Thursday, 7 September 2017

Metallics for Stamps and Stencils

Today we kick off the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. The lovely Rachel is our host and has chosen Metallics, here's what Rachel has to say:

Metallics ... This month I would like you to make a piece involving metallics in some way - it could be metallic paints, rusted metal techniques, actual bits of metal, metal foil ....the possibilities are endless - also please use stamps and/or stencils. Have fun!

Metal is one of my favourite things to work with in my projects, however for this project I chose to go a different route and dig out my Treasure Gold, which is also high up on my favourites list !

My Mum has recently developed a passion for colouring but some of the images in the books you can buy are rather small and quite fiddly to colour. So, I decided I'm going to make a colouring book for my Mum with images that are large enough for her to do. The book I bought is a 10" x 10" sketch book from Paperchase and has a great grey board cover, perfect for covering.

I've used Tim Holtz tissue wrap for the initial layer, giving it a coat of Glue 'n' Seal to protect it from the layers of paint to come. To give the cover some texture I used heavy gel through a Scrapcosy stencil.

Then comes the paint, I've used Fresco Finish acrylics and gave the whole cover a layer with Vintage Lace using a baby wipe, building up darker colours from the centre outwards.

The above stencil is a beautiful flourish by Prima and I've kept the stencilling to the opposite corners initially.

I carried on building up the stencilling, introducing a pop of Honeydew Fresco Finish.

I introdcued some subtle stamping using Watering Can Archival ink and Lin Brown's stamps and also some stencilling with French Roast Fresco Finish.

The leaves are also from a Lin Brown set and I've inked with Watering Can and Potting Soil Archival inks. I've also done some stamping around the corners using more Lin Brown stamps and Potting Soil Archival ink.

I've kept the embellishments to a minimum as the book will be well used so just made a couple of things using molds I've made and black UTEE in my melting pot.

The embellishments were brushed with Treasure Gold White Fire and Onyxite.

I gave them a good buff before glueing into position.

To finish the front I've used Raspberry Infusions with the script stamp by Lin Brown and stamped randomly, this just adds a watercolour effect and softens the whole design. I also gave it a spritz with a Lindy's Stampgang spray. I replaced the stencil over the centre piece and then brushed the Treasure Gold over it while the stencil was still in place.

I followed pretty much the same techniques for the back cover, the differences being the stencil, which is still by Scrapcosy, and I've done more stamping and stencilling with Infusions.

The subtle stamping above is using Watering Can Archival again with an old Katzelkraft stamp.

This final shot shows how beautifully the Treasure Gold picks up the stencilled gel medium.

Now all I have to do is create lots of images inside for my Mum to colour !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do hop over to Stamps and Stencils to see the fabulous projects the rest of the team have created.


  1. Stunning Sue! Love this, the pop of colour and your wonderful talent for building up layers effortlessly. Great step outs and love the UTEE embellishments, all beautifully gilded. That stencil has just gone on my list! I'm sure your mum will treasure this and so enjoy working in it! Ruth xxx

  2. Wonderful cover and a great idea for your mum x Thank you for sharing the step by step details and I love the tip of returning the stencil when covering with the TS

    Best wishes
    Annie x

  3. absolutely beautiful Sue - I love all the details and your tutorial is fabulous - gorgeous make! Hugs rachel x

  4. So enjoyed reading your post. Such a unique and personal journal/colouring book for you Mum. Love the stencilling, the colours and all the fun elements x Thank you for the inspiration and the step by step x

  5. I always enjoy reading your posts as your process is so different than my own. This is amazing and I am so impressed that you are creating a coloring book for your mom, how precious! These colors and layers are right up my alley and inspire me so much today! Hugs, Autumn

  6. This is such a beautiful gift for your Mum Sue, the colours are gorgeous, I love the metallic look words and your butterfly and keyhole are such lovely additions! Anne x

  7. Oh, yum! There's such depth to the layers here and the metallic accents work so well against the rich colours. Very cool moulds too!
    Alison x

  8. This is absolutely stunning. I love the colours, what a wonderful gift for your mum,
    Eleanor x

  9. That's beautiful! I love all those layers! And I feel honoured that my stencils are there in the middle :) I hope your mum enjoys the colouring once the book is completed! :)