15 May 2013

Travel, Tea, Wine, and Austen

This month the Artists-in-Residence at IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko® were challenged to make a project that could be considered a "self-portrait"...something that tells people a bit about us.  If you know me at all, you know projects like this are extraordinarily hard for me; jumping right in and just choosing three favorite things was the best approach. I've since thought of a zillion things I want to add to this (so, it's currently still unfinished, which also says something about me, lol!).  I received this fabulous chipboard teapot album from the lovely folks at Maya Road, and since I love tea I figured it was a good place to start!

I'm going to share a bit about the completed pages of my album first.  Keep reading for a few tips about creating this (this post is long, and photo-heavy so be patient!).  To make each page, I traced a piece of the chipboard teapot on to the desired patterned paper or cardstock, stamped as desired, and then used IMAGINE Crafts® InkBlushers™  to apply IMAGINE Crafts® Creative Medium™ in Clear.  I spread this on the chipboard and then placed the paper or cardstock directly on to it.

This page reflects my love of Jane Austen.  I literally squealed when I discovered this fantastic Mr. Darcy stamp set by British stamp company IndigoBlu.  I was even more excited when I realized I could get it at Crafter's Companion UK! 

I sprayed IMAGINE Crafts® Fireworks!™ Craft Spray in Pear Tart on the cardstock, then stamped the lace border on the bottom using IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko® Memento™ Dye Ink DewDrop-size inkpad in Espresso Truffle (I stamped it off once on extra paper)  The silhouette couple was stamped in Memento™ Dye Ink DewDrop-size inkpad in Gray Flannel.

On the sentiment tag, I stamped Mr. Darcy using the Memento™ Dye Ink DewDrop-size London Fog inkpad.  I again stamped it off once so it would be very light behind the sentiment, which was stamped using an IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko® VersaFine™ Archival Pigment Ink full-size inkpad in Crimson Red.  I sponged some Memento™ Dye Ink DewDrop-size Desert Sand ink on the edges as well, with  with InkBlushers™, and popped it up on dimensional dots.

This page reflects a few things about me - my absolute love of white space, my love of coloring, and my long-standing love of wine!  Using Memento™ Dye Ink (full-size) Tuxedo Black, I stamped the Sheena Douglass Provence (available from Crafter's Companion UK and US) image and colored it with my Spectrum Noir pens. 

I stamped the wine bottle image separately (same ink), colored as desired, and placed it on top of the image using dimensional dots. I color with alcohol markers almost everyday, and the Memento™ Dye Ink is hands-down the best ink I have come across to use!

I've made two travel pages in my album so far - this one reflects my mild obsession with both the Eiffel Tower (on, Paris in general) and collage-type stamps.  The image across the bottom, from the French Travels stamp set, is available from Crafter's Companion US and UK.  It is stamped using  Memento™ Dye Ink (full-size pad) in Rich Cocoa.  Lightly stamped all over the background in Memento™ Dye Ink (full-size pad) in London Fog is an image from the Sheena Douglass set Ageing Beautifully (Crafter's Companion UK and US), to create a very aged look.  I sponged Memento™ Dye Ink DewDrop-size Desert Sand ink on the edges with InkBlushers™.

The small postmark is stamped using VersaFine™ Archival Pigment Ink full-size inkpad in Crimson Red.  The wooden butterfly embellishment, another lovely courtesy of the folks at Maya Road, was covered using IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko® Memento Luxe™ Mixed Media Pigment Ink in Pistachio.

This page is the cover page for my album, and actually has no stamping on it!  It purely reflects my love of travel, specifically to France (I've not been yet!) and England (I'm more than a little obsessed with all things British, and LOVE going to England).  The patterned paper, from the Far & Away paper pad by Teresa Collins, happens to have one of my all-time favorite quotes on it: "Not all who wander are lost."  It speaks to me on SO many levels! 

I sponged  Memento™ Dye Ink DewDrop-size inkpad in Gray Flannel using InkBlushers™. 

To create my travel tags, I used several components from IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko®:
  • Sheet Metal Jumbo Sqaure
  • Sheet Metal Dog Tags
  • Photo Elements (both London and Paris)
  • Creative Medium™ in Clear and Shimmer
  • InkBlushers™
I applied the Creative Medium™ in Clear to the tag itself, as shown above, and placed the Photo Elements picture right on top.

Then I applied Creative Medium™ in Shimmer to the top of the tag.  See how it sparkles?  I repeated this process for the other tag on this page.

The backside of each page in my album will be used to write on - general notes about the things each facing page means to me, I think!  And here a few general tips about creating an album like this:
  • Trace each page on your cardstock or patterned paper lightly with a pencil, and do all of your stamping and/or coloring first.  Then fussy cut as desired to adhere to the chipboard. 
  • Apply ink directly to the edges of the chipboard, and use a Memento™ marker to cover any edge spots an inkpad won't cover
  • Wash your InkBlushers™ in warm water immediately after using the Creative Medium™ so it doesn't dry and harden.
Thanks so much for sticking with me through this long post....and now you know more about me than you did when you started!  Hope you enjoyed it!

Stamps: Mr. Darcy (Indigo Blu via Crafter's Companion UK); Provence, Ageing Beautifully (Sheena Douglass for Crafter's Companion UK and US); French Travels (Crafter's Companion UK and US)
Card Stock: Ultra Smooth White (Crafter's Companion US), Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Far & Away (Teresa Collins)
Ink: Gray Flannel, London Fog, Tuxedo Black, Desert Sand (IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko® Memento™ Dye Ink); Crimson Red (IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko® VersaFine™ Archival Pigment Ink; Pistachio (IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko® Memento Luxe™ Mixed Media Pigment Ink); Pear Tart (IMAGINE Crafts® Fireworks!™ Craft Spray)
Coloring Medium: Spectrum Noir
Accessories: Wooden Butterfly  Teapot Chipboard Album (Maya Road); Sheet Metal tags, Photo Elements (IMAGINE Crafts®)
Other: IMAGINE Crafts®Creative Medium™ in Clear and Shimmer, IMAGINE Crafts® InkBlushers™
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Pam Hornschu said...

This is a wonderful project! I want those Austen stamps! I love IndigoBlu! Awesome details, Taylor!

Lea said...

This is really cool! I love it! I'm a tea drinking traveler myself so this was right up my alley! I hope you make it to France as it's stunningly beautiful. The countryside is just gorgeous in it's crumbly old world way. It's been over 20 years since I was there but I can still see it in my mind. Your project has inspired me! Thanks for reminding me of some lovely days!

Lori Barnett said...

What a totally fun shape for a card...or book!! Love the project.

Maureen said...

This is so creative - I just love it!

Caryn S said...

Oh how disappointing to learn that the Mr. Darcy set is not available on CC US! Perhaps luck will favor me when I visit the UK this fall and I will find them in a shop! This album is lovely and the teapot shape is adorable.