Sunday, May 13, 2012

The treasure: CSI case file #19

Sorry for not having posted this yesterday, we had a busy weekend. Here’s this week’s CSI:Color, Stories, Inspiration case file, a gorgeous one:
I loved the white background and the rosette flowers so I used that as my main inspiration. Of the evidence items I used: rosettes, book papers, circles, birds, multiple small patterns. From the testimony items: make a little booklet for the journaling (I made a matchbook).  My page is a double-pager:

I made a whole bunch of rosette flowers from different patterned papers. The flower centres were die-cut from text papers to fit with the old newspaper in the photos. I wanted a mainly white, but textured background. 12 pieces of white cardstock were first stamped with a script stamp using yellow ink, here and there. Then they were embossed with different embossing folders, the edges were distressed and inked blue and a bit of blue ink was applied here and there on the embossing. I used a grey cardstock as base and white embossed a stripe stamp at the top.

The newspaper bird was stamped with French Ultramarine Archival ink and the other bird was inked with Distress Markers and stamped on Speciality Stamping Paper.

I really like the texture of the embossed white cardstock.

I coated the centres of the rosettes with Crackle Accents.

The title was white embossed on woodgrain paper, using this new great open alphabet set from The Stamps of Life. I have been looking for such a set for a while.

For the journaling, I made a matchbook using double-sided patterned papers and the new Matchbook die. Loved that the ‘return to sender’ hand ended up at the base of the matchbook. I embellished it with a die cut stamped with a text stamp, the word ‘treasure’ and a definition of the same word cut from an old dictionary.

The journaling is written on five pages inside the matchbook. The layout is about a shoebox I happened to spot in my parent’s garage. Something felt very familiar with it and when I opened it I discovered that it was a box I had packed as a child when we moved. Somehow it had gotten misplaced and been waiting all these years on a shelf in the garage. It was pretty cool to open it, I recognised every single item in it and had carefully wrapped all of them in newspapers (which was also fun to read). Like finding a treasure from the past, more than 20 years later.

Two more close-ups:

Thank you for looking!


Supplies: Hero Arts: Newsprint Bird H5580, Newspaper Background S5601; The Stamps of Life Outline4Letter; Tim Holts Stamper’s Anonymous bird and stripes stamps; Sizzix: Matchbook Set die, Mini Paper Rosettes Sizzlits, Fancy Labels set, Mini Flourish, Clocks & Print Blocks set, Springtime Background, Bubble & Honeycomb set, Harlequin & Stripes set, Woodgrain, Rays & Retro Circles texture fade, Checkerboard texture fade; Making Memories, Scenic Route, 7Gypsies, Kaisercraft, MME patterned papers; Distress ink: Faded Jeans, Scattered Straw, Tumbled Glass; Ranger Archival Ink: French Ultramarine, Chrome Yellow; Ranger Crackle Accents.


  1. these are beautiful! you're inspiring me to get out my crackle!

  2. This is so very fascinating Anna. I love the way your mind thinks! :)

  3. Such gorgeous details in all your work, Anna-Karin! Love the story behind this!

  4. Wow Anna Karin- what a cool project- so much to look at! Love the soft inked embossing... so pretty and a grt background.

  5. Anna-Karin this background you've put together is outstanding, love the use of embossing plates and you've combined them altogether beautifully. Lovely work.


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