Wednesday 27 July 2016

Fortune Teller Travel Collection Folio


This Travel Album was designed using the beautiful Papers, Ephemera & Chipboard Shapes from 7 Dots Studio Fortune Teller Collection.
The foundation of the Album is the Large Collection Folio from Tim Holtz.

The Mixed Media Cover was created in layers & is quite textured & dimensional.

I am entering this project in the Monday Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Blog
"Add Some Texture" as it really covers the Challenge Topic both inside & out.

 Here are the steps of my creative process for the cover of the Folio:-

 I firstly applied the desired papers from the collection to the front & insides of the kraft Folio
with wide double sided tape. 

I applied Tim Holtz Tissue Tape randomly to the edges of the Folio before shading
with Ground Espresso Distress Paint & Deco Art Antiquing Cream in Patina Green.

The edges of the Folio were roughened with the Prima Distress Tool, swiped with the 
Embossing Dabber & heat embossed with a mixture of Clear & Platinum UTEE. 

This same UTEE mixture was heat embossed on the Turquoise Cover using the Ranger Embossing Dabber & the matching Fortune Teller Stamp Set.

A Tim Holtz word band was coloured with Distress Crayons in blue & white highlighting the words.

All of the rest of the layers were designed around the cluster under the lovely Gypsy Image.
This included torn and cut papers from the collection, Tim Holtz Sizzix die cuts 
(writing desk feather, mini labels, pediments), Chipboard Trellis & Swirls from 7 dots Studio, 
Prima Art Stones & Mini Art Stones, a badge from the Collection, & sequin buttons from my stash.

The Chipboard Trellis was coloured with Lumiere Pewter Paint, the Swirls with 
Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Paint Steampunk Copper.  
Extra Texture added to the layers with text stamping with Black Archival Ink. 
Fine splatters of these paints & Goosebumps spray finish off the cover.

The inside of the Folio was decorated to be a Travel Album of time spent in New Zealand.
 I have made a video that gives peeks of the many Album pages and pockets formed within the Folio.

Not sure if my video will work or not so I have included some photos of the inside pages of the Folio.

Turquoise & Steampunk Copper Art Alchemy Metallique Paint was also used to highlight the Chipboard, Frames & Die Cuts used within the Album.

Acetate Windows & lots of Tabs & Tickets create extra interest.

Stamping & Stencilling add interest to the Kraft pages.

Same colours & Vintage feel throughout.


The Album actually looks really cool displayed on the side table at home 
& so has become a piece of Home Decor.

Thanks for taking the time to read through this long blog post.
Happy Creating
Deb xx


  1. Debbie, I am in awe of this fantastic folio! Love, love the colors and textures and theme you went with to showcase your travels. Your cover is amazing, the gypsy girl caught my eye right away and you have chosen such beautiful elements to use. The interactive pages inside are such a beautiful way to showcase your photos! Stunning!! Thanks so much for joining in our texture challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge!

    1. Maura, thank you so much. Your comments are really appreciated.

  2. Your concept here is brilliant! This is truly beautiful and amazing. The papers complement your photography perfectly. Biggest congrats on your SSS spotlight! Hugs, Autumn

  3. Stunning Project! Totally deserved spotlight winner of the SSS texture Challenge . Congrats x

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