As soon as I saw the Painted Glass Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! I fell in love with the boldness of the gothic script. So when I discovered that as part of the What Will You Stamp? Challenge Design Team I’d have to create a project using this stamp set I knew it would involve one of the four gorgeous sentiments.
Although there’s only four sentiments in the set they cover so many occasions (thank you, sympathy, birthday and celebrate) that at first I wasn’t sure which one to choose. In the end I opted for ‘A reason to celebrate’, and since we’re still wading through the 700+ photos from our daughter’s wedding I thought a pocket photo album would be perfect.
Just recently I’d rediscovered this 4″ x 6″ pocket photo album that I’d bought ages ago in Dollarama. It was just a boring set of plastic pockets bound together with a bland cover sheet at the front, but I knew that with a little papercrafting magic it could be so much nicer.
I started with a 4-1/4″ x 6″ piece of Fresh Fig Card and lightly spritzed it with some clean water. I put the card inside the Subtle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and placed it directly onto my multipurpose platform with all the tabs open and a cutting plate on top. Then I ran it forwards and backwards through the Big Shot. Once that was done I took the card out of the embossing folder and set it aside to dry. Finally I embossed another identical piece of Fresh Fig Card and set that aside too.
The final task for my Big Shot was to cut out two pieces of Copper Foil Sheet using the semi-circle die from the Stained Glass Thinlits Dies.
ASSEMBLING THE FOCAL POINT
Looking through my card scraps I found a strip of Bermuda Bay Card and wrapped some of the Coastal Cabana / copper ribbon from the 1/8″ Tea Room Ribbon Combo Pack around the strip, securing it on the back with a little Tear & Tape Adhesive. Then I flipped the strip over and attached the two foil pieces to the back to form a complete circle.
That die-cut piece is quite delicate but rather than fussing with trying to add glue to all the fine edges I put Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) along the back of the Bermuda Bay strip. When I fixed it to one of the embossed Fresh Fig layers the die-cut piece was held in place too.
Now it was time for the ‘A reason to celebrate’ gothic script sentiment from the Painted Glass Stamp Set. Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink I stamped it onto a strip of Very Vanilla Card. I cut the ends of the sentiment into a V shape with Paper Snips then attached it to the Bermuda Bay strip with liquid glue. My cover piece was done.
FINISHING THE PROJECT
All that was left was for me to slide the decorated layer into the pocket on the front of the album and add the second embossed piece to the back pocket and I was finished.
Yes I know that many people now show off their photos using their phone, but I still like to be able to flick through some photos in albums, and as the mother of the bride I like showing off the photos too. This is a quick and inexpensive way of doing that, and I love the elegance of the gothic script sentiment.
I created my photo album project for this week’s What Will You Stamp? Challenge WWYS180 – Painted Glass, and you can see project ideas from other members of the Design Team over on our website.
If you have Painted Glass why not create a new project using at least one image from the set and then upload it to the challenge gallery. We’d love to see what you come up with, and you could be chosen as our weekly winner. You’ll get bragging rights and an invitation to be our Guest Designer in two weeks.
I purchased the Painted Glass Stamp Set and coordinating Stained Glass Thinlits Dies using a special bundle code. This meant I could save 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. You’ll see I’ve included all the options in my product list in case you want to explore them further.
Don’t forget that as well as saving money by buying items using bundle codes where available, during August you can earn a $6 CAD e-voucher for every $60 CAD spent in a single order (before shipping and taxes). These vouchers can be spent in September. Just make sure that your e-mail address is correct on your account and that you have allowed Stampin’ Up! to contact you. The e-voucher will be e-mailed to you as soon as you have completed your order and cannot be resent so make sure you keep it safe until it’s time to cash it in.