Wednesday, January 8, 2014

VIDEO TUTORIAL: Steampunk Journal Cover {Cheery Lynn Designs}

 
Hi everyone!  I was recently asked back by Cheery Lynn Designs to do another month of guest work for them, so here is my first project this month using their gorgeous dies!   I've been admiring the beautiful new steampunk designs Cheery Lynn came out with recently so I'd been itching to try a mixed media style journal cover using a few of the new die cuts.   I was thinking to make a 'diary' style journal, something that would be handled more as opposed to an 'art journal', so I wanted to get a nice embossed look to the cover and not go too 3D with the embellishing.  So using the Cheery Lynn steampunk die cuts seemed like the perfect solution to getting that subtle embossed design for my cover.
 
I thought I would record my process as I created the cover so that you all could watch the process, I always think a visual is sometimes a lot easier to follow than writing down the instructions, right?  So grab yourself a cup of coffee (or tea) and take out a few minutes to watch the process :) 



I hope you enjoyed my video tutorial!  Here are a few close-up photos of the cover design as well as a photo of the back of the cover....





 
Cheery Lynn Design Products used for this project:
*mists and other products used for this project can be found listed in the descriptions at my youtube channel.
 
I hope you enjoyed my project as much as I enjoyed making it!  I'm looking forward to sharing more fun Cheery Lynn Design projects with you in the upcoming weeks! xo
 

50 comments:

Hridya said...

I am your new follower,... this is simply beautiful.. you are soo good at this... awesome, wish i will be able to do something like what you do... keep inspiring :)

hridya
http://quillthrill.blogspot.com

LoveVN said...

Awesome job! Can be very long view and admire!

Michelle Gray said...

Beautiful! And you make it looks so easy and fun. I'm curious about how long it took you to do both covers, start to finish, after gathering your materials. (I realize you had times of inactivity during drying times.)
Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent.

Crea S said...

O Gabrielle another marvelous project! Love how you went for a steampunktheme! Hugs,
http://littlecreass.blogspot.be/

langeatheart said...

Love these die cuts where can we buy them? Awesome journal! :)

ania said...

Niesamowity!!!!

Elly said...

Lordy how cool is that? Now i'm on the search to get those dies. Thanks for another great inspiration.(:o)

Romy said...

Wow, so gorgeous! You are really a star when it comes to mixed media!

Lynn said...

Only you can take Steampunk and turn it into Glamorous! Love what you did with the journal cover!!! Now off to watch your video. Have an awesome day!

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Hi Michelle, ...you asked about the real time for creating both covers? Well, I can tell you that my battery on my phone (which I use for taping my video's) will only last for about an hour and 20 minutes so I have to get my designs finished in under that time. But I did prepare, as you mentioned by having my die cuts ready and giving my covers a couple of coats of Gesso before I began. But I think it's safe to say it was completely done in under an hour and a half (dry time included) :)

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Hi Elly and Pam (Langeaheart), thanks for the sweet comments....you can find these dies at Cheery Lynn Designs....If you look in the post above you will see that I listed the dies that I used, if you click on them you'll be linked to the item at their website :)

Theresa said...

Your work is always so gorgeous. This journal cover is no exception. So glad you are making you tubes again. thanks as always for sharing.

Baukje said...

STUNNING, AMAZING, AWE INSPIRING, you are very talented. LOVE your work

Frk. Bogstad said...

Wow ... This is amazing.
Thank you for sharing :)
I really like your work.

bolletjelucky.blogspot.com said...

Wow, what a beautiful cover did you make.Gorgeous mixed media. The colours you used in combination with the jewels made me think about the fairytales from 1001 nights...greetings Miranda

pattyo said...

This is beautiful and would certainly want to make me record my thoughts in it!

ahappyscramper said...

Oh my lord it's absolutely divine Gabrielle. THank you for the video. Those gold accents make it unbelievably beautiful.

francie said...

Thanks, Gabbi - it's always encuraging and educational to view one of your inspirational tutorials. Have a gread week. Fran (Quick Silver)

Krisha said...

Absolutely stunning.
Am off to try some of these techniques!
Thanks so much for sharing.

Stempeln und mehr - Evelyns bunte Welt said...

Wonderful cover and I like it, when you are going the steampunk way. Great video and the tip how to use the alcohol inks.
Hugs Evelyn

Davi said...

Awesome job on the cover is is fabulous!! GREAT tutorial ;)

Lizzyc said...

Thank you so much I really enjoyed watching the process of creating the covers for your journal.. I also learnt a bit more about layers and gesso and I love how textured the end result is.. I look forward to seeing more of your creating.. thanks for taking the time to put it on video too and sharing your skills so people like me can learn and grow in my scrapping skills too!! Love your journal covers!!

Margaret Mifsud said...

Beautiful, beautiful work Gabrielle!!! I watched the video and I am in awe, you made it look so easy but I know from experience it is not. Gorgeous colour, great design, absolutely stunning covers!!! ox

Zeneva Kovic said...

Stunning! It was great to watch your process. Thank you for sharing.

Magda said...

Thank you for this very interesting video !!!!!
I learned a lot watching your work .
Wish you a nice day
Magda

Mary Elizabeth said...

I always adore your videos. It is so much fun to watch your creative process. You are really good at expressing this visually (in terms of placement of elements) on your projects. Also, it helps to see how much texture paste you use and how you apply it What an amazing journal. Love the Cheery Lynn steampunk dies. I would love to get my hands on those :)!! I am planning to do some steampunk projects in the near future. Wonderful video and journal ... thanks so much for continuing to inspire and inform my creativity. -- Mary Elizabeth

Trish said...

Awesome

Trish said...

Awesome

Danoesja said...

Hi Gabrielle

This book looks really awesome, thanks for sharing this video tutorial.

Hugs, Danoesja

a1983alaskan said...

Gabi--- I, too, learn more from watching a video. I'm a visual learner :-)
Your journal is stunning!

Linda D said...

This is incredible! I found this on Pinterest, now I'll follow your blog. Thanks for the inspiration -

Scrapycandy said...

This was thee most amazing video ever! Thank you. A piece of art.

jozazoo said...

Thanks ! Very inspiring, as usual !!! Love your work ! :)

Kristy Tyra said...

I just happened across your youtube for the steampunk cover. Wow! Very cool! And now ideas are spinning in my head for Christmas. Early, I know, but if you are making most of them you gotta start early!

momofdiego said...

Hi I loved your journal video. You are very creative & talented with a wonderfull artistic eye. :-)
You mentioned in this video that you were using homemade mixed media and the recipe would be on the right side of the video on your blog. I don't see it so it's either not there or I'm just missing it and it's probably right in front of my eyes. Lol. Is it the same as modge podge? If not could you tell me where to find this recipe?
Thank you so much. I have subscribed to you and look forward to watching many of your videos!!! Thanks

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Hi Momofdiego, Thanks so much for your kind words....the texture paste recipe is under 'My Tutorials' but to make it easier, here is the link http://gabriellepollacco.blogspot.ca/2013/06/a-tranquil-moment-with-new-websters.html

Joyce said...

What was the cover made out of? Does it matter? Love this book!! Thanks for inspiration!

crazy4atc said...

A fabulous Tutorial!!
Thank you so much for sharing your talent and creativity!!!
Love this!!

Anna said...

Absolutely STUNNING!!! And your tutorial held my attention all the way thru. NICE!!!!

Barbara Fuller said...

Hi Gabrielle

Loved the video and the awesome journal you created, so different from anything I have seen. You have inspired me to do something using your technique and my own materials. Thank you so much for sharing, your work of art is absolutely beautiful.

Cheers
Barb

Kirsten McComas said...

You are truly amazing! I'm going to make my husband a "travel log" with this inspiration in mind! I love your blog and artistic style. .very similar to my own. .you're a heck of a lot better:)

Kirsten McComas said...

Hi Gabrielle! One last question...did you seal the journal with anything to protect it?

southernruralroute said...

Your Steampunk Journal was recommended to me by YouTube. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't have found you. Wanted to express my appreciation for your great video, your ideas, and sharing where you got the dies.

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Kirsten, I just now saw this, sorry for the late reply. You can use a spray sealant...if you dont have any handy, I've used hairspray in a pinch! It works! xo

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Thanks so much for the kind feedback! Glad you found me! xo

b said...

Loving your pictures and the authentic and genuine way you have put your story across - you're an inspiration and I am following your journey - awesome work!

georgie goodwin said...

This is amazing, i really want to use your technique for me art project as i am doing a project to do with steampunk and this would be perfect for my cover. so beautiful and such an inspiration for me now!

Susan Rutledge said...

How do you keep the cardboard covers from warping? Yours look fairly flat and mine are curving. Also, can you list a source for the journals? I only could find small ones. Thank you.

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Hi Susan....I got my journal from a local dollar store called Dollarama. This particular book was a writing journal that my daughter uses but I have also gotten the type for mixed media with the heavy papers in them from there as well for about $3.00 ...I dont know if they still have them as its been a while since I bought one, but they are a heavy strong cardboard and dont seem to warp.

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Hi Susan....I got my journal from a local dollar store called Dollarama. This particular book was a writing journal that my daughter uses but I have also gotten the type for mixed media with the heavy papers in them from there as well for about $3.00 ...I dont know if they still have them as its been a while since I bought one, but they are a heavy strong cardboard and dont seem to warp.

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