Art Journal

Imagine the Possibilities Art Journal Page

Hello friends. Today’s post is a little different. Coming to you with a with an art journal layout. I haven’t done one of these in quite a while but it’s time to start it up again. An art journal is just a fun place to play with your products and experiment. Sometimes it comes out great and sometimes not so much but it’s about having fun. If you haven’t tried art journaling yet I highly recommend it. You don’t need a ton of supplies to do this either. I like to keep some printed tissue papers and some Acrylic paints on hand. I use stamps and pattern papers from my stash. God knows I have plenty of those!!! LOL I recently purchased the Stamperia paper after seeing Umut Radios use them in her videos. They are beautiful papers. Check out her videos for more inspiration. She inspired me to get started; she makes beautiful layouts using printed napkins!

Ok so let take you through my process. First I gathered some supplies.


I stamped the Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp BOOKS SKETCH Stampers Anonymous several times onto scraps of Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock with Ranger Black Archival Jet Black Ink. At this point I only had a slight idea of what I was doing on these pages but I kind of knew I wanted stacks of books. I will continue while those dry.

I added Canvas Tissuestock Printed French Script, 12-Inch by 12-Inch, Ivory, 10-Pack to the pages. I used Matte gel medium to adhere. I added some to the back and then some over top once down on the page. This seals it and allows you to add other mediums on top without saturating the paper. Next I tore up some of the pattern paper from the Stamperia Scrapbooking Paper – Clockwise collection and randomly adhered them onto the pages. No need for perfection here because I want it to look organic. I sealed everything with Matte gel medium. And now I wait…and wait…and wait for it to dry. A couple of hours later….

Step 1 – Adding Paper

Time to add ink some. I spritzed the pages with water and again very randomly sprayed distress sprays in Tumbled Glass and Walnut Stain. I spread it around with a brush and used my heat tool to dry it some but I still had to wait for it to dry a few hours before continuing with other colors. Once it dried, I added some Broken China Distress Stain, Ground Espresso Distress Stain, and Tarnished Brass Distress Stain and kept layering color until I was happy with the results.

Step 2 – Adding Ink

While that dried, I cut out and colored all my images. i distressed the tag edges and added distress ink at the edges. I added Walnut Stain Distress Stain and Ground Espresso Distress Stain around the edges of all the cut outs, except the books. Set those aside to dry and got my Stencils out. I used some brown and aqua acrylic paint with the Catherine Pooler Harleen Creative Screenings to some texture. The pattern is similar to the one on the paper I added in the background. Then I used the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil BURLAP with gold acrylic paint and added some small areas of gold.

Final page

Next I laid out the images on my spread and adhered them down with Matte gel medium. Let that dry and completely and added shading with my Faber Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Pens and highlights with a Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point White Gel Pen. Lastly I added splatters with gold and white acrylic paint.

Here are some closeups.


Thanks for stopping by and I hope I’ve inspired you to make some adorable critter cards of your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Cards, Easter, Watercolor techniques

Easy Watercolor Backgrounds Using Distress Inks

Today’s topic is watercolor backgrounds. Whenever I want a quick and easy background for a card, I go with a watercolor background. You don’t need to know how to watercolor like a pro, you just need some good watercolor paper. The paper makes the difference in the results you get. I used Canson XL Series Watercolor Paper Pad (140 Pound, 9 x 12 Inch). The great thing is, that this technique can be achieved with dye inks, stains, sprays, or watercolors (high end or inexpensive). I used Distress Ink Stains for my backgrounds. I originally pulled out my Distress Ink Pads but then decided that my Distress Ink Stains haven’t been getting enough love so I decided to use those instead. These can be dabbed on or sprayed. These now are sold in spray bottles but if you’re like me and have the original bottles, Ranger sells a spray bottle lid. I used mine straight out of the bottle like watercolor though.

Watercolor Background Supplies

Ok, so let’s get started. First, I taped down my watercolor paper piece (4 1/4 x 5 1/2″) with some ScotchBlue Painters Tape to a hard surface. Protect your surface before you begin because this will be messy. With a clean brush, add some water to your surface, covering the whole area. Then dispense some of ink onto a clear block, craft mat, etc. (I used my glass mat) and then dab/pounce it your paper. If the surface is too dry, add some more water. You can add more ink to certain areas to get darker areas. Alternatively, you can add more water and blot certain areas to subtract color. Stick to one color if you are not comfortable mixing multiple colors together. Keep playing with adding color until you are satisfied.

Let your piece dry in between layers. This will yield a better result, in the end. You can let it air dry or use a heat tool (if you are not patient like me. :)) Once the piece was almost dry I added some splashes using the same ink color for each. I usually do this inside a box since I don’t want my desk and surrounding areas to stained. Let it dry completely before moving onto the next step. And if you want to stop here, you totally can; they look great as is. I wanted to enhance mine by adding another level of texture.

Watercolor Panels

I added texture to only two of the panels by embossing them. On the first panel (blue one), I stamped the Easter eggs from the Newton’s Nook Designs Newton’s Easter Basket Stamp (no longer available) with Versamark clear embossing ink and added Wow white embossing powder. On the third panel (yellow one), I used a the Tim Holtz MINI STENCIL SET 27 MST027 with Ranger Texture Paste Transparent Gloss to add texture. I used only portions of the stencil around the page. Then before it dried, I sprinkled on some Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter. Any white glitter will do however. These are now ready to become cards!

Watercolor Panels With Embossing

I made Easter cards with these backgrounds. I used Newton’s Nook Designs Newton’s Easter Basket Stamp on all 3 cards for the images.

I used Simon Says Stamp Some Bunny for the sentiment on the first card and the Lawn Fawn Straight Flower Border Die Cut to build the scene. And finished it with Nuvo drops in different colors. The second card features the Pretty Pink Posh Happy Easter Script Die cut out of 4 layers of cardstock (3 black and one white), stacked up to create the sentiment. The third card showcases the Easter egg kitty by putting him in ovals diecut using Stampin’ Up! Layering Ovals Framelits Dies. I added a sentiment from Newton’s Nook Designs Newton’s Easter Basket Stamp. I created card bases from Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise (retired), Stampin’ Up! Elegant Eggplant (retired), and Stampin’ Up! Crushed Curry 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock, respectively. And finally, on the inside I added a piece of white 80lb cardstock so I can later write a message inside my cards.


Thanks for stopping by. I hope this was helpful and I’ve inspired you to create some fun watercolor backgrounds of your own. Feel free to email me with questions or leave a comments below.