Crafty Cardmakers challenge #259 – masculine

Margaret is hosting today’s challenge, Masculine.
As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece or home decor, as long as it meets the theme.

For my project, I made an enhanced notebook, using a paper napkin and some texture paste. It is surprisingly effective!

I made the notebook for a friend’s husband, who uses it to record mileage done in their boat each weekend, so he can calculate diesel use, and also as a record of where they have been. The notebook as A6 in size, and just a standard lined book.

The cover was shiny – so the first thing I did was to paint it with a base of white gesso. Then I separated the napkin so that only one layer was left, and I applied it to the back book cover using napkin glue (I got mine from Anna Marie Designs). The cool part came with the front of the book – because before I put the napkin down, I applied texture paste (it’s a special paste – looks a lot like polyfilla…) under areas I wanted raised, such as the captain’s face. After gently applying the glue and with a spatula making sure the texture paste stayed in the right place, I left it overnight to dry thoroughly.

Finally, the next day I applied a top coat of varnish. Sorted. It’s a great technique, and very satisfying.


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