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Bible Journaling with PanPastel – My First Page

This year I started out declaring that all things were possible… I’ve truly seen my limits stretch and expand into new territories and it brings so much joy to my heart knowing that God does listen to His children and that He is faithful always.

For years I’ve been flirting with the idea of Art Journaling, but something about having to start from scratch on a white page felt intimidating. Nevertheless I’ve studied and tried out techniques and somehow today I find myself doing exactly what I was the most intimidated by… Bible Journaling. So please join me as I rediscover myself through this beautiful artistic and spiritual outlet. I’ll be sharing some tips today that you might find useful!

Bible Journaling with PanPastel
I knew that one of the first things I wanted to journal on my bible was the journey of women of God.. Each of their stories encourage me and that is how this illustration started off. I sketched it in pencil and knew right away that I wanted to color it with PanPastel.

PanPastel Colors are professional artists’ quality soft pastel colors packed in a unique pan format (cake-like). The special qualities of PanPastel Colors mean that artists can blend and apply dry color like fluid paint for the first time. All PanPastel Colors are made using a unique manufacturing process requiring minimal binder and fillers, resulting in rich, ultra soft and super-blendable colors. Each color is loaded with the finest quality artists’ pigments for the most concentrated colors possible. The colors have excellent lightfastness and are fully erasable. Uniquely, for pastel color, they can be mixed together for a complete painting palette. Use them with Sofft Tools to get a smooth application every time.

 

 

Before starting, I prepared my page with two light coats of clear gesso. I used a heat gun to dry the page, being careful not to over heat it. Once dry, I began layering color, adding shading to the face using Red Iron Oxide Tint, Magenta Tint and Violet Tint. I blended all the colors with a Colorless Blender Pan Pastel. I used Pearlescent Red for her cheeks too!

For the hair I used a beautiful Pearlescent Orange and Diarylide Yellow Tint combined with a little brown watercolor crayon that I used to show you how versatile and blendable PanPastel with other media also! To add highlights to the hair I smudged some paint from a Sharpie water based marker and then added some more Pearlescent orange.

I used Permanent Green, Chrom. Oxide Green Tint and Pearlescent Red for the flower and branches. Pearlescent PanPastel Colors have a beautiful subtle shimmer and they give your projects a lovely finish!

For added details I used color pencils, a white gel pen and a white pen marker, that again work perfectly with PanPastel Colors.

 

I sealed the the page with two light coats of Workable Fixatif spray and let it dry. Finally I stamped a sentiment from a set called Sending Kindness with black Archival Ink, that I felt went perfectly with the qualities Ruth had! She was bold in a kind, loyal and sincere way… She was patient, she had faith and she was redeemed in the end! To think that she is part of Jesus’ geneaology! So inspiring!

I truly recommend PanPastel for Bible Journaling. It is a dry, easily blendable media with a large variety of colors and finishes. The color goes on smooth and you can keep layering it to create more depth on your image. Do try it out if you can! That’s all for today. I will be back with more art journaling projects soon! Until next time.

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Fresh & Fruity with Sunny Studio Stamps – Fun Summer Card Ideas –

Summer crafts can be so fun, especially with the sweet images from Sunny Studio Stamps. Today I’m sharing 3 cards I created with stamps from the set Fresh & Fruity… It’s so fun and versatile! My favorite thing about these stamps is all the options you get so you can add little faces and other details to your images.

I created patterned backgrounds with the fun fruit images which I heat embossed in glitter gold and white. I went for an ombre look on 2 cards and I decided to watercolor the strawberries on my first card with distress inks. I also foiled the edges on my second card and discover the Thermoweb’s Champagne transfer foil matches perfectly the tone of gold on Clearsnap’s Glitter Gold embossing powder.

Sunny Studio Stamps has a brand new release and I already picked my favorites! They also have fun, versatile dies that go along perfect with their sweet stamps. Make sure you head to their blog (that will be featuring my cards today) and shop to check out their collection. If you stop by the blog I invite you to leave Mendi (the designer behind all these sweet stamps) a comment too!

That’s it for now. Hope you are enjoying your Summer so far! Until next time… Stay crafty.

Sharing with: SSS Wednesday Challenge – AG / HIMCR – Christmas Colors / Your Next Stamp – Color Challenge / HOC – Food, Drinks, Colors /
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DIY Distressed Foiling – Decofoil Backgrounds –

This month I’ll be featuring new Thermoweb Decofoil techniques and tutorials on how to create unique foiled effects on paper. Today I’m sharing the first tutorial. You’ll learn in a few quick steps how to create unique distressed backgrounds using foil. The result is almost as if you would have painted, splattered and splashed your paper with paint only with a much more beautiful texture, foil.

Supplies:
Thermoweb | Decofoil Transfer Sheets in Gold and Silver, Decofoil Adhesive Pen
Minc Mini machine (or a Foil Laminator)*
3M Spray Adhesive (also suggest Decofoil Fusible Spray Adhesive)
Digital Stamps | Graciellie Design Thoughtful Greetings set
Dies | Spellbinders: Arched Elegance Pocket, A2 Matting Basics
Coloring | Spectrum Noir Markers: CG1, CG2, FS3, TN2, GB8
Miscelaneous | Papers: Vintage handwriting patterned paper, White and Black cardstock / Tools: Printer, scissors, paper trimmer / Embellishments: Crinkle ribbon, silver heart button, gauze
*Not strictly necessary.

To achieve the foil distressed effect You will need these basic supplies (detailed on the supply list above). I’m using spray adhesive and an adhesive pen today but I have tried a different distressed foiling technique before with another adhesive (see tutorial here).
1. Protect your work surface and spray a piece of patterned cardstock with the spray adhesive. To create different splatters try out spraying the paper from different distances. The further you spray the smaller the splatters will be. For bigger splashes spray closer to the paper.
2. Once sprayed place a Decofoil transfer sheet right on top the paper and run it through a Minc machine or laminator at the lowest setting (in this case 1). This step isn’t strictly necessary. If you do not own any of these machines all you need to do is wait between 15 to 30 seconds once the adhesive is applied until it gets a bit tacky and then transfer the foil, burnishing softly with the help of your fingers. (Since the result we’re looking for is distressed it really won’t matter if the foil doesn’t transfer perfectly to the paper.)
3. Remove the foil to reveal your first layer of foil distressing. You can always add more splatters if you wish.
4. Use the adhesive pen to draw random splatters around the edges and even larger dots. 
5. Then cover the paper with a gold Decofoil transfer sheet and run through a Minc machine or laminator. (Again you can skip this step if you wait until the glue gets tacky.)
6. Peel the transfer sheet to reveal the second layer of distressed foiling in gold.

This technique is super easy to achieve and it creates unique backgrounds every time. You can get a lot of backgrounds from 1 single foil transfer sheet and you really don’t need that much adhesive, so this DIY is very affordable too! Make sure you visit Thermoweb’s shop to check out their Decofoil line of adhesives and transfer sheets.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you found this tutorial useful please let me know in the comments. I will be back soon with a second technique using Decofoil, so stay tuned!

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Sharing with:
The Card Concept – Anniversary Inspiration / The Paper Girls – Mixed Media / The Mod Squad Challenge – What’s in your background / SSS Challenge – Happy Birthday / Dies R Us Challenge – Add Scallops / Double D Challenges – Yellow / Scrapyland Challenge – AG / Crafting for all Seasons – Use die cuts / House of Cards – Add Script / Word Art Wednesday – AG

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Stencils & ColorBox Pigment Inks – Exclusive Tutorial for Clearsnap –

Today I’m sharing a fun and easy tutorial on Clearsnap’s blog on how I created these modern and colorful gold dipped ombre stenciled backgrounds! Head over to their blog to check out the steps and supplies used to make these cards. Remember to leave a comment, to let me know you enjoyed the post and if you’d like to see more collaborations with Clearsnap in the future.

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Easter Bunny Frilly Card – Adding Tons of Layers & Texture –

Some of my favorite seasonal die cuts and stamps are Easter / Spring themed. What better season to play with textures, shabby chic layers and cute die cuts? Today I’m sharing a very layered and textured Easter card using some pretty dies and some new supplies I tried out for the first time.

Supplies:
Graciellie Design | Happy Easter Digital Stamp Set
Dies | Spellbinders: Rose Creations, Gold Elements One / Poppystamps: Chocolate Bunny / Cheery Lynn Designs: English Party Doily
Ink | Colorbox Mixed Media Inx in Chiffon
Embellishments | Eyelet Outlet: Vintage Washi Tape, 12mm Jewel Bling – Clear Edge, Swirl Bling -Jewel Champagne / May Arts Ribbon: 4 Millimeter Pearlized String Beads Ribbon / Marion Smith Designs: White pearl stamens / SU: Linen thread
Finishes | DecoArt: Snow-Tex / Shimmerz Spray Sparkle
Miscelaneous | Beige, White & Pink cardstock, permanent clear glue (uhu), lace, pink gross grain ribbon, sponge dauber, palette knife, shelf liner.
This card started out with the need to use some beautiful old die cuts I hadn’t taken out in a while. I created a detailed square using a corner die, die cutting with it twice to cover the squared layer completely. After that, I started adding layer upon layer, distressing the edges and inking them with my new favorite ink: Mix’d Media Inx by Donna Salazar for Colorbox -which I think works perfect for this kind of project-. 
I also made some pretty flowers with another product by Donna Salazar, her beautiful Rose Creations Dies. I shaped them using a basic technique from my Handmade Flowers 1 video tutorial. I alternated the flowers’ layers with beige and pink and inked the petals with the same soft pink ink used before. I also decided to add a layer of grip liner material on the flowers, using the same die to cut it.

Of course, what is a shabby chic card without embellishments? I added DIY banners made with vintage themed washi tape, I added stunning jewels to the center of the flowers, ribbon, pearl stamens, string beads, linen thread, tulle, ribbon and lace. But I think the little bunny die cut gives the card a unique touch after I applied some DecoArt Snow-Tex paste to make it textured!

Finally I added an Easter sentiment from the new digital stamp set Happy Easter.
If you’d like to take a closer look to this and other sets just released click here.

For more Spring inspiration

Hope you enjoyed today’s post and that you found some of the new supplies I tried out great for your own crafting. I will be back soon with part 2 of March’s Versatile Cardmaking series featuring Fancy Pants Designs, where I’ll show you how to expand one same product for different projects! Have a creative week!

Sharing with: Frilly & Funkie – Make a Trio / Live & Love Crafts – Signs of Spring / In the Pink – For a Special Lady / Poppystamps – Spring Fling / Great Impressions – Bunny Hop / Ribbon Girls – Spring or Easter / Robyn’s Fetish – Easter Cards / My Sheri Crafts – Spring Fever / Docerela – Spring / Crafty Catz – Ribbon & Bling / Creative Corner – Hoppy Easter / Crafty Ribbons – Monochrome / Jade’s Sparkling Butterflies – Monochrome / We Love Vintage – Spring or Easter / Word Art Wednesday – AG / Cropstop – AG

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Versatile Cardmaking using one Product- Featuring Fancy Pants Designs –

I believe all of us have bought products that we aren’t able to use throughout the year. Maybe they’re seasonal or maybe they only fit a certain style. What if I told you there are products out there that are so versatile, you can stretch them and use them in many ways, for different styles of cards and seasons? Well, today I’m sharing with you two totally different cards using the same product.

This is the first post on a series that I think could help you achieve a much more versatile and enjoyable cardmaking process, saving you time and money along the way. Today I am featuring a kind of product everyone should have in their stash, a kit.

Main Supplies:
Paper – Fancy Pants Designs | Flutter Collection Kit
Embellishments – Eyelet Outlet | Glitter Silver Dot Washi Tape, Vintage Washi Tape, Foil Washi Tape – Gold/Stars, Round Jewels – Pink/Blue, 12mm Jewel Bling – Clear Edge, Pink Pearl Bling – Multi Size – 100 Count, Flower Jewels – Clear, Gray Jewel Multi Size Bling – 100 Count
Stamp – Graciellie Design | Think Spring Digital Stamp Set
Dies – Spellbinders | Rose Creations, Classic Circles, Gold Circles One, A2 Matting Basics. Cheery Lynn Designs | English Tea Party Doily. Memory Box Dies | Botanical Stem
Miscelaneous – Pink Gross Grain Ribbon, Large Pearls, Gauze, Beige cardstock, Double Sided Adhesive, Foam Tape

Using the versatile Flutter Collection Kit by Fancy Pants Designs I was able to complete two cards, one for Spring and another one for Summer. Yes, both cards were made using papers from the same collection! This kit includes patterned and solid textured papers, decorative elements, buttons, solid and patterned gold foil cardstock and embellishments, journaling cards in three different sizes including large ones that would work perfect for a CAS card front. So, as you can see, the possibilities are endless… This is a very complete kit that gives you an incredibly diverse palette to work with and it is the kind of kit everyone need in their stash. Though it is meant to be used for scrapbooking, project life, and albums I decided to show you how much you can get from it for cardmaking too!

On my Spring card I used three of the softer papers in the collection and used die cuts to complete a cute and delicate design. It is really great to find a kit that allows you to create a variety of projects and as you can see, I found pastel tones in this collection that work perfect for Spring. Besides the die cuts I also added a lot of jewels, a couple of banners made from washi tape and one of my digital sentiments that I printed to coordinate the rest of the design.

On my Summer card I used elements and papers from the kit entirely -no die cuts-, and the result was so cute and fun. I love to use journaling cards to layer my cards and that is exactly what I did on my second card. The papers and elements complete the design so well, all I needed to do was add a few jewels and a bit of washi tape.

Take a closer look to the NEW digital stamp set I used on my first card here.

I will be back with the second part of this short series, sharing new cards using this same collection kit. Special thanks to Fancy Pants Designs for sponsoring this series.

Do you own a product that allows you to do versatile cardmaking? Let me know on the comments below.

Sharing with: Cheery Lynn Designs – Doily Theme / Memory Box – Blossoms & Bunnies / The Paper Girls – Rainbows / In the Pink – For a Special Lady / HIMCR – Spring Colors /

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Simply Layered Spring Cards – Enhancing Die Cuts with Jewels –

Sometimes all you need is an elegant, simply layered card. But there’s always that moment when you think your design is missing something. I always find jewels, pearls and rhinestones add the perfect finishing touch to any card, even simple designs. Today’s cards are the perfect example.

Main Supplies:
Stamps – Graciellie Design: Believe Digital Stamp Set / Sending Blessings Digital Stamp Set
Dies – Spellbinders: A2 Matting Basics A / A2 Valiant Honor / Elegant Ovals / Majestic Oval / Classic Ovals Small. Marianne Designs: Vintage Butterfly. ODBD: Fancy Frillitary/ Vintage Flourish Pattern / Fancy Foliage.
Embellishments – Eyelet Outlet: 12mm Jewel Bling – Clear Edge / 12mm Bling Jewels – Champagne / Bling Sheets – 100 Sheet – Multi Sizes / Jewel Multi Size Bling – 100 Count / Glitter Silver Dot Washi Tape
Paper – ODBD: Shabby Rose Collection, Heart and Soul Collection

I worked with the same layering on both cards, varying only the colors, patterned papers and sentiments. As you may notice, I used a few delicate die cuts to create a very clean layering. I find that patterned papers help to fill the “white” space on a card but it is the embellishments what finally brings everything together.

I used some stunning jewels from the Eyelet Outlet, who kindly provided a few products so I could share samples with you. Another element you might have not noticed in detail yet is the stunning glitter washi tape I cut into banners and added to each side of the central oval on both cards… It looks like sparkly foil which makes this washi an amazing alternative to foil transfers when you only need a few details here and there on a card. Love how all the embellishments look together on both cards!

Tip: I printed a couple of my new digital stamps to use on these cards. If you are wondering how I was able to print them to fit the oval die exactly, here’s an easy way to do it. First use a ruler to measure the die to see how large you should print the sentiment. Then paste the digital stamp on a new Word document, right click and change the size settings. Set the size a little smaller than the previous ruler measurement and print leaving enough margin to be able to die cut the image. You should be able to get a perfect result every time! Easy, right?

I love both of these digital stamps but I have exciting news to share… Our new March release is ready! Stay tuned for a new blog hop and giveaway. I can’t wait for you to see all the new stamps and inspiration projects. So don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter (on sidebar) so you don’t miss the event!