Layers That Shine – Jowilna’s Advanced Class

Beautiful effects can be hard work – layer upon layer you build up a beautiful mess that becomes a masterpiece in the end. It takes time and patience to achieve a striking effect. Today I am sharing how I used a variety of products to create layers of shine on top of each other for a spectacular finish.   Step 1 You will need a stencil, texture paste and a palette knife. Step 2 Work on any...
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Tsukineko Ink Colour Chart – Jowilna’s Favourite Things

With crafting come lots of supplies and one key element for staying on top of all of your supplies is staying organised. For me being organised does not come naturally so I can use every bit of help that I can get. That is why one of my new favourite things is the colour chart from The Wholesaler that keeps me up to date with what I have in my stash and keeps me organised at the same time....
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Embossing Paste – Jowilna’s 101

Today I want to chat to you about products, especially embossing and texture paste. When it comes to product I am very mindful about how I treat my products. Some things are better left alone the way they are packaged and others you can get away with all kinds of things. I was given a tub of Embossing Paste, where a whole bunch of half empty tubs was used to fill my tub. In my experience...
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Prepping a Watercolour Background – Jowilna’s Advanced Class

Not everyone is an artist or has an artistic background or training. For me, I personally love the watercolour effect taught years ago. Now most people don’t like watercolour paint and find it difficult to work with, but never fear as there is always an alternative… Today I am showing you how to prep an artistic watercolour effect background using the inks you may have in your stash or you...
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Ink Sweepers – Jowilna’s Favourite Things

One of my favourite things in my stash are my ink sweepers from Tsukineko. These sweepers can make light work of just about any inky situation, but more than that they are truly versatile. I am currently using mine in my art journals for paint sweeping making light work of adding layers of paint onto my pages in a single sweep, and with no mess at all.   Step 1 Ink Sweepers are hugely...
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Embossing – How To With Jowilna

Silver linings…how to be creative even when you have almost no fancy products… People often complain about how they need something specific to do a certain thing. I say nonsense…if you have a creative mind and can do something with your hands, the sky is the limit! I created some beautiful cards with left-overs, typing paper and nothing fancy apart from my embossing powder and...
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Making 3D flowers and dressing them up with ink – Jowilna’s 101

With the Silhouette CAMEO it is so easy to make amazing 3D flowers. No mess no fuss. But once you have a plain old flower what do you do…well add some personality! Step 1 Cut all of the 3D flower parts using your Silhouette machine. Ink the edges of the petals using Memento ink and a sponge dauber. Step 2 Assemble the flowers by threading stamens through the holes and fixing them to the...
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Altered Book Spread – Jowilna’s Advanced Class

I love using book paper in my projects, and what better than using an entire old book to create something beautiful. I used a spread in my old book to create an altered page – combined with stencilling, texture and All-Purpose Inks I create loads of interest. Step 1 Use a stencil and texture paste to add some texture to the spread. Leave the paste to dry. Step 2 On a sheet of white smooth...
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Kaisercraft Gel Pens – Jowilna’s Favourite Things

I love colouring in pens and pencils, but the act of colouring itself I find really frustrating and boring. It’s a personal thing, but that doesn’t stop me from messing around and adding some colouring details in my diary. One of my favourite things is my set of Kaisercraft Gel Pens. Then recently a friend gave me two smaller sets of Kaisercraft Gel Pens and now I think I am in heaven. Together...
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Masking – How To With Jowilna

Masking is one of my first techniques I ever learned many many years ago. To this day it is also one of the easiest and most versatile techniques. Let’s take a look at how easy it is… The idea behind masking is that you can make things appear like they are something else – so you can create dimension with little effort, layer something behind something else in a few easy steps, or...
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Inking – Jowilna 101

To ink or not to ink? Or rather how to ink is a better question these days. Over the years things have changed quite a bit and for the better regarding inking the edges of your patterned papers. I personally prefer a light inking, a soft touch that does not distract the eye but rather adds to the overall look and feel of your project. If inking is all you see, then perhaps a lighter hand or ink...
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Stamp and Ink – Jowilna’s Advanced Class

I was using this gorgeous stamp set from 49 and Market and what came to me was ‘tarred and feathered’. Often whilst using my stash, certain words come to mind, phrases or sayings that can spark an idea. So tarred and feathered it was! For the tarred portion of this project I used my gears stencil to create some texture and from there on the project was built up layer by layer. Let’s take a...
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Liquid Drops 3D Pearls – Jowilna’s Favourite Things

One of my favourite products from The Wholesaler is the Liquid Drops from Couture Creations. Now in the traditional sense I am not the type of crafter that will make little pearly drops using this medium – somehow it just doesn’t make sense to me. But the product is a favourite of mine for creating mixed media backgrounds. The product offers a beautiful pearly effect perfect for creating a...
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How I turn ink into paint – How To With Jowilna

I love my inks and have been working with Tsukineko inks for over 20 years. I remember my first ink pad was a VersaMagic in a creamy brown. I still have it in my stash. So saying that I love my inks is actually an understatement. But how do I make them more versatile and justify owning a few more than what I really really need. Well I turn them into more than just an ink.   Today I am...
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Make the most of your die-cuts – Jowilna 101

We all have loads of die-cuts right? But unless you are using them for more than a single application then you are not taking full advantage of them. Today I am showing you how to think differently and take your die-cuts further in a few easy steps. Step 1 Die cut the circle mesh out of cardstock. I used a manilla tag for my experiments but you could easily re-create this on a card or layout....
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Journaling – Jowilna’s Advanced Class

This week I am sharing how versatile All-Purpose Inks (API) can be in your art journal. I used water as a base for my inks to create an interesting effect on my page and around my stamped images. Step 1 Select your three co-ordinating colours of API to work with. Step 2 Stamp your chosen images onto your art journal page. I used VersaFine for its permanence even when working with water and ink....
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Stencils – Jowilna’s Favourite Things

I love stencils and it’s no secret. I think they have endless possibilities and each time you change the product you use with a stencil you can change the way it looks. You can use stencils on their own, combined with other stencils, layered, only portions of a stencil and so much more. Today I am showing you how I used one of my favourite stencils with my favourite inks and pastes to create a...
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Create a quick multi-coloured layered flower – How To With Jowilna

I love multi-coloured papers, and especially those with a washed watercolour look. And nothing is as easy as creating your very own custom paper and creating embellishments with it. Here’s how I make mine in a few easy steps. Step 1 Select the colours of All Purpose Ink you want to work with – I pick at least 3 colours to give me a nice colour range. Step 2 Tape a piece of technique cardstock to...
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Masked and Stamped – Jowilna 101

Having rubber stamps offers you so much possibility. I love to combine different stamps with a variety of techniques to achieve different looks. Today I am sharing how I use washi tape or painters tape to mask off areas on my stamp. This is an easy but effective way of achieving empty space on a stamp.   Step 1 Add a strip of painters tape or washi tape across a background stamp. Step 2 Use...
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Jowilna’s Advanced Class – Pantone colours and embossing

Inspiration is everywhere and when it is handed to you on a platter then why not learn and grow from it. This is the case with the colours inspired and predicted by fashion this year. I was inspired by the colours on this colour chart and selected my favourite ones to create a card. And of course a bit of gold bling just did the trick. Tip Step 1 Create a background using colours from the chart...
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Memento LUXE – Jowilna’s Favourite Things

Every month I am sharing some of my favourite products from The Wholesaler. This month I am sharing one of my favourite ink pads – Memento LUXE that also happens to co-inside with the inspirational colours, patterns and textures forecasted for this year. I chose to focus my product choice in shades of pink, green and orange/red. I love how the colours in the trend forecast image work together....
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2017 Trends – How To With Jowilna

How will you be inspired creatively in 2017? I am looking towards the trend masters for some guidelines and am here to share them with you. One trend that has caught my eye is geometric shapes. I love shapes and the thought of repeating them with paper and ink excites me. I created a quick card and an embellishment to use on a layout inspired by this trend – and absolutely love how this basic...
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Embossing – Jowilna 101

Embossing is one of my favourite techniques – it is always magical and looks amazing. Today I am sharing a quick favourite of how to spice up your plain embossed projects.   Inspired by colour of the year 2017 I like to mix my own colours of embossing powders and to create a custom look. So that’s what I did while being inspired by the green trend of the colour of the year 2017. Step 1 Add...
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Dear Santa, Spoilt Rotten Bags

Next up on my Christmas wish list is a set of Spoilt Rotten bags – another craft bag you may ask or maybe just the perfect bag/s? I cart a lot of things up and down and for me there is always something missing – something that could maybe have been done better. This is not the case with these bags and here’s why… They are a little bit deeper than most bags which make things...
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