Years ago I took a personality test while participating in a 2 week-long training course. I was told that the logical side of my brain was as strong as the creative side of my brain - in other words, the instructor said, I was a flake. I think he just meant that I was different from the 'norm', or as I like to view it - special. :)
At any rate, I like to create things with a purpose. Things that satisfy both the logical and the creative tendencies of my personality. So when I saw Tim's tag challenge this month and looked through my stamps I tried to envision a unique way to use the technique to create something I could use. And this is what I came up with - it's a little book with fabric pages to store my Sewing Essentials (just like the title says). :)
I incorporated Tim's stamping and masking techniques on the inside covers. You can view his tutorial here. I made the stitching on the fabric pages a little 'rough and ragged' to give it that grunge look and stained the edges of the fabric with some Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress stains. I also antiqued the binder ring with some Mushroom alcohol ink to give it an aged look.
I initially did my stamping directly on the inside of the book cover. However, the uneven surface didn't lend itself well to the background stamping and the dark color of the cover didn't allow the stamps to show up as well.
So I cut a piece of manilla card stock to fit the book cover, stained it per Tim's instructions, stamped it, masked it, stamped the background and then rubbed the whole thing with some Vintage Photo stain while the masks were in place.
With all of that wetting and staining and drying and rubbing, sometimes the cardstock can become quite rippled and hard to work with. It's hard to stamp on a wavy surface. So a while back, I took a piece of masonite and coated it with a diluted mixture of Aleene's Tack-It Over & Over glue. I had read about this glue on the internet. People were using it to make their Silhouette cutting mats sticky again. I couldn't find a source locally but found it at my go-to place for hard-to-find items...Amazon. Since I purchased it I have found all sorts of uses for it including adding it to the back of rubber stamps to make them cling to an acrylic mounting block. For most things you will want to dilute it because it has a pretty sturdy bond if used full strength. After I coated the masonite board and let it dry, I stuck my hand to it several times to lessen the tackiness. Now I have a temporary mounting board that can be used again and again to hold items while I stamp and stain. This should be used for the dry techniques only - I think if you wet the cardstock too much you probably wouldn't get it to release. For storing the board, I just put a sheet of wax paper over it and set it alongside my desk.
For the front, I used a small crocheted doily, a Tim Holtz ornate plate and brads, a small piece of muslin that I hand lettered with the title and a little quilt batting to make it dimensional. Before putting it all together, I 'aged' the ornate plate with some Distress Paints and the muslin with some Distress Stains.
Several pics of the inside:
It was fun to create and now I have a handy way to take my favorite sewing supplies to the ol' easy chair for a little stitchin'. Like binding those quilts...
As always, thanks for stopping and I hope you enjoyed the visit!