Graphic 45 Design Team Audition (project 4 of 6)

“Songful Summer”  artwork submission by Cherri Robb to Somerset Studios magazine for publication.

One of my 2012 goals was to use the Lost Coast Design stamps and start submitting work for publication.  Many of my friends have been published, and while I’ve been teaching since 2004, I wanted to join the ‘I’ve been published group’!  The supplies and stamps used are found below the photos, along with a brief tutorial.  Wish me luck and say a prayer.

  1. Again with the altered file folder ... folded twice to create two valley spreads and one mountain fold.

  2. This is my first use of Flower Soft, Inka-Gold and Smooch products. I had so much fun I couldn't stop!

  3. what an imagination ... can you see a summer sunset? Apparently I did!

  4. the tabs are not original to the file folder ... I punched three mini envelopes, tore off the pointed corner, and glued three overlapping together ... it seems anything can be altered!

  5. no embellishments here because it has to fold closed

  6. it took three go arounds before I was happy with these tags ... but I love them now! Each has a raised imagine that sits over the pocket when inserted.

  7. notice the tag backs have a common design ... lyrics, word definition and a scrap of vellum music ... all layered over a pretty scroll stamp

Products Used
  • file folder (manila, letter size)
  • Bone folder
  • Ranger Distress Inks
  • Momento Inks
  • Lost Coast Designs (rubber stamps)
  • cardstock & vellum papersplain natural smooth cardstock
  • clear vellum
  • Inkssentials Cut-n-Dry felt (cut to 2” squares)
  • Viva Décor Inka Gold color pots
  • Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink
  • #1 flat paint brush
  • ribbon (natural)
  • dried flower petals
  • embellishment jewels
  • Flower Soft (summer)
  • die cut corner from flatten toilet paper roll
  • German scrap (trim & corner)
  • McGill envelope punch (1-1/2 x 1 inch)
  • UHU glue stick, red-liner tape
  • 3-D and mini glue dots
  • Ranger Glossy Accents adhesive
  • song lyrics (words/credit typed and printed)
Lost Coast Design Stamps Used
  • Tab Words – Old Typewriter alphabet/upper & lower case letters (Songful, Summer, Endless), dictionary word Imagine
  • Front Cover – silhouette girl with bird, daisy flourish, dictionary words Beauty and Art
  • First Spread – rose boy, flower picker, scalloped flourish, Old Typewriter alphabet/upper & lower case letters (Sweet, time)
  • Second Spread – star cat, Old Typewriter alphabet/upper & lower case letters (Starry, starry, night), lily flourish, sun and stars border
  • Back Cover – flower children, dictionary word Joy

Paragraph Description

Research songs to find lyrics with a summer theme. Select flowered cardstock and vellum papers with warm colors. Cut letter size manila file folder to 7 inches at fold. Use existing fold of folder as center mountain fold; fold each side to create a front and back valley fold. Stamp selected images/words in ink coordinated to paper; cut out leaving 1/16” trim edge. Tear or cut cardstock/vellum to spread size. Cut tags for each spread to 2-1/2 by 6 inches. Layout design for each spread. Assemble paper, tags, cut images/words and embellishments into a separate envelope for each spread. Distress one inch of ink around the altered file folder edges for each spread. Lightly distress edges of paper, tags, images and words. Color natural ribbon to coordinate with paper. Design tags. Stamp any background images directly onto cardstock. Glue paper and affix pocket paper for all spreads first. Next, affix images/words and flat embellishments for each spread. Add three-dimensional embellishments last. Insert tags into pockets. Enjoy!

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