Memento Dew Drop Backgrounds for cards

One of my favourite techniques is simply plain inking a background, and admittedly with all the amazing products and must-haves on the market it is one of the things we do less and less. It was time to dust off the amazing little inks and make some magic with blending backgrounds.

I used my Memento Dew Drop ink pads and blended through some Celebr8 Stencils to create 3 magical cards. It is that simple. I combined the 2 colours by first blending the one colour and then the second colour for a stunning effect. Remember to overlap your ink colours when blending for a seamless effect running into each other.

I use small circular movements to pick up my ink and to blend, to get a streak-free perfect effect.
To complete my cards, I added some simple stamped sentiments in black, a few pearls and diamante as decorations and paint splats for that fun messy effect.
These quick cards are gorgeous and as a bonus I used everything I had on hand, using ink colours that I don’t always use, and stencils that haven’t been used in a while. And a stamp set that I love but haven’t used nearly enough.

Art by Marlene Art Journaling Page

I had a play date on Sunday in my Art By Marlene art journal – just me and some time doing what I love. And this was the end result. I love the freedom, colour and design of her products – the magic that anything is possible and I can create just because.
Position a sunray stencil [Stencilled by Jow] on your journal page towards the top edge. Use a sponge to sponge yellow acrylic paint through the stencil and keep it in place. Then use orange acrylic paint to stencil partially over the yellow to create interest.
Select images from your Die-cut book to use on your page and carefully remove them. I used a girl, leaves as wings, some circles cut in half and a Protea flower.
Stamp the image BM05 twice onto smooth white cardstock using VersaFine Clair ink. Fussy cut around the images.
Stamp the image BM05 twice onto smooth white cardstock using VersaFine Clair ink. Fussy cut around the images.
Add a single drop of liquid acrylic paint onto a plastic packet and mist with water. Carefully lift the packet, flip it over and stamp the acrylic onto your page. Leave to dry naturally or use a heat gun to dry and speed up the process.
Use Tombow adhesive to adhere the die-cut and stamped elements to your page as per the sample. Cut one of the stamped images in half and use at the top and bottom of your page.
Add finishing touches and details to your page. Add shadows using a graphite pencil and distress crayon around the girl image. Use a white marker to add white dots randomly across your page. Draw small white circles on the stamped images.
Use black VersaFine Clair ink pad and stamp a title onto your page.

Until next time I hope you are inspired by this page and by the amazing products available from this talented and amazing designer. Art by Marlene – designing real images for real life making creativity fun and easy!

Seize the Day Art Journaling Page

We have finally gotten some of the amazing AALL& Create stamps and products in South Africa and I am loving them. For art journaling last month we used this amazing stamp set along with some Liquid Acrylics from Prima and Concentrated Watercolours. Together these products make for an amazing end result.

I grew up with art around me, and more specifically watercolour paint. And that is where my love for the imperfect comes from – the possibilities and the opportunities that if offers are endless. And best of all it can be perfect if you want it to be.
For the tag we used good old black spray paint and sprayed over a stencil. Once the spray paint was dry, we used the Liquid Acrylics mixed with water to add colour to the open white spaces. A cool effect. The tag was trimmed shorter and adhere to the bottom of our pages for a fun effect.
Look how amazing all these inks work together. And as always my go-to stamping ink used is VersaFine Clair in Nocturne. Perfect for adding inks and paints over it without smudging.
Some text stamping in the background using VersaFine.
And finishing it off with some black dot stenciling and white gel pen details.
Such a simple but effective page with beautiful end results.
Until next time happy painting!

How to make quick and easy Gentleman’s Emporium Cards

Welcome to today’s blog post with me Jowilna. I finally got my hands on the New Gentleman’s Emporium Range and I love it. I made some quick cards with foiled details, and let me just say that the foiling makes these cards shine even brighter.

I used my patterned papers as a base for my cards, and if you get hold of the 6×6″ paper pads they are simply perfect for making cards – no waste, no mess, no fuss.

For the sentiment on this card I cut a strip of the patterned paper and raise it using foam tape. A few pearls dresses up the card.

For my second card I used some elements from the Collection pack layered on top of a foiled frame. Note how I dropped the frame off the edge of the card for a fun look.

I repeated my use of pearls as embellishments and a few ink splats.

Quick and easy cards for all those men in our lives, but still adding some bling for good measure. Until next time, live creatively!

Products used
CO726850 Mini Cut, Foil and Emboss Die – Gentlemans Emp – In Spades (1pc) – 49 x 57mm
CO726819 Paper – 12 x 12in – Gentlemans Emporium Sheet 6 – 304.8 x 304.8mm
CO726814 Paper – 12 x 12in – Gentlemans Emporium Sheet 1 – 304.8 x 304.8mm
CO725357 Foil – Gold (Iridescent Square Pattern) – Heat activated
CO726591 Creative Detailer (inc 12 large refills, 10 small refills, 2 positioners)
CO726813 Paper- Gentlemans Emporium Collection Pack – Stickers, Postcards and Papers – 12 x 12in

Stamping and Colouring

How gorgeous is the new stamp set from Little Birdie? I simply had to colour the images as soon as I got hold of it. It calls for creating a stained-glass window card, but in the meantime, a good colouring session with some of my favourite watercolour markers did the trick.

Stamp the image onto white cardstock. I used my smooth AC white cardstock using Black VersaFine Clair ink. Then use your markers to add colour to the image.
I did add some watercolour splats once the image was totally coloured, just because she called for some magical fairy dust floating about.
And now I need to add some glitter to her, some dimensional glaze and turn her into a stunning card or use her on a layout.

Products Used
LBCR76268 Little Birdie Fairy Sparkle Clear Stamp (4.5×6.5 inch)
TVF-CLA-351 VersaFine Clair Ink Pad – Nocturne
DDOA851303 Artiste Dual Tip Pens – Brush & Marker (12 Pack) – Watercolour
DDOA851102 Artiste Dual Tip Brush Markers (12 Pack) – Pastel
AC NEUTRALS 71793 AC Cardstock 12×12 Smooth – White (10 Sheets)

Cup of Sloffee Cards with Joy Clair

Today on the Joy Clair blog I am sharing these cute cards using the Cup of Sloffee stamp set. I mean how cute are these images?card_main

I created a quick card using stenciling and coloring. For my card I stenciled afterwards adding some pattern to the background.

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I colo0ored the sloth using markers and stenciled with memento dye ink.

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For my tag I first stencilled and then stamped and coloured the sloth. See how the stenciling peeks through the colouring on the sloth giving him some cool and creative markings.

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And a few ink splats and diamante adds some colour and interest.

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Don’t forget to head over to the Joy Clair blog and website for some more inspiration and ideas using the new release stamp sets.

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Until next time happy stamping and hang in there!
Jowilna x

Little Birdie Flowers Home Décor Piece

I found the perfect way to showcase beautiful Little Birdie flowers and this stunning paper range from Celebr8.
The gorgeous shades of purple in the paper was the inspiration behind using the strong Little Birdie Purple Passion flowers and I love how it turned out!floral circle

You can read all about how I created this project here

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Products Used

Joy Clair Cross Promotion with Clear Scraps

Welcome to the Joy Clair and Clear Scraps Collaboration Week. If you haven’t seen the Clear Scraps products yet you are in for a real treat.62435789_10156147688337854_765326226838519808_n

I received this stunning little mini-album from Clear Scraps to decorate. I am not a fan of mini albums but had so much fun decorating this little treasure, and had a few surprise end results too.

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For the inside of my album I cut white cardstock pages and stamped some images onto them. I used some markers and even a gold Sharpie to add colour to the images.

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For the cover I used my Americana acrylic paints and my Gelli plate to create the fun and colorful effect.

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My stamped Castle image is from the Heir of God | Bible Journaling stamp

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The Castle image was also coloured using markers, cut out and adhered to the cover and then a layer of dimensional glaze added for a nice finish.

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But, the inside of the cover reveals a surprise – a gorgeous cupcake cut out. I wasn’t feeling the cupcake image on the outside so I covered it up using my stamped Castle image< but when you open the cover you can still see it.
A fun surprise indeed. Now all I need to do is dress it up with some glitter inside the cut out for a sparkly King and Queen-like cupcake – a perfect match for this album.

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I love how the colours and the paint effects all came together so beautifully in a bright and happy project.
The products are of the highest standards and so amazing. And I loved working with them.

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Until next time – happy stamping!

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Father’s day Cards with Joy Clair

Hi there, today I am sharing some cards using the new Best Dad ever stamp set and matching background set. It’s not often that you find stunning male inspired stamps and so I am truly going to love using this one often.
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This stamp set is so versatile and with the stunning full background stamp you can use it to make tags for layouts, stamp backgrounds on a layout and even use it in your art journal.

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I coloured my images using markers – I kept to a grey and neutral palette with a few paint splats using watercolour paint for a fun effect.

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A few buttons, diamante and washi tape finished off these cards.

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I love how you can use the stamps in different ways to create clean and simple cards or go to town using the entire background.

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Until next time happy Father’s day to all the dads out there! Wishing my dad was here today….

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Bright and Fun Birthday Cards with Joy Clair stamps

How amazing is the new release stamps from Joy Clair Stamps? I simply had to make some fun cards with these stamps – bright and beautiful was at the order of the day.
I had created some fun alcohol inks backgrounds that turned out perfectly for these images.Card1MainJN

My stamped images were colored using markers to achieve the bright and fun colorful look.

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I stamped the sentiment and grouped it layered with some cactus using foam tape.

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For my second card I used only a strip of cactus on a colorful alcohol ink background strip. The strip in the center is framed with some colorful Bazzill Basics cardstock.

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The sentiment was stamped and stapled to the top edge of the colorful panel. I added paint splats {yes I love them} to the background  – these pull all the colors used across the card
and adds loads of interest.

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A few diamante makes for a nice finishing touch.

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I hope you are inspired to create some beautiful cards using this new stamp release from Joy Clair Stamps. Hop on over the website to see all the new designs.
Until next time – happy stamping and stay colorful!