Friday, March 19, 2010

A Steampunk Mini Notebook

...... that I covered using a stamped collage of Artistic Outpost Steampunk stamps. 
I started with this little notebook. 

I cut a piece of kraft card stock a little bit larger than I needed for the cover. I prefer to trim after my stamping is done.

This is what it looked like when I was finished stamping. I used Ranger Archival Jet Black ink. I didn't ink all the edges on some of the images. Softer edges fill in a collage better. Once I was finished stamping, I added Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and a touch of Black Soot Distress inks. I also added Distress Pumice Stone (a new color that I really like) to the standing man's suit. I highlighted some areas by not adding as much Distress ink. The Minneapolis/St Paul sign is one has just Antique Linen ink over it so it's not as dark as the surrounding area. Once I liked the color, I trimmed the paper to fit the notebook. I scored fold lines for the spine. I used my Xyron to apply adhesive to it and applied it over the original cover on the notebook. I added a narrow elastic cord (used for jewelry making) to keep it shut.

This is the back.

...........front and back.........

This would be a great little gift to tuck into a's small enough and not very thick. 

Hope you enjoyed this little project! 
You can find more great projects created with Steampunk in the AO Gallery.  

Have a great day!


Jane Wetzel said...

this is sooooo cool- do u "sponge" the colors on after u stamp?

Gerrie Johnnic said...

This is really kewl! I love the notebook, what a great idea, thanks so much, you did FAB with the stamps!

Cathy said...

Judy, what a wonderful project. The collage you created is awesome.

SmilynStef said...

Fantastic ... thanks for the tips about blending inks and soft edges for a cohesive collage. I love how you combined all of the images into this fabulous project.

tonistamps said...

This is a fantastic project Judy!

Seth said...

Came to you from Shelly's blog. I really like this. A great piece.