I started by creating a wrinkle-free distress background with Distress Stains and Paints, and added some Distress Ink blended through the new Crafter's Workshop Specimen stencil.
I used Grunge Paste through different areas of the same stencil to create the texture, inking over it before dry brushing with white paint.
The beautiful butterfly is from the Insects and Butterflies plate.
He's stamped in Cobalt Archival and clear embossed for that sunlit shimmer.
I dry-brushed some more white paint onto an Idea-ology Muse Token to alter it slightly.
I stamped the gorgeous Calligraphy Mats #8 in Picket Fence Distress Paint to add more layers to the background.
And the two large words are from the Journalling Words #2 set...
... stamped in Potting Soil on and clear embossed, with some inking on the edges for definition.
It's all layered up on a piece of pale card and then onto some corrugated cardboard.
And the twine and seam-binding, delicately tinted with Distress Stains, provide the final touch at the top.
So lots more texture and embossing to inspire you... do come and play along this month. Remember, you don't have to use Artistic Stamper stamps, but if you do you get two entries to the draw. Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'll see you again soon.
Crafter's Workshop Stencil: Specimen
Distress Paints: Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood, Picket Fence
Distress Stains: Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans
Distress Inks: Faded Jeans, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain
Fresco Paints: Snowflake
Idea-ology Findings: Muse Tokens