I decided to make a project with a male theme and used the lovely Artistic Outpost stamps. I started with two pieces of chipboard and used a Dylusions stencil and Wendy Vecchi's white Embossing Paste. While the stencil was still in place I used the little script stamp from the French Flight set and stamped into the paste.
When the paste was dry I started to layer up Fresco Finish paint. I started with orange shades and worked my way towards brown shades. I then did some stencilling using the Prima Checker stencil, TCW Onion Skin and Diamonds using French Roast Fresco Finish. The images are from the Artistic Outpost French Flight set and I've used Potting Soil Archival ink. All of the embellishments have been coated with black Fresco Finish paint and I then brushed some Onyxite Treasure Gold over them, including the metal corners.
The little balloon is from the Paris Exposition set and I've used Potting Soil Archival ink for this too. I wanted this journal to have the feeling and show signs of being well used so I added some thumb prints where the owner will have opened the journal without washing his hands from the oily work in his workshop.
I kept the back of the journal quite simple using the same colours and stencils.
I used the Tim Holtz Splatter stencil with black Fresco Finish to add some splats to resemble the sort of mark you'd find if you'd put the journal down on some oil.
I lined inside the covers with card that I'd stamped with the ledger Artistic Outpost stamp using Potting Soil Archival ink. I rubbed some of the same ink over the pages, I don't think clean white pages would be found in a hot air balloon workshop!
I carried the finger prints through to the inside cover too, I had the vision of this journal being grabbed to make hurried notes when an idea struck !
I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the main blog and check out the rest of the DT's fabulour projects.