Wednesday 27 February 2019

2019 #2 Brayers: MYO background papers with ETS24 {by Lotte Kristensen}

2019 Topic 2: Brayers

I can see this inspiring a lot of people to get busy on making these beauties! Not only is the colour scheme amazing,but how wonderful is that stamp set from Tracy! lotte has nailed it, and the inside pages!! Well....Swoon!! ~ Leandra 

Hey everyone, it's Lotte here, hope you're all well and not too inconvenienced by winter - though it's a good excuse for staying in and stamping, right?!  I've been playing with the new Tracy Scott stamps - they are (as you would expect from PaperArtsy) endlessly versatile, and I was hard pushed to decide which project to share with you, but it ended up being this one with a lovely muted palette of pale blue and brown.  I just loved the pattern of these stamps, and decided to make a little notebook covered in the delicious paper I ended up with.  I do like making loads of printed papers - they always come in handy for starting off something else, be it a journal page or a greetings card.  So, let's get started!

The notebook consists of two parts: the cover which will be wrapped on the outside with the stamped paper, and on the inside will be plain; and the pages of notelets which has a stronger piece of paper for the first and last page to attach securely to the inside of the cover.  Let's call these support pages.

First, get a sheet of Heavyweight Smoothy and put a blob of Mermaid Fresco Finish Acrylic Paint in one corner, and a generous spritz of Tea Dye Ranger Distress Spray Stain in the other.

Next, use your brayer to randomly mix the paint all over the surface - don't worry about muddying on this occasion! - and when done, spritz lightly with plain water.  The Spray Stain beneath the Fresco Finish will rise to the surface and give a lovely mottled effect, like old book pages.

Then get the stamps, and randomly stamp all over in Watering Can Ranger Archival Ink - start in the centre of the page, and build around that image, going over the edges of the paper as you fill the entire sheet.


Next, cut two pieces of thin cardboard (cereal box is fine) to measure 6" x 4.5".  Turn the stamped paper face down and use a glue stick to adhere the pieces so that there is 0.25" gap between them - this will be the spine of the booklet. Trim edges to 0.5" all around and carefully cut the spine bit with scissors and glue down the inside of the spine.  Use a bone folder to score along all edges.

(Please don't be confused by the colour of paper showing - thrifty as always, I used an already painted page and painted and stamped on the other side!)

Fold the side flap of the paper first, using a glue stick to secure the edges, pressing down firmly and ensuring a smooth edge.

Next, fold down the top and bottom flaps, likewise using a glue stick.  The cover is now ready!

You will need a ribbon roughly 25" long.  Position this so that it lies on the inside back cover; the ribbon should be folded, not in half, but so that there is 1/3 on the top, and 2/3 on the bottom.  Glue in place.

Now to make the inside of the booklet - I promise it's not as scary as it sounds!  Cut 5 pieces of printer paper to measure 6" x 9", and one sheet of Smoothy card the same size which will be the support page.  Use a bone folder to carefully score down the middle.  Fold all pages together with the Smoothy card on the outside (these support pages will be attached to the inside of the cover of the booklet, and therefore needs to be a little stronger).  Use a piercing tool to make holes at 1" intervals, and with white thread stitch the pages together.  Secure the ends with knots on the side that will be glued, and make sure the thread is cut so that no ends are visible over the edge.  Stamp images on the inside pages with Sky Blue Ranger Archival Ink pad.

Next, on the back of the back support page, use a glue stick to cover the entire surface, before attaching to the back inside cover of the booklet.  Burnish down well.  

Position a craft mat so that you can put glue all over the back of the front support page. 

Fold over the front of the cover, ensuring all edges are stuck down firmly, and there is enough 'give' to close the notebook properly (this is why you don't glue the support pages flatly at the same time - doing so usually means there won't enough material for the spine).  Make sure there is no excess glue around the edges, and press the notebook between two heavy books while it's drying.

I've got to admit that I'm more than a little partial to notebooks of all kinds, and I really enjoy making my own - you can personalise everything, as well as making weird sizes and shapes.  I hope you feel inspired to have a go - both at making your own background papers, as well as books. Don't forget to share you makes on the PaperArtsy Facebook group page, I would love to see what you come up with! 😊

Lotte x

Monday 25 February 2019

2019 #2 Brayers: Mini 'Flower Dreams' Tag Book with ESC {by Etsuko Noguchi}

2019 Topic 2: Brayers

Another stunning post from Etsuko tonight. Lots of amazing layers, and she certainly has made the most of her PaperArtsy stamp stash! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Etsuko 'My Favorite Things' with you today, and I'd like to share with you mini tag book 'Flower Dreams' using new PaperArtsy Brayer with new Raquel (Scrapcosy) stamps and stencils.

When I can't come up with good idea for a background, I use a brayer first. It's easy to understand the process, sometimes there are happy accidents. And it's easy to use with any materials. Today I used the Brayer a simple way ... on the tags.

I wanted to make the mini book, and I die cut six pieces the size #8 tag using Smoothy Card (heavy). I brayered it with PaperArtsy new Brayer in order of Chalk, Double Denim, Glacier Ice and Venice Blue Fresco paints and stamped the crackle from ECF04 with Buff and made my backgrounds.

I made rectangular windows by masking cut of Smoothy Card on the tag and used these mask cards each tags background.

I sprinkled through windows with watery Rusty Car Infusions on the tags using a toothbrush, and stamped ESC18 letters with Watering can Archival, second stamped.

I tried some colour materials for these focal point flowers and I thought Infusions is best. Sprinkle the Infusions onto the craft sheet and press the stamp it then sprinkle water and the result is fine. 

The flower image is ESC03, Infusions Rusty Car and Sleight Blue.
I used other page images-- Page2-ESC16, Page3-ESC03, Page4-ESC04, Page5-ESC03.

This is back tags design, I brayered with Chalk and Glacier Ice Frescos and I used PS133 new stencil with Grunge Paste, then it dried I sprinkled Infusions Golden Sands, Rusty Car and Sleight Blue with water. 

Next I stamped Alison's (Words & Pictures) quote EAB01 on the Smoothy Card and cut and glue it on the paper previously used for mask. And I made an embellishment for a small rectangle paper.

The main flowers stamp was too big for the tag, so I thought of using it partly or other ways, but I stamped it on clay and cut it an oval shape and I decided ornament it to the tag's cover. 

I painted the flowers by Infusions Rusty car, Golden Sands, The Sage and Green Man with Satin Glaze, and Clear Rock candy Ranger.

Cover and back cover, I brayered by same Fresco paints, Chalk, Double Denim, Glacier Ice and Venice Blue.

Stamped ESC18 by Pea Coat and stenciled using PS134 by Grunge Paste. When they dried I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the fleur-de-lys and tag's edges.

In the video below you can see all the tags I made within the booklet in much more detail.

I used Alison's Quote-- EAB03, EAB07, EAB01.

I made a background layers of this project very fun with PaperArtsy's new Brayer, and I am going to try this tool on materials like Gelli Plate, stenciling, stamping, Infusions, embossing powder. for the mixed media project.
PaperArtsy Brayer is convenient size and large diameter with good stroke and it is slightly softer than other products and feature expands the application range. I really recommend this fabulous tool!!

Thank you so much join me. Have a wonderful crafty day.

Etsuko xxx

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Sunday 24 February 2019

2019 #2 Brayers: Dragonfliezzz with EKC {by Ellie Knol}

2019 Topic 2: Brayers

Ellie masters not one, but 2 gel plates with our new brayer, and comes up with some vibrant results in the process. It is just a matter of building your layers and trying out different colour combinations until you find that happy place! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Ellie from PAPER-STAMPS-COLOR with you today, and I'd like to share with you a project using a gorgeous brayer from Paper Artsy  ....  and some new stamps and stencil designed by Kay Carley!

I chose to do some monoprinting, to be used on the six blank pages in the cardboard book I made, which I showed in my previous post for Paper Artsy (...remember, I promised!).

Ready for action in my kitchen ... Fresco Finish paints, the brayer, masks and two gelliplates. 

I made a gel-plate from gelatin and water (about A4 size) and used that together with a bought Gel-plate and worked on both simultaneously. 

Brayering paints ... stamping into the wet paint ... stamping that paint onto the other gel-plate ... using the masks ... leaving paints to dry on the plates. All these processes gave me some very nice prints!!

I used the above print on two of the pages of a cardboard book...

This second print was used in the book as well

The third print I've cut up was this beautiful print; I've added some white heat embossing and a red and white marker ..... 

On the fourth print I've used the dragonfly masks  ... love the very subtle effect here! 

Now for the last one: dried up paints and borders created white, colored and darker parts on the monoprint.

A close up of the beautiful stamps I've used on all prints .. artistically drawn dragonflies designed by Kay Carley!

I am sure there is no better way of playing artfully than with a gel-plate, paints, and of course a brayer, masks and stencils and ... beautiful stamps! I prefer making gel-prints this way... a little bit of paint, 2 plates at a time, and see where it gets me.

Have you tried gel printing yet? You should!! Of course a good brayer is a must for this and the new brayer from PaperArtsy is perfect. Available from stockists now.

I hope you got inspired to go play with your artsy tools, and create one-of-a-kind artsy prints!!

Thanks for visiting today, and of course I'd appreciate if you left a comment, with a question, or maybe a suggestion for me of what you liked, or liked less?!

See you!! 

Ellie Knol 

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