First thing to do - create a custom and unique bottle cap. I chose a regular sized bottle cap, but didn't want it to be tall. Ran that through the BigShot and it flattened the high edges. I cut a 1" circle from some beautiful teal paper and adhered that inside. Knowing I wanted to add some type of natural element, I chose a veneer butterfly and wanted to add an ombre effect with those amazing paints.
I really love how the painted butterfly turned out. So that got adhered to the bottle cap with a little bit of liquid glass. I then added some Nuvo glitter drops along the top. Now fill it with resin and slowly watch those air bubbles pop. Time to leave that sit overnight.
Now onto the album cover. I cut the cover from mat board using my Cameo (took many times to get it to cut all the way through!) and cut my binding piece as well. The cover got a quick coat of gel medium so the layers of paint wouldn't warp the mat board. I then took one of my new stencils and some texture paste and added some areas of texture. Now, leave everything to dry.
With everything completely dry, it's time to add some color and finish this album up. I wanted to create the same ombre look for the cover, so I used the same paints on the butterfly.
Now to add the flower. I cut each section out of stencil vinyl. The stencil vinyl allows it to be removed without damaging the layers of paint and texture. Each layer got painted or filled in with Glaze pens.
While that was drying, I had to make the blank signatures for my album. I used Neenah Solar White 110lb paper. It's super thick and when coated, it would be able to handle many layers of media. I added 4 signatures with one page having an additional fold-out.
When everything was dry, it was time to bind the album. I used some scrap twine for mine and used a blanket stitch to bind the signatures.
With the album almost complete, it's time to add that binding cover. I added the bottle cap to the front cover and added some ChitChat stickers to create a fun sentiment for the cover.
Now it's time to fill those pages =)
For this fun project, I used the following:
KaDoodle Bug Designs ~ Valentina
Sizzix Big Shot
Sizzix Mini Album Die set
Sizzix Mat Board
DCWV The Blossoms Butterflies Stack
The Paper Studio BottleCap
American Crafts wood veneer butterflies
Nuvo Crystal Glitter Drops ~ Pink Champagne
Ranger Texture Paste
Liquitex Gloss Gel Medium
Dylusions Paint ~ laidback lilac, mushy peas, rose quartz
Martha Stewart Aquarium Pearl Paint
Anita's Metallic Craft Paint ~ Amethyst
Sakura eGlaze Pens
Dylusions Small Stencil ~ Holes Small
Tim Holtz idea-ology ~ ChitChat Stickers
Distress Ink ~ walnut stain