I wanted to make a personalized gift. I decided to customize a couple of inexpensive composition books that I’d picked up at Wal-Mart. I pretty much cased myself using the design from this set of cards.
Here the initials have been embossed in silver. I was going for a more subtle, professional look.
I received a comment asking to share a bit about my creative process so I thought I would start with how I create backgrounds. First and foremost, I always start figuring out/building my design on scratch paper. I usually will have several different variations and will then combine the elements I like from the variations into the final design. Because I was case’ing myself, I don’t have any scratch designs for this post but will try to include them in a future post.
First up is a grouping of the stamps I used. This isn’t involved in my process but I wanted to give a visual of what stamps I was using from certain sets.
The cross image from Join Us is easy to line up end to end and side to side to create a grid
I noticed the circular shape that was created in the center of each square and I wondered how I could fill it. I knew I wanted an image that was bold and solid. I decided upon the circular design from Vintage Labels 5. It was a bit too small by itself so I searched through my stamps to see if there was another image that would fill the space/gap between the two.
This next step is almost always part of my process. In determining what stamps I want to use and whether or not they will fit, I will peel the stamp from the carrier sheet and use the carrier sheet image to give me a visual of how the stamp will look with the other images. Here the small circle is a perfect fit.
I found it easiest to stamp the double lined circular image first. It gave me a defined circle in which to center the smaller image.
Then I stamped the solid circular image. I matched up the four points in the circle with the four intersections of the cross images to help with centering the image.
To help with lining up my stamps, I hold the stamp with my right hand/fingers and use my left hand/fingers to guide the image to its exact location. My left hand drives the fine tuning.
And honestly, the less I think about perfect placement the better I do. When I focus on the placement too much I start making mistakes. And the key is not perfection, it’s just getting the image(s) close enough so that the eye will naturally gloss over the minor differences.
I really like this design as it is but, well, I can never leave well enough alone and wanted to incorporate some black into the color images to create depth
Using the carrier sheet process mentioned above, I found that this double-dot-fire image was a perfect fit.
I turned the stamp 90 degree and stamped it again. I did not match it up with the center dot (tried to and didn’t have much success) but instead focused on getting a symmetrical flower image
I think this has been the longest post I have ever written. Hopefully, it was interesting and provided you with some insight into my creative process.
Stamps: WMS Vintage Circles-Small, Join Us, Vintage Labels 5: PTI Headline Alphabet
Ink: PTI True Black, New Leaf, Blueberry Sky, Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Berry Sorbet, Plum Pudding; SU! Bordering Blue, Basic gray, Going Gray, River Rock; VersaMark
Paper: Neenah; PTI True Black
Other: Superior Filigree Detail White embossing powder; Silver embossing powder (PSX-it’s that old), Imaginisce silver and white brad-like thingies