Altered Art Journal: Simon Says Stamp Metal-Ology Challenge

Everything New is Old Again

The good folks at Simon Says Stamp issued a wonderful CHALLENGE this week: incorporate some metal into your project.  I love working with metallic foil, and have a storage case full of Ten Seconds Studio metal foil stashed away in the Closet of Shame.  Since another of my goals for 2013 is to use items from said closet, I decided to join in the challenge.  After some thought, I decided to alter a standard composition notebook using metal foil, Metallic Distress Inks, Tim Holtz idea-ology and some other wonderful metal pieces purchased from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I am also entering this album in The Funkie Junkie Sunday Share.

Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 001 (2)Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 001 (3)

Making the Medallion

Once I had decided to make an altered journal, I knew I wanted to make a big, bold medallion for the cover. I selected Ten Seconds Studio Big Daddy 10 mold and a piece of gorgeous chocolate colored metal.  Before there were embossing folders, there was Ten Seconds Studios, and I find there are still things that I can do with one of their molds, some metal, a paper stump and their awesome array of tools that you can’t achieve with a die cut machine.  Besides, I feel really artsy as I push that lovely soft metal into the mold and watch the image appear.  I used their tool sets to add detail and to antique the image.  Once I was happy with that, I used a combination of Espresso, Pesto and Copper alcohol inks to stain the metal and achieve a vintage look.  Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 002 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 007 (2) I love the depth of the embossing, and the way you can make art metal look really vintage with these tools.

Making the Cover: The Details Make the Difference!

I used papers from Graphic 45’s Renaissance Faire collection to cover the notebook, but before I added it, I sanded around the edges and then hit them with some Bronze Distress Stain.  I also used Copper Alcohol Ink to color the black spine of the notebook.   After stitching around the perimeter of the paper three times, I used a distressing tool to tear and rough up the edges.  The paper was glued down and the embellishments were added.  Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 004 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 003 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 008 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 007 (2) The cover was inked, stamped, embossed and I added metal hinges, using my Alterations Hardward Findings die.  These were adhered with Glossy Accents.  The large medallion was adhered with red line tape, which seems to work best on metal.  You can see that I took the time to distress each embellishment. It’s the details that make the difference!

It’s What’s Inside that Counts!

I really like to carry the whole vintage vibe on the interior of the notebook.  Both the front Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 014 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 009 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 010 (2) and the back pages were decorated and embellished.Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 023 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 020 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 021 (2) As you can see, pockets were added for photos, souvenirs or other ephemera.  These make wonderful travel journals, too!

The back of the notebook is also decorated, covered with vintage map paper. Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 015 (2) I aged this with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and stitched around the perimeter.

Challenge YOURSELF!

There’s still time for you to enter either of the above challenges.  You don’t have to do anything as involved or elaborate as I’ve done here.  You can use metal buttons, or metallic embossing powder or even metallic pens to qualify for the Simon Says Stamp challenge.  I just like playing with art metal.  I’d love to hear about your experiences working in this medium, and if you have any questions, be sure to ask.  I may not have the answers, but we can explore the topic together.  That’s what it’s all about: sharing and learning and growing in our creativity.

Thanks again for reading my little blog.  I hope you will take the time to leave me a comment.  Your comments make me happy, right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.

Cheerio,

kathy

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10 thoughts on “Altered Art Journal: Simon Says Stamp Metal-Ology Challenge

  1. Anna-Karin

    Wow, this is wonderful! Fabulous journal cover and all the metallic elements are stunning. The inside pages are gorgeous too. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  2. Tapeva

    This is my cup of tea…good job! 🙂 I like going through the pictures again and again and looking for the new details…

  3. Anita Houston

    My jaw has hit the floor! The whole journal is superb…the pages fabulous and the theme fabulous, but the cover and medallion are GLORIOUS! Metal madness! I”M IN LOVE!!! I want to touch it, to listen to you tell me every detail of how to make it…to watch you! Reading is not enough! Thank you for showing me…ah us…your metals this week at Simon Says Stamp & Show!!! Pinned!

  4. Linda, the funkie junkie

    Hi Kathy,

    Congratulations on starting your blog! It’s terrific that we will now get to see your creations 🙂

    Your metalwork and your altered journal are sensational. What a wonderful piece of art you have created. I absolutely love metalwork and I’m drooling at that gorgeous medallion you created to grace the front cover – beautiful work with all the alcohol inks too.

    I’m really thrilled to have you linking up to Sunday Share over at Frilly and Funkie and for giving my little shop a shout out. I hope you will be a regular playing with us at Frilly and Funkie. We have a brand new challenge starting tomorrow.

    Hugs,
    Linda

  5. Broni

    Oh. My. Goodness! I just love that fabulous metal art on the front of your altered notebook, as well as all the amazing little details. Every time I look at a photo, I see something that I missed the last time! I also love how you decorated the back and the inside pages. The first page with the map and labeled with “Journal” is wonderful!!! What a fun post this was to read and absorb!!!

  6. Tanya

    I thoroughly enjoy the lovingly aged historic look. Especially the map. It is a Journal worth passing down through the generations. And I also got a new vocabulary word today….! Thank the Lord for online dictionaries….

    Ephemera (singular: ephemeron) is any transitory written or printed matter not meant to be retained or preserved. The word derives from the Greek, meaning things lasting no more than a day. Some collectible ephemera are advertising trade cards, airsickness bags, bookmarks, catalogues, greeting cards, letters, pamphlets, postcards, posters, prospectuses, stock certificates, tickets and zines. Decks of personality identification playing cards from the war in Iraq are a somewhat recent example.

  7. Deborah

    Kathy,
    I love your work with metallic foil, as you well know. :o) The piece… crafted by your hands now hanging in our home … brings me much joy ever time I look on it. Your creativity knows NO limits! Of this, I am absolutely convinced! Keep it up, dear friend! It’s all just so beautiful!
    Deborah

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