Dress up the little gift packages inside the pocket with the center medallion from the Cannetille Rectangle Dies, a button and a half pearl. You can write a note on the back of the journal card, too. I’ve wrapped up a little package of British Tea Cream Cookies and a honey stick with papers from the collection. Then I tucked in a color matched tea bag and one of my precious vintage Italian Demitasse spoons to complete the gift package. This is such a pretty way to present a gift.
I’m having such fun playing with these Vintage Treasures Dies! They fit my style to a “T”. Did I share some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures today? If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
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Tissue Wrapped Springtime Folio with Stamperia Lilac and Flower Alphabet
Hello, Friends! Today I have a sweet Tissue Wrapped Springtime Folio to share with you. The latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog is being hosted by my incredibly talented friend, Sara Emily. Her challenge theme is “Pass the Tissues,Please” and requires you to use tissue paper or rice paper in your project. We’ll take a look at my journal in a moment, but first. let’s see what Sara has to say about this interesting challenge.
Challenge Theme: Pass the Tissues, Please!
Since we are still in ‘cold season’, I always make sure I’m stocked up on tissues in my home, in my purse and in the car. For this theme, I would like to see how you incorporate tissue paper into your vintage or shabby chic project. You can use regular tissues, tissue wrapping paper, sewing patterns or even collage paper, rice papers or tissue wrap designed especially for crafting.
Sound like fun? I thought so! Let’s dive in!
Finnabair Art Tissue, Stamperia Lilac, Flower Alphabet Soup
For me, every project idea starts with designer paper. I flipped through my stash of gorgeous Stamperia papers and could not choose between Lilac and Flower Alphabet. So I used them both in the creation of this 5″ x 7″ wrap style folio. The base is made by scoring a 7″ x 18″ piece of 18 pt. Grocery Bag Cardstock into three 5″ panels with a quarter inch spine between. I chose to work with this because of its strength and ability to stand up to mixed media treatments.
NOTE: If I had it to do over again, I would have scored 3/4″ spines to allow the folio to close with ease. This one is as snug as your grandpa’s belt after Thanksgiving dinner.
My tissue paper choice is thisFinnabair Art Alchemy Musica paperfrom Prima. The spring greens and lilac shades are a perfect color match for the two Stamperia collections.
Tissue Wrapped Springtime Folio: The Process
Here’s how I wrapped the folio with the tissue. It’s a pretty simple process.
First, open a sheet of the Finnabair tissue and lay it face down on your work surface.
Next, cover the face of the folio base with Distress Collage medium. You will need to work quickly as this medium is fast drying.
Now, center the folio base face down over the tissue paper, keeping it as straight as you can. Gently brayer over the paper to seal it to the base.
At this point, I folded the tissue paper over the interior of the folio to see how much I should trim away. I wanted it to completely cover the folio interior without excessive overlap.
Next, cut “v” slits in the 4 corners of the tissue paper to make it easier to wrap and fold it over the folio interior. This is done the same way as you would if you were wrapping a mini album cover with paper.
Now, brush the inside of the folio base with a good layer of Distress collage medium, then fold the tissue paper to the inside of the folio. You will have overlap, and that is fine. Just keep adding Distress Collage Medium until all the edges are sealed.
Finally, use a brayer to gently seal the tissue paper to the folio surface. Carefully fold along the score lines and then walk away and let everything dry.
TIP: Dry time is essential! Damp tissue paper tears.
Tissue Wrapped Springtime Folio: Rice Paper Overlay
I cut a medallion from some Stamperia Rice Paper that I had in my stash, and layered that over the folio front. Then I brayered and spattered small amounts of Distress paint to create a more aged appearance. Next I applied two coats of clear Gesso. After this, I applied Distress Oxide Inks through a Stamperia stencil, followed by Distress Opaque Crackle Texture. The crackle medium picks up color from the Oxide Ink and the end result is so pretty.
Tissue Wrapped Springtime Folio: The Frame and Flowers
TIP: Use scraps of rice paper to decorate the frame.
To alter the frame, I brushed it with Oxide Inks, spattered with Distress Paints and misted with Mica Spray. The image is from the Flower Alphabet Collection. I pulled out some Heartfelt Creations Lilac stamps and dies to make the flowers and leaves. Vintage lace and buttons from my stash add the perfect finishing touch.
Tissue Wrapped Springtime Folio: A Peek Inside
I had such a good time adding flips and pockets and tuck spots to this sweet little lap book.
Here’s a look at the folio fully opened.
I stitched up a rice paper lavender sachet then topped it with these sweet charms from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. It smells heavenly!
This altered envelope is the perfect size to hold a teabag.
And what could be sweeter than a little honey stick, chocolate, stitched bookmark and itty bitty silver spoon to go with it?
Tissue Wrapped Folio Video Tour with Tips and Tricks
To help you get a feel for the flow of this album, I prepared a short video tour with tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.
Pass the Tissues, Please…Now it’s YOUR turn!
To join in on this challenge, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project that uses tissue paper in any of the forms laid out in the challenge description. Then link it up to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, March 26th.
The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. In addition, the Design Team will select three further outstanding entries and those creators will receive a Top Pick badge to display on their blogs! You can find all the rules HERE.
I can’t wait to see what you make!
I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.