Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Christmas Album Cover For Journal Your Christmas with Karen Bearse

Every year I start a Journal Your Christmas (JYC) book. Some years I finish it, some years it takes me a little longer to get it all done. JYC is a yearly class put on by Shimelle Lane. 3 years ago I took a Christmas book class by a good friend of mine Deborah Mahnken who also participates. I didn’t finish the book cover and realized Southern Ridge Trading Co. chippies are perfect to get this cover done. This actually was fairly easy to do so I hope you give it a try if you are wanting to create a cover for your book!

Here is my finished book. I love it! There are a few different techniques used but I encourage you to try this the next time you have a big chipboard die to work with. Pull out your favourite supplies and use them on different parts of the project.

Here is how my book started. When working on a book I always like to finish with the cover. It makes it easier to work on the inside and helps protect the cover from being damaged in the process. I keep my finished books with my Christmas decorations so they are on display during the season for friends and family to enjoy. How about a quick tutorial?

Here are the fun products I used to colour my chippies. Just work on the different areas separately to get this effect. The main words are coloured with Winters Mistake emboss powder. The sled, reindeer, and mistletoe are painted with distress stain. Once dry use a glue pen to emboss some highlights with Soft Fallen Snow. The stars, deer antlers, and sled runners were coloured using a gold pen. The circles & tree coloured using distress crayon. The stocking was coloured with a distress marker. To keep the crayon from smudging, paint a layer of gel medium over those areas. To help this are pop cut a piece of black cardstock to fit & glue it on.

The ornament comes in 2 pieces, the background is solid & top piece ornamental. The background was heat embossed with Northern Lights a stunning iridescent blue/green. The top piece heat embossed using Onyx Frost, a cool chunky glittery black- love this combo!

The deer I left plain because it is so pretty on its own. Using distress stain would work to keep the etched images showing if you want to add colour. I put it on a bed of washi tape with a paper cut out. That’s it! Now my book is ready to be displayed for the family to enjoy as we head toward the Christmas season!!

Southern Ridge Trading Co. Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Embossing powder
- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Stain, Crayons and Markers
- Ranger Ink: Emboss It Dabber - Clear
- Faber-Castell: Gold Pen

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- Karen