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.



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