First of all, grab yourself a piece of cardboard. I took off most parts of it's first layer. It's helpful to wet the cardboard previously.
Now I wanted to do some stamping! Of course that's not possible on this background, so I grab a piece of tissue paper and stamped on it with my black Stamper's Big Brush Pen.
I tore some of the stamped tissue paper and adhered it with the Gel Medium. I applied some Gel Medium on my background, layed the tissue paper on top and put some Gel Medium over it. The Stamper's Big Brush Pens are filled with India Ink! That means, that they are permantent and won't bleed when you add the Gel Medium! After it was dry I added a thin coat of Gesso, just to shade my stamping.
Now I started painting with my Gelatos® Black Licorice, Bubble Gum, Lemon and Cotton Candy. I sprayed some water on it and blended the colors with my fingers until I was happy with the result.
And then it's time to decorate the cover with some embellishments. For the "Life" I cut the letters out of some chipboard covered them with my Gelato® Bubble Gum and highlighted it with the Glass Bead Glitter Gel. I love how the Design Memory Craft® products all Mix & Match together!
The butterflies are cut out of pink cardstock with a Tim Holtz die and also covered with Glass Bead Glitter Gel.
I had never expected, that I need a Chalkboard Paint! BUT I DO! It's such a gorgeous medium! I love it and I noticed that I use it always somewhere on my projects! For the "everyday" letters I painted a piece of cardstock with the Chalkboard Paint twice. After it was dry I stamped the letters with my white Stampers Big Brush Pen. The little arrows underneath are stamped with a Light Cobalt Blue Stamper's Big Brush Pen. I coverd them with Glossy Accents to add some dimension.
Next step: The ribbon. I was searching in my stash for a ribbon that matches my colors and also the chunky style of the album. As I didn't find any, I decided to color one on my own using Gelatos® Bubble Gum, Cotton Candy and Yellow. Yes, the Gelato® Black Licorice is also on the picture, but during the process I didn't want to use it anymore.
I applied the colors directly onto the ribbon.
I sprayed some water on it and crumpled the wet ribbon in my hand.
I didn't tell you anything about the journal card I used to decorate the cover. Please be a little bit patient. In one of my next projects we'll need more of them. And I'll do a video on how I created that kind of journal cards.
I missed something in the end, so I draw the black frame with my black PITT® Artist Pen (brush tip). For the closure I used some twine and a paper clip. Additionally to the Gelato® colored ribbon I used some black ribbon, too.
Thank you for reading until the end. I know it was a really long post this time. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.
Have a nice day, Susanne.
Ribbons and Twine
Die-namics Small Doilies
Tim Holtz Decorative Strip Butterflies
Sizzix Alphabet Die
Various Stamps (Letters and Arrows)