Hi everyone! I'm so excited to have been asked by Seth Apter to create some projects with his new stamps and Wood Chips from PaperArtsy! For these projects, I thought it would be fun to take inspiration from the Library of Memories masterclass I took with him in 2015 and make a new version of that class project.
These two projects are made to fit together, so here you can see how it looks when you put the book inside of the case:
There are lots more pictures and some short tutorials and process descriptions over on StencilGirl Talk, but that post is so chock full of photos and information that it was too long to include everything that I wanted to share from this project.
So, without further ado, here's a bonus tutorial showing my process for making my own patterned papers to use inside the handmade book.
On several of the book pages I did a patchwork background technique that Seth taught us in class. This time I made my own patterned papers using his StencilGirl stencils, his PaperArtsy paints, and his new stamp sets.
To start, I took five sheets of 28lb copy paper and painted the backgrounds. (I liked this paper weight because it's sturdier and a nicer quality than regular copy paper, but it was still thin enough to easily use for making backgrounds in my book.)
I used paints from Seth's PaperArtsy paint kit, as well as a collection of some of his favorite paint favorite colors. From left to right, Mahogany, Terracotta, Toffee, Midnight, and Squid Ink.
When the backgrounds were dry, I went back through and used the Urban Outsiders Stencil to stencil repeated shapes. I decided that each piece of paper would be a different shape, and I started with circles. I used Turquoise paint to start.
Next I used the Urban Insiders Circle Stencil and the Techno Insiders Circle Stencil and added patterns inside of some of the outlines.
I repeated the process using stamps instead of stencils - I used the circle stamp images from both of Seth's new stamp sets. ESA 03 and ESA 04 (part of the Eclectica collection.) I stamped these with teal and red pigment inks and heat embossed with teal and red embossing powder. I also used a Versamark pen to draw in a few places and then heat embossed that as well (it's a fun way to add some extra details!)
Note that in some places, I stamped on top of the stenciling - Seth designed the stamps to work with the stencils, so they layer really well!
I just repeated that process with the other four shapes until I had five full sheets of patterned paper. In the end, I used every stamp in both the ESA 03 and ESA 04 stamp collections, and I also used all of the following stencils:
- Urban Outsiders Stencil
- Urban Insiders Circle Stencil
- Urban Insiders Square Stencil
- Urban Insiders Star Stencil
- Urban Insiders Tag Stencil
- Urban Insiders Bar Stencil
- Techno Insiders Circle Stencil
- Techno Insiders Square Stencil
- Techno Insiders Star Stencil
- Techno Insiders Tag Stencil
From there, they were ready to be cut up and used to make patchwork backgrounds!
I also used pieces from these sheets to make the end papers for my handmade book...
...I cut out larger sections to be used as focal points on some of the pages...
... and I also used some of them to make backgrounds and covered the entire page.
I still have quite a few scraps left - they'll be great on future projects, so I'll make sure not to throw them out!
That's it for my post here, but make sure you hop over to StencilGirl Talk to see my full project and more tutorials, plus even more fabulous projects guaranteed to inspire!