I hope you are doing fine, and that you are having an awesome week! I was invited to be a Guest Designer for Deep Ocean challenge blog, and the theme of this challenge is a fun one : Die cuts and/or Punches.
Dies are currently the preferable choice we all crafters go for, but I think we all have those punches which we consider still useful and are still part of our craft space. When Karina told me what the theme was, I decided to think a bit out of the box and do something with dies and punches which varies from the frequent card creation. The result is the following...
I was inspired by the awesome Gabrielle in one of her posts, found.HERE. But instead of stencils and lovely dies, I used what I have, punches, dies and embossing folders, creating a special journal cover to give as a gift.
In the coming photos you can see from where I started:
Some die cuts, punched textured cardstock, and for the script, I had an embossing folder which I used and cut the piece of cardstock randomly on the front and back page of the journal. You can also observe the arrangement I created using them, together with areas painted with Ranger crackle paint (that green area).
This is the arrangement I decided to build upon (you can see the shapes, embossed paper, embossing paste using stencil, letter stickers, gesso mixed with some grit for added texture)
Finally I used gold 3D paint, diluted with some droplets of water to add a more metallic and shimmering look on the raised parts of the journal cover.
If you would to see how it is done, you can learn from the awesome Gabielle herself, she is amazing, and you can find the video tutorial in the link I provided (I am not really good in taking video tutorials, so I opted for photos instead).
I also mixed my own embossing paste and used Tim Holtz dies as my stencil. I hope you like this journal cover as much as I had fun doing it, knowing it won't be my last mixed media project 😊
Some close ups for you:
Dies: Tim Holtz, Nellie Smellen and flower punch (don'r know the name)
Glimmer mists colour: Fall Breeze, Olive Vine, Haunted shadow, Tattered Rose
Other supplies: Buttons, different rhinestones, Artemio clock hands, Tim Holtz Idea-ology adornment, Basic Grey letter stickers, Diam's 3D Paint, Ribbon and lace. Black Soot Distress ink pad.
Challenges I'll join with this project:
Simon Says Stamp Challenge : Touchy Feely Challenge
Noor Design June challenge: Summer
Allsorts challenge blog: Une at least two dies
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
More Mixed Media challenge; Anything goes/ optional purple
A bit more time to craft - Anything Goes
Creative artiste mixed media challenge - Anything mixed media goes
Mixed Media world - Anything mixed media goes