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Sizzix 'Old School' Original Die Challenge - Album Cover and Pages

Posted on April 13, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Here is the first project in the Sizzix Challenge. This uses the Album Cover and Pages dies to make a Distressed Notebook. If you would like to see the photo tutorial, please scroll down this post.

Sizzix original dies - Album Cover, Album Pages and small die, Dragonfly

If you have completed a project and would like to join in the challenge, then post a link in the comments section below, or send a photo to us here at Mementoes. You can also upload to the Wall of Fame Gallery in the Photo Album too. Here is the materials and equipment list, if you would like to make this project. You can of course substitute other stamps and inks that you have, you just need the basic die cut shape.


Materials and Equipment List

  • Sizzix original dies - Album Cover, Album Pages, Dragonfly
  • Hero Arts - Old French Writing Stamp
  • Fiskars - Zinnia Zing Stamp
  • Distressed inks - Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Old Paper (if you have all the inks, you can also add Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Aged Mahogany).
  • Gold Inkpad
  • Versafine Sepia Inkpad
  • Gold Perfect Pearls
  • Gold Liquid Pearls
  • Cream textured card for covers and white paper for pages
  • Chipboard
  • Brown Grossgrain ribbon
  • PVA glue

I've cut the front and back of my album from a textured cream card and used distressed inks around the edges to get a vintage effect. Just mix and match the colours you have, you can't really go wrong with this bit.

This the lovely Fiskars Zinnia Zing stamp set, which I got at a discount but never got around to using. I've used the top image for this project, as I like the flourish part. The stamp has a distressed effect, which works nicely here, especially with the sepia ink and the textured cream card.

I've then stamped over the rest of the cover, front and back with the Hero Arts Old French Writing stamp (my absolute favourite background stamp). To get the almost faded effect, I stamped the ink off on a scrap piece of paper first, so the ink wasn't too dark. Cut some pages from paper using the Album Pages die, then tie the album together with the brown ribbon.

I've cut a dragonfly from chipboard and then inked it with some gold ink. I've added some distressed inks around the edges after the gold dried, to tone down the gold a bit and give it an antique effect.

I've added some detail to the dragonfly with liquid pearls then fix to the front of the album with my tacky PVA.

Then a little brush over the front with some gold perfect pearls powder to give a shine and catch the light.

A quick notebook project completed!

I hope you have enjoyed this first quick project. Read about the challenge here. Keep an eye out for the next one using the Mini Album Die and please do add a comment or a link to your challenge project below!

Categories: Other Projects, 2012 to 2013, Project Tips and Notes

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Reply clayteapot
3:53 AM on October 21, 2019 
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Reply Imy
4:39 AM on April 16, 2013 
Marion says...
I love this "look" Imy. The script and flourish stamps are favs of mine too. You will be busy filling those album pages now lol!

Thanks Marion. Me too! I absolutely love my distressed inks, they are so nice to work with and the finished effect is always pleasing.
Reply Marion
5:33 AM on April 14, 2013 
I love this "look" Imy. The script and flourish stamps are favs of mine too. You will be busy filling those album pages now lol!