Embossing – How To With Jowilna.

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Silver linings…how to be creative even when you have almost no fancy products…

People often complain about how they need something specific to do a certain thing. I say nonsense…if you have a creative mind and can do something with your hands, the sky is the limit! I created some beautiful cards with left-overs, typing paper and nothing fancy apart from my embossing powder and VersaMark ink pad…let’s take a look.embossed paper cards

step 1 – I used paint and a roller on typing paper to create some interesting backgrounds. For example, if you have a stencil of a punched heart you can add a pattern. Or if you have a toothpick, add some scratches in the paint for a cool effect.

The really cool effects were created using my favourite paints and a Gelli Plate. It offers unlimited potential for your creativity – and you can literally spend hours creating beautiful effects and patterns to use.
step1step 2 – Ink a texture plate or stamp using your VersaMark ink pad and stamp the pattern onto your typing paper background.

step 3 – Sprinkle the stamped image with silver embossing powder and shake off the excess powder.
TIP: Always use a scrap sheet of paper so you can return the powder to the container, or decant your powder into a tub and work over that so you don’t waste.

step 4 – Heat set the powder using your heat gun.

step 5 – Adhere the background to a folded card front. Add some embellishments and a focal point.

For my cards I used a fabric label up-cycled from packaging and a stamped image I had on my desk. I simply added a few flowers from my stash and some diamante that I found.

Nothing fancy, beautiful embossing, colours, textures and a few embellishments later you can create beautiful cards,
even using typing paper from the office. So there is no excuse not to be creative this coming week. Happy playing!

 Products Used

Bombay Sunset from Kaisercraft …. for the love of colour.

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sneak peak Bombay dreams

when i first saw this gorgeous range from Kaisercraft I had visions of what I can achieve with the amazing patterns and fun bright colours.
But how do you not take away from the gorgeous patterns or loose track of your photos on a scrapbook page in the process.
well you simply fussy cut an entire sheet of paper!


… and then add a beautifully cut silhouette title coloured in All Purpose inks
These inks are simply amazing and you can achieve the most gorgeous effects with them.
I also used the All Purpose Inks on my background to mimic the paper  – the effect is soft and gorgeous and blends in perfectly with the patterned papers.
3The fussy cut flowers are supported by some fun embellishments to match the theme, stamping on the background and some bling


I think this is such a gorgeous range and can see myself using it a few more times.
#TheWholesaler #ShortCutsCraft #Carabella #IllustartedFaith #BellaBlvd #AllPurposeInk #Imagine

Products used:
TAPI-016 All-Purpose Ink – Peony Purple
TAPI-040 All-Purpose Ink – Mint Green
TAPI-058 All-Purpose Ink – Sky Mist
ADCO 724871 Anna Griffin Acrylic Gesso – White (250ml)
KCP2316 Bombay Sunset Double Sided Paper – Daybreak
KCP2324 Bombay Sunset Double Sided Paper – Sundown
KCP2319 Bombay Sunset Double Sided Paper – Sari

Ooh La Limited – Mother’s Day Card.

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner now is a good time to get those cards and handmade gifts ready to spoil all those special Moms out there. I used the beautiful Ooh La Limited – Daughter’s Rose Red Pop floral paper to create this easy card

mother'sday card


step 1 – rim the reverse side of Daughter’s Rose paper to fit onto the front of your folded card base. Mine measure 10×14.5cm. Ink the edges and adhere it to the card front.
step 2 – Die-cut a circle flourish element out of technique cardstock. I cut 2 to create a layered effect on my card.

step 3 – Select 3 colours of All Purpose Ink to match your card and paper colours. I chose Burgundy, Cherry Pink and Poppy Red. You will also need a Fantastix tool or a small paint brush.

step 4 – Paint your flourishes to create a blended Ombre effect. I started with Cherry Pink, then added some Poppy Red and finally added some Burgundy. To finish off I added more Cherry Pink where the colours overlapped to blend them together for a nice seamless Ombre effect.

step 5 – Cut the circle part off of one of your circle flourishes. Keep the flourish part for your layering.

step 6 – Punch a 3” circle out of the front side of the paper and adhere it to the front of your card. Adhere the full circle flourish element on top of the circle.
step 7 – Add your second flourish and a tag.

step 8 – Finish off your card with a stamped ‘Mum’ sentiment on top of the tag covering the tea party wording, a beautiful paper flower and some diamante.

What an elegant and beautiful Mother’s Day card this limited collection paper makes!
Wishing all the mom’s I know a very happy and blessed Mother’s day.

Altered Book Spread – Jowilna’s Advanced Class.

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I love using book paper in my projects, and what better than using an entire old book to create something beautiful. I used a spread in my old book to create an altered page – combined with stenciling, texture and All-Purpose Inks I create loads of interest.

altered book page

step 1 – Use a stencil and texture paste to add some texture to the spread. Leave the paste to dry.

step 2 – On a sheet of white smooth cardstock add some more stencilling and then add colour using All-Purpose Inks. Leave the sheet to dry and then cut into small strips.

step 3 – Adhere the coloured and texture strips to the book spread using gel medium and leave to dry.
step 4 – Use a pipette to add colour to the spread. Once you add the colour lightly mist it with water and let the ink run and blend. Leave the ink top dry or use a heat gun to dry. Lift the book up to make the ink run to add even more interest.

TIP: I mist the pages with water, then drop some colour onto the wet page and then mist again with water.
This way the ink blends and spread.

step 5 – Stamp a leaf image onto white cardstock and then add colour using all-purpose inks to add colour. Use a heat gun to dry the ink.

Adhere the leaf to the spread, add additional embellishments and stamping.

An altered book spread is a beautiful and creative way to use your old books and turn them into works of art.



Stamp and Ink – Jowilna’s Advanced Class

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I was using this gorgeous stamp set from 49 and Market and what came to me was ‘tarred and feathered’. Often whilst using my stash, certain words come to mind, phrases or sayings that can spark an idea. So tarred and feathered it was!

tarred and feathered lg

For the tarred portion of this project I used my gears stencil to create some texture and from there on the project was built up layer by layer. Let’s take a look…step9

step 1 – On a sheet of watercolour paper, use your texture paste and apply a pattern onto the background. I used this stencil from Kaisercraft

step 2 – Once the paste is dry, use a pipette and two colours of All Purpose Ink and add some colour. Mist the paper with water and then add the ink one colour at a time over the wet areas and let it flow and bleed.

step 3 – Use Cool Grey All Purpose Ink and your pipette and paint lines around the gears to create shadows.

step 4 – Once the grey ink is dry use your Graphic pencil and add shading.
step 5 – Stamp feathers onto smooth white cardstock using VersaFine Ink.

step 6 – Colour the feathers in using your 3 shades of All Purpose Inks and blend the colours. I used a small paint brush for better control over the colouring process and smooth lines.step6

step 7 – Once your feathers are dry cover them in a layer of dimensional glaze. Lightly sprinkle the wet glaze with some light blue micro beads and leave to dry
step 8 – Once the glaze dries the beads are encased in the glazed and gives a beautiful dimension to the feathers.

TIP: Please note that normally I would always adhere my element to my base making sure the edges are glued down really well before glazing them. Otherwise the glaze runs off the edges, makes the element curl up and the glaze run off the edges. But this time I knew that it would be ok it something weird happened, although I was confident it wouldn’t. Instead the glaze made the feathers curl, giving them a beautiful shape.

step 9 – Adhere the feathers to your art panel background and finish off with more stamping and a twine bow.

This layering technique will translate really well into your art journal, so have fun, experiment and don’t forget to layer, layer and layer your inks.

Products Used

Kaisercraft Cats and Dogs…the love of furry kids

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The month of March was all about cats and dogs at Short Cuts Craft. with 2 beautiful layouts and kits available in store the ladies had great fun scrapping their beautiful pets.
Kaisercraft is proudly distributed by The Wholesaler in South Africa and available from Short Cuts Craft in Johannesburg.

1How gorgeous is that paw print stamp embossed in WOW embossing powder.


in class the ladies could pick their layouts – cats or dogs and create 2 double page layouts using the single kit.

dogs and cats

you are pawsome class image

one of the family class image

we love the gorgeous Kaisercraft papers, embellishments, stamps and now their amazing ranges of die-cuts.
Shop local and support your scrapbooking store today!

Liquid Drops 3D Pearls – Jowilna’s Favourite Things

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One of my favourite products from The Wholesaler is the Liquid Drops from Couture Creations. Now in the traditional sense I am not the type of crafter that will make little pearly drops using this medium – somehow it just doesn’t make sense to me. But the product is a favourite of mine for creating mixed media backgrounds.

The product offers a beautiful pearly effect perfect for creating a variety of projects.


step 1 – You will need a variety of colours – the more colours the better for me.

step 2 – Use any piece of white cardstock that you have handy. I always keep my scraps from other projects and even pieces that I have tested colours and effects on. These are great for creating beautiful backgrounds.

step 3 – Add some Liquid Drops onto your cardstock.

step 4 – Use a palette knife or old credit card to smooth out the pearls randomly onto the cardstock.

TIP: Leave some thicker parts and spread other areas out really thin for a nice coloured but translucent effect.

step 5 – Add a second colour to your cardstock. I generally leave the pearls to dry for a few seconds in between layers.
Keep on spreading colours over the white areas. Create a patchwork using the different colours to make a rainbow effect.
step 7 – I used a piece of cardstock with some stencilling on as well as a cleaner piece with more white areas, you can clearly see the difference between the two pieces of cardstock. Both give an amazing effect but with totally different looks.

And that is one of my all-time favourite effects using one of my favourite products ever – Liquid Drops.




Painted Easter treat bags with POP paint.

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Its almost that time of the year where bunnies and sheep and chocolate take over our days.
This Easter I am making some cute treat bags using some of my favourite products.easter bags detail

Easter treat bags are quick and easy with some easy techniques using my POP Paint.
easter bags1step 1 – Select the colour of paint you want to use as well as some paper bags.
step1step 2 – add a small amount of paint onto the bag using a palette knife. Then use a brayer to roll the paint onto the bag.
Leave the paint to dry.
step2step 3 – Once the paint is dry, add a stamped and coloured bunny image to the front.
Add a layer of dimensional glaze and leave to dry.
step3Add some pink paint splats and leave to dry.
Add different coloured painted bunnies – pink for girls and blue for boys.
Fill the bags with Easter eggs and treats and then hand them out during Easter.
easter bags2A quick and easy bag that will make any heart smile.
What special Easter treats are you planning this Easter?
Products used:
POP Paint 290ml-Dove pp0310
Other: Paper bags, brayer, bunny stamp, dimensional glaze

Glittery Follow Your Heart Card | imagine

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Hop on over to the imagine blog to see my card created using the new On Point Glue from imagine.

On Point Glue is the best adhesive I have used in a long time. It is perfect for adhering small elements and creating beautiful techniques on your projects. In today’s post, I use On Point Glue with glitter to embellish feather stamps, attach a sentiment, and embellishments thus creating a new dynamic in the look and feel of this card.

  • VersaFine – Onyx Black
  • On Point Glue
  • Craft Mat


  • 49andmarket – Stamp from The Wholesaler
  • Cardstock and cardbase – white
  • Glitter
  • Diamante
  • Sentiment
  • Brads
  • Gel pens
  • Waterbrush
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