By: Deb Riddell
Hello, my name is Deb Riddell of Paxton Valley Folk Art and I am thrilled to be here on Rebekah’s Stencil Love blog, thank you so much for the invitation! Rebekah asked me to create a fall themed project to share with you today, so I decided to make this little stenciled fabric book filled with fall leaves. It was created with Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media line of products from Therm O Web, some of Rebekah’s stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop and coffee dyed muslin fabric, read on for the how to.
Sizzix dies: Leaf Blueprint, Arbor, Layered Leaf, Alphanumeric ¾”, Birch Trees, Handwritten Love, Handwritten journey
Spellbinders dies: Victorian Tags, Leaves So Very Gorgeous
Stampers Anonymous stamps by Tim Holtz: Leaf Prints, Perspective, Birch & Pine, Distress Damask
Stampers Anonymous stencils by Tim Holtz: Autumn Layering stencil, Autumn Mini stencil, Flourish stencil
StencilGirl Products stencil: Rembrandt’s Words
Paper Artsy stencil: Lin Brown E3 PS004
Ranger Ink: Distress Crayons, Distress Ink, Distress Oxide Ink, Distress Archival Ink, Distress Spray, Matte Opaque Texture Paste, Distress Mixed Media Heavystock, Perfect Pearls Powder
DecoArt: Media Liquid Glass, Media Fluid Acrylic paint, Americana Acrylic paint
Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Faded Wallpaper, Metallic Kraft-Stock, Small Talk Stickers, Botanical Layers, Clippings Stickers, Crinkle Ribbon
Miscellaneous: muslin fabric, burlap, white cardstock, black cardstock, kraft cardstock, assorted wildflower stamps, fine script stamp, leaf punches
Tear two strips from Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Art Paper to approximately 5 ½” x 8 ¼”. Fold the two strips in half lengthwise to form two ‘pages’ for your book.
Tear a strip of cotton muslin to about 6” x 20”, fraying all of the edges and coffee or tea dyeing it if desired, for the cover of your book.
Remove the backing paper from one half of one of the Art Paper pages and stick Rebekah’s Mini Star and Flower stencil to the sticky side. Apply a piece of Old Gold Mixed Media Transfer Foil overtop the stencil (with the shiny side up!) so that it sticks to the Art Paper. Burnish with a soft cloth and use a stylus to transfer the foil to the Art Paper through the stencil.
Remove the backing paper from the other half of the Art Paper page and apply the negative image left on the Old Gold Mixed Media Transfer Foil to it, burnishing the foil well with a soft cloth to transfer it.
Repeat the process on the second Art Paper page, this time applying Old Gold Transfer Foil through Rebekah’s Mini Rosetta stencil.
I had a piece of Old Gold Transfer Foil in my stash that already had the negative image from Rebekah’s Mini Infinite Lace stencil on it so I used it on the other half of my second Art paper page.
Paint both Art Paper pages, front and back, with beige acrylic paint (this is DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paint in Titan Buff), wiping the damp paint off of the foiled areas. Once the paint dries, dust the foiled side of each page with a mica powder (this is Pearl Perfect Pearls) to cover any sticky residue left on the pages.
Turn each page over to the non-foiled side. Lightly stencil one half of one page through a leaf stencil (this is Tim Holtz’s Autumn stencil) with Distress inks in autumnal colours (Fired Brick, Crushed Olive, Wild Honey and Gathered Twigs were used here). Lightly spritz the stencil with water before removing it and then gently lift the stencil and apply it, inked side down, to the other half of the Art Paper page. Lift the stencil off to reveal the stencil monoprint.
Repeat the process on the second Art Paper page, this time using a vine patterned stencil (this is Tim Holtz’s Flourish stencil) and the same colours of Distress inks.
Mark the center point on the length of muslin fabric (about 10” or so) and fold each end in towards the center so that they just meet. Cut the fabric at each folded side, fray the edges and then sew around each ‘cover’ on three sides, leaving the bottom open as indicated so that a piece of cardstock can be inserted to stiffen the covers. Stencil the outside of the front cover with a slightly darker shade of acrylic paint for a tone on tone design (this is DecoArt Americana Antique White) through a script stencil (this is the Rembrandt’s Words stencil). Stamp the outside of the back cover with a medallion stamp and permanent brown ink (these are Distress Damask stamps and Vintage Photo Distress Archival ink).
Stencil the inside of the cover on both sides with a seed pod stencil and the same colour of acrylic paint as used on the front, reversing the stencil on the back cover so that you have mirror images (this is Lin Brown’s E3 PS004 stencil from PaperArtsy). Insert a piece of cardstock into the pocket on the front and back covers and sew up the bottom edge.
Die cut leaves to embellish your book from cardstock and Mixed Media Art Paper coloured with autumnal colours. I used the same colours of Distress inks, Distress Oxide Inks and Distress Crayons (Frayed Burlap, Iced Spruce, Wild Honey and Aged Mahogany) on either Distress Mixed Media Heavystock or Rebekah’s Art Paper and die cut them with Sizzix’s Arbor, Blueprint Leaf and Layered Leaf dies.
Paint some of Rebekah’s Mixed Media Art Paper with a dark gray green ink (this is Americana Dried Basil) and die cut more leaves from the painted Art Paper (this is Spellbinders’ Leaves So Very Gorgeous die). Stamp the die cut leaves with a fine script stamp and permanent brown ink. Remove the backing paper from more Art Paper and apply New Penny Mixed Media Transfer Foil to the sticky side. Die cut the layering leaf from the foiled Art Paper and adhere it over top of the painted leaves with Mixed Media Medium.
Adhere the foiled leaves to the ‘Flourish’ stenciled pages with Mixed Media Medium.
Stamp the ‘Autumn’ stenciled pages with a variety of leaf and floral stamps and permanent brown ink, adding some words and sentiments if desired (Leaf Prints and an Inkadinkado Meadow stamp were used here along with the ‘Beauty’ word from the Perspective stamp set and a quote from a discontinued Crafty Secrets stamp set I had in my stash).
Turn both pages over to the foiled sides. Die cut Sizzix’s Birch Trees die from kraft coloured cardstock and stamp the die cut with the Birch stamp and Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink. Adhere the Birch Trees die cut to one side of the ‘Rosetta’ foiled page and adhere the die cut Arbor leaves to the other.
I decided to add a memory of summer to the other foiled page. I lightly painted a rose image from Tim Holtz’s Botanical Layers with white gesso and then watercoloured it with Distress inks (Tattered Rose, Crushed Olive and Gathered Twigs). A label was die cut from black cardstock with Spellbinders Victorian Tags die and the word ‘memories’ cobbled together from Sizzix’s Handwritten Love and Handwritten Journey dies. I often cut the die cut words apart and then glue them back together to form new words, a great way to get even more out of your word dies. These two embellishments were added to one of the ‘Star and Flower’ foiled pages and another leaf die cut was added to the other side (pictured in the detail photos below, sorry I forgot to take an in process picture of that step!).
A small piece of burlap was cut for the front cover (about 4” x 3 ½”), lightly dry brushed with white gesso and then stenciled with matte opaque texture paste through the mini Autumn stencil. While the paste was still damp, the burlap was spritzed with Gathered Twigs Distress Spray and a few flicks of Antiqued Bronze Distress Spray.
The burlap panel was adhered onto the front cover with the Layered Leaf die cut on top. Leaves were die for the outside back cover from Tim Holtz’s Worn Wallpaper with the top layering die from the Leaves So Very Gorgeous die set. More Worn Wallpaper leaves were punched out with a maple leaf and oak leaf punches.
The Art Paper pages were then sewn into the muslin cover with a simple pamphlet stitch and button thread. Holes were punched into the outer edges of the front and back covers and
Distress ink dyed ribbon added for a closure. A few stickers, punched leaves and die cut words were added to embellish the inner pages and my book was done. Here are a few close ups of the finished inner pages.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing how my Fall Leaves stenciled fabric book came together and I’d like to take this opportunity to again thank Rebekah for asking me to be a guest on her blog! I had a lot of fun creating my little book and hope that you have been inspired to make one yourself with Rebekah’s wonderful Mixed Media products from Therm O Web and her beautiful stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop. Thanks so much for stopping by today and happy creating!