Sunday, June 23, 2013

WENDY VECCHI STRIPED ART PARTS MINI BOOK

Happy Monday everybody!  Time for a new challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show.  This week ... it's all about "STRIPES".  

 I created a vintage mini book using Wendy Vecchi's Gatefold Journal Art Parts, Tim Holtz' Large Ring Binder and a Sticky Back Canvas binding.

 Front Cover

Back Cover

 Outside of the book with the Sticky Back Canvas binding 

More about the details of the covers in a minute ...

I wasn't sure where this project wanted to go, so I began by covering the Art Parts pieces with white Gesso.  


I knew that I wanted the exteriors to be dimensional and the interiors would have to be flat to accommodate the pages and dividers I would be attaching to the large ring binder.  


Why this photo went this way, I have no clue...but anyway, I decided to use Wendy Vecchi's Yikes Stripes Stencil for the front cover and Brick Wall for the back cover.  I think the bricks also seem to form a stripe pattern, right? I covered the front cover with Fired Brick Distress Paint to use underneath the stripe pattern I would soon be creating for the front cover.  On the back cover, I knew that I would be using the Brick Wall Stencil to create the dimensional bricks but I needed a cool looking mortar first. So I painted the base with Frayed Burlap Distress Paint followed by some London Night Fresco Finish Paint for that smokey mortar look.

 
I created the dimension of the random stripes on the front cover by using Wendy Vecchi's Black Embossing Paste. I purposely did not want the stripes on the front to be perfect.  So, when scraping the embossing paste through the stencil, I made sure I left some open areas.  On the back, I mixed a little Fired Brick Distress Ink Refill into some of Wendy Vecchi's White Embossing Paste to create a vintage brick color.  Then, using a palette knife, I scraped the red embossing paste over the brick stencil.  Then using the Heat It Craft Tool, I set the embossing paste.  Then I distressed the brick wall with some Black Soot Distress Ink, a touch of Vintage Photo Distress Paint in the high areas of the brick and a touch of Pumice Distress Ink.  Love it! But, I forgot to leave an area on each side for my Sticky Back Canvas binding to adhere to.  Not a problem!  Using my Tonic Craft Knife, I scraped away a 1/4" area to stick my Sticky Back Canvas binding to.  (I added some highlights of Gold Paint Dabber onto the black stripes right before I embellished the front cover).

Next, I painted the interiors of my book with black paint and then added a piece of scrap stripe paper to each.  Both striped papers are left overs from Graphic 45.

I painted the interior of the Art Part that I would attach the large Ring Binder with Vintage Photo Distress Paint and then added some Black Soot Distress Ink around the edges.  Then I attached the ring binder.  Next, I measured a piece of Sticky Back Canvas 5"x 2 1/2".  Then I stuck it in place and my book was put together.  I then distressed the edges of the canvas with Pumice and Black Soot Distress Inks. 


 Then I stamped "BE YOU" from Wendy Vecchi's Art For You stamp set in Jet Black Archival Ink.  I added the two little bees from Wendy's Busy Making Art stamp set.  They are colorized using Scattered Straw on the body and Broken China on the wings with Tim Holtz' Detailer Water Brush.  I then coated over the bees with Glossy Accents.


The front of the book is a combination of stamps from Busy Making Art (the Busy Bee label and small bee on the flower), Art For You (the big bee), and Daisy Art (the large flower).  The label is stamped onto Specialty Stamping Paper and colored with Fired Brick Distress Ink and a Detailer Water Brush.  Then I added a little Broken China around the beehive.  The Beehive is colored with the water brush and Scattered Straw and a touch of Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  Then I added Glossy Accents to dimensionalize the "BUSY BEE SPOOL COTTON" and the beehive.


 The flower was stamped onto Specialty Stamping Paper and colored with tones of Scattered Straw Distress Ink using the Detailer Brush.  Then I added darker tones with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and the brush.  I stamped the flower three times and cut out various petals as I stacked it to give it more dimension (a pop dot in between each layer).  the center of the flower has Glossy Accents on it.  The bee is also stamped onto Specialty Stamping Paper and colorized with Scattered Straw on the body and Broken China on the wings.  I have also stamped the wings out again on acetate, colored the underside with Broken China and glued them onto the bee with Glossy Accents.  Finally, I coated the body of the bee with Glossy Accents for even more dimension.  It was pop dotted onto the flower.


The larger bee at the bottom was stamped onto Specialty Stamping Paper and colorized the same at the smaller bee.  You can see the dimension that the acetate wings and the Glossy Accents on the body give in this picture.  The ribbon was distressed with Vintage Photo and wound around the small wooden spool and tucked behind the label and underneath the flower.


The dimensional rose, from Wendy Vecchi's My Kind of Art stamp set on the back of the book, was also stamped three times on Specialty Stamping Paper and colored using the Detail Water Brush and Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw and a touch of Gathered Twigs Distress Inks.  The stem and leaves was colored with Shabby Shutters.  



I stacked various groups of petals three times with pop dots between each layer.  The "FRAGILE" sign was stamped onto Specialty Stamping Paper that was distressed with Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs.  It is backed with a scrap of striped paper and glued on top of the rose stem.


The interior of the book also consists of several different stripes.  
The interior of the covers ...


... and for fun, I created little pocket dividers that can be used inside this little book.  On the first divider, I have used the measuring tape background stamp from Tim Holtz' Artful Tools to create stripes running across it.  "LOVE", "WISH" and "DREAM" are from Tim's Stuff To Say" stamp set.  The second pocket divider has vertical stripes that are embossed using Tim Holtz' Stripes Texture Fade.  The manila cardstock was first inked with Peacock Feathers and then run through the Vagabond.  I added touches of a Gold Paint Dabber to highlight the embossed stripes even more. Finally, the third pocket divider is stamped in stripes with a funky image using Dyan Reaveley's Inbetweenies stamp set.  I colored each of circles in with different Distress Ink colors and the Detailer Water Brush and then coated all of them with Glossy Accents.  The tabs on the dividers were cut using Tim Holtz' File Tabs On The Edge die cut.


Here are the reverse sides of the pocket dividers.  All done with various Tim Holtz Tissue Tapes in a stripe pattern and then distressed with Fired Brick and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks.  The dividers each have a little pocket that you can stick little things in.


Finally...I created these little pages with Wendy Vecchi quotes that I love.  This is just an example of what you could do with this little book...make it a "my favorite quotes" book.  The first quote is from Wendy's Fun With Art stamp set.  The flowers are also part of that set.  The second quote comes from Wendy's Heirloom Art stamp set.  The little bee is the same one used on the cover. The third quote is also from Heirloom Art.  The hearts are from Wendy Vecchi's Art From The Heart stamp set.

If you need more inspiration, stop by the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog.  My design teammates have some wonderful creations featuring all sorts of stripes for you to see!  Then enter our challenge.  You could be the lucky winner of our most generous sponsor's


$50.00 credit voucher.  And... SOMETHING NEW AT SIMON SAYS STAMP AND SHOW!!  Instead of the traditional TOP THREE, Simon Says Stamp will now be featuring various artists' work each week in a new feature we call "Simon's Spotlight".  We are looking for entries that are exceptional in many ways; the actual piece itself, or the way it is written up, the unique interpretation of the theme, etc.  So, keep that in mind when as you are working on your projects, YOU could be in our SIMON'S SPOTLIGHT!

Here are all of the products available from Simon Says Stamp that were used in creating this mini book:







 


45 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous cover in pure Vecchian style! Love it so! The stripes are awesome and love all the images too!

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  2. CAndy i'm in love with your mini album! love stamps, love colors love all! The rose on the back cover is one of my fav Wendy's stamps! FAbulous as always! I hope to take part at your challenge in this week! BArbarayaya

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  3. My goodness this is so special Candy!! HAD to come take a closer look as you've featured some of those Wendy Vecchi products I'm looking forward to using. The use of paint is perfect and I love the idea of using the sticky back canvas as a spine. Utterly inspiring and so professional Candy. Hugs, Jenny x

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  4. Love your stunning book Candy! Amazing textures and elements and I love how you have incorporated the stripes!!

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  5. Your book is fabulous Candy, the dimension and colours on the cover really stand out and I just love the stamps you have used. The tissue tape on the file tabs creates a wonderful striped effect.
    hugs Brenda xxx

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  6. WOW Candy... this is AWESOME... I love everything and those bricks... wow, they are delightful... thanks for sharing your amazing creativity with us again... big hugs XXX

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  7. Great Mini book, love it as usual!

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  8. Hi, Candy, wow.. this is such a fantastic project! I love all the beautiful details and the gorgeous vintage look. Thank you for sharing. :)

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  9. I expect to see that show up in my mailbox any day now. lol That is so flippin' cool! Love all the dimension from the various products you chose. And the color palette is simply divine.

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  10. Candy - love, love love it!! Great dimension to it, fun theme perfect for this time of year, just fabulous and inspiring!

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  11. Hi Candy, I have had to go back three times to look at your brick wall, it's so realistic, the colour, the mortar, I love it. Imlove your combination of stripes used throughout, very creative . Love your dimensional flowers and the bees are gorgeous. Very creative piece, love it. Tracy x

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  12. AWESOME crafting Candy! You have an incredible capacity to incorporate so so many FANTASTIC elements to each of your creations! I'm blown away by all the superb details in this stunning make. Nicola x

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  13. Love your vivid and dramatic colours on the covers, and the inside is beautifully done. Wonderful sentiments and pretty colours on the pages, and those dividers - with the stripes of tissue tape - are inspired - fabulous make, Candy!
    Alison x

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  14. Hi Candy, I am not sure that I can add to the comments already made! I just adore this little book, every page is an inspiration - love the quotes and the cover is fabulous, cannot take my eyes off the fabulous brick wall and the stunning rose. Love the way you did the random strips on the cover too. Just when I think you cannot top last week, you go and do it!! Love, love this wonderful piece. You are a true inspirational lady. Hugs, Anne x

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  15. Wow Candy, your book is absolutely stunning ! I love the embossed cover and the ribbon is inspirational. The dividers and the pages are beautiful. So much to see, I need to go back for another look ! Sue C x

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  16. This is absolutely wonderful, Candy; I love it!

    Lucy x

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  17. Gorgeous mini book!! Loving the POPS of yellow!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  18. Loving your fab dimensional file, it is also very useful as well, which is always good. Hugs Annette x

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  19. Wow, this is an amazing binder Candy. I love all your wonderful details. You must spend hours on everything you create!

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  20. Candy - the brick texture blew my head off. What a brilliant idea! I love brick texture and you just took it to a cosmic level! I also loved the inbetweenies that you glossy accented and the layered daisy on the front. I like the contrast of the white and the stripes and I like that it is reversed - I mean usually the flower would be the coloured element and the background would be neutral - what you have done adds such a fresh, new dimension. As always - brilliant!

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  21. Fantastic book! I adore the Stripes on the front with the fantastic flwoers and bees. The back with the brick is cool! Then open it up and another couple of wonderful textured pages finished off with lovely sentiments!

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  22. Your binder is awesome! I love it!!!

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  23. Fabulous make Candy. I love the colours, stamps and wonderful techniques that you kindly share. The layers and images are stunning. I so love it.

    Best wishes

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  24. This is just so beautiful! Had to stop by and said it... Wonderful papers, distressing, stamps... Just perfect!
    Have a nice day, Candy!

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  25. Another gorgeous project Candy! Love the wonderful textured covers and the great colours. The yellow really pops. The page dividers are so clever and just stunning with those different types of stripes. Love the quote pages too!

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  26. The first idea was: I love the black´n´red combination! And then I saw the deviders...so many stripes and so many ideas...wow! I love the "bead" stripes! :)

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  27. Oh, Candy, this is fabulous! Love your covers with all that rich texture. And the bee on the flower is too cute! Also really love the spine with with words BE YOU. Terrific project!

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  28. LOVE your little booklet - it looks so yummy, with all beautiful color...

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  29. This is incredible! (Both inside AND out!) I love the dimension you created on the flower. And I love how realistic those bricks look. Amazing! So many fantastic elements. Just to many to mention. What a great project! (And I have to have that bee stamp now. lol)

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  30. Great piece Candy, the bricks look so real, you certainly know you stuff and how to work with so many mediums, as always, so impressive.

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  31. Wow, what fun colors and design, your project turned out great.

    Regards diane

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  32. *thud* That's the sound of my jaw dropping on the floor. This is SO Wendy! I totally love this, Candy! Absolutely fabulous!

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  33. Your attention to detail never ceases to amaze me. Blessings, my friend!

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  34. One more most beautiful project! I love all the stuff from Tim and Wendy and I like how you handle it. Those stencils from Wendy are so simple and the results are so gorgeous! I love that dimensional look ... embossing paste, hmm? Haven't heard of this yet, but I have to try by myself. Love it!
    best wishes, serafeena

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  35. This is awesome Candy, I LOVE it!!! Hugs, Carole

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  36. this is utterly gorgeous candy!!! So glad I popped by from SS to see all that went into this!

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  37. How fun!! Just love the vibrant colors and the way the ribbon moves around the cover. Incredibly creative ... as always :) -- Mary Elizabeth

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  38. WOW Candy the cover is DYNOMITE!!! all the pages are stunning, every page back and front freaking fantastic, I looooooved it. I have tried my 3rd time now to get your post in my mail, hopefully it works this time thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend..

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  39. Ohh Candy! This mini album is really pretty! Love the back of the cover with the fired bricks very much! They look so very real! The pages are gorgeous too! Fabulous! Hugs, Sandra

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  40. There's only one word for this Candy, and that is WOW! Love the bees, must look out for those stamps, they are actually honeybees!! And the background stamping on the covers is divine, especially that brick wall. I have a brick wall on my next weeks card made entirely differently to yours but I think it looks a bit similar. Will have to wait til next week to see what you think! All the different stripes you have see are wonderful, so imaginative. Maddy x

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  41. Another amazing creation! I love the red and that pop of yellow is perfection!

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  42. I love every detail...
    to sum it up...I'd say SPECTACULAR...yes...all caps!

    bravo...well done!

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  43. Wowee!!! This is AWESOME!! What a great idea too with the mini book!

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  44. WOW sensationell! Your book is again a breathtaking art work. I'm really fascinated.
    Hugs Anja

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  45. I feel as if I could stay on your blog forever - so creative you are and talented. I love this masterpiece too!
    sandy

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