I covered the front and back with paper from the Wallflower stack and used Sticky-back Canvas for the spine (after coloring and spritzing with Distress Stains, and stamping with archival ink). The cover embellishment is a Cabinet Card frame with a piece of paper I marbled slid into it. I distressed the metal Ornate Plate and corners using Distress Paint (Picket Fence and Iced Spruce). Distress Paint works really well on metal. You just have to dab it on with the applicator and let it partly dry, then wipe off the extra with a rag. The paint stays in the nooks and crannies. The key is an old vintage one from my stash.
Of course filling the compartments of the configurations is the most fun. I rummaged around and found all sorts of goodies to use. Most of the metal findings I worked over with Distress Paints. The old photos are from scanned family pictures. The little boy in the green frame is my Dad! I even had a mini etching that worked perfectly as a background in the biggest compartment. Here's a better look:
I just loved the Stampendous Daffodil Girl stamp and knew I had to use it in this project. First I stamped it with archival ink onto smooth watercolor paper. Then I "watercolored" it using Distress inks. A super easy way to do this is to swipe your Distress ink pad onto a craft sheet and then pick up the color with a wet brush (or you can use a water brush) and paint onto the image, blending colors as needed.
I hope you are inspired by the colors and views of spring! You still have a few days to enter the Splash of Color challenge at Inspiration Journal. You could have a chance to win $50 to spend at Inspiration Emporium by linking up your project there.
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