How to Construct and Deconstruct a Cardboard Journal with Guest Artist Michelle Ward

May 29th, 2014

We have a very special guest artist today! Please join me in welcoming to our blog the incredibly talented Michelle Ward. A gifted instructor, rubber stamp and stencil designer, and a regular contributor to our publications, Michelle has graciously agreed to give us a personal step-by-step tutorial on how to recreate the stunning Debris Journal that was featured in our May/June 2014 Issue of Somerset Studio.

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An afternoon with a box from Amazon can become a cool journal.  With minimal supplies and no special skills, an ordinary cardboard carton is easily transformed into a unique book following the steps illustrated here.  I love upcycling the non-precious material, as its properties allow for interesting deconstruction experiments that can’t be performed on any other surface.  If you don’t have access to the packaging tape shown, you could adhere tyvek strips cut from a repurposed envelope, or try a similar heavy-duty tape.

 

MKW Cardboard Journal Tutorial 1

 

Materials for Michelle Ward’s Debris Journal:

Cutting Mat
Paint
Paint Brush
Utility Knife
Black Pen
Metal Edge Ruler
Stamps
Stencils
Cardboard Box Cut Down into 5 x 10” Panels (10 pieces, or size + quantity as desired)
Pre-Gummed Kraft Packaging Tape (I found mine at Staples)

 

Michelle Ward’s Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Cut tape into 10” lengths, fold in half with gummed side on the exterior.
  2. With water & brush, wet one half of the folded tape to activate the adhesive.
  3. Place tape onto panel, aligning fold with vertical edge.
  4. Fold over remaining tape, wet with brush, and place a second panel on top.
  5. Before completely dry, be sure the two panels can open flat.
  6. Continue adding panels by applying tape along interior gutters. Check for consistent and even alignment.
  7. Complete binding should resemble a stack of cardboard.
  8. Your cardboard journal is now ready for adding personal content, or better yet – DeConstructing!

 

MKW Cardboard Journal Tutorial 2

 

Michelle Ward’s Step-by-Step Instructions for DeConstructing Your Debris Journal

  1. Using a wood skewer (or an awl), insert into channels of corrugation to separate the kraft lamination.
  2. Tear away portions of the surface for random deconstruction.
  3. Make marks in the surface with pattern tracing wheel or awl. Cut and peel away surface to enhance your markings.
  4. Carefully cut away a portion and re-apply as a collage element.
  5. Further enhance your markings with additions of stencils and black pen.
  6. Apply cut-out as a collage layer. Draw in repeating shapes and enhance with piercing.
  7. Consider other options for creating marks on the surface before you begin applying paint, collage or journaling.

 

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Read About Michelle Ward in the May/June 2014 Issue of Somerset Studio

May/June 2014 Somerset StudioThank you Michelle Ward for the amazing tutorial! To read more about Michelle’s Debris Journals pick up a copy of the May/June 2014 issue of Somerset Studio.

To see more of Michelle’s work, and to see where she is teaching, visit her blog at: www.MichelleWard.typepad.com
 
To see her full line of rubber stamps, stencils, and stencil/mask sets,
visit her website: www.GreenPepperPress.com

 

 

Related Products:

Stencil Girl Quatrefoil Stencil by Michelle WardAdvantus Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small FolioRanger Ink Dina Wakley Media Mask - LeavesFaber-Castell - Mix and Match Pitt Artist Pen Set EssentialStencil Girl Maltese Stencil by Michelle Ward

 



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We have a very special guest artist today! Please join me in welcoming to our blog the incredibly talented Michelle Ward. A gifted instructor, rubber stamp and stencil designer, and a regular contributor to our publications, Michelle has graciously agreed to give us a personal step-by-step tutorial on how to recreate the stunning Debris Journal […]

10 Free Projects from our NEW Red and Cream Collection

May 27th, 2014

Red and Cream Collection

Warm, inviting, and classic, the combination of red and cream is a match made in heaven. The warmth and boldness of red hues easily melts into something soft and alluring when accented with a solid cream color. You can find this luxurious blend anywhere from lavish bedrooms in fancy estates to homey kitchens out in the country. This color palette is elegant while also adding a comfortable and welcoming feel to any space, event, or artistic endeavor. That’s why we decided to comb through The Shoppe and pull together our very own Red and Cream Collection!

From flowing ribbons, vibrant washi tape with lovely designs, gorgeous ephemera, and so much more — our collection has it all. You’ll be crafting through all the seasons with this collection, be it with enticing invitations for a spring-themed garden party or one-of-a-kind home décor projects to decorate with in the fall. And to kick start all the artistic projects you are sure to undertake with this inspiring palette, we’ve put together our own collection of projects for this gorgeous color theme:

 

Red and Cream Artfully Arranged Gift Box Project

Red and Cream Artfully Arranged Gift Box ProjectCreate a stunning box filled with beautiful things in this luxurious color palette. Give it to your sister, mother, or best friend and make it extra special by filling it with homemade bath and body supplies!

 

 

 

 

 

With One Stamp (Vintage Children) Project by Lori Brofsky & Clarissa Romano

With One Stamp (Vintage Children) Project by Lori Brofsky & Clarissa Romano Part experiment and part fantastic project, this idea came about from a desire to see how two different artists would use the same stamp. The end result is a powerful set of cards that use the image of small children from the Vintage Clearly Impressed Stamp Set by Julie van Oosten, some acrylic paint, and a few well placed embellishments.

 

 

 

 

Red and Cream Stamped Canvas Portraits Journal Project by Pam Carriker

Red and Cream Stamped Canvas Portraits Journal Project by Pam CarrikerIt’s easy to create a beautiful one-of-a-kind journal with Pam Carriker’s project. With a selection of stunning poetic portrait stamps and some Sticky Back Canvas, you can pay homage to your favorite heroines.

 

 

 

 

 

Party Invitations and Favors Project

Party Invitations and Favors ProjectWant something truly unique for your next party? These little glass containers are perfect for party invitations, favors, and confetti holders! Unique, charming, and simple to put together with a little Divine Twine and tags, these red and cream containers will be a huge hit with your guests.

 

 

 

 

Red and Cream Miniature Banner Project

Red and Cream Miniature Banner ProjectBanners don’t always have to be big to steal the spotlight. A small red and cream banner is the perfect accent for a door, the back of a chair, and just about any other place you can think of! Just use canvas triangles, some miniature clothes pins, and a little hemp cord to make a truly unique decoration.

 

 

 

 

Crafting Carryall Project

Crafting Carryall ProjectAn altered paper mache purse is the perfect holder for a gift, crafting kit, baked goods, or whatever else you can think of! Simply paint the outside of the purse white, find some lovely red and cream adhesive backed fabric or paper — and add whatever other embellishments you like!

 

 

 

 

Red and Cream Love tag Project

Red and Cream Love tag ProjectCreate a dramatic, vintage-inspired love tag with Lynne Perrella’s Artist Paper Kit. This artsy tag is a creative mixed-media project that requires the use of scrappers’ floss, beeswax, stickers, and the construction of a small mini envelope.

 

 

 

 

 

My Love for You Is Beyond Measure Project

My Love for You Is Beyond Measure ProjectWhile an adequate measurement of your love for friends or family is probably impossible, this project is a sentimental play on the concept. Perfect for creating a journal, scrapbook, or photo album, you can recreate this project using chipboard cover kit or a ready to alter journal, some sand-colored acrylic paint, Cherry Divine Twine, and a layer of glaze.

 

 

 

 

Red and Cream Inspiration Board Project

Red and Cream Inspiration Board ProjectAlthough these burlap panels look great by themselves, someone with an artistic eye can see there’s a whole lot of creative potential! With just a little twine and some personalized pushpins, you can create a stunning inspirational board to display pictures, ephemera, craft supplies, notes, and so much more.

 

 

 

 

Milk and Cookies Party favors Project

Milk and Cookies Party favors ProjectMilk and cookies are great but  you can make them even better! Create individualized cookie holders using Where Women Cookie Die Cuts, add a little cream colored paint, and finish it off with some knotted Scrappers Floss for an extra fancy look!

 

 

 

 

 

Explore More of our Red and Cream Collection

Red and Cream CollectionFrom fantastic candy cane colored ribbon along rustic pin boards, to vivid ink that stands out against cream cardstock in artistically stamped designs — this combination is long overdue. The perfect inspiration for mixed-media projects, wearable art, home décor pieces, and so much more, we’re sure you’re going to love the Red and Cream Collection just as much as we do.

 

 

 

Now that you’ve heard from us – we want to hear from you! Tell us what you think of our new collection by commenting below. Do you have any projects ideas using this wonderful color palette? Have we inspired you to start any new projects?

 

 

 

 



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Warm, inviting, and classic, the combination of red and cream is a match made in heaven. The warmth and boldness of red hues easily melts into something soft and alluring when accented with a solid cream color. You can find this luxurious blend anywhere from lavish bedrooms in fancy estates to homey kitchens out in […]

Digital Inspiration: Pin It to Win It

May 22nd, 2014

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We are proud and honored to have been awarded the 2014 American Inhouse Design Award by Graphic Design USA for the premiere issue of Digital Inspiration.

 

Celebrate This Achievement With Us!

[This giveaway has ended.]

We’re giving away THREE free copies of Digital Inspiration! For your chance to win simply follow the instructions:

  1. From the images featured below “Pin” your favorite.
  2. Share a link to your newly created pin on the comment section below (get your link by opening your pin and copying the URL).
  3. Tell us why that particular image is your favorite.

*Contest is open to US residents only, and expires May 31st, 2014.

 

Pin Your Favorite Digital Inspiration Image

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Digital Inspiration Volume 1By Aimee Stewart

 

 

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Digital Inspiration Volume 1By Aimee Stewart

 

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Digital Inspiration Volume 1By Dawne Boynton Polis

 

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Read More About Our Premiere Issue

1BDI-1401-Best-of-Digital-600x600With useful guides and inspiring artwork, Digital Inspiration is everything from a workbook to a conversational piece that will look absolutely beautiful sitting on your coffee table. We are so proud of our talented design team, the wonderful artists who feature their work with us, and everyone who contributed to this exiting new venture.

 

 



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We are proud and honored to have been awarded the 2014 American Inhouse Design Award by Graphic Design USA for the premiere issue of Digital Inspiration.   Celebrate This Achievement With Us! [This giveaway has ended.] We’re giving away THREE free copies of Digital Inspiration! For your chance to win simply follow the instructions: From […]

Guest Artist Dina Wakley: “Be Kind to Yourself” Tag

May 19th, 2014

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Join me in welcoming the extraordinarily talented Dina Wakley to Somerset Place. Dina has been featured in Art Journaling, Somerset Apprentice, and Take Ten, just to name a few. Today she has graciously taken the time to walk us through the steps of creating a stunningly beautiful tag in a very special Somerset Place exclusive tutorial.

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I’m excited to show you a stamped tag, made with materials from my new Dina Wakley Media line by Ranger. I have new acrylic paints in all of my favorite colors, gel medium, gesso (white and black), paint brushes, a palette knife, stamps, and stencils. I love using the new line and I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

 “Be Kind to Yourself” Tag Supplies:

“Be Kind to Yourself” Tag Tutorial:

1. Paint the tag with some Sky Blue paint. I always like to use a dry brush when I paint.
Dina Wakley project with Ranger

2. Add some Turquoise paint to the tag.

Dina Wakley Ranger project

3. Tear up a book page and use a palette knife and soft gel medium to glue some pieces to the tag. I like to make a river of paper.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 3
4. Use Night paint and the Birds stencil to stencil a few flying birds onto the tag. Use a dry brush and just a small amount of paint to ensure you won’t get seepage under the stencil. You need just a tiny bit of paint. You can always add more, but it’s hard to take it away once it’s seeped under the stencil.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 4

5. Use Magenta paint and the Affirmations stencil to add some text to the tag. I like to add
stenciling in three areas at a time.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 5
6. Stamp one of the women from the Face in the Crowd stamp set onto a second manila tag
and cut her out.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 6
7. Glue the woman onto the tag, and use a Stabilo All pencil to pencil in her body and add
any other details you want to the figure. I added more ruffles to her collar.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 6

8. Add some color to the woman with Necolor II crayons. I added pink to her cheeks and lips, green to her eyes, brown to her hair, and orange to her dress. Use a damp paintbrush to dissolve some of the crayon and give it a watercolor look.
Dina Wakley Ranger project 8

10. Journal in the woman’s body with a black journaling pen.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 9

11. Stamp a phrase from the stamp set onto the second tag and cut out the phrase. Glue it to the front of your tag.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 10

12. Ink the edges of the tag with the Archival black ink pad.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 11

Thank you so much, Dina, for giving us this creative and colorful tutorial.  If you’re interested in learning more about Dina Wakley or seeing more of her work visit her blog, Pondering.



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Join me in welcoming the extraordinarily talented Dina Wakley to Somerset Place. Dina has been featured in Art Journaling, Somerset Apprentice, and Take Ten, just to name a few. Today she has graciously taken the time to walk us through the steps of creating a stunningly beautiful tag in a very special Somerset Place exclusive […]

Mixed-Media Graffiti Box Project

May 15th, 2014

Mixed-Media Graffiti Box Project

Are you a collector of little bits and pieces of beautiful things? Unique buttons, shinny pieces of paper, sea glass, porcelain beads, the list can go on and on. While quite different, all these little things come together to bring mixed-media projects to life by adding splashes of color and bold touches of texture. However,  as wonderful as these treasures are — they need a home or else they’ll be all over the place! Why not make their storage container just as special as they are?

We love boxes in all sizes and especially in unique shapes. They’re great for storing and organizing things and if embellished they can be given away as gifts or used to package gifts in. With a little TLC almost any box can be turned into a stunning treasure chest that’s worthy of holding  your most cherished finds. That’s why we had to share this mixed-media graffiti box project, which features an interesting design and a hexagon box.

Materials for the Mixed-Media Graffiti Box Project:

Mixed-Media Graffiti Box Project

Mixed-Media Graffiti Box Project Tutorial:

  1. Start by painting the medium-sized hexagon box with white gesso and then allow it to dry.
  2. Once dry, stencil the tile stencil design onto each panel of the hexagon box and the lid using blue acrylic paint and a foam brush and then allow it to dry.
  3. Using Black StazOn Ink, stamp the Create with Abandon design onto the box in various places.
  4. On the edge of the lid, use Graffiti washi tape, and adhere it around the edges.
  5. Place the lid on the box and wrap black scrapper’s floss around the box a few times. Thread it through a Prima Marketing button, and secure with a knot.

Once you’re done with your mixed-media graffiti box, you can fill it with gifts, treats, art supplies, or even your own collection of artsy treasures!

Want More Mixed-Media Inspiration?

Visit The Studio to explore even more unique and creative mixed-media projects.

 





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Are you a collector of little bits and pieces of beautiful things? Unique buttons, shinny pieces of paper, sea glass, porcelain beads, the list can go on and on. While quite different, all these little things come together to bring mixed-media projects to life by adding splashes of color and bold touches of texture. However,  […]