Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Journal Cover with Chippies with Karen Bearse

I love making books. Mini scrap books, art journals, smash books. The best part is designing the covers. Most often I like to do this at the end of the project once I get a feel for it. This month’s Southern Ridge Trading Co… challenge theme is “your favourite”. I have a few in this project, from chippies to techniques. This is a fairly easy tutorial that can be applied to your book project.

I decided to cover a composition book that I am using for Simelle Laine’s Learn Something New Every Day, #LSNED. A while back I received this mixed paper pack from Recollections and thought this paper would look great for the cover.

I adhered my paper and added a piece of washi tape down the side and covered with decoupage glue so it will stay down. Adding a little bit of paint using a foamie through a few stencils, in some random spots just cause. I love the new circle stencil “Cheerio”.  For the chippies I did some of my favourite techniques.

One of my new favourite techniques for chippies is to use alcohol ink. Cover the chipboard with gesso, let dry and dab alcohol ink, using felt on a dabber.

For the # tag paint with gesso, dry and paint with Dylusions. Dry and add some stencil marks with gesso on a foam piece. The key is to use very little paint so a sharp image is achieved. After this was adhered I decided to add a layer of glossy accents to help the chippie shine. Just add the glossy accents in a heavier coat then if you were to glue, it is self-leveling. If there are bubbles just pop them using a pin. Let dry naturally.

Gears are one of my favourite things & I wanted to add more but I also wanted the paper to stand out. This is also one of my favourite techniques as it is so simple. Just paint using Distress Paint dabber in black. Let dry & add highlights of metallic. Done.

Bird chippies- hee hee love this! I wanted to do something different so I again painted with gesso. Why all the gesso you ask? The chippies are beige and affect the colour of anything you put on them. If you gesso them first you start with white so your colours are real. Plus gesso is a foundation that most products work well on. Once the gesso was dry I stamped in archival ink and added Distress ink with a dabber sponge. Adding wire and some beading to the large bird gave it a nice touch.

Lastly assembly time! Use a strong glue to adhere everything down. I like glossy accents for this. I used letters from my stash for the title and added some doodle lines. Finished my project by distressing the edges with some paint. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Chippies just add great dimension to any book!

Southern Ridge Trading Co Supplies Used:


Other Supplies Used:
- Recollections: Paper & Title letters
- Ranger: Distress Ink, Glossy Accents, Dylusions Paint, Alcohol Ink, Archival
- Gesso
- Seth Apter: Stamp
- Posca: White pen
- Eileen Hull for Sizzix: Flower Dies

Remember to play along in the monthly challenge over on the Southern Ridge Trading Company blogEach month enter for your chance to win 4 designs from the online store - -$20 (before tax) retail value of YOUR OWN CHOOSING! 

- Karen

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