Thursday, December 24, 2015

{Spotlight Project} Monika Goes On An Adventure Journey

Hi, all. It's Monika with one last spotlight project. I am saying 'goodbye' from the Spotlight Team, but I shall be staying on in the Inspirations Team. I am also getting ready for an adventure of a lifetime cruising the canals of England. That's the plan. We had hoped to have a boat secured by now, but luck has been on someone else's side. I shall keep you posted about our progress in next year's Inspiration Posts.

For now you can take inspiration from the cover I made for a little book meant to take the photos of our boat. Here it is:

I used some ready cut chipboard covers, lining paper -the stuff you put on walls is great if you want to go wet as it dries flat-, Mixed Media ElementsTrue NorthBold Sentiments Journey and Vignette Tree Silhouettes stamp sets plus Artplorations Stencil Some Birds.

I started off using Tempting Turquoise ink, applied it to my craft mat, spritzed and picked the colour up with a piece of lining paper. As it has an off white colour, your ink colour will look a little less vibrant.

Next I traced the outline of my book cover, fuzzy cut and blended the edges using my turquoise ink.

I started building my collage using turquoise ink and stamps from the Mixed Media Elements and Tree Silhouettes without using an acrylic block to mount as I wanted a faded blended in look. My sentiment was stamped with stamps mounted in Concord Crush.

Next I added some texture to the borders using Concord Crush ink a stamp from the Mixed Media Elements set before blending the edges with the same ink, layered on my chipboard cover and softened the edges using a small file. A piece of sandpaper would do too.

To finish I added the boat from the True North set and the birds from the Some Birds stencil. Here is the finished cover:

That's it from me for today. Have a lovely Christmas and a wonderful 2016!

Monika xxx

Products Monika used in today's project:

 SheryRuss_MixedMediaElements SheryRuss_TrueNorth-preview

 preview-STAMPlorations-Journey preview-web-stencil-037-somebirds

Mixed Media Elements (October/November 2015) is one of several premium 5x7 sets offered in the STAMPlorations stamp club! We've got lots of perks, including free worldwide shipping, a free 4" by 6" stamp set sent every 3rd shipment (or immediately after signing up for the semi-annual subscription), 2 personal discount coupon codes, and choice of 2 ARTplorations stencils ($10 value) in every stamp club package mailed out to subscribers! For more info and to sign up, click here.

Prize alert! Leave a comment in this post for an entry to our Spotlight Projects random drawing for December. We'll pick ONE (1) commenter to win a $10 gift certificate or her choice of 1 ARTplorations stencil. We'll announce the winner in January.


  1. Hope you have a wonderful adventure on your boat. This project resulted in the perfect cover for a photo album of the trip.

  2. What a wonderful cover Monika. Love the ship surrounded by such a great background. It all looks so great - so many different stamps/stencil together to make a lovely scene. Merry Christmas!! j.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous! Have a fabulous time on your boat! xxx

  4. What a fabulous cover - love the blues and the subtle stamping.

  5. Have a great year traveling the canals! Sounds like a great adventure. Your journal cover is perfect for all those pics!

  6. What a wonderful cover! Have a fantastic trip!

  7. I really love this! Very pretty. I love how subtle the boat is. Also, reminds me of my Dad, who always loved boats. He had a small (22 ft) fishing boat that he'd take us out on almost every Sunday when we were kids.

  8. We may get up to 4 inches of rain today. I could use that boat! Lovely make!


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