Sunday, September 22, 2013

My Other Creations: Pop- Up Journal Page for the Simon Says Stamp Stamptember Blog Hop

Welcome to the Simon Says Stamptember Blog Hop!  Haven't the projects been amazing??  We've all been so inspired by this Simon Says Stamptember journal kit designed by Shari Carroll.  It has honestly been one of my favorite kits to work with EVER.  So without further ado, here is my fairy tale inspired pop-up page, along with a how-to of how I got there!

 As soon as I saw this awesomely durable notebook from Dylusions, I knew I wanted to go with some pop-up pages.  Pop-up pages are great because your notebook still closes, but when you open it, you get that 3D wow factor!

I started by covering the thick white pages of the notebook with patterned paper by Prima (Finnabair collection).

I proceeded to cover the patterned pages with Gesso, acrylic paint and Washi tape (the teal Claudine Hellmuth paint and Gesso that come with the kit are awesome!)

Now it was time to create my pop-up image!  I snapped a photo of this incredible retro van that I saw on vacation one year, then I printed the photo from my computer onto normal white paper.  I decided to use the packing tape transfer technique (an oldie but a goodie) on my van.  To do this technique, simply cover your picture with clear packing tape.  If your picture is wider than a strip of tape, use multiple strips of packing tape until the whole image is covered.

Once your image is covered, run the paper side under warm water or let it soak in a bowl of warm water.  Start rubbing the paper away with your fingers until it feels relatively smooth.  What's left on the packing tape is the ink from the image, but the paper itself has been washed away.  This gives the image a cool transparent vibe.  Here's what mine looked like (packing tape side down) once I rubbed off all the paper:

I glued my transfer image onto a background vintage dictionary page (comes in the kit-- love it!) which I'd also painted and covered with Washi, as described earlier.  Then I tore off the excess dictionary page and just left the raw edges of the Washi tape.  I wanted this to look like it came ripping through my background page.  But because the transfer is transparent and Washi is transparent, you can still see hints of the dictionary page I adhered it to.

To make this van pop-out from the notebook, I folded a simple piece of blue cardstock like so (below is a side view), and glued my van image to the front of it.  When I close my notebook, the van lays down flat.

To finish off my project, I added this great little strip of Tim Holtz measuring tape ribbon (you got it- it's in the kit, too!) and also added some vintage fairy tale text, a picture of a castle and the words "La Dee Da," which I made from the letter stickers and black paint that are included with this kit.

This kit really is amazing!  Here it is as well as some other products from Simon Says Stamp that I used: 

I would LOVE to see what you create for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  This week, all you have to do is show off your creation that uses any Simon Says Stamp exclusive product.  Remember that you could win a good chunk of change to spend at the Simon Says Stamp Store!
 Simon Says Stamp was founded in 2002 with an interest in exclusively selling rubber stamps. It didn’t take long until we realized we couldn’t stop there. During the past 11 years we celebrate rubber stamping in its full glory by giving access to people around the world to a one stop shop. Rubber stamps still remain the heart of our business and we are celebrating by hosting a STAMPtember® event intended to inspire, educate, and celebrate the greatness of rubber stamping. Part of the enticement of rubber stamping is that stamps can be used in creating or complementing ANYTHING! From stamping dates on bank documents and postage parcels in the early 18th century, rubber stamping has dramatically expanded to include card making, scrapbooking, mixed media, life documenting, art journaling, and many forms of altering and expressing art.

If you want to see some more fabulous inspiration, hop on over to Ashli's amazing blog next!