I'm planning on using recycled/unused bill payment envelopes to create base pages for inside my journal, so I measured the envelope size. I wanted to have the cover be larger than my envelopes so I added 1" to the size of the envelope to get my measurements for my front and back piece. I used cardboard from a package of foil paper and cut a front piece, back piece and a spine, and then adhered my pieces to my DSP. That process is a bit more complicated to explain than what I can go into here, so I'll just concentrate on the front embellishments.
I die cut my easel from Copper Clay cardstock, a stitched circle on Basic White using a die from the Stylish Shapes die collection, stamped the and brushes on Basic White with Copper Clay Ink. I die cut the brushes and fussy cut around the sentiment, separating the sentiment so that it fit on the circle. My "art journal" sentiment was typed and printed off with my computer/printer and ends punched with the Banners Pick A Punch. I cut a second piece of the same DSP pattern, sized to fit on the easel over the same spot on the underlying paper on the cover. I sponged around the circle, the easel and the "painting" with Copper Clay ink. I also added a touch of blue to the ends of a couple of the brushes with Blends. Everything was adhered with glue dots and Dimensionals. I added a few Copper Clay Adhesive-Backed Solid Gems to the front and a couple on the spine.
I hope to show you more of my journal in future posts or videos, and I hope it sparks your imagination on how you might be able to use the beautiful paper collections for cards and other projects!
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