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