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

HIS eye is on the Sparrow art journal page

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I created this faith based art journaling page for a class in Bloemfontein at the beautiful Scrapaway. This was a special page with a beautiful message
and at the time a message that was meant for me, and so many other people.detail7
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:25-26 (NIV)

sparrow art journal page

i started off by creating the base using yellow dylusions paint applied using a make-up sponge and blended across both pages.
I added layers and layers of colour applied with a brayer. Each colour is layered over another leaving each colour to dry in between for a bit.

Stenciling added in black dylusions added with a foam applicator. White highlights were added once the paint was dry using a Gelly Roll white gel pen.
detail1The sparrow is a PSX stamp image stamped onto white tissue paper and then applied using gel medium. I could flip the same stamped image by stamping it onto the tissue paper
and adding it. A clever way of utilizing your stamps in different ways.
A few stenciled circles using chalk ink was added and then highlighted using my white gel pen.

detail4The sparrow wording was stamped using Making Memories foam stamps and black dylusions paint. The wording was printed and added to my page, and then some graphite pencil
shading added. Background stamping was done using my Versafine Smokey grey ink pad and a Chiswick stamp.

I love the texture added by the brayering of the paint onto the pages. The layers and colours created are truly amazing.
and the message of this page really special and so true.
Thanks for stopping by!

The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag | Imagine

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On the Imagine blog I am sharing this gorgeous tag created using StazOn inks and embossing paste. Hop on over to the blog to see how I created this beautiful shimmery look.
The best and most beautiful things are felt with the heart and cannot be seen – a favorite saying of mine and also the inspiration behind my themed tag this month. I used inks and paste to create a shimmering background for this beautiful tag.2017_March_JN_theme_Maintag




Celebr8 | Seamless border stencil

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This month I used one of the new Celebr8 seamless stencils as a product focus. The stencil is gorgeous and delicate with lots of spunk. And once you start working with it, you really can’t stop – it is simply exquisite! For this quick sampler I used a piece of printed paper and then added my stencil design to the right of it with some quick stamping and a Silhouette word cut and painted to the left.
stencil project

step 1 – take two of the stencils together on a piece of cardstock using washi tape.step1

step 2 – Use a blending tool and dye ink and blend over your stencils.

step 3 – Remove the stencil to reveal a beautiful double border effect. Perfect for cards and layouts.

step 4 – Place the taped stencil as is back onto a piece of cardstock. I used a piece that had some paint on it already. Mist over the stencils using a bright pink mist.

step 5 – Remove the stencil to reveal a beautiful double pattern perfect for your art journal.

step 6 – While the stencil is still wet, flip it over and use it to stamp onto a card.
step6I never throw away experiments of worked on scrap sheets. These become perfect backgrounds for cards and die-cut elements on your layouts. I love the messy, grunge and layered look you can achieve by simply having fun.

Shop Celebr8 stencils at your favourite local supplier in South Africa and come back soon for loads of inspiration using their wonderful products.
Celebr8 is proudly distributed by The Wholesaler in South Africa.

Pages and Pages of Love | Imagine Fireworks Spray

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During February, the month of love we celebrated Love with pink and gold using the fabulous Imagine products. Here is one of the projects I created using Fireworks Spray. The shimmer is amazing and I absolutely love it.
I mixed two different colors of Fireworks sprays onto a craft mat then dipped a sheet of graph or patterned paper into the mix. It is cool how the shimmer from the two different colors blend. She then assembled the journal page by adding an embossed die-cut heart, ribbon and a decorative hat element using a brad. Bind into your art journal or use it for a gift.2017_February_JN_HeartofGold_Main


Products used
  • Heart silhouette
  • Ribbon
  • Brad
  • Hat embellishment
  • Gold thread
  • Patterned paper

Scrap Affairs Sketch Challenge issue 52

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What an honour to be asked by our local scrapbooking magazine to create a layout for their sketch challenge in their latest issue here in South Africa.
I love working with sketches, and I love creating sketches for layouts. Its a quick starting point for a lot of people and a guide to get some creative time into our busy schedules.
Sketches can come from anywhere and I have even been inspired by the local Mugg & Bean counters to draw a quick sketch.

This was the layout I created using my sketch for the challenge.

I absolutely loved how it turned out – and as many other layouts this must be one of my most favourite layouts ever! The colours, the imperfect inky goodness and the plain artistic input offers a good mix texture and pattern.

I used some scrap experimental papers with paint on them and cut freehand triangles to use on my layout.
The silver splats is irRESISTible spray from Imagine crafts – enamel goodness in a spray bottle – pure perfection!


Random strips of more self created papers with some sewing on top and scattered diamante.


You have until the 22nd March to enter and get your layout published and receive a free magazine! I would love to see what you create with your sketch! So don’t delay enter today!

sketch challenge masStamping and foam thickers used for my title alongside a few puffy stickers from Amy Tangerine.


Minted Copper wooden Heart

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I have been inspired by a lot of trends lately, but one trend that has stood out is colour – and specifically green and mint. Not strange at all as that is the
Pantone colour of the year and all shades of green is popping up everywhere. So instead of kicking against it (lets face it green is not my favourite colour)
I am embracing the beauty of it and making it work for me.
This week I played with some gorgeous wooden cut out shapes and also working no a little decorating project – so the 2 tied in perfectly.


Wanted to give the wood a distressed look on some way and opted for a variety of failed attempt until i got to the one look that I truly loved.
I say failed attempt as nothing is ever wr9ong or right – it’s just not quite what I liked. So after a few hits and misses here is what I truly love.


step 1 – Paint your wooden product is 2 layers of Minted Pop Paint.
TIP: Since the paint is a really nice creamy thickness one layer is really enough, but for a nice solid colour I added 2 layers
and leaving the paint to dry between layers.


step 2 – Once the paint is dry, lightly sand the heart with 60grit sanding paper. I just sanded it by hand until i was happy with the look
and with how smooth the surface felt.


step 3 – Add a small amount of copper paint and brayer the paint onto the heart.
I ended up brayering in different directions to give me a nice random effect.
TIP: Because of the uneven surface the paint onto took in certain areas which I loved.


step 4 – Using white texture paste through a stencil add wording or images to your heart.
Carefully remove the stencil and let the paste dry completely.


I love the crispness of the white paste against the copper and mint.


The perfect accessory for your home or office and even a gallery wall in shades of copper and mint.


The warmth of the copper really compliments the mint paint in the background.
TIP: You can also add some wax to the heart one you have stenciled it for protection against dirt and grime.
Until next time – happy painting and decorating.

Products used:
POP Paint 500ml-Minted pp0506
Other: Wooden heart (Short Cuts Craft), copper ink (Delicata), roller, stencil (Kaisercraft), texture paste.

Create a quick multi-coloured layered flower – How To With Jowilna

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I love multi-coloured papers, and especially those with a washed watercolour look. And nothing is as easy as creating your very own custom paper and creating embellishments with it. Here’s how I make mine in a few easy steps.

multicoloured flowers
 Step 1 Select the colours of All Purpose Ink you want to work with – I pick at least 3 colours to give me a nice colour range.
Step 2 – Tape a piece of technique cardstock to a sturdy surface using washi tape. Add a few drops of blue All Purpose Ink and mist with water.
step 3 – While the blue All Purpose Ink is still wet add a second (green) and third colour (gold) in the same way and mist with water. Leave the paper to dry naturally.

TIP: taping the paper to a surface like a white board or A4 cutting matt helps keep the paper flat and allows the fibres to stretch back into their natural state and corrects the paper to a flat sheet once dry.


Once the paper is dry carefully remove the washi tape from the paper and then use a die-cut to cut flowers using your Go Cut and Emboss machine.
Keep some flowers single and layer others for added dimension. Add a sewn button or brad to the centre as a finishing touch.


And there you have a range of beautiful multi-coloured layered flower to use on your next project.
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