The Palace of the Fine Arts – Vintage Summer Basics

Posted by Nancy Hanttula

9 August, 2013 - ,

Hello Maja fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here, & I am back again to share a layout I created, using the gorgeous Vintage Summer Basics collection.

the Palace

I knew that the beautiful and sophisticated browns, of some of the gorgeous Vintage Summer Basics collection papers, were perfect to scrap my photo of San Francisco’s magnificent Palace of the Fine Arts.

To create the stenciled border of the center layer, I tore a page from one of my art journals and used some brown chalk ink from Colorbox.


Below is a view of the completed border stenciling.


To create the fancy flourishes, I used a “Zip Screen” screen printing stencil I got at my local craft store.  I loved how easy these screen prints were to use.


Using acrylic paint, these stencils worked perfectly.


To create the fancy flower, I first started by cutting out the flower base using my Martha Stewart circle border punch.


To create the clay flower, I used crafter’s clay from Martha Stewart.  This clay air drys and is so extremely light-weight, making it perfect to use for embellishments.


I rolled out the basic flower shapes with my hands.


I then used some basic cake decorating tools from Wilson.


Before letting the clay dry, you can embed beads, pearls, buttons, or other embellishments into your design.


After letting the clay dry, you can paint it or ink it to bring out the designs you have imprinted into the clay with the cake decorating tools.

I finished the page off with some details in the upper left corner.


Vintage Summer Basic papers used for this layout included:  “1946” – “1905” – “1891” – “1933” & “Minner/Memories” …


other supplies used for this project included:  Martha Stewart flower arches circle punch; EK Success Moroccan border punch, brown Colorbox chalk ink; MME pink trim, silk ribbon from stash, Prima “key”; Fiskars ruler; & CTMH ink Desert Sand.

Thanks for looking! and I hope that you create something amazing today!

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  • Jenny Grotherus says:

    Nancy, you always make want to create! You are so amazing and inspiring. Got to bring out my clay this weekend. This is another fantastic piece of art and thank you so much for your step by step instructions that you always make.

  • Jennifer Snyder says:

    Nancy – stunning work with Vintage Summer Basics. also great molding technique – thanks for sharing

  • Gabrielle Pollacco says:

    Amazing page Nancy!! I love your tutorials and this one is no exception…thanks for sharing your creative ideas! xo

  • Linda says:

    Stunning project…I especially love the molding techniques! And that paper is beautiful!

  • So many cool ideas here! I have just recently started playing with paper clay which is also very light weight and just has to air dry. However, I have been making rubber-like molds (got mine at Michael’s in the Sculpy/Fimo aisle) of some of my favorite resin embellishments and then using the Sculpy (it is easier to soften) or the paper clay. It never occurred to me to simply free-hand something!! I admired that flower immediately and was really surprised when I saw how you made it. The paper edge stencil idea is also a keeper. Stunning ideas and so inexpensive!! Beautiful LO, too!!

  • I wasn’t very clear about the molds. There is a kit you can buy that has two substances that you knead together and then push your object into it to get an image (better instructions in the box!). That air dries for about 20 minutes and is then ready to receive your prepared Sculpy or Paper Clay. Sculpy can be set up by baking at a very low temperature (I think the mold can tolerate the heat as well) or the Paper Clay can be removed carefully from the mold and left to air dry. I usually have to sand some rough spots when the item is complete but it is certainly worth the investment if you use a lot of this type of thing. And don’t forget those coupons!! You’ll need them…

  • Rea says:

    Beautiful Nancy, and I love the flower you added and texture you added.

  • Katyoparty says:

    Such a clever and whimsical design–haven’t played with paper clay in quite awhile but I think this project has renewed my interest! Thanks!

  • Romy Veul says:

    Your lay-out is totally amazing! The clay embellishments look fantastic!

  • Marilyn Rivera says:

    Gorgeous Nancy!! many fantastic techniques!!!!

  • Rachelle Sigurdson says:

    Nancy,this is AMAZING!!!!