Hello everyone! I’m back today using the amazing Expecto Stampo set to create a Harry Potter themed layout. My family are definitely Potter-heads. Each of us have gotten hooked on the books or movies at some point. It’s one of my favorite series to go back and re-read (I’ve already read them all 4 times all the way through). So when I saw this stamp set, I was incredibly inspired!
I started this layout by creating the Marauder’s Map using some parchment paper from the Cardstock Warehouse. I folded and crumpled the paper to make it seem used and worn. Then I stamped using Staz-On in Jet Black.
Next I went about creating my Sorting Hat. I used brown box kraft cardstock and sketched out what I wanted the hat to look like. Then I cut it out and used the scraps to create the face of the hat by making it have a 3D effect. I stitched around this with a coordinating color embroidery floss. For the wand, I cut that out of some brown cardstock and did coordinating hand stitching as well.
Then I created the symbol of the Deathly Hallows. I knew this was where I was going to add more of the amazing stamps. I cut the symbol out of gray cardstock. Again I stitched on the symbol to tie it in with the other elements on the page. I traced the outline directly onto the background of my layout.
Then I set about stamping. I lined the sentiments up so that they would be on the same angle as the symbol. I used my Tim Holtz stamp platform and some Momento black ink to make sure that I got crisp images. I’m not the greatest stamper using a stamp block because I can’t seem to get the pressure down right. The stamp platform saves me from this by allowing me to re-stamp as many times as needed. I filled in the remaining gaps with the image stamps from the set.
All of the elements were adhered to the page using liquid glue because of all of the stitching. I popped the hat up on some craft foam to give it some dimension. Then
I added the photo and the title. When I stuck the photo down I made a mistake and tore a small hole in the paper so to cover it I stamped out the Harry Potter head and stuck it over the hole. Perfect cover!
To finish I added the plaid mat which is a Halloween paper from Paper House Productions. I drew around the edge with a black pen to mimic the stitching. Finally, I added my journaling around the Deathly Hallows symbol. And that was it! I am totally in love with this layout and I”m considering hanging it on my wall. It makes me so happy!
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