Monday, April 7, 2014

SCACD Elements Rubber Stamp Blog Hop!

SCACD is releasing four rubber stamps which are collectively called The Elements Collection. The four forces of nature served as inspiration for this collection. The essence of water, wind, fire, and earth are captured in these female images thru collaboration with SCACD Artist Carmen Medlin.

SCACD's fabulous design team, along with amazing guest designers, has created an inspiring blog hop showcasing SCACD's new rubber stamps. If you missed part of the hop list, check out all the details at the Store Blog today!

If you live in the U.S., you can now purchase The Elements Collection at SCACD. American and international customers can purchase SCACD's fabulous Digital Stamps at SCACD as well.

If you live outside of the U.S., Quixotic Paperie is your source for SCACD's rubber stamps, including the new release, and for SCACD's incredible dies.

You should have arrived here from Penny's blog, where she no doubt wowed you with a wonderful project! 

Here's my altered notebook featuring Wind, one of the The Elements Collection.

Front Cover

Inside Front Cover and pen using the Feather stamp, that comes with

Inside spread with the pen in its place. 

Here follows my incredibly verbose description of the creation of the notebook. If I were you, I'd just skip ahead to the next stop on the hop, which is Susan's blog.

Wind was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. I extended the forest scene at the base of the stamp horizontally. The colored image was fussy-cut, then edged with a black marker to avoid those ghastly white edges that I abhore. Wind was set aside while I continued to work on the notebook.

A while back Target carried a wonderful line of spiral-bound kraft colored notebooks. These notebooks were so easy to alter. All you needed to do was to take off the front and back covers, decorate, and then reassemble! So I stocked up on them, which was a good thing because they're discontinued. 

As stated above, the covers were removed, tissue tape was placed over the canvas portion of the covers to mask them, then the covers were painted with Honey Dew, Tinned Peas, Moonlight, and Lake Wanaka Fresco Finish Acrylic paint. Each layer was heat set. The front cover received special treatment, as was its due. Tinned Peas Fresco Finish acrylic paint was lightly sponged over the Sketch Grid stencil by The Crafter's Workshop, the Gothic Romance stencil by TCW, and the Leaf Frame stencil by TCW. The piece was heat-set every time I switched out a stencil.

The inside front cover and both sides of the back cover were painted with Honey Dew Fresco Finish Acrylic paint. A piece of cling film was scrunched up and used to apply Tinned Peas FF paint over the Honey Dew paint. Again, the paint was heat set.

The tissue tape was pulled off the front cover only to discover that some paint seeped under the tissue tape on the front cover. Bummer. However, there was an easy fix. I grabbed some Washi tape, colored it with a Copic marker that I had used on the Wind image, and applied the tape over the black canvas and discovered that the canvas was not straight. Oh well. It wasn't my mistake and it didn't make me nutsoid, so I let it ride.

I retrieved my colored and fussy-cut Wind piece and used Matte Glue and Seal to adhere it to the painted cover. A Compass Coin, a Game Spinner, and two Adornment wings, all by Idea-ology, were adhered to the cover using Best Glue Ever by ScraPerfect. A Word Band was painted with Moonlight and Eggplant Fresco Finish Paint, then the paint was wiped off the surface, but remained in the debossed words. The Word Band was adhered using Best Glue Ever by ScraPerfect, then colored twine was used to attach three feather charms.

I found a suitable quote online, printed it out onto parchment paper, die-cut it, and edged it with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink. The feather stamp, available with Wind was stamped with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink and colored with Copic markers. The die-cut was adhered to the inside front cover.

The inside back cover had a pen which was attached with a loop. The cartridge of the pen was kraft-colored cardboard. I painted it the same way I had painted the inside and back covers and heat set it. I flipped the feather stamp rubber-side up, inked it with the Chipped Sapphire Distress ink, and rolled the pen across the stamp. I didn't get perfect impressions, but I thought they looked cool, so they stayed. I colored the feathers with a China Blue Distress marker. 

Now that you've seen my project and read my dissertation, Susan's blog is your next stop! I'm quite sure she has some wonderful eye candy for you!

If you've gotten lost along the way or want to start over, Alex's blog is the first stop!

I shall enter this project in the following challenge:
Moxie Fab World: Stylin' with Stencils!


  1. Beautiful Kathi. This would inspire me to create every time I looked at it. I always love to see how you combine tools/supplies. The finished creation never disappoints :)

  2. This journal or book is gorgeous. Love the soft blues and greens. Your coloring is beautiful.

  3. Gorgeous Journal! Loving this hop and these stamps!

  4. I love this, Kathi! The colors are wonderful, and that was a clever use of the feather stamp.

  5. Well, I didn't skip ahead--I read every word. Ten times each. (JK.) What a beautiful journal cover you created, Kathi! Really love the pretty colors you chose for this, and your use of the stencils. (I am stencil-wary. Someday soon I hope to remedy that, but I suppose I need some paint to use, eh?)
    Love the colors you chose for your image, and the way you accented her with the lovely Ideology pieces. And the Washi tape was a stroke of Kathi-genius! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  6. Really love this. The journal idea is great. The scene is so vibrant with the soft wind on top. And your embellies are perfect for it with the wings and the feathers - all things that blow in the wind.

  7. Well I wish I'd stocked up on those notebooks.......this looks fantastic!! Such detail in the fab image and with all the techniques that you use. Beautiful work :)

  8. What a fantastic way to spruce up a notebook! Love it!

  9. Absolutely gorgeous!