A couple of days ago I showed you a sneak peek of the new Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper (DSP). That DSP was full of brightly coloured flowers and completely different from today’s botanical project. When I first saw the Sun Prints 12” x 12” DSP I was immediately drawn to the striking white foliage on a dark blue background. While some sheets have an ‘all-over’ pattern, it was a full-sheet design that caught my eye and it deserved a special place as the cover of my new journal.
SUN PRINTS COVER
I’ve had this 5″ x 7″ lined journal for a while and it had a very boring cover. This really large design from the Sun Prints DSP was the perfect scale to decorate it. The journal has a stitched binding so I was able to open it up fully and cut a piece of the DSP to fit the entire cover.
Next I turned to the coordinating Nature’s Prints Stamp Set and the “You’re on my mind” sentiment. While this was obviously designed for cards I thought it was ideal for a journal too. So using VersaMark ink I stamped the sentiment in the top right corner of the DSP. I sprinkled the sticky ink with white Stampin’ Emboss Powder from the Basics set and then tapped off the excess. After removing some stray specks I melted the rest with my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
At this point I decided to add a pen/pencil holder and for that I found a 1-1/4″ x 2-1/2″ scrap of Night of Navy Card. I placed a pencil in the centre and then wrapped the card around it, gluing the ends together. Using more liquid glue I attached the card to the back of the journal with the pencil up against the edge of the pages.
Once the embossing had cooled I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to attach the DSP to the original journal cover. Then I simply trimmed off the excess with my Paper Snips.
Finally I decided to add a bit of shine with a piece of the new Starry Sky 1/8″ Metallic Woven Ribbon. I wrapped the ribbon around the front cover and tied it in a simple bow. In no time at all my boring journal turned into one that will have pride of place on desk.
Sadly when I tried to photograph the Sun Prints DSP pack I just couldn’t get photos that did justice to the stunning patterns. So I’ll just have to make more projects and show you the designs one sheet at a time. Oh well, back to the craft room it is then…
I hope you’ll join me tomorrow for another sneak peek, this time using a new stamp set.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Nature’s Prints Stamp Set in a bundle with the Natural Prints Dies (not used today). Buying the coordinating products using the single ‘bundle’ item number saved me 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included a link for the bundle in case you want to explore that option.