Saturday, 12 October 2013

Sin City Stamps Blog Hop!!!

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog!! Today is the start of the wonderful Sin City Stamps Bloghop!!

If you have come from the Sin City Stamp blog, you are in the right place. If not, just click here
The theme of our hop is Autumn/Halloween and one lucky person will have the chance to win a free Halloween stamp plate!! If you want to be in with a chance to win, all you need to do is: Become a follower of Sin City Stamps blog, like their Face book page and hop along the blogs of the design team (there is a link at the bottom of this post, just to make it easy for you), enjoy their inspiring projects, follow them, if you don't already do so, and of course leave a comment. That's it, easy peasy.
For my project I decided to alter a little board book, using the wonderful Halloween Takes Flight set and the Art  Journaling with Terry Sproul set.


As there are quite a number of blogs to visit, I will keep the descriptions brief and let the pictures do the talking.
The little book started life looking like this:

I liked the fact it had the hole at the top, perfect for a ribbon. I covered it all with a few layers of Gesso, then added texture to the cover with some texture paste and embossing folders and then coloured all of the pages with various colours of acrylic paints. The stamps were all stamped on tissue paper and then adhered to the pages with gel medium.
 Here you can see a close up of the textures. I used some of the new Tim Holtz tag stencils.

Below you can see a couple of the inside pages, before I added any stamps.


I kept the inner parts light to be able to integrate the tissue paper stamped images better into the page. I will show you an example of before and after so you see what I mean:
 Here I have just added the tissue to the background. You can still see the edges of the tissue quite clearly.
Here I have integrated it into the page by painting around and over it and adding some subtle stamping to the sides. Adding some shadow to the moon gives it much more of a 3 D effect.
All the other pages were done in exactly the same way, just using some of the different stamps on this wonderful Halloween plate:
With these two pages I added some detail to the stamped witches with a white pen, I also added a few words with the help of Tim Holtz chit chat stickers.


On these pages I also used a few bits of tissue tape to add some interest.
And this is the final page, after a night of magic, day is just about dawning....
I added the ribbon and a few danglies to the cover and that was it.


Remember, you can win the very stamp plate I have used here. So make sure you visit all the others for some fabulous inspiration!  Below you find the order of the hop and I very much hope you will pay my teamies a visit too, follow them and leave them comments to be in with the prize.


Thank you so much for visiting and have a creative day!!

47 comments:

Carol said...

Very cute Astrid.

Zuzu's Blog said...

what a super book. these stamps really make it so you can tell a story. lovely details. i love your painted backgrounds too.... I am off to look at the other blogs on the hop now. x

Elaine said...

Great project Astrid. I have several board books waiting to be altered and worry about adding too much bulk, but you idea of stamping in tissue sorts out that problem. I really love your painted background, the glow of light on each page is really lovely. Elaine x

Marianne said...

What a lovely halloween project! I really love this one and so easy when you use a children's book. Great Idea!
Have a nice weekend.
xxx Marianne

Annie said...

Stunning make Astrid. Love all the wonderful textures and stamping.

Have fun on the blog hop and have a lovely weekend

Annie x

Ros Crawford said...

I just love to see altered things ... This is fabulous ... no way you would have known how that book started out ...

Rita said...

Good Morning Astrid. This little book is wonderful. You know how much I admire your work and this is First class. Have a good weekend. Hugs Rita xxx

Dena said...

This is soooo COOL!!! I can't believe it started as a childrens book! You are too clever and it turned out AMAZING!!!!
Hugs, Dena

butterfly said...

What a gorgeous altered board book, Astrid. (I've a few of these waiting for me from the clearing out - now I just need time to play!) I love those witchy silhouettes, and it's great seeing the process of embedding the tissue stamping into the pages so clearly. Gorgeous backgrounds, and fabulous use of the stamps - love it!!
Alison xx

Joan said...

Wow, what a fabulous book, love that owl And I so want those stamps !

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Great books Astrid.
Love tehm very much.
Greetings Janny

Karen Buchanan said...

This is a wonderful little altered book! I love it!

Meggymay said...

Fantastic alterations, its a super Halloween book.
Yvonne

Terry said...

Astrid, this is such a bewitching and amazing altered Halloween book! Love the texture and combined images! Fabulous altered project! Hugs!

Camille Short said...

Another grand project!

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Such a fabulous project Astrid.
The moon is gorgeous and not only that, I love the addition of the white pen to the witches.
Wishes
Lynne

Robin Horasanian said...

If anyone wasn't in the Halloween spirit before they got here they are now! Wonderful!

Barbara Rankin said...

As always, Astrid, your book is fabulous! Love the idea of using stamps on tissue paper to add to the book. I want to try that one out. I always learn so much from you. TFS

Terri Sproul said...

i love to altered board books, thanks for the reminder

Maryanne said...

I love your little book, Astrid! I'm off to check out the other blogs!

Peggy Oliver said...

Great transformation Astrid! Good Job

ionabunny said...

I love it. Will have to visit some charity shops and see if they have any board books. Great idea. The images are fantastic. I love the cat on the pumpkin and the owl flying.

Pammejo said...

Astid, your board book is simply amazing...I love each and every breath taking details....you are just so creative and inspiring....can't wait to try my hand at making one. TFS

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Fandhmum said...

What a fab altered book, gorgeous texture
Rosie x

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a great and scary book did you create ,dear Astrid, I love it, very special, and unique , you are a very talented lady!!!

>Greetings
Maria

Almo said...

Hi Astrid, I am like all the blending and the textures you have used on your little altered book here. The cat on the pumpkin made me giggle he looks like he is saying this pumpkin is all mine:) and I love that graveyard page with the scary tree and birds silloueted against the moon. Hugs Mo x

Carol Q said...

lol - who would have thought Maisy Mouse could become so ghoulish. fab project Astrid.

Sandy said...

Wonderful Astrid - I do love your board book and I do own that Halloween plate from Sin City. I love it! I don't do Facebook page whatever but I can follow their blog. They have wonderful stamps. And you make wonderful things - what a great team.
Sandy

Rose said...

spooky fun book :) love all the stamping you did!!!

Von said...

Astrid it's magical full of wonderful images :)
Von ♥

Daniella said...

My boys used to watch Maisy! How fun!! I am in love with what you've made here! Always such beautiful texture and contrast! Another winner my friend!!
xxDaniella
And, thanks so much for the help with this hop!!

Lindart said...

I love using these little board books for altered books! Yours is wonderful! ♥

Colleen said...

What a great idea, love what you accomplished.

May said...

Gorgeous work Astrid... Love what you have done with this little book...the texture & stamping is Fantastic... Love it!! Hugs May x x x

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow! Again!! This is fabulous Astrid. You do these little booklets so well ... I love them!! You've given me an itch to go and get one of these little board books and try something similar. Love the colour, the stamping and thank you for sharing the process. I always get inspiration here!! ox

Brenda Brown said...

An amazing transformation Astrid, such a fabulous book full of incredible texture, colour and great imagery. Love it.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Maryann Laursen said...

Absolut stunning work as always, and I just love this book. It´s sooo gorgeous and sooo well made. Just a shame, we can´t can´t have a chance to this great prize without being on facebook too. Seems it begins to get a more and more common demand even for the blogs too.

Buttons said...

My goodness what a transformation Astrid!!! Love the colours you've layered over to create the perfect background for your images. An inspirational project. Jenny x

Tonya said...

How adorable!!! Love how you altered the board book!!! <3

Tonya

Redanne said...

Oh wow Astrid, what a fantastic transformation, very spooky and very beautiful. Hugs, Anne x

Shirley Chillman said...

Such a delight when I see any of your books Astrid but this one is a pure gem of a piece.

Love the before and after bit who would have believed that something so artistic could have come from such a fun child's little book.

Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

Lucy Edmondson said...

What a stunning board book, Astrid!

Lucy x

Dianne said...

SPOOK-TAC-U-LARRRR, what can I add, I'm gob smacked, you rock woman, loving Halloween, thanks for sharing the process, like watching magic...

Susie Bentz said...

Eeeek! Can't tell you how much I love this! You really are amazing!

Michelle Frae Cummings said...

Fantastic little witchy book! I think I might steal this idea!

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