Aiming for texture with Stillman & Birn


Recently I won a Stillman and Birn Delta Series Notebook.  I plan to review it, but some travel and a few other commitments to take care of before I do.

Meanwhile I thought I’d share my first foray with the journal.

I’d seen this video –Stamping Techniques – Faux Metal (Two Peas In A Bucket)–and was struck with the idea that an embossed Faux Metal piece would add incredible texture to an art journal page.

I used black cardstock, and Stampendous Aged Silver Embossing Powder and used one of the Mary Vogel Lozinak stamps from Viva Las Vegastamps! – Flower Background 3 1/4 x 6 1/2 Item 18369 Plate 1401.

You have to move fast in the last step of the embossing process, and I dropped my stamp.  It’s a large one, so I ended up only getting part of the stamp embossed.  That was okay though.  I was aiming for texture, and I got it.  I flexed it a bit to get cracks, and I ripped the edges to show more of the black cardstock, then I used 1 inch wide Miracle Tape to tape it into my Stillman & Birn’s notebook.
This Stillman & Birn has a thick watercolor paper in it, but the tooth is smooth enough that I felt safe using fabric-tipped markers/pens.  Pitt Big Brushes are waterproof, so I used Cold Grey III and Skyblue to draw marbling and blend in the edges of the embossed piece.
Tim Holtz Distress Markers are NOT waterproof–they are designed to used for watercolor effects.  I colored in Victorian Velvet around the edges of the embossed work and along the marbled lines I’d added.  Then I used a water brush to spread the color until the whole page was colored.
I used an American Craft Precision Pen .01 to add some tangle patterns, and a Pentel White Gel pen to add a ‘silvery’ cast in a few places.
The paper held up, with no buckling or dimpling, to the weight of the embossed piece and the wet media.  There was a little pilling with the Distress Marker, but I’ve had that happen when I’ve used those markers, so it wasn’t the paper.
I’ll be using this technique again, though I think I’ll go a bit smaller with the embossing!

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