The other day i shared with you this joy cover using Cocoa Daisy's Merry & Bright Holiday kit. Today i wanted to show you how to create your own. I am using a thick piece of chipboard found in the kit. it's excellent for making covers.
Jillibean Frozen Lobster Tail
Echo Park Stickers
Gesso & Playing Card
Gel Medium & Foam brush
Fine Black Pin
This album is a 6 x 8 album. I wanted you to see how you can cut the one piece of heavy chipboard to create these two album covers. This heavy chipboard can be purchased separately from the kit HERE. You can decide which on you want to use & save the other for later!
I grabbed the 6 x 8 album covers for this piece. I covered the front & back with the jillibean paper. I picked this particular piece because i knew the red would really pop under the gesso. When adhering the patterned paper you want to have the piece glued even underneath otherwise it will bubble when adding the next layers. Once it is on, then using a foam brush & gel medium coat the entire top surface of the patterned paper. This seals the paper.
Place the stencil on the dried background. I like to place mine going off the page to create movement. I decided on the bottom half of my page. Push it around until you find a placement you like. Next take a palette knife or playing card and scrap the gesso across the entire page including the stencil. I scrap in different directions to give it texture. I also left bits of red peeking through the gesso.
It should look something like this when you are done. You want the piece covered entirely but still have texture, movement, and some patterned paper peeking through.
Wash off your stencil and let the gesso dry. Pat dry your stencil because we will need it again!
Put the stencil back into place and paint the background white. Gesso has the appearance of white but it more like chalk so i like to add paint. If some paint slips under the stencil, simply wipe it away. This is why you sealed the background paper.
Add in touches of mists. Mist can act like watercolor so i love the soft touches it brings to my projects. I used two Maya Road Blues (Popsicle & Turquoise Metallic) to get the color of the snowflake sticker. Add a little or a lot. Don't forget to just play around with it.
I really wanted that snowflake to pop so i added in a fine black pen around the stencil. If it doesn't exactly line up with the gesso, i am okay with that. I think it just adds to the look.
Lastly i added the stickers, buttons, binder rings, and twine. I love the simple yet graphic messiness of this cover using sparkling snow as my inspiration. It brings to mind those crisp snow covered winter morning in Colorado. I love those pops of red & back. Did you see the clever lyrics in the patterned paper? Totally love that.