Wednesday, 7 August 2013


This was inspired by those old maps that they used to make in the Victorian times where the 'sponsor' of the printing run placed their logo and company details onto it and highlighted were they worked and where customers could visit. It is also a 'Quickie' Project
The map is a template called LONDON and is made by ARTISTCELLER STENCIL. There are 4 in the map range and are sold as a single template or as a set of 4 if your feeling extravagant. The stamps used are from a set called LONDON TELEGRAPH from OXFORD IMPRESSIONS. These and a VAST COLLECTION of other crafting goodies are available from THATS CRAFTY ON-LINE STORE.

London Stencil
Oxford Impressions - London Telegraph.
Sheet A4 sheet White Smooth Card.
Sheet 12 x 12 Complementary Card
Embossing Machine and plates.
Oval and Square Spellbinders Dies
Adirondack Earthtones - Espresso
Tim Holtz Distressing Inks - Tea Dye * Antique Linen * Old Paper * Vintage Photo * Tumbled Glass * Mowed Lawn * Fired Brick and Walnut Stain.
Ranger Glossy Accents
Cosmic Shimmer Coloured Pearlescent PVA - Gold
Gold Card Candi x4
Ranger Blending Tool
Blending Mat
Clear High Tac Glue
Masking Easy Lift Tape
Stix2 Glue Glider Pro [for mounting the map onto the backing card. A lot easier that double sided mounting tape]


First thing we need to do is stamp out the items that we are going to use to embellish our map. i started out by stamping 2 different things and using spellbinders [or other manufacturers dies] to cut them out ready for the next step.

Placing them onto a blending mat and using two complementary colours start to build up a interesting colour by blending them onto the card surface.

Once they have been coloured on the figure Glossy Accents was used to build up a layer so that when it was dry it looked like glass.. Also golden card Candi's were placed in 4 corners once again to give the look of them being secured into place.

in the end i opted to use the gold cosmic shimmer as it would fit in better with the card candis used.

Securing the map onto a sheet of white smooth card, i started buy using the lightest colour as a base and then start to give depth to the image by using the darker inks to build up definition.

Blue was used in the regions where there would be water like the River and the ponds in and around London. This was not done to be 'spot on' as old maps would fade so this is the look we are going fore just blend it in and it it goes to sections next to do worry it will just add to the final look.

Like the Blue a green is used to highlight where there would be woodlands. Again don't be precise but just indicate where they were.

Once you have placed layers onto the paper leaving the map in place we are now going to run them through the embossing machine. This is an old technique that's been around for ages. What we are trying to do is make a raised ridge so that we can do the final layer of colour.

Embossing plates and rubber mats used to create the raised layer.

The next thing to do in the colouring is to colour the Roads. This was done by layering a light layer of Vintage photo over the whole of the card. Final step is to take the the Vintage Photo and give the edges a rub using the ink pad directly, then while still wet using the blending tool and drag the wet ink into the centre of the map. This is done just to add the feeling of age and the map being used.

Before we trim and mount the map onto a backing sheet we have have to secure where we want the stamped images to go also in the stamp set there is the text London as well as a date, so these were used to stamp directly onto the map using the same ink pad as the other imagery was stamped.
Then trim around the edges and mount on some complementary card.

There we have it a quick project that can be used for a scrap book page or a male relative card front.

If there are any questions please ask away i will do my best to respond as soon as possible.

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