Hi friends! I hope you had a good weekend! We have a new fun Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, and it is another letter-based challenge, namely XYZ. The end of the alphabet made me think about school and I made a mixed media album cover. It is a tutorial too.
Start by giving the album a coat of gesso, with a palette knife. I wanted to keep the canvas spine clean and masked it with masking tape. Do the same on the back of the album.
Paint the album with Dina Wakley's paints, Sky, Lime and Tangerine. The blue is going to be our sky, the green our grass, and the orange, I just added for fun (and since it goes great together with the other two colours). Before the paint is completely dry, remove some of it through the Medium Dots stencil, using a baby wipe.
I made my own alphabet stencil with the Homemade Alphabet Sizzix die by Eileen Hull. Die cut it from masking paper. If the masking paper is a little too sticky, press it against your clothing once or twice first.
Apply Prima's White Crackle Paste through your stencil and leave to dry. The cracks will appear as it dries.
I used the wonderful City Stories Stencil Girl stencil, by Cathy Nichols, to build my scene. This stencil has so many different designs, you could make many different scenes with it. Mix a little black paint into Modeling Paste and apply with a palette knife.
Continue building the scene until you are happy with the design. The hard thing with this project was waiting for paste to dry, so I could add more. I coloured the paste brown, for the trees, yellow for the sun and dots, turquoise for the car and blue for the circles.
Paint the houses. You'll cover up most of the paste, but don't worry.
I decided to make my cover a little more grungy, partly so that no dirt from handling the album will show, since I am planning for this album to go into Anton's own book shelf. Mix water into black paint and give the album a wash.
Wipe off most of the black paint. It will sit in the cracks and around the stenciled areas.
Dry brush a little black paint here and there and around the corners.
The back of the album looks like this. Since some of the black wash seeped through into the canvas spine, I glued Linen Ribbon along the spine to cover that up.
The album contains a great mix of papers: kraft, cream and some with pockets. I will share some of the pages when it is all done.
I just love these little houses and the trees. The Urban Insiders Circle stencil made a great looking sun.
The tires of the car were painted black. I also painted shadows under the houses and car.
For the title, I painted sticky-back canvas black and die cut with the Block Talk Lowercase die. It translates to 'nursery school/pre school'.
This word was added with the Uplifting Words stencil.
The yellow dots added to the playful feeling of the album.
The City Stories stencil have so many elements that I like: houses, trees, and vehicles. I also love the Camping Stories stencil, used on this Nature's Toolbox project.
I also die cut a title for the spine, the same way as the title on the front. It translates 'school memories'. Some green paint ended up on the spine, but I decided not to worry about it.
I hope you will join us in our XYZ challenge! As every week, one random participants wins a $50 shopping spree from Simon Says Stamp.
Thank you for looking!