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.

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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.
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step 3 – Add some Liquid Drops onto your cardstock.
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step 4 – Use a palette knife or old credit card to smooth out the pearls randomly onto the cardstock.
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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.
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Keep on spreading colours over the white areas. Create a patchwork using the different colours to make a rainbow effect.
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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.
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And that is one of my all-time favourite effects using one of my favourite products ever – Liquid Drops.

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Love cards | Stamped and cut for Chiswick

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By now we hope you have settled into the routine for the new year.
Here at Chiswick it is back to normal with loads of creative projects happening.
I am in full Valentine’s day mode – simply because we know how time flies and we want you to be super prepared to celebrate the month of love.6

I created 2 cards using some off-cut backgrounds I had lying around, but it is my Chiswick stamps that added that special touch.

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step 1 – I always have scrap pieces of cardstock in my stash. Some are left overs, some are experiments and some are just random drippings.
For these cards I pulled out some of those scraps and used them as backgrounds.

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step 2 – Stamp a love sentiment from your Chiswick stamp set onto patterned paper.

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step 3 – For my second card I stamped the entire Alphabet stamp onto patterned paper.
I kept the stamp set on the backing as is and stamped it twice overlapping each other slightly for an interesting effect.
I used Versafine ink to stamp all my images.
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step 4 – Die-cut some heart and word elements out of Chiswick cardstock using a die-cutting machine.
I used Grey and Lipstick cardstock from the Chiswick range for my cuts.
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step 5 – Put your die-cut elements through the Xyron machine to add permanent adhesive to the back of the die-cuts.
This adds an adhesive to the back of your fine and detailed die-cuts so you can adhere them in a few seconds without the mess and fuss of liquid adhesives.
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step 6 – Punch the stamped wording into a circle and matt it onto a larger pink cardstock circle.
Adhere the circle to your card background, then add a small die-cut heart and your thin die-cut word.
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step 7 – Trim the strip of stamped alphabet down to 3cm wide and matt it onto the pink cardstock.
Adhere the strip running across your second card, add your die-cut pink heart and grey die-cut word.
Finish off your cards with a single diamante and some machine sewing.
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And in a few minutes I made some stunning love themed cards using some of my favourite stamps and coloured cardstock from Chiswick.
Products used:

Textured C/Stock 216g 12″ X 12″ Grey 10 Shts/Pck sb5110
Textured C/Stock 216g 12″ X 12″ Lipstick 10 Shts/Pck sb4990
Textured C/Stock 216g 12″ X 12″ White 10 Shts/Pck (2) sb4970
Textured C/Stock 216g 12″ X 12″ Bubblegum 10 Shts/Pck (99) sb4925
Clear Stamp – Alphabet 1 140 x 180mm rs3130
Clear Stamp – Sir Anthony 140 x 180mm (ER-A12) rs3166

Nothing says I love you like a thoughtful handmade card for your loved ones.
Happy crafting!

Anna Griffin Mix and Match Pigments – spectacular backgrounds.

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Today I am sharing an idea of how to use your Pigment powders in a really versatile way with a technique I developed.
It is one of those techniques that is so versatile you can use it on cards, layouts, for backgrounds, to die-cut elements out of and even on your mixed media projects.
These versatile pigments by one of the designers I admire most Anna Griffin and who I had the honour of meeting way back in 2004 are simply amazing.

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I used three different shades of my pigment powder to create a shimmering background for my card, but also used the same technique and then die-cut matching feathers to use as accents on my card.
How beautiful is the shimmer
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here’s a quick step by step on how to achieve the look
step 1 – select the 3 colours of pigments you want to work with.
step1step 2 – Add a small amount of pigment onto a palette.
TIP: I just used some plastic packaging so that it would be easy to just recycle and throw away once done.
In Johannesburg where i shop, we have had these amazing little spoons for years and i always have those on hand – perfect for these types of scooping needs.
step2step 3 – Squeeze some clear adhesive onto the pigment powder. I used my Tombow Mono Aqua for this – the perfect glue for this technique.
I was never really a fan of the Aqua version of this brand – even when i first started working with Tombow back in 1999 but over the years it has become one of my favourites used for the right application
and for techniques it is amazing, just like its popular brother – Mono Multi.
step4step 4 – Use an old gift card or palette knife to mix the powder and glue together. At this point you can add some more glue or more powder.
You might want to add more glue if you need it to spread further.
step5step 5 – Spread the pigment mix onto white cardstock using the same card. The card enables you to spread it out smoothly for a nice clean and even finish.
Mix the three colours one at a time and apply them to your cardstock next to each other and slightly overlapping and blending into each other for a seamless look.
step7step 6 – Leave the pigment background to dry, then die-cut feathers out of the one sheet, and use the second sheet as your card background.
step8I used a tone on tone effect for my card, lining up the same colour die-cut feather onto the matching portion of the background on my card.
The delicate feather die works perfectly for this – it shows the texture and effect of the pigment beautifully.
detail3I hope you are inspired by this easy to do technique using products that you have at home – just another unique technique from my table utilizing your products in more than one way
for some stunning effects.

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The pigment powders are distributed by The Wholesaler here in South Africa, designed by the fabulous Anna Griffin.
For a more comprehensive description on this technique and pigment powders, you can download the technique article PDF below.
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Until next time – shine on!

Layer Upon Layer – Creating With Chipboard And Ink

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Layers of inks, chipboard, stamps and paint offers you a world of creativity. Today I am sharing how I created a stunning effect by layering chipboard elements, paint, stamping and colouring to create a beautiful card. By combining your products together you can create beautiful effects to use on cards and layouts. detail3

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Add colour to a chipboard title using Memento LUXE ink. Lightly press the ink pad onto the chipboard repeatedly until it is covered in a solid layer of ink. Once the ink is dry add a layer of dimensional glaze (how stunning and vibrant the red ink becomes under the glaze)

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step 2 – Add colour to the Bubble Mesh chipboard piece. Lightly tap the ink pad onto the chipboard until it is covered in a layer of green ink

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step 3 – Colour 3 strips of white smooth American Crafts Cardstock. Add some ink to your craft sheet, mist with water and then press the strips into the colour repeatedly and leave to dry.
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step 4 – Once the coloured strips are dry, punch small circles.
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step 5 –  Adhere the coloured circles to selected areas at the back of your Bubble mesh piece.
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step 6 – The coloured circles will be visible once you turn your mesh piece over.
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step 7 – Stamp a flower and colour using your Prima water colour paints. Once dry assemble the card with the flower, bubble mesh piece and then layer the coloured title on top of the mesh and the stamped flower.
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And there you have a beautiful card with loads of personality and layers.

Layers are beautiful and by combining certain products together you can create a totally new look for your next project using chipboard and ink.

Couture Creations | Sea Breeze generic card.

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I am honored to be guest designing over at Couture Creations this month. And what better way than to be using their stunning range of Sea Breeze papers and elements.
I also got to play with the new release of the Anna Griffin Mixed Media products.
For this card I used some of the Sea Breeze elements but turned it into something a little more generic – it just goes to show that you don’t have to create something beach-y
with this range of papers. But instead I created a beautiful card in shades of blue and green.
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step 1 – Create a background for your card using acrylic paint in blue, green and brown. I added the paint in layers using a rubber brayer.
step1step 2 – Once the background is dry, trim i8t smaller and adhere it to the center of a folded card.
Use the Anna Griffin Secret Garden Stencil and white embossing paste and add a design to the front of your card.
I added some sand to the paste to create a textured paste for variety.
Leave the paste to dry.
step2step 3 – Use 3 shades of blue ink to add colour to your textured design.
Cut out the boy image from the On the rocks patterned paper.
Adhere the chipboard element to the card, and add the boy using foam tape overlapping the chipboard element.
Tuck some blue thread under the boy and add some flowers and diamante to finish it off.
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Add some fake sewing around the edges of your card using a sewing wheel and a black fine liner pen.detail1
I love how this card turned out – a cute boyish card that can be used for any special occasion.
Thank you for stopping by – hop on over to the Couture Creations blog and website – like their facebook page and then shop their amazing product range.
The Wholesaler is the proud distributor in South Africa of Couture Creations products.
Products used:
Anna Griffin Secret Garden Stencil
Anna Griffin Embossing Paste
The Sea Breeze Collection

Couture Creations Cutting Dies An Altered Book Cover.

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I love using old book paper in my projects. But what to do with those book covers can be tricky for those of us that are hoarders. So I have started using them as canvasses to create some interesting art works on. One such a piece came together using some of my favourite Couture Creations die cuts. They are so beautifully delicate and no matter what you choose to do with them, they are sure to be a show stopper. detail 3
In preparation for the #SecretScrapbookEvent I am sharing just one of the easy ways of how to use your die cuts creatively, grouped together and layered for dimension, to create beautiful works of art.
altered book coverI cut my shapes out of white cardstock and added colour to them using my painted background as a starting point. So shades of blue and green won at the end of the day.
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Step 1 – Die cut two different dies out of white cardstock – I used a flower and a leaf design.
step 1step 2 – Add colour to the die-cuts using Memento dye inks.
step 2step 3 – Add shades of blue ink to the flowers and let them dry. Then dip the stems and leaves into green ink to add colour.
step 3step 4 – Use 3 different acrylic paint colours and paint a book cover. Let dry completely and then add walnut ink crystal splats.
step 4step 5 – Use walnut ink mist to colour a manilla tag.
step 5step 6 – Once all your elements are dry, arrange them onto your cover to determine placement. Adhere the elements overlapping each other, layered together to create dimension. TIP: Use a glue gun, Tombow mono-multi glue or foam tape to add dimension to your elements. Or simply leave some parts of the elements loose to add dimension and movement.
step 6step 7 – Add glitter glue to the coloured flowers.
step 7step 8 – Use a grey dye ink to highlight the textured edge on the cover. Ink the edges and then blend the ink using your finger or a sponge dauber.
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And this is just one of the ways to use your wonderful Couture Creations cutting dies.
No matter what the project – these cutting dies are perfectly versatile.

Secret Treasures dies by Couture Creations

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I am a paper scrapper at heart – so there’s something really special about being able to create elements using just paper for cards and layouts. Above anything else I choose to use paper on my layouts with a few smaller embellishments, but ultimately paper rules my creativity. So naturally when I create dies is one of my favourite elements to include. I can use small scraps of paper and cardstock to cut different elements out of to add as accents on my layouts, I can add different techniques to plain pieces of cardstock and I can dress them up or down as much as I like to. For my layout I chose to emboss my die-cuts – this enabled me to pick up on the beautiful and dramatic turquoise-green in the patterned paper I used, and also the neutral brown I used as my matting to ground the elements. I used three different dies on this layout to add to my outdoorsy feel. I used the beautiful rocking horse die, tiny birdies and the beautiful large leafy die – all of them perfectly fitting into the design in their own unique way dressed up in a shiny new coat of heat embossing.

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Die-cut your elements out of plain white cardstock of medium weight

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Cover the entire element with a layer of Versamark ink. Press the ink pad repeatedly onto the
die-cut for an even cover of ink. Work on a sheet of scrap paper for the inking part

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Move the die-cut onto a clean sheet of paper. Cover the die-cut with a layer of embossing
powder and shake off the excess powder

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Heat the element using your heat gun until the powder is fully melted. Leave to cool down
before handling the die-cut. You can add another layer of embossing for a smooth finish

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Tips and hints

  • Embossing two or more layers will give you a really smooth finish
  • You can decant your embossing powders into small plastic tubs with a plastic spoon making it easier to use. I store my powders this way so that I can easily return the excess powder into the container. Spooning the powder onto your elements over the tub also makes for less waste
  • The golden rule of embossing can be applied to most embossing powders – when it goes shiny, it is done heating.
  • Once an element has been embossed, the embossing powder needs to cool down before handling. If you touch it while the embossing is still hot, you will leave your finger print behind with a really unpleasant burn