To Make A Distressed, Vintage Style Card

Hi Guys, hope you enjoyed the new Natural Beauty Stamps illustrated by Carmen Medlin for SCACD blog hop yesterday. If you are interested here is how I made the card from yesterday’s post.

Inspiration note: When I first saw this fabulous stamp the idea of making the image look a bit ethereal immediately jumped out at me. The layering of this delicate looking image onto a ‘decayed’ background grew whilst I was working on the image. The overall effect puts me in mind of Estella from Great Expectations for any of you Dickens lovers out there (more from the 1946 movie perhaps than the book).


Stamp – Carmen Medlin SCACD Naturally Styled

Papers – Prima Melody; Kraft Card (make a card blank); Book page; Vellum or Tracing paper

Inks – Archival Jet Black; Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Inks Vintage Page

Colouring – Caran d’Ache

Usual Suspects – Glue; Double-sided tape

Tools – WRMK Sew-Easy;  WRMK Sew Easy Piercing Mat; Brayer; Paint brush; Heat tool; Paper piercer

Other – Make It Crafty Lasercut chipboard Filigree Jewels; Calico Fabric; Thread; Gesso; Scotch tape; nail file; Perfect Pearls; Golden Gel Medium

Making The Image Background

I started by glueing a book page to a Kraft card support and brayered it down for a to get rid of any winkles then set it aside to dry.

I then covered the old book page with some diluted Gesso, dried it with the heat tool (too impatient to wait!) and added another layer of Gesso.

Stamp Out The Image

I then used Archival ink to stamp out the Carmen Medlin SCACD stamp onto the book page and on a piece of vellum, but I didn’t have any vellum so I’ve actually used tracing paper. Allow the ink to dry then line up the two images and tear to the size you want the image to be on the card. Also tear the edges of the Kraft card blank.

TIP – Be very careful not to move the stamp on the vellum / tracing paper otherwise it will smear and smudge.

TIP 2 – When using unmounted rubber stamps use a little bit of glue stick to stick the back of the stamp to the acrylic block, you can use other products such as Tack n’ Peel, or sticky sprays instead, but glue sticks like Pritt stick work just as well and wash off easily. I then use a foam mat under the item to be stamped to get a good image. Practice on spare paper first to find out how hard you need to press to get a clear image.

Colouring On Vellum / Tracing Paper

I then used coloured pencils to colour the stamped image on the tracing paper, pressing lightly and building up the colour in layers.

Distress The Designer Paper

Next might not be for everyone, I know many of you might feel it a bit of a crime to distress those lovely designer papers, but sometimes a girl has got to do what a girl has got to do! Don’t judge me too harshly!

So a bit of paper distressing. First get those rips in the surface using Scotch tape, torn in thin strips, burnished onto the paper with my nail and pulled up, practice on a spare piece or in a place that won’t show to see how hard you have to burnish and pull to get the effect you want.

I topped this off with some sandpaper distressing and then lightly inked with the Distress ink and added a touch of Perfect Pearls in some areas. Also use the Distress ink on the edge of the book page, Kraft Card blank and a small torn strip of spare book page.

Prep The Papers For Sewing

Using the WRMK Sew-Easy tool pierce some sewing holes in the small strip of spare book page. Tear a piece of fabric and layer them on the distressed designer paper and stitch them in place. 

Stick the book page image to the designer paper with double-sided tape. Carefully line up the two stamped images and prick holes to stitch the image down.

Finish With Embellishments

I added a bit of Distress ink to the Make It Crafty lasercut chipboard then brushed with Perfect Pearls and used Golden Gel Medium to stick the embellishments down.

There you go, all distressed and vintage-fied! 



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