Skip to main content

A Journal Cover with The Crafters Workshop

Hello again! Today I am doing a simple traditional stencil technique to use on a journal cover.




SUPPLIES:

Journal substrate: This one is from my stash but there are a lot to choose from at AlteredPages.com
Stencil: I used Balzer Designs 12 x 12 stencil "Trendy Images" from The Crafters Workshop
Paper
adhesive
scissors
Acrylic Paint
White Gel pen or acrylic paint liner
Embellishments
Ribbon

I have to admit, ever since I got this stencil, I knew I was going to use the eye image. Not that the others aren't cool, but that eye!!!  So, I had this little book cover and I don't collect autographs so I wanted to make it either into a junk journal or art journal. Well, I still haven't decided which, but I had to re-cover it to start.

 Found this awesome hand-made paper in my stash and adhered it to the front of the cover. Using scissors, I cut around the paper after it was dry.
 Here is the result. NOTE: if you have holes punched in your substrate, you will have to re-punch them each time you add paper to the cover. Here I punched after the cover page and again after the inside page. It's just easier to find the holes if you do it this way.
 I picked a few colors I thought would pop on the black and used a few of the many different patterns on the stencil to place color here and there.
 Second color going on!
 Now for that eye (SWOON)!
 After all the paint dried, I wanted the eye to pop forward a bit so I outlined it with an acrylic white paint marker. You could also use a white gel pen to do this. I love how tribal these images look!
 Not sure exactly what I wanted to do next, I decided to put some decorative paper on the inside of the cover.
 OOOO, just noticed the cool hands holding the heart on this stencil! Must use them here. I also added some small embellishments, the sparkly ones and a flower, from my stash. I think that will work!
 Adding some more of the cool images from the stencil on the inside back cover. I love pineapples. Did you know they are a symbol of welcome?  I used the white paint marker to put some detail on them.
 Here is the inside of the covers. I used some ribbon to bind this together, but you could use those cool snap together rings too.
Here it is, all finished and ready for some pages.. Now to make it a junk journal or art journal... Hmmmm...
 
Thanks for looking! 
Please take a look at all the Crafters Workshop Stencils on AlteredPages.com - so many to LOVE!
 
Jen R


Popular posts from this blog

DINA WAKLEY Featured Artist

We are SO Proud to present Dina Wakley with her ART and February Tip  (oops, she says she is totally disorganized, so there is HOPE for all of us!)



Dina Wakley is a mixed-media artist and teacher. She loves everything about art: creating it, thinking about it, looking at it, and teaching it. Dina is passionate about teaching art. She teaches both in-person and online workshops.  She is a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum, where she gives tours to school groups and gets kids excited about art. As a Ranger Signature Designer, Dina designs a line of mixed-media art supplies that includes acrylic paints, mediums, brushes, rubber stamps, stencils, and more. Look for the Dina Wakley Media Line by Ranger at a store near you.  Dina's books Art Journal Freedom and Art Journal Courage are available now. Also look for three new North Light DVDs starring Dina, available this month: "Art Journal Mark Making and Throwing Ink," Art Journal Color Courage," and "Art Journal Stenci…

Rolling with my Gel Press

I love experimenting with different ways to create texture and interest on my Gel Press and for many years now I have turned to fun foam to help do this when monoprinting.  I love to team the fun foam with my dies to create my own stamps and texture plates.  I used this techniques for my prints in January that I shared here on the blog. There are lots of dies that have detail, meaning lots of scrap pieces which you can randomly stick onto cardboard giving you a stamp as well as using the actually die cut shape as a stamp.  Another idea is using them attached to a toilet roll to create a brayer like roller was shared at my local scrapbook store and on a video by Birgit Koopsen last year.  I love playing with this method. The toilet roll is slipped over a paint roller handle.


Here you can see some of my texture creations that I have on hand for my play today.

One texture I love is created using a piece of burlap ribbon, which I have stuck onto a toilet roll. My first layer above used th…

The Gift Card Card

Robin here and today I have a project for you that is a fun way to give gift cards or cash.  

You will need two envelopes for this project.  One is what the post office calls the 6 1/4 Commercial envelope.  When I was growing up we just called it a letter envelope.  It's a smaller rectangle than the #10, being just 3 5/8" x 6 1/4".  The other is a standard A6.  I chose the A6 because it fits inside the letter envelope when it's folded in half and it's also large enough to hold a check or cash, as well as a gift card.



With the flap against the body of the envelope, fold it in half from side to side.  Cut the flap in half and trim the inside cuts at an angle so that they don't interfere with the fold or get bunched up. 



Decorate the flap side of your envelope.  This will be the inside of your card.  Fold the envelope again and decorate the side that will be the front of your card.





Cut a panel of card stock to fit inside the 6 1/4 Commercial (letter) envelope.  Att…