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Easy Foiled Patterned Backgrounds with Gina K. Designs

I’m back with a fun and colorful cardmaking idea for Summer. I love making foiled backgrounds for cards and this time I used a leaf die -from the new StampnFoil Where Flowers Bloom set by Gina K. Designs for Therm O Web- to create a Summer pattern that’s easy to put together.


Step by Step Tutorial

Click here to visit Therm O Web’s blog and learn how to make these fun background yourself! If you have Foil-Mates scraps you’ll find that this is a fun way to incorporate them into a card! With so many different Foil-Mates patterns available the possibilities are endless!



Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you find this tutorial useful! See you over at Therm O Web.

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Do you LOVE color? Here’s some -extra colorful- Art Journaling inspiration

It’s my birthday, so I wanted to come here and share some inspiration with you! My mission today is to fill the world with color! This time I want to show you something that always feels a little more personal and that is my art journal. I thought the creative process behind this spread could encourage you and that is why I decided to create a post about it.



The Creative Process behind these Pages

This art journal spread started with a simple floral sketch in pencil, that later became a stamp set (see it here) I didn’t want to cover the original sketch, so I decided to draw something around it… That’s when this beautiful girl was born… She wasn’t this pretty at all when it all started and even after several layers of texture and color, she didn’t feel complete to me. I was this close to cover the entire thing with gesso… I just wasn’t feeling it. Actually, I ended up feeling exhausted, so I left it there. Nevertheless, I couldn’t forget about it.

For the last couple of days, every time I walked by my art journal, I felt compelled to open it and work on this spread. I have very limited time so all I did was add details here and there, correct color and so on. Finally, yesterday these pages felt complete to me and they made my heart happy. It felt like a birthday present and it also felt meaningful. Inspiration has great timing, let me tell ya!

So what I want to leave you with today is the following: Have a little faith in yourself. Don’t give up on your art so soon. Come back to it until you’re happy. There’s beauty in the details and details can’t be added to a piece in a minute… It might just take a bit more… If you like this spread, think about how it could have not existed had I covered it with gesso… These pages challenged my faith and patience, but in the end it turned out even better than what I had envisioned.


Some Techniques used on this Art Journaling Spread

The reality is, that all of the colors you see here were layered and then layered some more. The one thing I tried to keep as clean as possible was the girl’s face, which was watercolored with Aquapastels. Other than that, it is all a colorful chaos. The illustration is quite loose and sketchy and that gave me the space to play more with color and media.

Something you don’t get to see quite well through the pictures is that a great part of the page was covered with White Pearl Modeling Paste, which gave a metallic undertone to further paint and ink layers and also made the page sturdier for me to keep adding more layers. This paste will resist watercolors or water based media, so I used paint for the most part to complete the areas were I applied it.

The stenciled corners are actually pockets! When I art journal I always keep my scrap bin nearby and I tend to always grab something from there. This time I used a monoprinted card background (for which you can find a tutorial here) and a floral SVG cut. I ripped the background and adhered them on the corners of both pages to create pockets… They ended up framing the spread beautifully. Then the svg cut ended up embellishing the Sweet William flower on my girl’s hair.

The end result feels like water or the sky… Just so colorful, happy and full of texture. The words I wrote go so well with these pages and were what I had in my heart at the moment of finishing this piece.


Main Supplies:
Strathmore Mixed Media Journal
Faber Castell Eco Grip Pencil
Pigma Graphic 1
Jane Davenport Aquapastels
Sharpie Paint Markers (peach, white)
Isofit Oil Paint Marker in Silver
Distress Paints (Lucky Clover)
Distress Oxide Ink (Seedless Preserves)
TCW782 Floral Eclipse stencil
TCW9030 White Pearl Modeling Paste
TCW9017 Lemon Custard Heavy Body Paint
TCW9016 Spun Sugar Heavy Body Paint
ICraft Mixed Media Adhesive by Therm O Web
Wild Rose SVG cut from Anna’s Elegant Embellishments 2
Cricut Explore Air 2
White Cardstock
For the corner pockets:
Tempera Paints (Hot Pink, Deep Blue, Purple and White)
TCW643 Infinite Lace stencil
Gel Press Printing Plate
Small Brayer
White Cardstock


Thanks so much for stopping by the blog on my birthday! I hope this project and the process behind it inspires you to create beautiful things. Be encouraged and stay creative! Until next time.

Sharing with: SSS Monday Challenge – All Things Bright and Beautiful





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Video Tutorial: Flamingo Foil-Mates Cards + Free Printable

Adding foiled details to your cards has never been easier! Today I’ll show you how I made foiled Flamingo themed cards using Foil-Mates backgrounds. Foil-Mates backgrounds are easily customizable and this time I added a splash of color to them using inks. Plus, we’re also sharing a free printable with Flamingo themed sentiments so you can recreate today’s card yourself!



Therm O Web Supplies:
Gina K. Designs Foil-Mates™ Backgrounds • Dots & Strings
Gina K. Designs Fancy Foils™ 6″ x 8″ • Wild Dandelion
Foil Laminator • 12 inch
Zots™ Roll • 3D
Memory Tape Runner XL™
iCraft Mixed Media Adhesive 2.1 fl oz

Other Supplies:
Flamingo Digital Stamp Sentiments – Free download
Flamingo SVG cut
Cricut Explore Air 2
Distress Oxide Inks in Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers
Ink Blending Tool
Premium Cardstock in Turquoise Sea and Passionate Pink
Water mister


Flamingo Foil-Mates Card Video Tutorial

Many of you may be wondering if the Foil-Mates paper is thick enough for techniques that use water, and the answer is yes. The paper has a very smooth finish and allows you to apply and blend inks easily. On the other hand, it will hold after using water moderately. On today’s card I sprayed water directly to the Foil-Mates background and although at first you might notice some texture on the spots the water touched, once it dries it will have its original smooth finish.

These cards are lots of fun to make, especially because the Foil-Mates background do the hard work for you… All you need to do is add a bit of color! Click below to learn how to make these Flamingo themed Foil-Mates cards!



That’s it for today. Make sure to visit Therm O Web’s blog to download and save today’s free printable! I’ve included 3 digital sentiments (like the ones used on my cards) so you can recreate this design at home! Thanks for stopping by. Until next time!

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Video Tutorial: Ombre Foil-Mates Cards with Gina K. Designs & Therm O Web

I’m back with another fun Deco Foil tutorial, this time using Foil-Mates to create ombre backgrounds for cards. It doesn’t get easier than this! The technique is simple and will help you create perfect ombre cards every time.



Video Tutorial

I prepared a video tutorial so you can follow me as I create this card. Make sure to click here and visit Therm O Web’s blog where I’m sharing the complete list of supplies. If you love colorful rainbow cards, this colorful obre technique is great for you! Of course, this technique will also work with different inks to create more muted color transitions. Click below to check out my tutorial!




Final Tips

Foil-Mates are very easy to use. They are black toner ink prints that come ready to use in a pack. One Foil-Mates sheet will give you two A2 card panels and to foil them all you need to do is place a piece of Deco Foil transfer sheet and run it through you laminator. It’s that easy. For better results, Therm O Web recommends adding a cardstock shim under your Foil-Mates sheet, to add more pressure and help the foil transfer evenly to your background. This tip works great for me so I thought I’d share it with you!

That’s all for today. Thanks so much for visiting. Before I go, here is another fun idea using Foil-Mates that I share recently:

Galaxy Foil-Mates Cards Tutorial
Click here


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Bible Journaling with Large Stencils – Process Video with The Crafter’s Workshop

Bible Journaling is one of the many way I enjoy using TCW stencils. I usually like to add subtle patterns to create a background with different layers of stenciling. Nevertheless, the beautiful designs The Crafter’s Workshop offers include patterns and textures that could stand on their own as the main focal point of a page. Today I’ll show you how I created this Bible Journaling page in the book of Proverbs, featuring bold stenciled flowers painted with a large 12″x 12″ stencil.

Although many of the products used to create this project were sent by The Crafter’s Workshop, all the opinions stated in this post are my own.



SuppliesTCW9007 Clear Gesso, TCW750 Dahlia Blooms, TCW9016 Spun Sugar Heavy Body Paint 4 0z. TCW9020 Raspberry Sorbet Heavy Body Paint 4 0z., Journaling Bible, Distress Ink Refill, Distress Oxide Inks, Water mister, Brush, Heat tool, Cloth, Black Archival Ink, Stamp, Acrylic Paint Markers, Sparkle clear glitter marker.

First of all, I think it is important to let you know that the only way a Bible page can hold all these media is if you apply first one or two light layers of Clear Gesso Matte. The gesso will protect the delicate fibers of the page and will allow you to add several layers of paints and other media. Nevertheless, always be careful to layer your media little by little to avoid over saturating your page.


Video Tutorial

This is a very layered page, but I always try to not cover the words so they can still be read afterwards. What I do to avoid covering the words is use the heavy body acrylic paints only on the margin of the Bible and then use water reactive inks for the rest of the page. So far this technique works great for me. On the other hand, I love how TCW’s heavy body inks have a matte finish and also resist any watercolors or water based inks you layer on top of them. That property is what gave this page all those colorful undertones. I thought I’d prepare a video to quickly show you the process behind this page. Click below to watch.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you’ve never tried TCW stencils on your Bible, I encourage you to go for it. It is an easy and striking way to add color and texture to your page. From repetitive patterns to beautiful themes, I know you will love all the options The Crafter’s Workshop has to offer. That’s all for now. Until next time.


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Interactive Butterfly Bible Journaling Page with Digi Stamps & Journaling Cards


I’m so happy to have the chance to share my first Bible Journaling page of the year with you. I’m thankful to finally had had the chance to sit -or stand up actually- and journal this beautiful verse and chapter.

Creating a Large Interactive Butterfly

I love adding transparencies to all my projects and I had been planning on adding a bold element to my Bible for the longest time. This page is actually interactive. The butterfly actually flips open and the journaling card is adhered to the bible spine and moves together with the pages. I think this is a great idea for those who want to add large art to your page but don’t want to cover the words. This butterfly also works great for covering any personal meditation you want to handwrite on your bible margin.

I printed this butterfly on medium weight vellum using a regular inkjet printer. Using this kind of printer will allow you to heat emboss the image. The ink usually takes a few seconds to dry completely so there is a little bit of open time to add some embossing powder on top of the butterfly to then set it with a heat tool. To add color to the butterfly I used alcohol markers creating a gradient effect and since markers usually leave a streak on vellum, I used a little alcohol to blend and smooth out the colors.

Once I fussy cut the butterfly I cut a piece of vellum that I folded in half to create a hinge, which allows the image to open / fly on the page back and forth. Really cute. I added a strip of washi along the edge of the page to conceal and strengthen the spot to which I adhered the butterfly. I ended up adding the same washi on the journaling page which tied it all together.



My Technique for Backgrounds that don’t cover the Words

For the background I used 2 stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop, a bit of their heavy body paints and lots of Distress Oxide inks. But of course, for a page to be able to hold all these media it needs to be prepped first. I used a coat of Clear Gesso Matte, also from TCW, lightly heat set it and started working on my background from there. I am very careful when I’m using acrylic paints and I try to use it mostly on the margin to avoid covering any words. For the rest of the page I try to use transparent media like watercolor or water reactive inks. So far this is my go-to technique and I’m always able to read my Bible no matter how much I add to the page.

Although I had an entire blank page on the other side of this spread I thought a journaling card with the verse I was journaling would be more than enough (at least for now) to finish off this spread. This journaling card ended up being the base of the entire page, from colors to textures and much more.



Supplies: Butterfly digital stamp / Medium Weight (printable) vellum / Brother InkJet Printer / Ranger Bridal Tinsel Embossing Powder / Heat Tool / Westcott Detail Scissors /  Spectrum Noir alcohol markers / Gold stripes washi tape / Illustrated Faith Bible Journaling card / Therm O Web Mixed Media adhesive / The Crafter’s Workshop – Clear Gesso Matte, Heavy Body Paint in Spun Sugar, Kale SmoothieTCW739 Trendy Images 12″x 12″ stencil, TCW754 Distressed Details 12″X 12″ stencil / Ranger Ink Blending Tool / Distress Oxide Inks in Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Twisted Citron / Prima Marketing Journaling Card – Creating in Faith Collection by Jaime Daughtery.

The Inspiration behind this Page

Sometimes the hardest part of Bible Journaling and journaling in general is knowing where to start. I had so many verses written down from our church’s sermons but this journaling card from Prima Marketing was what gave me the inspiration for this page. Psalm 91 is so meaningful to all of us who believe without a shadow of doubt in God’s protection and care for His children. Having had a very difficult series of experiences in a very violent city with high rates of criminality, this chapter has always meant a lot to us as a family. My mom always prays and meditates on this chapter and I am happy that I was able to stop my hectic routine to meditate in the truth of this verse.

So, the reality is that when you are planning or trying to journal on your Bible, every element around you can be an inspiration and can spark something in your heart. That’s why I feel Bible Journaling kits are important for the process especially if just like me you are discovering this new and beautiful journey. This journaling card was sent to me by my IG best friend Laurie from @scrapwithlaurie and it came together with all sorts of beautiful goodies. She was the one who gave me the final push to start Bible Journaling and I’m so thankful that she did!





That’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed today’s post. I also hope it gave you some ideas on how to create unique page spreads on your Bible. I’ll be sharing another Bible Journaling page next week so make sure to hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss any posts! Also, I want to invite you to follow me on Facebook where we are sharing a new digi stamp GIVEAWAY. Click here to join the fun. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time.

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Galaxy Foil-Mates Cards with Gina K. Designs and Therm O Web

Hello! Gracie here, this time with a card idea for the men and boys in our lives. These galaxy inspired backgrounds are quick to make and mass produce thanks to Therm O Web’s Foil-Mates sheets and sentiments! Scroll down to check out the step by step tutorial!



I used Gina K. Designs Foil-Mates Backgrounds and Sentiments to make these cards… Foil-Mates are great for backgrounds and you will be able to get two A2 pieces from one sheet, which is perfect to create 2 cards. I’m sharing a step by step tutorial today over at the Therm O Web’s blog. You’ll also find the complete list of supplies so you are able to recreate these cards if want to! Click here to view the tutorial.



I think these cards would work great for male friends on Valentine’s, don’t you think? Often times we don’t even know were to start when it comes to masculine cards, so I’m so happy I created these, since I’m usually all for feminine designs.

I enjoyed sharing these with you today! I would love to know what you think so don’t be shy and leave me a comment below! Thanks so much for visiting today! For more creative ideas for all your paper and fabric crafts make sure to subscribe to Therm O Web! Until next time.


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New Digital Papers & Stamps: Easy Valentine’s Cards with Deco Foil + Graciellie Design

When you have limited time and you love to craft, that’s when digital stamps and papers come in handy! This week I felt so inspired by our brand ambassadors. They are wonderful designers and they have created stunning projects all month long. (If you’re curious about their work please visit our Facebook page to see what they have been sharing lately!)



I wanted to make something pretty with our new digis, but didn’t have much time to play… So I came up with this card design which is super cute and extra quick to make. To create this card:

1. Print the distressed floral stripes pattern from our new Pink & Blue Watercolored Digital Papers. I sized them in 5″x 7″ prior to printing using the printer’s software. That will allow you to print to panels in one cardstock sheet.

2. Next, rip a wide piece of the printed sheet so you can fit it across a 4″ x 5 1/4″ white card panel. Adhere it and cut the excess along the edges with scissors.


3. Print the flowers and the Hello Friend sentiment from the set Friends like You, using a laser printer. In this case I printed the flowers on white cardstock and the sentiments on vellum.

Note: You can take your images to an office / paper store and print as many sheets as you need.

4. Use your favorite Deco Foil sheets to foil the flowers and sentiments. All you do is cover the image with a piece of Deco Foil Transfer Sheet and run it through a laminator.


5. Use pigment inks and a sponge dauber to add color to the flower digi and fussy cut it using scissors. Click here to see a tutorial on this foil resist technique.

6. Use a heart die cut to cut the foiled sentiment.

7. Put your pieces together and finish off your design with ribbon and/or other embellishments of your choice.



Supplies: Friends Like You Digital Stamp Set / Pink & Blue Watercolored Digital Paper Pack / Laser Printer (for digital stamps) / Inkjet Printer (for patterned paper) / Gina K. Designs Fancy Foils™ 6″ x 8″ • Jelly Bean GreenDeco Foil™ Transfer Sheets • Aqua / Colorbox Pigment Inks PaintBox in Love / Distress Oxide ink in Salty Ocean / Sponge ink applicators / Vellum / White Cardstock / Laminator / Sticky Dot Mini Runner / Deco Foil™ White Foam Adhesive / Heart die cut / Evolution Advanced die cutting machine / RRR Satin Ribbon with Silver Metallic Edges Assortment – Pink and Purple / Paper Temptress Sky Blue Crepe Cardstock / Paper Temptress Pink Basis #80

These cards took no time! I love how easily you can add color to a foiled image with simply sponging some ink! That truly saves you time. The papers and foiled details do a lot for this design, but I especially love adding transparencies -such as vellum- to my cards!

More Tutorials

I hope you enjoyed! Thanks so much for stopping by. I invite you to visit my previous posts to check out my latest tutorials. I have 2 new video tutorials out sharing techniques using stencils, foil and rubber stamps. Click here to watch. That’s all for now, until next time!



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Layering Solid and Detailed Rubber Stamps with Magnolia Flowers by Unity Stamp Co.

Today I wanted to share a card that came to life while I tried my new stamps from the kit Magnolia Flowers for the first time. So yes, it was a bit of an experiment that turned into a colorful and pretty set of cards.


I tried out different inks but this gorgeous red from ColorBox’s Petal Box by Teresa Collins looked really crisp and perfect for this solid floral stamp. I wanted to stamp the flowers randomly to create a background. Once I was done stamping the solid flower I thought of layering the detailed flower in gold ink (from the same Petal Box set). The second layer of stamping covers the first one and because these are pigment inks, the gold sits on top of the red adding a subtle metallic touch wherever it overlays it.


Video Tutorial

I have a video tutorial that you might enjoy watching, in which I show you the process of this card design. Click below to watch or click here to visit my YouTube channel and watch it over there!

The finishing touch was adding some color filling the white spaces with an alcohol marker, which gives the background a patterned paper feel! I’m sure you can use different color combinations to create more backgrounds like these! I think this new stamp kit is perfect for this technique so I hope to can come take a closer look at it here.


Main Supplies: Magnolia Flowers Stamp Kit / ColorBox Teresa Collins Petal Point Pigment Inks / Papers: White Cardstock, Vellum / ColorBox Clear Embossing Powder / Heat Tool / Spectrum Noir Marker VB2 / Die Cutting Machine / Teal Pearl Stickers / Rectangle Double Stitch Design Dies / Zots Small


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Living Hope: Bible Journaling Page with Unity Stamps Co. & Distress Oxide Inks

Today I wanted to stop by and share a new Bible Journaling page I worked on this morning. I know I had promised you to come back every weekend with a new art journaling inspiration project and that has not happened in the last couple of weeks. That is why I decided to come today, just because, to share a page inspired on a verse that blessed my life yesterday during a new church we visited, called Living Hope. This is the church’s verse and of course I had to journal it.

Hope is such a powerful word. We literally hold on to our hope during these trying times the world is going through. It seems like chaos, confusion and tragedy are everywhere we look at. But when that hope is a hope that relies on our Lord, we remain strong and positive. I know it is hard to realize when we are surrounded by personal challenges, bad health, family conflicts, social crisis, a suffering economy and more, but this verse is a reminder that we have a living hope in Jesus for a bright, good and blessed future. 

My precious Instagram friend Laurie from @ScrapwithLaurie sent me a package full of beautiful Bible Journaling stamps and other goodies! She is the one who influenced me to finally jump into Bible Journaling and she was absolutely right, I am in love with it. Well, I wanted to use something from her package and she just happened to include a stamp set with a sentiment about hope, that went so well with this verse. I combined it with one of my rubber stamps from Blossoms & Blessings by Unity Stamp Co. I just love this blossom branch stamp… It’s perfect for your Bible margin too!

I prepped my page with TCW Clear Gesso Matte as always. (I will be sharing lots of tips on how this gesso works for my Bible Journaling on my next post!) I stamped the images and the sentiment with Archival ink and the started adding Distress Oxide Inks with a sponge applicator. I splattered some water to create that distressed effect and the drew gold splatters with an oil based marker.

I hope I’ve inspired you today. This page is really easy to create and I knew that I didn’t want to spend hours drawing and painting and that is when floral stamps come in handy! I invite you to take a look at all my new stamp releases at Unity Stamp Co. I have put together some very special kits that work great for bible journaling!

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time.