DIY Ocean Cover by Megan Anderson

I love documenting vacations, and I almost almost always make small books in some form or another to house vacation memories. My favorite vacations have been to beaches (though that hasn’t happened for a depressingly long time). I like reliving those beach memories through scrapbooking until I can get myself out of the Midwest again! Today, I’m going to show you how to create the perfect effect for your ocean vacation project. With this technique, you’ll have a cover that looks like the waves coming in over the sand and feels rough like a beach too!

DIY Ocean Cover by Megan Anderson

I started with a thick blank chipboard cover, which I picked up at a local scrapbooking store. Matte board is another cheap alternative. You can pick it up anywhere that offers framing services–and you can often get it cut to size for you.

To get a peak-through title, choose letter stickers to trace (or cut with a digital cutter). I use a quilting ruler to make sure everything is all lined up.

I chose “FL”–the abbreviation for Florida–as my title.

DIY Ocean Cover by Megan Anderson

Trace your stickers. I used a Uni-Ball white pen, which is my absolute favorite for drawing on dark surfaces.

DIY Ocean Cover by Megan Anderson

Cut the letters out carefully with a craft knife, slightly outside of the lines.

DIY Ocean Cover by Megan Anderson

I used the Basic Grey Precision File Set to clean my letters up a bit.

DIY Ocean Cover by Megan Anderson

Next, cover your entire surface with clear embossing ink (I just press the pad directly on the surface), and cover the clear ink with Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Embossing Powder. Do this with your project on aluminum foil or a large sheet of paper, so you can re-use the excess powder. Tap the excess powder onto the aluminum foil and return it to the container.

*If you have never heat embossed, check out my heat embossing tutorial.

DIY Ocean Cover by Megan Anderson

Heat set your project with an embossing heat gun.

DIY Ocean Cover by Megan Anderson

Paint a thin layer of light tan acrylic paint over your cover. Any acrylic paint will work, I stole some from my daughter.

When the paint has dried. Rub the surface with your finger to create a distress effect.

DIY Ocean Cover by Megan Anderson

Next, add another layer of Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Embossing Powder by repeating the embossing steps.

DIY Ocean Cover by Megan Anderson

When the embossing powder has cooled, rub the surface to create a distress effect and to reveal the other layers.

DIY Ocean Cover by Megan Anderson

To add even more dimension of to the cover, sprayed it with a bit of mist. The Maya Road mist I used is no longer available, but this mist is close in color. Any dark blue mist will do. Make sure to spray your project inside a box so the mist doesn’t get everywhere!

I also added an heat embossed date by stamping numbers with the 7gypsies Numero Stamp Set in gold ink from the Color Box Petal Point Ink Pad. I added Ranger Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder, tapped of the access, and heat set it. By using colored ink and clear embossing powder, you can heat emboss in a wide range of colors without having to buy tons of embossing powders.

DIY Ocean Cover by Megan Anderson

And there you have it! Lots of layers of color, a fun messy process, and you have yourself a project that feels like the ocean for when you’re missing the waves.

DIY Ocean Cover by Megan Anderson

See the interior of the album here.


Supplies Used:

Stickers: American Crafts; Inking and Stamping: 7gypsies Numero Stamp, Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder–Broken China, Ranger Super Fine Embossing– Clear, Maya Road Blue Mist, Emboss It Foam Pad Clear, Color Box Petal Point Ink Pad; Pen Uni-Ball white pen; Tools:: We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile II Big Bite Punch, Fiskars Softgrip Craft Knife, Basic Grey Precision File Set, American Crafts Zap Embossing Heat Gun; Other: Chipboard, 1 Inch Metal Book Rings, acrylic paint.

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