Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Eileen Hull – More Projects with Crescent Artists

Well, I couldn't resist doing a second project for the collaboration that Eileen's Inspiration Team and Crescent Artists is doing this month. I had an idea for a little art journal to make (with a new set of Lynne Perrella stamps that seriously needed to see some ink) and I really wanted to give the Rendr paper a test run. Thus, my cherry blossom art Passport Book art journal was born!

I love crackle paste!!!
The inner pages are all made from Crescent Rendr paper which has the wonderful property of NO bleed through. I really loaded up each side of the paper with lots of water and mists and it worked perfectly!

The paper really grabbed onto the pigments so I sprayed on extra water and just let it sit so the colors could wick and bleed together as it dried naturally. I used Distress Spray Stains and Color Burst pigment (Lemon Yellow). When one side was dry, I flipped them over and did the other side.

I cut the pages out of the larger colored sheets using the Passport Book die. I then stamped and embellished the pages. I left lots of empty space so you can actually write in this journal (maybe compose haiku?) The images are from a Paper Artsy Lynne Perrella set (link below). Her sets are just so gorgeous – I want them all! I stamped in Jet Black Archival Ink and then embossed with clear detail embossing powder. I added color with Distress Markers and blended with a water brush.

So, back to the book construction! Once I had all my parts together, I first assembled the cover by gluing the spine to the front and back cover. Because none of the parts had smooth surfaces, I chose to use a strong wet adhesive to make sure the parts bonded together well.

Api's Crafter's Pick 'The Ultimate' is one of my favorite glues.
I set aside the cover to dry and stamped the pages while I was waiting. I also put together my cherry blossom flowers for the cover. I had misted coffee filters pink and cut six flower parts out using the smallest flower of the Pansy Flower die. I put a dab of glue in the center to stick them together and shaped them around the handle of a large paintbrush. Brads and painted centers finished them off!

I need better lighting for photo taking!

Hang in there, we're almost done! ;-) Next I folded the pages and threaded lengths of lace through the holes, leaving generous tails.

I then threaded the lace through the holes in the spine, pulled them all tight and tied them in a decorative knot.

Whew, all done! Thanks for sticking in with such a long post! Be sure to head on over to Eileen's blog to see the final week of Crescent project sharing. You won't want to miss what my teammates have been up to! We'd love to have you share your projects on Eileen's Facebook page too. Have a great week!

The supplies I used for this project can be found at Sizzix or Simon Says Stamp. Follow the links below and a shopping you may go. ;-)


  1. Your album has a wonderful 'oriental' feel to it Lisa, I just love the gorgeous crackle on the front and the pages look beautiful - those LP images are gorgeous too! Anne x

  2. Lisa- such a beautiful book and like Anne says, there is a cool Asian vive to it. Probably those beautiful cherry blossoms. Fantastic project and great tutorial!

  3. I love the crackle on this Lisa and those blossom flowers are so gorgeous and delicate . This really does have a lovely oriental feel . Tracy x


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