Here are Claudine's cards:
I love how she did these cards but since I don't have those images I did my own thing. I also mixed things up a little bit as the stamps worked better on one card and the book text on another. By the way just so you know I did not tear up a library book. I used a book which a used bookseller had outside for free. Although to be honest I do feel a little guilty. Without further ado here are mine.
This card I did not prep but instead used my stencil and applied Liquitex String Gel with a palette knife. It was interesting that the string gel actually ended up rounded. I used Lowe Cornell metallic paint. I decided to not wipe off all the stencil area with a baby wipe. I just wiped off a portion which allows the card background to show through. I took Apple Barrel daffodil paint and applied it with my pinky. When the paint was dry I used a blue Sharpie to create my flowers from my finger print. I also used the same Sharpie to draw around the book text. I used Memento black ink and a stencil for the circles at the top. The image is a Dover image. After printing it I cut it out by hand and then colored with color pencils.
For this card I used Moulding Paste over a card which I had previously applied gesso. After the paste dried I used acrylic metallic paint. Then wiped the paint off the stenciled part. Once again I used the yellow paint and my pinky. Once the paint was dried I used my Chinese Wishes mini stamps. I cut two stamps off of envelopes and adhered them to the card.. The oriental women are another Dover image. For some reason this image really speaks to me. I turned it into a print and cut. They are colored with a color pencil, chalk, and a white gel pen. I pop dotted them onto the card. You know me I own stock in the adhesive foam company. I must because cleaning and organizing I found several packages of it. I'm not going to run out any day soon. I love that the one stamp is a forever stamp so the word forever is visible. To me it goes with the love wish stamp.
I wasn't sure how I was going to put together my cards this morning when I saw Claudine's post but they both pretty much put themselves together. I especially love how the oriental card turned out as I've been wanting to use that image for a long time. The chalk on the young girl's kimono ended up not being the red that I thought it was but it still works. Lol! I haven't really used book text before and never used canceled stamps. Now as I sort through papers I'll be cutting the stamps off of envelopes to save. I hope I'll get mail with more than flag stamps. It is still going to take awhile before I don't feel totally guilty using books in crafting.
Do you use canceled stamps or tear up books and use them?
I made up some paper pulp from old bills and papers I had printed out but no longer needed over the weekend. I had forgotten how little paper pulp is needed for paper casting with embossing folders, plastic canvas, mini soap molds, etc. Next time I won't make up so much pulp as I really don't have a lot of space for drying things which is why I no longer make my own paper. I saw in a scrapbook book where the pulp was put directly on a page using plastic canvas shapes but I never could get it to work.
You know me I like to experiment and discovered that paper pulp can be used with stencils. I only did one stenciled heart to try it out but it worked. It took a bit to figure out how to use the pulp with embossing folders but I love the paper castings using embossing folders. It is a different look from embossing regular paper or card. Later on I'll do a tutorial on it. In them meantime I have a little bit of pulp left so I'm off to play and experiment some more.
Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!