If you saw yesterday’s blog post you’ll know that project happened as a follow-on from something else I’d made. Then it was the ink colour used on a bookmark that inspired the subsequent card. Well obviously there must be something in the air as today’s project follows on from that! This time it was the He’s All That Stamp Set I used yesterday that inspired today’s project. So with the coordinating All That Dies and gorgeous Brushstroke 12” x 12” Specialty Paper this is what I finally came up with.
A couple of weeks ago I found some small folded and stapled pocket planners in Walmart and grabbed them while they were going cheap. Today was the day to get one out and see what I could do with it. Initially I thought I’d use some patterned paper but nothing jumped out at me. That was when I saw the pack of Brushstroke Specialty Paper. This paper is quite different from the Designer Series Paper (DSP) packs sold by Stampin’ Up! It’s coloured on one side only in a swirly brushstroke design with a gorgeous subtle sparkle effect. There’s three sheets in the pack; one each in Blushing Bride, Soft Succulent and Night of Navy. Today it was the Night of Navy that caught my eye.
Next I measured the pocket planner to see how much of the Brushstroke Paper I’d need. In fact it was a nice neat 5-1/2″ x 8″. So once I’d cut the paper I simply attached it to the original planner cover using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow). With that done I just needed to create a focal point that complimented the pretty paper.
I didn’t have to look far for the perfect sentiment, it was right there in the He’s All That Stamp Set that was still on my desk. I thought the compass image was perfect. Even more so with the included sentiment “Everyday with you is another adventure”.
So using Night of Navy ink I stamped the compass onto a scrap of Thick Basic White Card. It was nice but not stunning, so I reached for my Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. All I needed was the dark Daffodil Delight to colour the little circle at the centre of the compass image. Then I coloured in the white parts of the compass rose with light Night of Navy. That was much better.
Next I turned to the All That Dies and found the scalloped circle die that is sized to perfectly cut out the compass. I also used another die from the set to cut a pair of straight banner pieces (one die cuts two banners).
With that done I just needed to use liquid glue to fix the pieces onto the front of the planner. First I glued the two banner pieces across the cover with the straight ends tight together. Then I glued the die-cut compass piece on top.
Finally at the centre of the compass I added a small embellishment from the Rustic Metallic Adhesive-Backed Dots pack. And just like that my project was complete.
Oh my goodness I love how this turned out. That Brushstroke Paper may be lightweight but it certainly packs a punch don’t you think?
For more projects using the other colours of Brushstroke Specialty Paper see my earlier blog posts:
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the He’s All That Stamp Set and All That Dies using a single ‘bundle’ item number. Buying the bundle saved me 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included links for both options below in case you want to explore them for yourself.
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