My assigned person's theme this month is Vintage or Shabby Chic. Having done an altered book a couple of months ago that had the theme of Good Ol' School Days, I had lots of supplies that made this a perfect addition to a Vintage/Shabby Chic altered book. Up until this month, we have done regular tip-ins with decoration on both front and back of the page. This month we had a choice. She chose to have a two-page spread this month.
I chose a sheet of dictionary printed cardstock from my old stash of collage papers. Distress Inks in Tea Dye and Vintage Photo were rubbed all around the edges and over much of the cream colored background paper. Distress Stain in Tea Dye was added to the edges to give it an old stained look. Torn papers from another collage collection were adhered to various areas on the spread after distressing the edges of each torn area. Stamps from Oxford Impressions "My Story" collection (now retired) were added to the page, and Rusty Hinge Distress Stain was rubbed haphazardly over one image in the center (Public School), and Scattered Straw Distress Stain was applied to the face of the boy. Stormy Sky was used on his clothing. I love the quick application from the Distress Stains. Then my favorite in that collection, Picket Fence, was rubbed over several areas, toning down some of the vibrancy in several areas.
And now, the most fun part for me is pulling out my dies and constructing some dimensional objects on the page. The two string-closed envelopes are made from Tim Holtz's new Sizzix Movers and Shapers L Die Pocket Envelope. They are cut from Kraft cardstock, perfect for this application, and distressed with the same ink colors used on the background plus Walnut Stain Distress ink. From my collage stash, I pulled some little tag board printed frames and matching tag in a ruler theme. Design Originals made these several years ago. The tag is stapled to the top of the page with Tim Holtz's Tiny Attacher, and the tag swings freely like a bookmark. The frames decorate the front of the string-tie envelopes. The apple basket and apple are from my button stash. The little stamp shapes inside the frames are cut from a vintage school collection of papers by Graphic 45. I filled in those frames with a coat of Ranger's Glossy Accents.
|Detail--Little booklets inside string envelopes|
One more thing I did to this page: Judikins' Paper Glaze is my "go-to" finish on lots of my work now. I love the way it brings out the colors in stamped and colored images. It adds a subtle sheen and protects the paper from fading, etc. If I could only figure out how get it out of the jar and onto the projects without getting it under my fingernails, I would be a happy paper crafter! (I guess I COULD use something and dip it out, but it takes a small amount, so just dipping my finger into the jar is enough for most cards.) After rubbing it into the paper, I take a soft paper towel and rub off the excess, buffing it well.