Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Mini Album Makers - May Challenge

The first of the month means it is time for a new challenge at Mini Album Makers!

During a 'purge' of my craft room I found some chipboard ATC bases.  I used several Stencil Girl stencils and Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays to create my mini album.  
These are the products I used to create my mini album, three Lindy's Stamp Gang colours - Shabby Turbine Teal, Time Travel Teal and C'est la vie Cerise (which is a beautiful shade of blue).

All of the three stencils are by Seth Apter for Stencil Girl.
I started by dabbing Gesso over the ATC's to give them a little texture.  Once dry I used Ranger Crackle Paste and one of the stencils on two of the ATC's that would become the front and back covers of the album.  I used 8 ATCs in total.
Once the crackle was dry I opened up one of the sprays and dabbed the colour onto the crackle so that it would seep into the cracks.  For the other ATC's I sprayed both sides of them with the LSG sprays.

I sprayed Lindy's spray onto a length of vintage seam binding, scrunched it up whilst drying and added this to four of the ATC's, leaving a small gap between.  The four remaining ATCs were attached over the seam binding.
Turning to the front side of the album I added some script stamping and one of the stencils.
On the reverse side I added some script stamping and another stencil, all of the stencilling was done using DecoArt Media Paint in Cobalt Teal Hue.  The small circles have been stamped using a hand carved stamp by Kate Crane, it was a freebie in one of her classes.
To finish off the inside I stamped images from Chocolate Baroque and IndigoBlu onto tissue paper, coloured them with watercolour pencils and applied with Mat Medium.  The great advantage of using tissue paper is that you can make your seahorses face either way, so double duty from one stamp...
Here is a close-up to show you the sentiment, using Tim Holtz Small Talk tickets.
To finish off the album I attached a large seahorse charm which I coloured with Ranger Alcohol Ink.

Our Sponsor for this month is Lindy's Stamp Gang who are offering a $25 Gift Certificate to one lucky person!

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  As always, our challenge is Any Handmade Book Goes.  Enter any form of handmade mini albums, scrapbooks, journals and book arts.  Our focus is on completed works, so no layouts or journal spreads that are not part of a complete handmade book project.  You do not have to provide a tutorial, but we wish you would.  Feel free to use one of the DT tutorials to make your project and give proper credit where due.

I hope you will have time to visit Mini Album Makers to see what my talented teamies have made, and hopefully join in this month!  Thanks so much for your visit, I truly appreciate any comments you may wish to leave!

Hugs, Anne xx


  1. I adore the whole concept of this Anne what a great way to create a mini album using the ATC's, you have given me an idea or two now.
    Your seahorse spooked me a little as I have the very same one (with chain) upon my work surface waiting to be used. The stencilled background really draws the eye. Hypnotising!!! I love it.
    Creative Hugs Tracey xx

  2. This looks amazing ..... and so cute. The detail on each of those ATCs looks fab .... I love the stencils you've used xx

  3. Ooh, those stencils are really scrumptious! Such glorious colours and textures, and the seahorse on the cover looks stunning altered with alcohol inks. Amazing work, as ever.
    Alison x

  4. As soon as I saw that wonderful Seahorse charm I knew this was yours and I had to come visit. First of all what fantastic colours, I adore. The whole project is a feast and I love the stencils you incorporated too Anne. Wonderful piece of work. Tracy x x

  5. Oh my goodness, this is stunning!! What amazing texture!! I love the stencils you used and the beautiful colors of the sea!! The stamping is so gorgeous and I absolutely adore the seahorse!! You colored it so beautifully!! Love, love this, my friend!! Amazing, as always!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Absolutely fabulous Anne. So many techniques and products but they all compliment one another. I just love the whole project. Xx

  7. Wonderful little album Anne. The colours are beautiful and the ocean theme looks glorious. Love the sea horses too. Hugs Rita xxxx

  8. Such a great little album Anne! I know from previous projects how you love ocean themes and colours, and with this one you have done yourself proud once again! It is just beautiful and so cleverly put together!

  9. Another seahorse beauty! LOVE the ins and outs of this Anne!

  10. Ooohhh!!! I love this Anne!! You have used my fave colour and one of my fave creatures and it is stunning!! I have been looking to do some more ATC's and, if you don't mind, I might just have to steal .. err, borrow .. this wonderful idea! LOL!! Totally brilliant and so gorgeous to boot!! Have a great day! hugs xx

  11. That wonderful seahorse looks fabulous colored with the inks. The Lindy's did a splendid job at making sea shades to color your lovely album, and I'm really enjoying seeing how you are using the Apter stencils and those other products that were new this year! Well done, as per usual! Glad you found the extra supplies in your stash!!! TFS & Hugs

  12. That cover charm is excellent! I have his octopus charm! I have yet to use it...I am hoarding...I mean saving it... hee hee This is a lovely is totally making me think of the sea. I live 8 miles from the ocean...but today it is gloomy and rainy and the water is probably a nasty I won't go visit. giggle. HUGS!

  13. Your Seahorse has so much personality!! Summer is on its way -time for a visit to the beach. It is still too chilly here for swimming!
    Sandy xx

  14. Sp very pretty and charming, Annie! I love each step and each page you created! Using the tissue paper for a double seahorse is brilliant, as is coloring the sweet charm!! Stunning!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  15. What a sweet little book Anne - Your AI colored seahorse charm layered over the stencil on the cover is just beautiful! Great design with the continuance of the circle stencils through out your pages - a lovely little creation! Julia xx

  16. Love this! One of my favorite themes & you do a beautiful job as always- love how you added that little extra on the seahorse charm~

  17. This is so beautiful Anne, those colours are stunning, and the crackle and seahorse finish it all off perfectly xx

  18. Love how this came together. That crackle and those colors...yeah!

  19. Absolutely stunning Anne - I adore this! The colours are wonderful and that seahorse is so very pretty! Hugs Rachel x

  20. Hello dear Ann!
    Just popping in to say how very much I love this mini journal! I just adore the underwater theme and your blues are delish!! Absolutely stunning my friend!

  21. Anne - that is gorgeous!
    I love anything ocean related and it's so pretty :)

  22. Gorgeous ocean colours and I love the crackle!

  23. Anne, you do such amazing work! Every single detail on this mini album is so well thought out and perfectly executed! I love the crackle and those blues! That seahorse is so sweet, and the stamping on tissue is brilliant--lovely coloring to make these images look so realistic! Altogether, this is a stunning make and a genius way to put together an album! Sending hugs!

  24. The colours, your use of the stencils , your underwater imagery and oh my that seahorse charm make for a fabulous mini album .
    Hugs x

  25. Man, I'm so glad to finally get the chance to catch up and soak up the details of this project, Anne. You have inspired me beyond measure with your use of these StencilGirl stencils. And even though I often think that I'm not into bright colors, when I see your work it makes me want to branch out! Though I could never do it as beautifully as you. I love that you shared the tip on tissue stamping. The seahorse image and charm are so so beautiful. You really amazed in May! Hugs, Autumn


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