Sep 27, 2017

Wendy Vecchi Altered Journal Cover


It's time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie and I'm hostessing our challenge with the theme Show Us Your Stamps.  Shocker!  ;0  There's nothing I love more than incorporating stamps into my work.  Here's the challenge description: Our challenge this round can be summed up with one word - STAMPS!  We want to see you break out those stamps and get inky.   There are so many ways to use stamps, and you probably have a few you have never even used - so come play along!  We cannot wait to see your stamped vintage or shabby chic creations. 


Upon raiding my "alterable items" bin, I found this freebie journal my daughter was given at a college tour.  She said, "Mom, I think you can use this to alter for your art."  Awe!  She knows me well...  :)  I had painted the cover completely black with gesso previously.  I added a bit of metallic embossing by lightly tapping the edges with my Versmark pad and then adding embossing enamel.  I glued my ribbon on so I could have a tie closure.


I cut a watercolor panel to size then inked with Aged Mahogany and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  I used one of Tim's tiny stencils and texture paste to create the pattern.  I spritzed with water, then brushed on more DI.


I am still anxious to play with my new Wendy Vecchi stamps, which by the way are on sale this week!  I stamped one of Wendy's sentiments onto inked up card and curled the edges to give it dimension.


I decided to add more black to help balance the border of the journal, so I cut an Ornate Frame 2 die from chipboard and scraped on some texture paste.  I painted the dried frame with black gesso, then lightly tapped my Versamark pad and embossed for a subtle contrast.  I glued in a sheet of burlap for extra texture.


My flowers were stamped in sepia onto lightly inked card and fussy cut to build my design.  


I tucked in a couple of snips of black foliage, inked with gold, for extra contrast.


I had this embossed butterfly in the bin and thought he worked perfectly to complete the design.  I hope you're inspired to play along with our challenge for a chance to win a $25 giftcard to the Funkie Junkie Boutique.


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30 comments:

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Total harmony of colours, textures and composition! How can you always achieve perfection so effortlessly?

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

wow, I love this altered journal, Autumn! The color palette is so soft and dreamy, just like a fall sunset. The texture you've added is just marvelous! I love the aged appearance of your stamped sentiment panel, the softness of your stamped flowers, the effective use of black and gold embossing and, well...everything! You have such a deft hand and a true artist's eye. Always a joy to visit your beautiful blog. xo

Lois Wyche said...

Gorgeous!

Sara Barker said...

Beautiful fall colors on this, and a fabulous transformation! Now you have me thinking I need to pull out all those journals I put in my yard sale bins! Ha! Ha! (enabler!) I love the use of the WV flower stamps, all layered up on that stunning textured background! Wonderful inspiration, my friend! Biggest hugs!

wendy vecchi said...

love every little thing detail! gorgeous colors!

Marci said...

Beautiful!

Marjan K├╝ppers said...

Utterly gorgeous, as always! Love that structure and layering.
I read you wanted to join our challenge. Just let me know if you cant't link, I will do it for you. I presume with this card?

Redanne said...

The flowers look so beautiful on your wonderfully textured background, love that you left the beautiful embossed edges on the journal. The sentiment is just perfect! Hugs, Anne xx

Mac Mable said...

The embossed butterfly, that was in the bin, sure did finish off your project beautifully x Unique and stunning project with lots of fabulous detail and texture. Thank you for the inspiration and promise me you won't put anything in the bin as gorgeous as this again (the butterfly that is)???? x

butterfly said...

That's gorgeous, Autumn - such beautiful blushing rose tones against the distressed black background - a definite triumph of a makeover for that humble notebook.
Alison x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous Autumn, adore the texture in the background and those Rose tones are beautiful especially combined with the beautiful flowers. Love your transformation. Tracy. X

maj. said...

This is such a totally amazing project!!!

Mrs.B said...

A gorgeous journal cover Autumn, beautiful colours and textures, love the new flower stamps
Avril xx

Suzanne C said...

Yummy! I love the beautiful colors and the wonderful texture on your cover. The flowers are lovely and layered so strategically and beautifully!

hazel said...

This is so beautiful, thank you for sharing it with us at Altered Eclectics.
xxx Hazel.

Jane Royston said...

A beautiful journal Autumn! I love the textures and the subtle colours. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month, Jane (DT) :) x

Susan said...

Amazing! This is gorgeous. Love all the textures and the addition of embossing. Need to get back to that old favorite!

nwilliams6 said...

Autumn, this is amazing! So many great details, techniques, and beauty. I am so glad I stopped by to see what you have been up to!!! Beautiful stuff! Hugz

Kate said...

A lovely and feminine journal! Those flowers are so pretty against the texture background.
Kate

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous project Autumn! Love the pretty color palette and all the texture!

Maxine D said...

What an incredible transformation Autumn - love all the textural details under the quote and flowers
Blessings
Maxine

Pat K said...

Stunning creation, beautiful colours and texture. Thanks for playing along with us at Fussy and Fancy Friday. Pat K xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

A beautiful way to recycle an unused journal, I do hope you will chose to use it now you have given it new life? You embellish with such precision Autumn, I would love to watch you work. Thank you for sharing with us over at That's Crafty.
Big Hugs Tracey xx

Cheremane said...

This is gorgeous Thanks so much for joining us over at Craft Stamper this month Good Luck. xxx

Julia Aston said...

what a beautifully transformed journal book Autumn! Love the stenciling, texture and lovely floral stamps!

Jenny Marples said...

WOW! What a transformation of a plain journal to a floral fantasy! Loving how the stamped flowers and sentiment bring this whole book to life. Gorgeous! xx

Jackie P Neal said...

Autumn! This is so gorgeous!! I love that you started with the black gesso, it gave such a rich look to the background.
Your layers of textures and colors and elopements, as always, just gets me! "Shockingly" beautiful my friend! xo

Helen Wallace said...

Wonderful that your daughter knows to save you useful things to be re-purposed and I love the finished result. Chock full of texture and textiles in superb soft hues. Especially loved the rescued butterfly. x

Michelle said...

Amazing how great you covered this booklet.
Thanks for playing with us at HLS Mixed Media Challenge.
Good luck!! Michelle(DT)

Sammy said...

Oh this is lovely! So my scrummy texture, and I love the colours. LOVE it! x

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