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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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.
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 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.
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Inspired by colour of the year 2017

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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step 2 – For your card background, stamp the background onto the front of your card in black VersaFine ink.
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step 3 – Ink the stamp with gold Delicata ink and over stamp the first pattern by slightly off-setting the pattern.
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step 4 – Ink the stamp again with copper Delicata ink and over stamp the black and gold pattern by again off-setting the pattern.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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!

Sunshine and Texture Cardstock Card.

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How often do you use your paper punches? Not enough is probably the answer like mine was. The thing with punches is that they can be amazing or simply useless. But when you make the investment in a great punch then they truly are amazing, like this little beauty of a border punch.

But how can we use our border punches to create some interest. One of my favourite design principles to use with any products is repetition. And repetition of a pattern can be a great design element with loads of appeal.sunshine_detail1

For this card I punched the border strip repeatedly onto a variety of cardstock colours. I combined the punched strips to create a card background with great effect. On top of the card I layered a chipboard element coloured in the same shades as my paper strips. Together they make for a fun element perfect for a tag, card or layout.
(Please be aware of what type of paper or cardstock you punch – as cardstock is generally not recommended for punching – you are doing this at your own risk and will need to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations)

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step1 -Punch a selection of strips using a single punch design but in a variety of colours.
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step 2 – Arrange the strips onto your background as you would like to adhere them.
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step 3 – Adhere the strips slightly overlapping each other using a glue pen until the entire background is covered in strips.
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step 4 – Use a variety of pens and markers to add colour to your chipboard element. Once the element is coloured, add a layer of dimensional glaze to finish it off nicely. Adhere the chipboard to the background piece and add some diamantes and other embellishments as you please.
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I hope you are encouraged to look at your punches in a different way, seeing loads more possibilities and get behind the creative options they have to offer. I know I sure do look at them differently each time I use them.
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I love both the simplicity and complexity of this cardstock card. It can be so interesting by simply adding a few extra elements like an additional colour behind the punched flower strips.

Celebr8 Product Focus – Lanki Frames.

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Welcome to this week’s product focus with Celebr8.
This week we are focusing on Celebr8 Layered Chipies – Lanki Frames. Each week I use a Celebr8 Product and focus on how you can use it in different ways,
dress it up, alter it and make it come alive by using products you may have in your stash.
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I hope you are inspired to go out and alter some chipboard. Until next week.

Hello Life | Sea Breeze layout for Couture Creations

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Up on the blog today with another Guest Post using the wonderful Sea Breeze Collection from Couture Creations.
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For today’s project I created a single page layout with a beach theme of course. This range of papers and embellishments are simply amazing, and so very versatile.
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step 1 – Cut your patterned papers to form your background. Use a nautical themed stencil and apply
Embossing Paste through the stencil. Leave to dry.
Tip: I repeated the stenciled design 3 times on my background creating repetition.
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step 2 – Use a selection of mists and sprays to add colour to the stenciled image.
Mist 2-3 shades of blue onto your stenciled area, then mist with water and leave to dry naturally.
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step 3 – Use walnut stain ink and add additional ink splats onto the background overlapping onto the stenciled area.
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To set the scene I cut out the lighthouse from the patterned paper and adhered it to the background.
Overlapping the lighthouse image, I used a combination of die-cuts and netting from the range.

TIP: I sewed the netting onto the layout using thin gold thread. This helps keep the netting in place and adds a nice touch of detail.

On top of my shell elements, I added some gold glitter. Cover the shell with a layer of dimensional glaze and then sprinkle with glitter and leave to dry.
Shake off the excess glitter and return it to the original container.
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A simple printed filed {Ali Edwards} was used a title at the top of the layout and stapled in place.
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Add your photo to the right hand side of your layout with a chipboard element overlapping onto the photo.
A few torn pieces of washi tape adds a fun accent to the background.
Scattered beads, sequins, stars, diamante and other elements add dimension and texture.
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It’s always an honor and so much fun Designing with the beautiful and versatile products from Couture Creations.
This range particularly is one of my favorites released.
I hope you are inspired by this gorgeous range and create a few of your own Sea Breeze treasures….
Thank you once again Couture Creations for having me on your blog….and to Kerrie for delivering the products in person all the way in South Africa.
Lets do this again – soon {hint hint}

Rainbow Of Colour And Texture – Altering And Using Die-Cuts.

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So I have a die-cut and want to use it on several different projects – but how do I make it look different each time, so that it doesn’t all look the same?
Well today I am sharing another 2 of my ideas on how to alter your die-cuts for a different look.shadow-card_main

Create a shadow

I like combining the same die-cut to create a shadow effect. This is achieved by using the same die-cut and slightly off-set them to create a shadow effect.
Step 1 – Die-cut your title twice using plain white cardstock. Use a light blue ink pad and add colour to the die-cut.
Tap the ink pad lightly onto the die-cut until it is covered in a solid layer of ink.
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shadow_step2Step 3 – Adhere the darker die-cut to the lighter die-cut slightly off-set so that it creates a light coloured shadow underneath.
shadow_step3This looks amazing when the bottom die-cut is a lighter shade of grey as well. Experiment and find interesting colour combinations for a fun look on cards and layouts.

Colour and shine

For this die-cut word I used the amazing new Kaisercraft gel pens to colour my word.
This is such a fun and informal way of adding amazing colour to anything and looks great on a single die-cut word.

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step 1 – Die-cut your word out of smooth or textured white cardstock.

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step 2 – Use your gel pens to add colour. I just scribbled different colours onto my word using one colour at a time for a fun rainbow look.
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step 3 – Once done, I added a layer of dimensional glaze to my word to finish it off with a glossy layer. Then it is ready to be adhered to your card or layout.
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What a fun way of adding colour, texture and dimension to your die-cuts in a few easy steps.

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