Tuesday, February 20, 2024

BPM/IBFS: Stamping on Wood with Romance Classic Stamps

Hey, friends!

Welcome back to Paper Play.  The theme of this post is vintage romance given that the month of February celebrates all aspects of love.  Today's creation may be used as a card, a mini-junk journal, or simply as a gift book.  The design is rather unique - but rather fun to make.  It was inspired by the Romance Classic stamps from Blank Page Muse.  I saw the images and immediately thought of the being displayed on thin wooden panels with a look similar to wood burning and coloring.  They're then bound together with waxed thread and faux leather front & back covers.

Here's what I used to make it:

Here’s how I created it:
  • Stamped each of the couple stamps onto the wood plates using the walnut stain ink.
  • Using a paintbrush, brushed various spray stains onto each of the wooden plates.
  • Stamped words onto wooden plates with walnut stain ink.
  • Colored each of the images with colored pencils.
  • Added some grunge to the wooden plates with tea dye ink.
  • Created front and back covers with brown card stock, chipboard, and spray inks.
  • Once dry, used Gilded embossing powder and heat set images onto front and back covers.
  • Stamped sentiment onto inside of front cover using walnut stain ink.
  • Using a Dremel tool, drilled holes onto left hand side of plates.
  • Aligned front and back covers with wooden plates and punched binding holes into each.
  • Sewed the wooden plates and covers together with waxed thread to bind them together.

The project is now complete!  I think that this would make a beautiful and unique card. - there is plenty of space on each of the inside covers to write a message!  How fun is this?

Thanks for spending some time here with me today.  Until next time . . . be well!

Saturday, February 10, 2024

BPM/IBFS: You Belong to Me

Hey there, crafty friends!

Thanks for coming back to Paper Play.  Today’s post is all about L-O-V-E.  I am what you might call a hopeless romantic.  I always have been.  I’m also not ashamed to say that music, movies, the news, and even commercials can make me tear up - especially music.  It speaks to me on a personal level.  I truly believe that there is a song for every occasion or moment.  With this in mind, I heard a song in my mind as soon as I saw these photo booth stamps on the Blank Page Muse website.  Do you know, “You Belong to Me”?  No . . . not the Taylor Swift song!  Or even the great Carly Simon pop song.  I heard the original You Belong to Me, made popular by Jo Stafford in the 1950’s:

See the pyramids along the Nile 
Watch the sun rise on a tropic isle
Just remember, darling, all the while
You belong to me

I used this song as the inspiration for my design: photo booth photos of two couples, a classic car, some vintage grunge showing the age of the card, and words in colors that remind me of that decade.  I framed the card panel with the black card stock of the card base.

I used the following Blank Page Muse products to create it:

Here’s how I created it:

  • Stamped classic car in black ink at the bottom center of card panel
  • Filled in metallic accents on car with a silver gel pen
  • Stamped the photo frames (from Deep Red Stamps) with three shades of Distess Ink (Tea Dye, Antique Linen, and Lost Shadow) to get the color I was looking for
  • Stamped the couples with vintage photo and colored them in cool gray shades
  • Added some aging with Antique Linen Distress Ink
  • Adhered the photos to thr frames with double sided tape
  • Decided where I wanted to place the photos so that I knew where to stamp the romantic words
  • Stamped the words in various colors
  • Affixed photos with double sided foam tape
  • Added light grunge to the card panel with Antique Linen Distress Ink
  • Affixed card panel to card base with double sided tape

Overall, a very simple card to create!  But it tells a deep story of two couples, from years gone by, the special times they shared together, and their love that grew stronger.  What better way to tell your special someone that you love them?

I hope that you enjoyed your time with me on Paper Play today.  I look forward to the next time.  Until then . . . be well!

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