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Inspiration for The Gilded Age
I chose to use Gilded Leaves Shaped Panel to stamp and deboss to show another way to use these beautiful dies and plates. One of the other designers will show it with foil and glimmer!
I love to make journals! So I used the largest glimmer plate to decorate a small faux Midori style journal. If you're not familiar with Midori journals, simply google it and you'll find lots! It's a journal style with elastic bands that hold notebooks in place for use and can easily be removed and replaced when used. The journal I made today is small, perfect to carry in a purse, pocket or back pack. Actually, I made two or these journals...….more about that shortly.
For the blue journal, I cut 2 layers of a product called Kraft-tex™ which is a Kraft paper fabric. It's strong, acts similar to paper and leather, doesn't fray, easy to cut, can be sewn, comes in several colors, etc. Perfect for a journal cover as it should wear well. I first rough cut the pieces, soaked them with water and crumpled them well. Once dry, I ironed them to flatten. The pieces were cut 4⅜ x 7¼ʺ and I rounded the corners.
To emboss, actually deboss, the design, I first laid the largest of the glimmer plates from Gilded Leaves Shaped Panel on the front cover to decide placement. Then I aligned the cutting edge die alongside it and taped that in place. I used that as a guide only. I placed a long strip of masking tape on back side of glimmer plate to use as a handle once it was inked.
Then I inked the largest of the glimmer plates from Gilded Leaves Shaped Panel with Staz-On ink. I chose that ink because it's permanent.
I carefully lifted it with the tape and turned it over. Then I aligned it with the edge die that was taped to my journal cover and laid it in place. Firmly holding it so it wouldn't slide or move, I removed the edge die and taped the glimmer plate in place
The sandwich I used with my Spellbinders Platinum from top down was blue plate, embossing mat, journal cover, glimmer plate and base plate. When I placed the inked plate on my journal cover, I had the cover laying on the embossing mat with blue plate under that. Once the inked glimmer plate was on the cover, I placed the base plate on top, held all plates together snuggly and flipped it over to put through the Platinum die cut machine.
The glimmer plate did cut through the cover in a few areas but I was okay with that as I was gluing a piece to back. (I suggest to try a sample so the embossing sandwich can be adjusted to compensate for the thickness of Kraft-Tex.) I glued the front and inside covers together and left them to dry That was the hardest part waiting for it to dry! The cover has 2 holes at top and bottom of "spine" for elastics to hold inserts and 2 holes at center for elastic that holds journal closed. I put eyelets in the holes at bottom and top. I didn't do center ones because my pliers didn't reach and I was too lazy to dig out my hammer and setter tools! To thread the elastic, I started at outside bottom, up to top on inside, out hole on same side, back in other hole, along inside to bottom hole and repeated the process so have 2 elastics in each hole with long elastic inside. The elastic is knotted on outside at bottom. For the elastic to hold journal closed, I threaded it from outside through one hole and out other. I added a small piece of Kraft-tex to protect the edges. It has a hole at each end which elastic goes through and knots at center of it. I added beads to the ends of elastic and knotted them. I rubbed some paint on the elastic to blend with the cover. I also decided to stamp the smaller glimmer plate on the inside of cover and on insert covers. When stamping with the glimmer plates, I fasten them to an acrylic block with repositionable adhesive. I place the paper that I want to stamp on my embossing mat from die cutting machine (craft foam would probably work as well). Then I stamp and press firmly to get image to stamp well. The cushion underneath the paper helps for a better impression.
The inserts/small notebooks were made with the die from Filigree Booklet set that cuts the pages. I cut 9 pieces of text paper for pages and 1 from a file folder for cover for each of the 4 inserts/notebooks. I was able to cut 3 pieces of printer paper at a time. These were handsewn together with linen thread.
To insert into the journal, open notebook to center, slip it under an elastic and slide it to the center. My journal was designed to hold 4 notebooks.
Now about the second journal...…
Because I know not everyone has access to Kraft-tex or wants to buy a huge roll of it, I decided to try making a journal with layers of Kraft paper glued together. I used light Kraft wrapping paper such as that often used wadded up as packing for shipping. Yes, I save the Kraft packing paper!!! Since it was such light weight paper I glued 9 or 10 layers together with PVA glue. The papers were cut larger than the cover and cut to size after it was dry. I placed it under a stack of books to dry. I don't have much patience waiting so I tried ironing it. Not such a good idea! Let it dry overnight! I'm happy with how it turned out. There's a little rippling inside along the folds of the spine. I painted it on both sides with white gesso. When that was dry, I painted the outside. The inside has tissue paper applied using Adhesive Sheets....no waiting for that to dry! I dry brushed paint on inside and rubbed Distress inks over that. I used the same process as for the blue journal to emboss design. The only difference is the embossed design shows on inside as I had already finished it, no inside layer to cover it. Not a big deal really! The insert notebooks were made the same only I used white cardstock for covers, adding tissue to 2 of them and stamping on the other 2. I really like the look of it! It looks like painted leather. Time will tell if it stands up to use.
These were fun to make! I'm really pleased with being able to stamp with the glimmer plates.
Gilded Leaves Shaped Panel
Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts Staz-On Ink - Midnight Blue, Jet Black
DecoArt® So Soft Fabric Paint (Blue Journal)
DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin (Pink Journal)
Black Elastic Cord