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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Viva Las VegaStamps! and Genuinely Jane Studios BLOGHOP Day 2... Halloween Mini Book

Hi Everyone! Welcome to the weekend - it's Saturday and WELCOME! Today I am featured in this special 4-day bloghop happening with Genuinely Jane Studios and Viva Las VegaStamps! Please take time to check out each day of inspiration from this mixed-media extravaganza... and there's blog candy to be won, too!!! If you missed day #1 - please CLICK HERE.

From Friday, July 26th through Monday, July 29th enjoy hopping through designer's blogs from both Genuinely Jane Studios and Viva Las VegaStamps! to see fabulous stamped wooden albums. Visit each day and show some appreciation to our artists for sharing their work with.. there's something in it for you - blog candy!!! 

To be entered to win on the PRIZES... please leave comments each day on each post to be entered to win! Genuinely Jane Studios is giving away a $20 gift certificate to purchase some of their GORGEOUS wooden albums, and Viva Las VegaStamps! will be sending one lucky commenter a POUND of unmounted rubber! You can't beat that!!!

If you've just arrived here...
CLICK HERE to jump on over
to Viva Las VegaStamps! for today's bloghop.

My project for today is full of inked and stamped goodness... and SPOOKY - too!

I created this haunted accordion book using two sections of the Genuinely Jane Studios Wood Book - Square With Star Cut Out - G102 Size: 4 x 4" for the covers of this Spooky Stamped Mini Book. The wood pages are covered using misted brown paper mounted using VLVS! MIRACLE SHEETS; then overstamped with layers of barbed wire background #5793... just to start! The inside accordion pages are a plethora of inky stamped goodness using loads of VLVS! stamps and a SURPRISE awaits on the back cover. Please read on for a little how-to of how I got the stamped detailing on the cover and more of my book...

I started with some seasonal paper scraps, the Genuinely Jane Studios Wood Book - Square With Star Cut Out - G102 Size: 4 x 4" and some blank cardstock and my stash of Halloween
Viva Las VegaStamps!

Misted and painted crumpled brown paper will cover the wood base pages to house my accordion.

I taped over the holes with masking tape to create a flat surface and adhered to backside of painted paper using a pre-cut section of MIRACLE SHEET.

I cut the paper with approx. 1/2" overhang, then used Miracle Tape around the edges.

Making nice hospital corners, I wrapped the edges around to create the front and back cover. I repeated these steps to cover the other panel with the star cutout {see below}.

Originally I had started with an accordion cardstock of natural/creme color, but it was too stark with the beautiful covers. So I quickly cut, scored and assembled another out of chipboard using more sections of MIRACLE SHEET {I LOVE THIS STUFF}. Then using several Ranger Distress Inks colors, I rubbed ink pad to paper in liner strokes to create this faux wood grain that has loads of depth and detail. My hands are permanently orange for the weekend, too! Setting this aside to dry, I got to work on my covers again.

Using the barbed wire I stamped it in pigment ink and then applied a rust embossing powder. This is before I heat set. After I heat set some of the detail was lost as the embossing powder was very distress-like and pretty much covered everywhere - even the negative areas.

So I inked up the stamp again and applied more barbed wire right on top, then heat set again. This made for nice depth as some of the detail stayed forward and some of the newly stamped image blended into the embossing powder. I never reapplied more EP.

This is the completed front cover after a third stamped layer and heat setting. I finished up by adding some faux barbed wire decor from the Dollar Tree and a salvaged vintage cabinet knob. 

This is the back cover wrapped the same way. Because I am making this side a shaker star, I left off the barbed wire detail... I have something else in mind. I lined the backside with one of my patterned paper scraps and ran a bead of Diamond Glaze in the edges to seal the cracks so my confetti doesn't get lodged there in the Miracle Tape.

I have a fun selection of seasonal confetti - they are fun for all kinds of projects and perfect to make shakers. I selected some stars and other shapes and also a few colors of seed beads. To seal up I ran a bead of Diamond Glaze near the outer edge of the star shape then took a toothpick to spread it close to the edge - being careful not to let it seep over the edge. I waited a couple minutes for it to begin to set up, then I applied my acetate stamped with the Oct. 31 #18899, Fancy Spider Web Corner #19208, and Spider #16794 all Viva Las VegaStamps! in Jet Black StazOn ink. I added doodle accents with a black and white pen, and also my fav Sakura of America Gelly Roll Stardust Clear Pen. I set an acrylic block on top to give even pressure to the Diamond Glaze and left to dry for a little bit.

I finished off the edges with some fiber wrapped black metallic pipe cleaners and screwbrads that have the same rusted embossing powder treatment.

There is so much more inside this book - stay tuned for another post {or two} with more from this little gem!


Please use these links to visit all the stops on today's hop - remember to leave comments at each stop, each day to get entered to win the blog candy.

Susan (
Ildiko (
Hermine (

Have a wonderfully creative weekend. I hope you are inspired to get in your studio and PLAY!  :) Sb


  1. cover turned out cool. the barbed wire made it look like the paper was crumpled

  2. looks like this is going to be pretty spectacular! and you have obviously put a lot of work into it. thank you for sharing. :)

  3. This looks great can't wait to see it completed!!!

  4. Absolutely love all the Halloween goodness.

  5. This is so cool! I love the crumpled brown paper effect!

  6. Love what you did with the brown looks like leather...and the star cover is perfect.

  7. LOVE it! Especially the crinkly brown paper all inked up! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

  8. The cover is stunning - looks like leather! Love your stuff :)

  9. This is so fab, Susan! what a clever technique...I have to try it sometime! :D

  10. Love the cover and a reminder I need to do shakers more often. They are so fun! Can't wait to see more.

  11. This is so perfect! The star cover is super!

  12. love love love that cover. faux leather and a shaker, what's not to love?!

  13. As always your techniques and style just blow me away!

  14. I always love your projects and tutorials. Plus, I'm obsessed with Halloween, so I am really loving this project. I'm so excited to see the rest of it!

  15. Amazing and inspiring as always Susan, Thank you

  16. what a surprise.. i just love it.. every detail is awesome~

  17. Spectacular project!! Love the covers, and can't imagine how wonderful the insides are!
    <3 J

  18. OHHHH! LOVE this!! The cover looks fantastic and I am drooling over the rust embossing!!!!

  19. Love this, the effects look fabulous and great to learn how you did them.


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