These are another set of pages and an ATC for a swap being hosted by Theresa Bennett on My Yahoo group. It's for a chunky book that will eventually be assembled from all the pages that we receive from other players. The pages will be glued together back to back to form a 4x4 chunky book. This months theme was Kings & Queens and/or Royal Games. (I kind of combined the 2.) Below are some of the details of how I did everything.
1. The red background for the left hand page was done with an embossing folder from Cuttlebug which I rubbed with a Fired Brick Distress Pad. The edges are rubbed with Aged Mohogany and a little Black Soot.
2. The borders along the left hand page are both border punches. The Hearts are from Martha Stewart and the Swirls are from EK Success. The frame is rubberstamped onto black paper and embossed with gold powder. (I can't remember who makes the clear stamp.)
3. The rose topiary on the right hand page I made from a wooden flower pot that I cut in half and painted with acrylic paint. The trunk is a very small dowel that I stained and glued inside the pot. The topiary part is a piece of card stock I punched with a heart punch and notched to fit the dowel rod. (I also shaped it with an embossing tool to make it appear round.) The leaves are something called "Flower Soft" and it is really wonderful stuff. (You simply apply a thick white glue and dump it on like glitter.) The roses are simply satin ribbon roses that I painted with Primary Elements which is a metallic paint pigment you mix yourself.
4. The paint bucket is a Jolee sticker that I painted red. Originally the paint was yellow and didn't really match what I was doing. The paint brush I made myself out of a small dowel rod that I sanded and painted. I then cut a small band of aluminum sheeting and wrapped it around some brush bristles I cut from an old brush and the paint brush handle at the same time. (I know I have WAYYYYYY too much time on my hands.) The paper edges of both the paint can and the topiary background are rubbed with Distress ink in Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany.
5. The hedgehog is a punch I have that happened to be the right size. (Yeah I have a punch for most anything.) I glued dried thyme leaves from a product called Earth Elements on to the back of the hedgehog then I painted him with acrylic paint. The Earth Elements are cool because they are made from natural products like dried herbs, vegetables and even coffee. (The stuff smells wonderful when you open a jar.)
6. The flamingo is cut out of pink card stock and painted with watercolors to give him shading. The grass they are standing on is Flower Soft again and the croquet hoop is simply a loop of bent wire.
7. The crown is a piece of German Scrap that I attached rhinestones to and glued to a stamped checkerboard background. The hearts are some glass embellishments I found at Hobby Lobby around Valentines day. The edge of the paper is rubbed with a Versamark pad and embossed with gold powder. The saying is done with an old fashioned Dymo label maker which now comes with a cursive letter wheel. The frame for the saying is made out of more German Scrap.
8. For the ATC the background is rubberstamped on black paper and embossed with black powder in a harlequin pattern. The corner die cut is from Sizzix and the hearts border is the same one used on the top page. The saying is words cut individually from an old poetry book.