It’s Sabrina here today, and I am going off the cards with a notebook and paperweight using one of the sheets of collage papers from the B-muse.com site, where you can find some great ephemera and embellishments for altering and decorating.
For my paperweight, I used the Vintage Playing Cards Backs sheet, which can be found on THIS page. It includes a couple of round designs (I’d love to see the round cards in real life), and one of those was just perfect to use to decorate the Mexican beach pebble which Annette sent me. I cut the playing card design out and stuck it to the pebble with some Mod Podge. I used an alcohol-based white pen to add a dotted border all round it (I chose to use an alcohol-based pen because I knew I would be using an acrylic satin varnish to seal it, and I was afraid that with a water-based pen the design might have blurred). I added a few coats of varnish to seal it, and that was my paperweight done.
When I am covering notebooks, I tear one page out of the pad, and use that as a template. Laying that on top of a piece of thin card cut to the same size, I mark each of the little punched holes with a pencil, and then punch them with a small circle punch. Then I use a knife blade or scissors and snip diagonally in to the punched hole from the top of the piece of card. Then it’s very easy to slip this over the notebook and stick it down with a good wet glue, using something like a stylus to burnish it down under the spiral binding.
For this notebook I actually used the cover of an old pack of Basic Grey paper. I also used a rectangular playing card back which matched the round one I had used to decorate the pebble. Before sticking the playing card back on, I punched several circles in different sizes from a scrap of one of the beautiful Japanese papers. Because of the high fibre content these papers are hard to punch cleanly (but it means they fold beautifully), so I folded a piece of thin copy paper over it before punching. I stuck these onto the front of my notebook and added white pen dots to pick up on the detail I’d added to the paperweight. I added a butterfly cut with a Sizzix die, and then I decided that it really needed a sentiment to fill the empty space, so I used one from Whimsical and Kind Sayings, stamping and embossing it with white.
I hope you had a good week and will have a good weekend. Thank you for coming by the Art Neko blog this week.