Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A New Trend in Stamping...Custom Designer Paper

Hi! I love to try new things. And I REALLY love stamping. So, when I saw a card a few weeks ago that had incorporated a printed page, I decided that I was going to start doing that more often. I own MANY old books. I go to garage sales and pick them up for pennies. Why? Because I USE the PAGES as designer paper!!! That's right! Oh, no! I hear you all gasping! Deface a book??? Well, how about DESIGNING with a TITLE PAGE?

Below, you can see that I tore the title page out of an unloved garage sale book.

I trimmed it to size, making sure it was close. I want the PRINTING to be the design in my custom made designer paper.

Next, I squished up the paper into a ball and smoothed it out.
Then, I rubbed an ink pad over it to pick up the crease marks.

Here, I added Night of Navy in various strengths to get a feel of texture.

I stamped the image in Espresso and sponged in the color!

Stamp Set: Treemendous
Ink: Night of Navy, Espresso
Papers: Night of Navy, Extra Smooth Ivory, Hazel Nut Brown, Deep Ocean Blue, Deepest Mahogany
Accesssories: ribbon
Tools: Spellbinders Labels and Nesties
This card was made using a children's book. (The book was damaged beyond repair, and bought from a garage sale for 10 cents. I have to admit, I bought this book for the pictures. I thought they’d make great background paper!) And, this was the least expensive designer paper I've ever used!
I stamped the image in Espresso and embossed in Clear. I sponged in the leaves with Palette Inks, as they are permanent on glossy surfaces.The sentiment was stamped in Espresso and hand cut. The embossed background was made with a Spellbinder’s Impressabilities.
Have a great day!
Happy Stampin'!


  1. Oh my goodness Faith, these projects are gorgeous!! I never even thought about using children's books as DP. Looks like I may need to go to some garage sales with my MIL ;)


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