Sewing Mends the Soul by Gill Humphrey


My first love has always been scrapbooking with stamps coming a distant second - now don't get me wrong, I love the look of them and have lots in my stash but they are definitely not my go to when it comes to makes. So for my make this week I have chosen to combine the two - you just need some stamps that will co-ordinate perfectly with the papers you are using. In this case I have combined Romantic Threads papers with Sewing Together and Framework Elements stamp sets designed by Tracy Evans.

The base of my project is an 8 x 8" MDF Chunkie which was assembled using Multi Purpose Glue before covering with paper from the paper pack. I chose not to cover the back of the MDF as it will hang against the wall and paid particular attention to ensure that the hanger was orientated correctly. I then adhered the large chipboard frame from Frames 2 in place setting it deliberately off center.

I took a piece of watercolour card 10.5cm wide by 15cm tall and added stamping using the sewing pattern stamp from Framework Elements and also some of the small numbers from the same stamp set by partially stamping from the stamp with the large 6 and 7 in it. I used Versafine Nocturne ink and first, second and third generation stamping. The edge of the Chunkie and the watercolour card were then inked with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink. I also added some of the tiny numbers using Vintage Photo Distress Oxide to the background paper already on the Chunkie.

I stamped one of the main images from Sewing Together onto patterned paper using Versafine Nocturne ink and set it using clear embossing powder. All that was left to do was to spend a pleasant few minutes fussy cutting elements from the paper pad before arranging them on my panel before stamping and embossing my sentiment from the Sewing Together stamp set on to a scrap of water colour card and adhering everything in place. When completing my compositions I add my pieces in layers so that they are tucked behind each of the layers and on top of each other creating a collage that is pleasing to the eye.

I do hope my post encourages you to mix your scrapbooking papers with your stamps as this most certainly will extend your use of both products.

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