These Stampbord pieces make wonderful covers for scrapbook albums. They are acid free, archival and about 1/8" thick and very sturdy. They come in a variety of sizes but I like these 3 1/2" square ones for this project.
Stampbord has an ultra-smooth clay finish that accepts all types of stamping inks including dye based, alcohol and pigment. First I used a Cat's Eye pigment ink and just applied it directly to the surface. For a nice finished look, I like to run a black Sharpie marker along the outer side edges of the piece.
Once the ink dries, I stamp my image with StazOn black ink. Here I am borrowing Maura's Happy Camper set from Stampin' Up. I love this little image!
Since the surface is made of clay, you can scratch back into your designs to create incredible details, highlights and textures using a scratch tool. The surface is correctable and erasable making it easy to work with. Here are just a few detail lines scratched in.
And here is the finished project. You can add as much or as little detail as you like.
At a crop with Maura, working with Stampbord was one of our projects to do together. This was the first time either of us had used it. We made little accordion scrapbooks of our visit. On this project, we added a bit of ink color back into the scratched off white surfaces. Just one of the many options with Stampbord.
And this final project shows a cover made up of four single squares adhered to a piece of book board.
It isn't all that easy to find Stampbord locally but I found a great online store here that I have ordered from and have gotten great service.
Hope you enjoyed!