It’s the weekend and it looks like it’s going to be a lovely day. That’s a good thing as my granddaughter and I have plans to visit a Powwow. I’ve never been to one before and am not sure what to expect. However I’m sure I’ll be taking lots of photos. So to store our memories I decorated this large notebook with a very tactile wood-effect background using the Timber 3D Embossing Folder. All it took was card and ink, along with a second run through my Cut & Emboss Machine.
My project began with a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ spiral bound notebook I found during my recent visit to the UK. I especially loved the plain kraft cover which would be easy to decorate.
I started by cutting a 4″ x 4″ piece of Boho Blue paper from the Fresh As A Daisy 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. Next I cut a 4-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ piece of Crushed Curry Card, along with a 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Early Espresso Card. Then I simply layered the card and DSP together using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
Now I had my blue sky ready I found some trees on one of the sheets in the Zoo Crew 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper pack. Using Paper Snips I cut around the group of 3 trees and grass but I didn’t like the white areas left in the middle. So I carefully cut up between the lines of grass and removed most of that white. With that done I added the trees to the bottom right corner of the square layers using pieces of Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Next I went looking for a sentiment and found “everyday with you is another adventure” in the He’s All That Stamp Set. This was perfect so I stamped it onto a scrap of Basic White Card using Early Espresso ink. While I liked the compass design in the centre I did feel it was a little plain, but that was an easy fix. I simply coloured in the white sections of the compass star using a dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends alcohol marker.
Finally, to cut out my sentiment I used the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch. Then using the 2″ Circle Punch I created a glitery mat layer from some champagne More Dazzle Specialty Paper. I glued the two layers together before adding a Rustic Metallic Adhesive-backed Dot to the centre of the compass.
EXTENDED TIMBER EMBOSSING
With the main elements of the design done I began to think about how I would bring it all together on the notebook. I really loved the neutral cover but wondered if it needed some texture. That’s when I reached for the Timber 3D Embossing Folder.
I started by cutting a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Crumb Cake Card, this was bigger than the 6″ x 6″ embossing folder but I had a plan. I opened up the folder and dragged a Pecan Pie ink pad over the inside surfaces. Then I carefully added the card before running the embossing folder about 3/4 of the way through before reversing it back out.
I removed the card from the folder and inked the inside again. This time I put the other end of the card into the folder and ran that through my Cut & Emboss Machine. As before once about 3/4 of the folder had passed through the rollers I reversed it back out. Now when I removed the card it was all embossed with a slight overlap of the design across the middle.
With the timber-embossed piece in hand I decided to trim it to 5-1/4″ x 8-1/4″. Then using liquid glue I mounted it onto a 5-3/8″ x 8-3/8″ piece of Early Espresso Card, before attaching it to the notebook cover.
I was nearly finished but as I thought about the placement of the prepared pieces I realised they would look disjointed. So I cut two 5″ pieces of Moody Mauve 3/8″ Textured Ribbon. After wrapping one piece around the top of the square layers I secured it on the back with Tear & Tape Adhesive. Then I wrapped the second piece of ribbon around the left side of the layers. Finally, where the ribbons crossed I added the sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Now using more Stampin’ Dimensionals I added the assembled layers to the timber embossed background. At last my notebook was complete and you can hardly see the overlapped embossing on the timber background.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVES – The two circle punches used to cut out my sentiment and mat layer can’t be found in the Stampin’ Up! catalogue. Instead they are one of the many items in their Online Exclusives range. Just be aware that Online Exclusive products can be discontinued without warning, so it’s best to buy them as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.