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Tutorial: Altered Composition Book


Gini has a fabulous tutorial for you! She shows you how you can have lots of messy fun altering a notebook! (please note: Gini has used some stamps only available in the US, but we’ve shared some suggestions for replacements in the supply list below!).

Crafter's Companion Supplies:

Other Supplies: Composition Book, Mists, Acrylic paints, gesso; Staz-on Ink



Step 1:Paint composition book with gesso, then paint a neutral background with acrylic paints.
stamped background

Step 2: Stamp background stamp randomly, (we have suggested an alternate above) with Staz-On Ink.


Step 3: Use portions of the grunge tree stencil (we have suggested an alternate above) to add texture to the background using modelling paste.


Step 4: Mist over areas of the book with complimentary colours.

die cut ferns

Step 5: Die cut ferns from thin cardstock and adhere to the background.

Step 6: Colour the ferns quickly with Spectrum Aqua markers.


Step 7: Blend the colours with water and a brush.


Step 8: Blot the ferns to remove excess water. This will also remove some of the misted colour and will reveal the original acrylic paint background.


Step 9: Die cut multiple identical flowers. Glue the layers together to create faux chipboard.

Step 10: Colour the flower with the Spectrum Aqua pens and blend with a waterbrush. Glue to the cover.


Step 11: Spread thick acrylic paint to working mat, and use to “ink” a background flower stamp. Stamp the image randomly over the cover.


We would love to see what you make! Share your projects and cards with us on our Facebook page, tag us on Instagram (#crafterscompanion), on Pinterest (@CraftersCompUK) or on Twitter (@CraftersCompUK)!

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