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

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!

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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.




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.

Embossing – Jowilna 101

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Did you know that you could mix embossing powders together for a custom colour?
Did you know that you can colour your white and clear embossing powders?

Embossing is one of my favourite techniques – it is always magical and looks amazing. Today I am sharing a quick favourite of how to spice up your plain embossed projects.

Inspired by colour of the year 2017

colour of the year trend

I like to mix my own colours of embossing powders and to create a custom look. So that’s what I did while being inspired by the green trend of the colour of the year 2017
step 1 – Add a single drop of All Purpose Ink into some white embossing powder.


step 2 – Mix the colour well into the powder and leave to dry overnight.

Sprinkle of this green embossing powder directly onto your project while still damp. Then heat the clumps of wet embossing powder to melt into puddles on your project for a fun look.


step 3 – Grab some additional green embossing powders. I was inspired by the image (trend swatch) to find my embossing powder colours.


step 4 – Add small amount s of all the colours of powders together in a tub.


step 5 – Mix the colours together really well. Use a container that can close and shake it up to mix.


step 6 – Stamp your image onto white cardstock using VersaMark ink.


step 7 –  Sprinkle with embossing powder, shake off the extras and heat set using your heat gun.


step 8 – Add some plain embossed circles and some mixed embossed circles together on your next project.


I added a variety of embossed circles onto an art journal page.
Products Used

1 Stamp 2 Ways with 49 and Market – Take 2

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Welcome to another addition of 1 stamp 2 ways. This week I am using the beautiful Borders and Textures stamp set in 2 different ways adding loads of interest to my projects. 1-stamp-2-ways_main
For my first card I used my background stamp to create a fun stamped background for my card. Pretty self-explanatory using the stamp but with a bit of a twist to give it an interesting look, using 3 colours of ink to stamp with.
detail2On my second card I used the same stamp but stamped it onto a recycled piece of chipboard from a title I used on another project. The stamping adds a beautiful texture and pattern to an otherwise plain frame.

step 1 – Use black VersaFine and ink the stamp. Stamp the texture repeatedly until the frame is covered in the pattern. Once adhered to your card, add a layer of dimensional glaze to the frame and leave to dry.


step 2 – For your card background, stamp the background onto the front of your card in black VersaFine ink.

step 3 – Ink the stamp with gold Delicata ink and over stamp the first pattern by slightly off-setting the pattern.
step 4 – Ink the stamp again with copper Delicata ink and over stamp the black and gold pattern by again off-setting the pattern.
Leave the ink to dry and then add a colour to both the background and the tag. Add some Pistachio Memento LUXE ink to your craft sheet and mist with water. Dip the tag and card into the ink to add the colour, then leave to dry before completing the card.

Finish off your cards with some patterned paper strips, and technique card hearts coloured with red Memento LUXE ink and a layer of dimensional glaze.

You can clearly see how by using your stamp in slightly different ways, both stamped can create two very different looks on your projects.

Your stamps are so versatile and should be used on cards, layout and in your mixed media projects. They can work for any theme and any project – all you need is some innovative thought.

Happy 1 stamp 2 ways with 49 and Market stamping!

Quick Christmas Cards | Lady Pattern Paper.

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If you are a card maker then Christmas time is one of those special times when you manufacture and create beautiful Christmas cards for family and friends. For me, card making means quick and easy. And what better way than to use beautiful patterned papers for these cards.detail3

For my Christmas cards I am using my range of Lady Pattern Paper papers to create quick die-cut cards to send out this year. I am using two of my favourite die-cuts, a gorgeous delicate tree cut and dressed up with diamante and finished off with a cut out light garland, and a stamped sentiment.
christmas-cardsMy second card uses this beautiful and delicate wreath.

Die-cut the wreath twice and layer it on top of each other for dimension. Add diamante, a cut out element and a dimensional wooden star dressed up with silver glitter glue. Add a stamp sentiment to the centre of the wreath.
die-cuttingNot only does my Lady Pattern Paper offer me some beautiful Christmas colours to work with, I can create quick and easy cards that need very little dressing up, since this range of papers offers me a basic paper with beautiful designs on it already.
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Just like that you are able to create quick Christmas cards. Have you started making yours yet?

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.

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
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.

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.

Until next time – shine on!

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