Monday, April 28, 2014

Smeared Ink Monthly blog hop

Today, I have another Smeared Ink project for your visual amusement.
We're having a design team blog hop for the month of April.
If you'd like to begin the hop from the beginning, 
here is the hop order:

I purchased a few of these blank notebooks from Pick Your Plum
a while back, and I needed a gift for a friend's birthday, so it
was a double duty project. I like that.

The notebook folds out into thirds. This gives plenty of room to decorate
and customize. I started out by removing the covers, and painting them with
a tan acrylic paint.

Then, I broke out with my new TH Clockwork stencil, and some
SU teal ink. 

Next, I distressed and aged the covers using Distress Inks
in vintage photo, and walnut. I have tried many types of applicators
for applying inks to my projects, but I love the fingertip sponge daubers 
the best. They give great control, and they're easy to hang onto.
I gave the covers a coat of matte medium to seal the inks and keep them
from bleeding onto the recipient's hands when they use it someday.

I went ahead and added a script stamp, and then I heat embossed it.
I used this script stamp throughout the entire notebook. I added a Copic colored

I gave the image a coat of Glossy Accents to give it some durability.
I really love this image. It's very 'DaVinci' feeling, to me.

Here is the opened view of the notebook. 
I have continued all of the same techniques and finishes throughout the book.

I have used the Butterfly Jar image from Smeared Ink here,
and I have added both, Glossy Accents, and Crackle Accents to the jar
for a varied effect of textures. I like it.

 I have used another butterfly from the Specimen Jar digi set
at Smeared Ink. I colored it with watercolor pencils,
and accented it Stickles and Gelly Roll Stardust pen.

And here it is all folded out and finished.
I have to say it turned out pretty cool, and I am 
eager to send it to my friend. I have a feeling she'll dig it, too.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Make sure to check out the entire Smeared Ink DT hop
to see more creative craftiness from my fellow DT members.  
The hop order is in my sidebar, and at the beginning of this post.


  1. Beautiful feel and super great work, gloo! X

  2. Stunning notebook you created, the covers outsides and insides look amazing! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  3. I just saw the new TH stencil and stopped myself from buying it ,but now I am not sure how much longer I can hold out. I am absolutely in love with the crackle on the jar. I am officially sold on it.

  4. Dang !! That is super AWESOME ! :-)

    IKE xx

  5. I don't think you have ever posted any of your creations that I haven't loved! This is brilliant, love that butterfly stamp man and what you have done with him. xxx

  6. Eeeekkk! Wow and just love how the alterations came out. Very amused and very in love. Amazing techniques and excellent cracked glass on the jar! Where are my EP's need to crack something =). Beautiful and soooo well done.

  7. Totally awesome altered notebook Glo!!! Wow, your attention to every little detail is amazing and it shows in your work. Love all the stamping and coloring. That is one of my favorite digital stamp sets from SI. You have done it proud!

  8. oh so beautiful I love your project. Just gorgeous absolutely gorgeous!
    susan s

  9. This - well these individual but part of the group - Project, creation is fantabulous! What a result of a brilliant and creative mind! I LOVE the jar. WOW do you have a gift with the crackle glue, and the first vintage man, with the lovely colors on the side at first looked like a "frucked" up Kurt Russell to me! lol Handsome but rather wrecked! I am so impressed with every tidbit of this art. Just stellar! Best, Samara xox

  10. wow a fantastic project love all the elements and image love the crackle effect jar -that is brilliant and a great step by step-thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create
    Carol DT x
    you could also enter this project at

  11. This is an amazing gift. I am one of your greatest fans. All of your art is such an inspiration. Can't wait to see more.

  12. I would find it hard to part with such a fabulous creation.....I think you did an awesome job and I love it...
    Thank you for sharing with us at CraftyCatz this week.x

  13. Gorgeous Design, Thank you for joining us over at Suzy Bee's Bloomin challenge blog,it is much appreciated, I hope you will join us again next week for another fab challenge....
    Suzy B Owner Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge Blog

  14. Fabulous creation. Love it! Thanks for sharing it with us this week at Crafty Catz. Naomi x

  15. Just amazing - your project is breathtaking. Love every little detail here. :)
    Have an amazing day!

  16. what a brilliant project love what you have made thanks for sharing with SBBC this week Rachel dt

  17. Thanks for sharing your lovely notebook for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 26 'wings' - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

  18. An amazing creation - so much details.

    Thanks for joining us at the CRAFT Challenge.

    Helen x

  19. Beautiful! I love creepy images and that butterfly is stunning! Thanks for joining my Spotlight Challenge at Anything But a Card ~ Christi

  20. thanks for joining us at crafty calendar - our new challenge starts this Saturday! Hope to see you back - Kimberly DT

  21. Hi just popping back to say -thanks for joining us at Crafting at the weekend for our very first challenge
    carol DT x

  22. I absolutely am blown away with this project! The coloring and handling of the man caught my eye first - the jar made me grin and the handling of the pen holder are the three images that stay with me still. Wowza! Oh, by the way - you are a winner over at 613 Ave C!
    Thank you so much for sharing your incredible project & amazing creativity at our house!
    ~ginny, DT for 613 Ave Create:
    #69 ATG
    RubberMAD (

  23. Awesome notebook, love the cracked glass jar!


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