Thursday, 14 December 2017

Emerald Creek & Stencil Girl Blog Hop

Hi, servus and welcome to my little creative spot! I am very excited and honoured to be part of the fab three-days-long Emerald Creek & Stencil Girl Blog Hop on Day 2 today!

Yesterday wonderful Seth Apter himself together with Mary Beth Shaw, Kim Evans (my lovely boss from Emerald Creek) and Vicky Evans kicked off this great event.
Today it's my turn to share my inspirational project with you alongside Gwen Lafleur, Mary C. Nasser and Chulia Chupik.
And on the final day, tomorrow, Janet Joehlin, Tina Walker, Diana Hetherington and Karen Bearse will finish the blog hop off with their projects. (if you read on you will find the links to their projects and blogs all listed and ready to take you through the hop).

And what would a blog hop be without a cool...

One lucky winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Emerald Creek!
Enter to win by leaving a comment below.
Then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment to win.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Tuesday, December 19th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page on Wednesday, December 20th.

And there's another fab give away waiting for one lucky winner!
Seth Apter himself is giving away this
amazing piece of art he created for this blog hop!


Cool, huh?

Blog Hop Order:
December 13

December 14
Claudia Neubacher (you are here now)

December 15

So have fun hopping and getting loads of wonderful inspiration from Seth and the Emerald Creek and Stencil Girl ladies!

Being mainly into industrial and steampunk style art, to me Seth Apter's stencil (and dies) designs being combined with the amazing Emerald Creek embossing enamels are a match made in crafty heaven! But of course there are plenty of other fab stencil designs for everyone's taste and liking to be found with the Stencil girl range and by visiting the others' blogs you'll find that the possibilities to create from their stencils and Kim's wonderful embossing powders are endless.

List of products used on my project (honestly I threw on almost everything "Seth" I

Stencil Girl stencils - designed by Seth Apter:
Urban Insiders Bar
Urban Insiders Square
Past Present Future
Techno Insiders Circle

Emerald Creek embossing powders:
Charred Gold
Burnt Copper Leaves
Hammered Metal
Steel Sapphire
Aztec Gold
Clear Chunk Gloss

Additional Seth Apter stamp sets used:
Turnarounds Set 4
What will happen...

Additional Seth Apter dies sets used:
Robo Ring
Robo Bar
Pocket Watch

I had this thin journal at home that had a plain kraft cover - just perfect for altering it and turning it into a keepsake for precious thoughts and memories!

To keep the journal's pages safe from being accidentally painted or stained, I inserted a sheet of scrap paper between the cover and the first page. Then I used Seth's "monoprinting with paper" - technique (as I call it) to create a quick background for my cover. (sorry for the poor pictures, but it was very dark outside all day long and this was the best I could get from my lighting and picture editing without loosing too much detail). 

Working on several sheets of  manila cardstock at the same time, I brushed on various acrylic paints with a wide flat brush and pressed and rubbed the wet paints from one sheet onto the others until I was content with the look. 

I created more sheets than I actually needed for this project - but I love having plenty of beautiful papers to choose from. I added sprinkles of dark blue paint to the dried cover using a heavily loaded brush and diluted acrylic paint. 

Using Seth's dies I die cut a pile of various shapes from different backgrounds so I had a stash to play with.

I also die cut the same shapes from heavy black card and made sure I had at least two pieces of each design... I could use some for layering and others for heat embossing them with some of Kim's great embossing enamels.

 When heat embossing the pocket watch frame with Steel Sapphire embossing powder I also sprinkled on traces of Hammered Metal embossing enamel - I love to mix embossing powders like that.

I embellished some of the die cut panels with word stickers and added two coats of Emerald Creek Clear Chunk Gloss to create labels and frames. 

Some of the die cut pieces were given additional texture by randomly stamping them with Seth's designs.

I also heat embossed some of these with the Clear Chunk Gloss embossing enamel.

I stamped some of Seth's designs onto the cover using StazOn "Ganache" ink. Then I grabbed the beautiful Stencil Girl stencils I was kindly given for this blog hop event and created a second layer on my cover using beige chalky finish paint and opaque orange acrylic paint. I used the Techno Insiders Circle stencil on top of the stamped on circle near the centre to create my focal element. They are a  perfect match, aren't they?

Then it was time to play with all my die cut, stamped and heat embossed pieces! I used tacky glue to fix them to the cover. Some were outlined with a white gel pen and/or a black fine tip china ink marker.

Some detail shots that show the layering and "weaving" of the die cut pieces, the stencilled on patterns and stamping.

And once more the finished journal:

Now it's time to visit the others' blogs and check out their amazing makes! Loads of yummy inspiration are waiting for you - I promise! 

Thank you so much, Stencil Girl, for this wonderful opportunity to play with your fab stencils! Thank you, Kim, for the incredible embossing powders you create - they brought me into loving to work with heat embossing! And thank you, Seth Apter, for your awesome designs! They really never fail to inspire me!  

Hugs and happy crafting!


  1. Thanks for this inspirational project! Love it! (Annie)

  2. Claudia!
    You ROCK every product that you use- did you know that? This is out of this world absolutely cool and gorgeous! I would love to see this one in person as your layers of colors ,textures and elements are just WOW!
    Great make and thanks so much for sharing your step outs- you are awesome!
    Jackie xo

  3. Gorgeously detailed!

  4. WOW! I'm still taking all the bits and pieces in. Just amazing choice of colors and the subtle/not subtle transition of the page is striking. I have to go back and look more and more. Thanks for sharing! ~Rachel Bell bellbrzs (at) cox (dot) net

  5. Be still my beating heart♥♥♥ This is absolutely Incredible ,Claudia. The design,the colours, Seth's fab products, the EP's, the execution are all just spot on.
    Thank you so much for sharing such an amazing piece of creativity that leaves me in awe! WOW!
    p.s. I'm a big Seth Fan :) xx

  6. Wow! Great project, and cover turned out amazing!

  7. I especially love the dimension from the clear embossing.

  8. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! Love looking at your work and finding something new each time. Incredible!

  9. Wow! Wow! Wow! Your journal is amazing, Claudia. I love all the gorgeous colours.

  10. Oh Claudia you have done such beautiful work here! I love the effect of the Clear Chunk Gloss. Such a nice dimension it gives it. Looks like I will be doing some more shopping on supplies today! Splendid work!

  11. Thanks for sharing the process of your artwork!

  12. Love it! Favorite colors. Thank you.

  13. I am in love with this art journal!
    Feel like I could look at it forever with all its wonderfully colorful intricacies! Now I want to try Emerald Creek Clear Chunk Gloss to create labels and frames, too!
    Thank you for sharing your brilliant art!

  14. I love this journal cover. Your use of color, as well as the dies and embossing powders, are terrific!

  15. I really liked how you embossed those die cuts.

  16. What a fabulous journal cover! Love the step by step tutorial you gave; will have to go back and study it some more. Thanks for the inspiration.

  17. I love this tutorial and what you did with the dies, stencils, Paper Artsy paints, and Emerald Creek EPs! This reminds me of Seth's rust class we took at Stencil Girl & Friends.

  18. This has such depth and detail. Love the colours.
    Bevtextart (at) btinternet (dot com)

  19. I really like the retro look with all the dimension and texture. I didn't realize that Seth also has dies-that's so exciting! Thanks for the step by step. I want to try this at home.

  20. Claudia this is spectacular! I loved watching how this came about. and the gloss over the paint was awesome and really made it pop. Thank you for joining us and for being on the team. I just love you. Big HUGS from Canada!

  21. Great journal cover! (and I love Seth's stuff too :) )

  22. I lose seeing all the steps to the end. So many wonderful layers! Love the embossing!

  23. I really like this piece. The colors and mixing the embossing powders to get a unique look.

  24. Love your altered Journal Claudia!! Thanks for sharing.

  25. I am just taken by your design and color choices - sort of a steam punk look. Love it!! Thank you, Claudia.

  26. I love to decorate small journals. Thanks for giving me some inspiration. You are very creative and I love your work!

  27. Fabulous journal cover - I love the way you layered the patterns and then added in the colors and textures to really give it depth. Looks great!

  28. Wow. Love the texture and the use of the stencils and embossing powders. An inspiration.

  29. Claudia, I very much like your style. You packed so many things onto your cover and it feels so refreshing. Love your color choices. It all fits together so nicely.

  30. Love your personalized journal - great techniques using the powders.

  31. Oh the colors, love a complimentary palate. You have constructed a beauty, I absolutely love it. My first time to see your work and you have acquired a new fan!

  32. This is AMAZING!! Love how you used all the different products together. Love it

  33. thanks for the tips and techniques
    used. It is a fantastic project.
    Love that pocket watch.
    thanks for sharing.

  34. Oooh, I love the idea of mixing embossing powders! Amanda (at) meadowdance (dot) org

  35. Very good ideas and techniques ! Thanks for sharing.

  36. loved the journal cover!! Thanks for sharing!!

  37. I couldn't love this anymore than I do. Fantastic combination, incredible colors and a sensational work of art!

  38. Fun and fabulous! All of Seth's dies and stencils look great - the Steel Sapphire and Hammered Metal are amazing!

  39. WOW beautiful, creative and colorful project. Thank you for the step=by=step.

  40. I completely agree, your creativity, Seth’s tools and emerald creeks embossing powders are a match made in heaven. What an amazing journal cover you have created! Breathtaking

  41. Oh this is so wonderful. I love how you used the colors and the parts. This is a fabulous journal.

  42. Love the weaving of the die cuts & the embossing powder makes for a stunning piece! Fabulous!

  43. I love your project - thank you for sharing the process!

  44. Claudia, this is anazing! ILove the colors, composition and creativity. A lot of talent going on. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to see more!

  45. I just had to come over from Seth's blog to say how much I love your stunning creation Claudia, the design is wonderful and you have used Seth's products beautifully... a stunning piece! Anne xx

  46. I found you through Seth Apter’s post today. I love the colors you used and the design using Seth’s Stencils. There is a quality to the artwork that is pleasing to my eye - kind of soft and faded, but still vibrant and energetic. Thank you for sharing this lovely journal cover.

  47. Another Sth-addict!!! Love the piece.

  48. I love how you combined everything, and the step-by-step how to's (thanks for that!) and thanks for the chance to win.

  49. Love this cover ! It's so Vivid, so fresh, so grungy, well so beautiful ! Very inspiring !

  50. Just fabulous. So much to look at but all working together perfectly. Just doesn’t get any better.

  51. It is very cute, would make a great gift.

  52. Wow great tutorial, love all the details!!

  53. Wow! What a gorgeous journal cover. Thanks for sharing...


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