Thursday 9 October 2014

Welcome to today's Exchange Day !

Hello, it's Sue here and today is the first of the ATP Exchange Days. On these days one of the team will share their explorations with a product, a technique or a step by step. I'm kicking these days off with a mixture of everything ! I have been fascinated by all the different kinds of books that you can make and was deteremined to have a go ! The book I'm sharing with you today is created from a 12 x 12 piece of card.

I started with a piece of cream card 12 x 12 card, folded it in half and then folded in half again. I then cut along the creases up to the last square alternating which end I started from.

I then spritzed the card using Colour Bloom sprays, I've listed all the materials used at the end of this post. These sprays are gorgeous !

I then did some stamping using some of the new Ellen Vargo stamps with Watering Can and Fern Green Archival inks.

I then turned my attention to the covers, which are made from mount board, I painted them with Toffee Fresco Finish paint and when it was dry I used the Amercana Decor Crackle Medium.

I used cut 'n' dry with Vanilla Fresco Finish paint over the top. Love the crackle ! I found that using the cut'n; dry foam gave a more randon crackle effect.

I spritzed the covers with Worn Leather Colour Bloom spray and rubbed Onyxite Treasure Gold around the edge. 

I then cut some flowers using the Jumbo Tattered Floral die and sprayed them with Sunshine Colour Bloom spray and scrunched the flowers. I also spritzed them with some Worn leather too. 

To shape the flowers I draped them over different size bottles and the ones that I wanted really tight I tied them with some twine. 

I've used twine to fasten the book and before glueing the flower in place I sprayed it with Gilded Colour Bloom.

This is what the book looks like opened out.

I stamped lots of quotes inside the book and used the Dylusions Fancy Florals stamps and I've painted them with Luminarte paints. These paints blend beautifully and as they are designed to stay 'open' for longer you have plenty of time to work with them and can go back over the colours with just a damp brush to blend even further.

I also added some script stamping using a stamp from the PaperArtsy HotPicks HP1303EZ.

It was a little difficult to get a shot of the whole thing as it's so wide !

This was great fun to make and I hope you've enjoyed it too !


Materials used
Colour Bloom Sprays 
Worn Leather
Lime Wedge
Pressed Petal

Luminarte Paints
Ginger Peach
Spicy Tomato
Spiced Pumpkin
Love Struck

Dylusions - Fancy Florals
Archival inks - Watering Can, Fern Green, black

Tim Holtz stamps
Going Somewhere
Good Thoughts
Stuff to Say

Tim Holtz - Jumbo Tattered Foral die

Ellen Vargo - EEV09
Fresco Finish paint - Vanilla; Toffee
PaperArtsy HotPicks HP1303EZ.

Treasure Gold - Onyxite

Americana Decor Crackle Medium


  1. Lovely dimensional flower & it's nice to see this book technique again.


  2. Lovely idea. Brilliant tutorial. Loving the Exchange. So well named.

  3. Fabulous step by step Sue, just love those prima sprays, gorgeous colour combo. Ruth x

  4. I love your beautiful little album Sue, the mix of stamps work so well together and I really LOVE that crackle (I feel a spend coming on!) and your flower is simply gorgeous. Thank you for sharing such a great tutorial too. Anne xx

  5. Great tutorial Sue. Its a beautiful album

  6. A fabulous book Sue and I love the fabulous details you have incorporated.
    The crackle is wonderful and so easy to achieve. Will certainly try using the cutndry foam TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  7. Wow! This si so beautiful Sue! I adore the stamping, the background you've created for your album and of the course the gorgeous bloom.
    Amazing inspiration.
    Julia x

  8. This really does look fantastic Sue. Keeping the colour palette limited and really playing with the texture and stamping has had a huge impact and that flower is the perfect finishing touch. Jenny x