Monday, July 1, 2019

GD Simon says - Make Your Own Background

Welcome everyone!

 I'm so excited and happy to be invited to the 

 as a guest designer this month!

 Before I start, I would like to tell you that I'm not a person of many words and see my blog as a source of inspiration, which means you'll get the hints and tips there and I will point out any especially interesting features - but with pictures rather than a lot of words.  

It's summertime here and I hope you are having a great time.

I was inspired to create a maritim cover for a mixed media sea album.
 I love the look of old weathered structures, they give the project a special character. So I combined some handmade wooden planks in the background with a rusty porthole in the foreground. Behind it a seahorse looks out shyly, I love these creatures and therefore you can often find them on my maritime projects.

I choose a very simple technique for my background.

1. Start priming a grey cardboard in size of your album.
 I used  a blue shade mix of acrylic paints

2. Cut several cardboard strips of the same width

3. Glued on your painted cardboard with some distance between the stripes

4. now you can design the wooden planks as you like,
I started with crackle paste and used a mix of white, turquise and marine acrylic color

Tips - Porthole

1. Use two circle dies for the outer ring,

I love it to use structure paper

2. Punch out two circles in the right size, 

one made of foil and one for the background, which you can design as you like. 
I stamped it with a seahorse and some structure.

3. The outer ring was created with acrylic paint and

I spritz with diluted white vinegar,

the rusting process is thus set in motion more quickly.

I recommend rusting it overnight in a dark damp place.

 In order to enhance the effect I also use earth coloured deco sand .

All of the products I've used on today's project
 that are available from Simon Says Stamp are linked below

Thanks for your visit! 
I hope this was a bit of inspiration for you!

If you have any special questions, please feel free to ask! 

! SEA you next week :-)!

Happy crafting!



  1. Absolutely FABULOUS project Kerstin! I love how you made the planks of wood! they look so real! the whole design of this is gorgeous and I am going to have to have a go at making one of these covers for my journal too! LOVE it :-)

    Thanks so much for agreeing to be in the spotlight and I hope you have a great week!
    Lols XXX

    1. Thank you so much Lorraine, that makes me happy! Creative hugs <3 ! Kerstin xx

  2. Oh, how I love this, Kerstin! Those wooden planks look like you've pulled them off an old painted barn! And your rusty porthole is AMAZING! I think two great minds were thinking alike! Check my blog on Wednesday! Hugs!

  3. Thanks so much Sara, I'm very exciting :-)Hugs, K. xx

  4. Completely stunning, Kerstin - the rusted boards are simply glorious, and the central embellishing around the porthole is magical. Congratulations on your place in the spotlight this month... so well deserved.
    Alison x

  5. Gorgeous sea themed rusty book, Kerstin! I love how you always mix and layer the perfect elements to create your wonderful pieces! hugs, Maura

  6. This is such an amazing creation, Kerstin. Love the beautiful background and those fabulous rusty embellishments. It's so great to have you design with us this month as Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  7. This is amazing, Kerstin! Love how you've altered those greyboard strips into wooden planks. And it looks all so rustic and grungy, I love it! So happy that you're our GD this month! Hugs, Sandra

  8. Kerstin you are one of my favorite designers! The themes, the colors you use are always absolutely incredible and this piece is no different! Fantastic! Happy to have you with us this month on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! barbara

    1. Thanks sooo much, dear Barbara, that makes me happy and helps me move on. I'm a big fan of your awesome projects and inspirations too!! Hugs, K. xx

  9. Hi Kerstin, you created a gorgeous piece .. It caught my eye: because of the colors , and the planks.. but also because of the fishnet. I'd like to know where you bought it, the netting..

    1. Thank you very much Ellie, I bought the net in an One Euro Shop as a Halloween deco.

  10. Just WOW...finally I am back home and have time to browser your blog with a proper internet connection...and this is - like all the other projects if have been catching up with on your blog today - just heavenly beautiful! One of my favourite projects in crafty blogland this summer!

    Claudia xxx


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