Saturday 1 February 2020

2020 #2 A Hint of Spring: Notebook with ESN {by Miriam Grazier}

2020 Topic 2: A Hint of Spring

Using some soft pinks, NEW purples and a fab cluster of sisal, Miriam has whipped up some really lovely gifts that get the most 'bang for your buck' from only one piece of A4 cardstock!

Hi everyone, it's Miriam with you today, and I'd like to share with you a note book that I have altered and a coordinating card.  

I don't know about you, but after Christmas I find myself in a crafting slump - the craziness of Christmas card making has ended and winter has set in along with dark nights.  So I love to play around without thinking and use brighter and happier colours which remind me of warmer and lighter days to come.  I also love stocking up on cheap note books in the Christmas sales as these can be easily altered and given as gifts throughout the year.

I don't know about you but I am loving the new releases of the Fresco Acrylic paints.  And the latest release are simply perfect for Spring projects.  They make me think of flowers starting to bloom in the garden.


The background for the notebook and card were both from one sheet of card that I brayered with paint and then stencilled with the new Sara Naumann stencils.  These are fast becoming my favourites; some of the collaged elements are fabulous and the circle stencil is so versatile.

I added stamping using the script part of one of the new Sara Naumann stamps ESN41- this stamp is a really good size and beautiful.  Even better, it stamps using paint really well, leaving a crisp image.

The main image was stamped firstly in ink directly onto the background card and then separately onto white card using Khaki Fresco Acrylic paint.

I drew around the inked image to create a shadow, before adding Sisal to give extra texture and the paint inked image in top. 

I love the sentiments and quotes that come with the latest release stamps too; they will be used many times in my projects.

I really loved creating this note book and card.  They certainly made me feel ready for Spring and got me out of the Christmas crafting rut!

I hope that I have encouraged you to have a go yourself.  Maybe create your own unique altered notebooks and use colours that will remind you if warmer weather to come.  I love how a simple brayered sheet of card can create so much depth and every time I look at my projects I see another element.  What is even better, is that I have enough sheet left to create another card and a matching tag or book mark.  All with one A4 sheet.

Thank you for joining me today.  Pop over to my blog to see more pics of my projects and to read the step by step of how I made these.

Happy Crafting!

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Jenny Marples said...

Miriam they are fabulous - gorgeous soft Spring colours that work so well with your clever layers of stamping and stencilling, combined with those dimensional stems. This is definitely a perfect way to break the post-Christmas creative slump.

Lauren Hatwell said...

So beautiful! I love the colour combination. Lx

A Pink said...

Love how you have used Sara's stamps and the new colours to create such a fabulous masterboard that you've used to create your finished projects. Terrific creativity , Miriam . TFS x

Craftyfield said...

Gorgeous spring colours and I love the Masterboard layers, Miriam!

Helen said...

so pretty Miriam

Corrie Herriman said...

Gorgeous ! x

PaperArtsy said...

Oh wow this is unbelievable! I love the colours Miriam, so pretty!

Lucy Edmondson said...

Absolutely beautiful! You have made me want this whole set! X

Ellie Knol said...

LOVE these!!

Words and Pictures said...

These are so pretty Miriam. I love the leafy stems against yhe layers of colour.
Alison x