Wednesday, 1 August 2012

DT Project #2 by Astrid Featuring Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe


Hello everyone. Today I am showing my second project featuring the wonderful Olde Curiosity Shoppe papers and stamps. This time I wanted to show that it possible to create some really feminine looking projects with these papers too, though I did cheat a little as I used one image from one of their other paper lines, namely A Ladies' Diary. The great thing with G 45 papers though is, that it is so easy to mix and match their different collections.

Anyway, this project was easy, I created a cover for an existing 5 1/2 by 8 1/2" notebook. I used one of the papers, Mercurial Masterpiece, as the background. I inked around the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Brushed Corduroy and Tumbled Glass. I then stamped one of the bottles from the Cling Stampset 2 in Archival Black twice. With the first one I cut out the whole bottle. With the second one I over stamped with one of the labels that come with this set, and cut just that bit out. I then coloured them with Distress Inks, Distress Markers and some inktense pencils and then glued the label onto the whole bottle.


I totally love this stamp, it is such a cool set altogether.
Anyway, the rest was simple, I embellished the cover with some elements cut from the papers, a tag that comes with the Label Sheet, and some lace and flowers from my stash.





As a final step I painted a light wash of titanium white acrylic paint over the central part of the background paper to fade the pattern out a bit, and then stamped over it with an old script stamp, just to give it that "notebook" flavour. I also shaded around some of the images to make them pop a bit. I always think this shading and altering of the papers makes a big difference to the final result, - here is a "before pic"
Before altering the background paper
And here after it was altered:
Hope you can see the difference...

 And as to the title? Well it is my weight loss diary so I can tell you, it will be full of oddities and curiosities!!
Remember, there is a chance to win this set of papers, all you have to do is leave a comment here

Well, that's it for today, I'll be back on Friday with my final project, until then, stay crafty





14 comments:

Buttons said...

Such a beautiful creation. Almost too good to be used! but doing so will make it all the more special. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Buttons x

Paula Whittaker said...

How wondeerful...it looks like it needs to be framed - like Buttons said, its too good to be used!

Alle mooie dingen said...

ohhh i love the bottle stamp..... a must have... the colours are great you made a lovely front!
greetings
Anita
http://alle-mooie-dingen.blogspot.nl/

Bärbel said...

Die Papiere und Stempel sind so schön und das gestaltete Cover ist wieder ein Traum, Astrid!

sharon said...

Fantastic project Astrid!

Minxy said...

Lovely project, I love the b4 and after shots, makes all the difference x

Disco Queen said...

Hi Astrid, Thanks for the before & after pictures - it made the technique much clearer.

Rea' said...

Simply gorgeous! I love the colors, awesome technique !!!

Craftychris said...

Gorgeous! So much to look at and the colours are fab. That bottle stamp is lovely xx

Alice In Paperland said...

Wow! This is just amazing. I love that you have added so much color using Tim holtz (love that man) products. Thank you for the inspiration!
Jenni

snazzyoriginal said...

This is lovely and those before and after shots really illustrate the difference it makes to add all the shading, especially when you do it as beautifully as you have xx

craftimamma said...

This is just lovely Astrid. I couldn't possibly spoil such a beautiful notebook/journal with my awful writing, lol! Really love how you've brought the paper to life with the shading and that bottle label is a gem. Fabulous piece!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Sandie Edwards said...

Best of luck with the weight loss, your journal is fabulous. I always love the vintage colours you use...and those tiny little elements, such as the butterfly and sprays of colour.

Gillian .... said...

Great project with lots of detail, again the before and after is fab. x