Monday, September 22, 2014

Stamping and stenciling

Hi everyone,

Are you enjoying the amazing month of STAMPtember? Great! Because there is still lots more to come! This week over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge it's all about "Stamp and Stencil fun"!


As you know, I love Finnabair's style and love to play with those techniques and give it my own twists. She also has a very cool art journal and I created my own version of it. One without cover, one without beginning or end. Actually it has lots of different covers. The idea behind this art journal is to keep everything as flat as possible, but to work with many layers and create lots of dimension. This art journal is very simple to make. I cut 10 sheets of Kraft cardstock in half, used my Cinch for the binding. I had two remaining pieces of Binding Wire laying around, so I measured where the holes needed to be, and it was all finished.


I started with the Harlequin stencil and two different colors Distress Ink, Tattered Rose and Dried Marigold. These blend very nicely together, and are so soft. With washi tape I made the composition. Along those lines I have built up the layers, with stamps such as Cartographer, Vintage Vanity, Sunrise Sunset and Romance Novel. The corners needed a bit more contrast. With the Sunrise Sunset stencil and some black colored Embossing Paste, the pages really came together.
As for embellishments I cut with my Silhouette a lot of circles in different sizes. All from one sheet of Kraft cardstock. This will keep me going for a long time. By inking the edges of the circles with Distress Ink, it gets a bit more dimension.

Personally, I take a few photos and I'm definitely not photogenic, but I still wanted a picture on this page. On the internet I found this cute girl on a site full of vintage photos. Click here to go to the site. I printed it with only black ink and voila a picture! Maybe it was better if I had mirrored the picture so she and her dog were facing the other way. Something to keep in mind for future pages.

To join in all you need to do is make a project that fits this weeks challenge and you can be the winner of the $50 gift voucher that our amazing sponsor Simon Says Stamp offers. This prize will go to a random entry. So go over to the Stamp and Show Monday Challenge blog, let the DT members inspire you and join in the fun!

Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!



  1. I just love the way you art journal with so much texture! Fabulous!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  2. Love your beautiful pages, Sandra. The background you created is awesome. :)

  3. LOVE the way you've laid out these pages, the colors, the white, the photo, the title. Awesome!

  4. I think the photo is in exactly the right place! The subtle complexity of your many layers is very well done and I wish I could do this. I also admire the soft colors and how they compliment the kraft-colored pages.

  5. I love very much follow your art journal! I find it fantastic and unique as style! beautiful work! BArbarayaya

  6. Wonderful art journal pages Sandra! Love the inky background!

  7. Fabulous pages, Sandra! I love the background and that image with the little girl and her dog is priceless! Hugs!

  8. I absolutely LOVE your pages, Sandra and your background is stunning! Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece of art, it's beautiful! Hugs...

  9. I love your journal Sandra! Without a beginning or an end, what a great idea. The design of this page is stunning. Love the different patterns and everything that is going on.

  10. Wow, what amazing pages, Sandra ... such gorgeous soft colours, fabulous patterns and so much interest! Anita :)

  11. stunning design! The eye is drawn from corner to corner with the beautiful patterns.

  12. This is another great project! I adore how you've clumped so many lovely elements into the corners and left the main part of the page more open. You've always got such a skill for combining patterns and embellishments in unique ways.