Thursday, 9 October 2014

The Gift of Reading for PaperArtsy!

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven! Tonight I'm happy to be back over at the PaperArtsy blog with a recycling project using Jofy and Lin Brown's new Frescos, Lin Brown stencils and lovely stamps by Sara Nauman and Darcy Wilkinson! This blog post is just to give anyone who would like it, a little more detail on how I created a gift folder from corrugated packaging courtesy of a famous internet supplier of books!
Anyone who stops by Magpieheaven regularly will know how much I love books! Next to craft materials, I just can't resist them and I love to give books as gifts to my friends and family, carefully selecting stories I hope they will enjoy. 
I usually like to buy my books from independent book shops or charity shops; so my friend Dominique in Belgium has been collecting corrugated wallets for me! Here is the first stage of my project. The cardboard is gessoed ready to add some of these beautiful new PaperArtsy colours. As you can see, some of the top layer of the card peeled off with the postage labels. This was great, as it really creates texture!
Here is a close-up of my background. I began by painting the whole wallet with Chalk Fresco. I then brayered with Slate, Marlin, Plum and Turquoise, drying with a heat-tool after each layer. I stamped the script from Sara Nauman's plate in Hint of Mint and stencilled Lin Brown's flowers in Chalk with Turquoise shifted over to the side a little to create just a hint of 'bumping'. I created the circles by dipping a fabric conditioner lid into little puddles of paint: Chalk, Turquoise and Inky Pool. Finally I gave everything a wash of Cherry Red. I also stamped another Sara Nauman design in Turquoise. I loved this because it really echoed the corrugated card patterns. Treasure Gold in Rose Quartz and Sapphire plus a little White Fire really accented the texture.
For interest on the cover of my package I stamped Sara's hearts on card and on tea bag paper, coloured with Inktense pencils.
I stuck the tea-bag paper over the card and then cut out the hearts, accenting them with Sapphire Treasure Gold and Aged Copper Frantage.The leaf was stamped in Turquoise paint and sprinkled with Clear UTEE then tipped with Aged Copper EP and it's another one of Darcy's from EDY08. The wooden word is from Prima.

 Sara's Charles Dickens sentiment seemed the perfect words to go with the gift of a book. I stamped it onto painted card using Wendi Vecchi  Red Geranium Archival and sealed with several coats of PaperArtsy Satin Glaze.

I edged the folder with my own Washi tape  created from masking tape painted with Turquoise, stamped with Darcy's leaf and stencilled  with Lin Brown's poppy heads in Slate and Chalk. I slightly varied the design on the Washi tape inside the folder, using Darcy's lovely little birds in flight. As you can see, I also stamped Sara's corners out with Versamark and  embossed them with Aged Copper: I really liked the effect of this.
The little tag is attached with a white eyelet and a greeting can be written on the back. 
I created the circles by dipping the fabric conditioner lid in Versamark,  pressing into the tag and then sprinkling with Aged Copper Embossing Enamel.
Here you can see the book under the flaps. I used some PaperArtsy tissue with script on it to line this part of the folder.
It was not easy to photograph the inside of the folder, but I hope this gives some idea of how everything fits in! I lined under the flaps with some of the lovely tissue available from PaperArtsy, stuck down with Satin Glaze. When it was all ready to have the book popped in, I fixed it in place with a little low-tack sticky pad. Thank you so much for stopping by Magpieheaven today and looking at my book gift folder. It would be lovely if you could have a go yourself at using some of these techniques and linking them up with PaperArtsy this month! There's the chance to win a voucher to spend on beautiful PaperArtsy products! Have a lovely day and a really creative month.


  1. WOW Love this Julie Ann, it looks fabulous. Great colour combo and just love the grungy feel to it even though I'm not touching, might even have a go myself xxx

  2. It's even more beautiful on second viewing, Julie Ann!

  3. Wonderful inspiration as always Julie Ann, must admit i love the tea bag bit, am getting quite a feel for using them. Must get some square ones though as mine are all round lol.

    some wonderful use of colour and the textures and layering is just amazing. Read you were nervous, please don't be your work is ALWAYS so inspirational, i do enjoy my visits to Magpie Heaven :-) xxx

  4. Wow, that's a fantastic project, love every detail.

  5. Congratulations Julie Ann! It's a fab project, very inspiring! xxx

  6. Lovely to see you back on the PaperArtsy blog tonight Julie Ann and what a brilliant project you shared with us. Thanks for all the extra detail you have showed us here. I can just imagine how exciting it would be to receive a gift in such a folder. It certainly would not go in the recycling bin once opened!

    Lesley Xx

  7. Fabulous - those colours really sing! Love all those layers and textures! A really inspiring project - as ever! Chrisx

  8. This is a truly wonderful project, Julie Ann. I love the layers and texture you have achieved and the colour choices and the copper embossing. I must get col to save his Amazon folders!

    Lucy x

  9. SQUAWK,SQUAWK,SQUAWK, well lucky Paper artsy I say, I'm so flipping excited, I first sent this to my Buddy as soon as I got it in my mail, the fly 100 miles hr to get here, put your post up in 3 different windows, one to read, two to comment, and three to see this on the large setting, going to check out the large pics and I'll be right back, " I'm so excited"" as the Pointers Sisters would say... I know you knew I would Looooooooooove this, it's a FREAKING MASTERPIECE, sorry for using my outside vioce, my wings are flapping everywhere, I love every tiny centimeter, it's just BRILLIANT BRILLIANT BRILLIANT, I will be here a few times visiting this weekend to see it again and again. this is hard to say but I believe its my favorite thing you have made I think, you have made so many I looooooove , I would give anything to see you create something like this, if the powers that be let me I will and I can video you doing it, wouldn't that be exciting, I dress in my day dream. I'm full to the brim with inspiration so I must fly over to my desk and create , Thanks Cuz, you are ******THE BOMB ******
    ((( HUGE HUGS )))...

  10. Julie Ann, this is fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Stunning project Julie Ann, this makes a wonderful gift. I love the rich colors and details. xx

  12. Love the colors , layers, and the whole process here! Very nice work!
    Who would not love this?

  13. This is so gorgeous Julie Ann!! I love the grunge colours and great design. It's amazing xxx

  14. Wow wow wow Julie Ann this is many layers and such lovely colours. You have to love a bit of up cycling lol!! and that famous bookseller does have some great packaging. xxx

  15. You put so much into what you create dear Julie Ann ♥
    Your colors here are delicious and oh the details are all fabulous
    brilliant upcycling too!

  16. Beautiful! I adore that color combo! And I don't think it would work as well with any other paint as PA! thanks for sharing! xoxo

  17. Wow amazing, I love all the colours and the Ellen Vargo feel, it's one of my favourite techniques and you have done it fantastically. Kezzy :-) xxx


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