Thursday, May 8, 2008

Textured pages for Decos

I had three deco books to create in today. Two were for NSG group and could be anything. The other was Annie's book for Art-Venturers, for the books in this group, the word ART must appear somewhere on the page. I had recently gotten some new Cuttlebug embossing folders, and decided to play with them.
The first book had small pages that were not yet bound. I realized I could put the whole page in the embossing folder and have a positive image on one side of the page, and the reverse or negative image on the back. I liked the buff color of the paper, so I embossed these numbers and then rubbed a Distress ink pad over the raised surface.
I did the same on the back of the paper, here the numbers are lower, and the space in between is raised.
Those numbers and this color are going to become less noticeable. I next inserted this same paper in a diamond embossing folder, so the numbers flatten out (and are just seen as colored images) and the diamond shapes are raised on one side and reverse on the back. I rubbed a different color of Distress ink over both sides.
Here is the back. Cool background paper!
[5/9/08 NOTE: I couldn't remember yesterday where I'd seen a post on one sheet of paper run through several different Cuttlebog folders. It was at Debbie's Die Cuts Blog. I didn't bother with flattening the first image with a bone folder. I like mixed texture. LOL]
I edged the paper with a darker Distress ink, and used the same ink to add letters to the images I wanted to use.
Front of the completed deco page:
Back of the completed deco page: Annie's A-V Deco page also came unbound, I wanted to do a similar background, but with just one layer of embossing. Her pages were white so I started by coloring both sides of the paper with a light Distress Ink.
Next, I ran the paper through the Cuttlebug with the diamond embossing folder, and then used the same Distress ink pad to deepen the color of the raised areas. A tone on tone look. I did this to both sides and forgot to take pictures.
I bought these great clear "A" stickers with silver edging from Magenta. And in sorting through my supplies, I found this paper I made several years ago with re-inkers and tissue paper. It also has a gold sparkle to it, but can't remember exactly what I did, too long ago.
I used this tissue paper on one edge, and also under the large "A" sticker. Here is the completed front page:
Here's the completed back page:
The third book was for the NGS group and the pages were already bound. Everyone was making their page and then adhering the page to the bound book. I decided to use one of the Brayered Gesso Resist backgrounds I made last week. I wanted to see what other look I could get with the same diamond embossing folder. I cut my background and ran it through the Cuttlebug. Then I ran a VersaMark pad over the raised area, added clear glitter embossing powder and heat set it.

Here is a close up.
Then I toned it down by adding lace, an image and a word strip.
I hope everyone likes their decos. I sure had fun working on them. Back to sorting and organizing tomorrow.


Dawn said...

These deco pages are the NUTS!!! Totally awesome. The bg's are amazing and the completed pages are stunning

Manna said...

WOW, Carol, all these pages are beautiful! You took embossing folders to a new lavel. Who's have thunk to emboss twice with different folder to get the effect you got. What a genius!

Maggi said...

Love what you did!!!! Especially the double embossing technique that we were looking at earlier this week. I must try this!!!

Anonymous said...

Ooooooh! I love your embossed pages! Brilliant idea and they look really arty and grungey too! Brilliant stuff!

Rena Sawatski said...

as usual great work Carol. I think my favourite is the ART one.

Craftgirl said...

Great work. Love the effects.