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A Journal Cover with The Crafters Workshop

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


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

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 - so many to LOVE!
Jen R


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