Tuesday 10 July 2018

Eileen Hull Book Club 2 / Clearsnap ColorBox Blends

Hi and welcome, today I am showcasing Eileen Hull's Book Club 2 dies along with Eileen's fantastic ColorBox Blends Inks. You can find Eileen's release HERE.

This week I am showcasing Eileen's Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Book and Pages, Trinket Box and Frame along with the Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Wrapped Journal. I wanted to showcase how these dies all work together beautifully when combined with Eileen's Inks.

The Clearsnap ColorBox Blends can be used on Fabric, Paper, Card, Wood, Clay etc. The inks are easy to hold with a simple to use applicator and the inks hold more than 10 x the ink of a traditional inkpad. They have a convenient sponge applicator to keep your hands clean and they blend beautifully.
As we are experiencing somewhat of a heat wave here in the UK I thought I would opt for a summer themed piece this time around.
Die cut the Wrapped Journal from mountboard.
Apply Texture Paste over a stencil, in this case I used a stencil designed by Autour de Mwa from AALLandCreate.
I applied texture across the whole frontage of the Journal and allowed to dry naturally.
I then applied a coat of Buff Paint by Dina Wakley to tone down the white of the mountboard and to give an aged feel to my piece.
I then wanted to age my piece a little more so I used Eileen's ColorBox Blends Inks, and Nutmeg was perfect for this process. I began by priming my ink, pressing the applicator onto my non-stick craft sheet to get the ink flowing into the sponge applicator.
I then lightly applied the colour over the texture. I love how the colour rests in the crevices of the Texture Paste.
I repeated this process for the whole Journal.
To remove some of those harsh lines I then blended the ink with a damp babywipe. I also added random Texture Paste to the inside of my Journal and repeated the same process and then dried the front and back with a Heat Tool.
I added some random stamping, again usng the ColorBox Blends along with my A4 Layered Grunge Stamp.
I was able to add random stamping around my Journal, adding yet more layers of interest.
Here you can see random numbers from my stamp set added to the background.
I then coloured a clay piece, a seahorse with the Bay ColorBlends Ink, applying the ink directly to the clay piece.
I sprized some of the ink with water and then painted the crevcies with the ink.
I now needed to add more layers of colour to give depth to my clay piece.
I opted for Bay, Beach and Leaf to add layers of colour and depth to my piece.
I took time to add layers of colour until I was happy with the depth of colour and then dried the ink with a Heat Tool.
I also added touches of the Bay ColorBox Blends to the outside of the Journal.
I added some drift wood pieces to the background and added a frame for added dimension (a gift from my friend Olga). The frame was also coloured with ColorBox Blend Inks.
I love all the layers and textures on this piece. I also incorporated some delicate splatters of paint for a further layer of interest along with some wire, wrapped randomly around the frame.
I incorporated some natural twine and added jump rings for added interest.
I also added a Seasonal ChitChat Sticker to the body of my seahorse and added twine to fasten the Journal.
Some further random stamping using my A4 Layered Grunge Stamp Set
I opted to add a shadow box to the inside of my Journal rather than create a traditional Journal. I used the box element from the ScoreBoards XL Die - Book and Pages, Trinket Box and Frame which makes a perfect shadow box for the inside of the Wrapped Journal.
I coloured the shadow box element with ColorBox Blends as before and also incorporated a vintage doily and some cheesecloth fabric for added texture. My seahorse sits on a wooden heart covered with vintage text book pages.
I added the word Dream to the inside of my Journal.
Mini shells also offer further texture to my design along with a circular piece of rusty tin wire.
A touch more stamping to the inside cover.
I love how both these dies worked so well together.
A touch more stamping here and there around the Journal and some shading to the edges completes my piece.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x


Amanda said...

One word, stunning!
Amanda x

kari said...

This is fabulous, where did you get the seahorse?

froebelsternchen said...

This is WONDERFUL - the outside and the inside! Simply amazing!

Scrapthat said...

Yes, awesome project but please share info on the Seahorse!

Unknown said...

Love it!! What a great idea ving a shadow box xxx

eileen hull said...

So so pretty Tracy- love the depth and interest from all of the different elements <3. Just stunning!

Redanne said...

I probably don't need to tell you how much I love this - seahorses, turquoise, texture and Eileen's Wrapped Journal die - a heavenly match! I love the shadowbox inside too, such a great idea! Hugs, Anne xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Thank you so much for the kind comments. The seahorse is a mould. ❤️❤️

Juliz Design Post said...

WOW Tracy, another incredible project filled with beauty and elegance. Love it and thanks for sharing your tutorial.
Julie x

Annie said...

This is truly fantastic Tracy and I just love the amazing textures and details both inside and out xx What a treasure !! Thank You for sharing the details too...so kind x

Huge hugs Annie x

Jackie PN said...

Okay, this is for real, my new favorite! I saw a glimpse of this on FB and could not wait to see the post! This is beyond gorgeous! I love your coloring, wire wrapping and the twine! You truly know how to blend elements and show them off in their finest! I so love this!!
Jackie xo

Kate Yetter said...

There is nothing I don't love about this amazing piece. My favorite part is that beautifully colored sea horse against that natural and textured background.

Cocofolies said...

So fabulous project Tracy, with such a clever association between all elements, wow!!!
As usual, I'm in awe :)
Coco xx

Sue said...

This is such a stunner Tracy, I love how you've layered all these fabulous elements together xx

Craftychris said...

So much texture and gorgeousness - I adore it! xxx