Chipboard Elements – Jowilna’s Favourite Things

One of my favourite things to use in projects is chipboard elements and words. But I don’t always want to colour them in the same way – sometimes you want something different. With the GoPress and Foil machine, the game has totally changed and one of my favourite products can now be all dolled up and shiny!   Step 1 Place the chipboard design face down on your machine to heat up the...
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Recycle your Hotfoil leftovers – Jowilna’s How To

How to make the most of all your foiled pieces from the GoPress and Foil machine! If you have been playing with your machine then you have realised that you have loads of negative pieces left over that are just sitting around, or being chucked into the dustbin. But you can make the most of them by simply recycling them into something creative.   Step 1 Gather some of your foiled pieces as...
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The basics of the GoPress and Foil machine – Jowilna’s 101

There are few things that one can really say are better than sliced bread, but this machine is one of them! The minute I saw the GoPress and Foil in action I was convinced that it simply had to be in my stash – and I was right. This statement does not go without a warning though…it is very addictive, and you have to make sure you have enough foil on hand – because if you run out...
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Memento Rich Cocoa – Jowilna’s Favourite Things

One of my favourite things is a good ink pad, and this Memento Rich Cocoa brown is the perfect ink pad for basic stamping, inking and techniques. One of my favourite ways to use this ink is for techniques and this is an easy one. I had the help of my kitchen to create this beautiful bleached out effect…simply magical. Step 1 Ink a tag directly to the paper technique using the Memento ink...
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How to just have fun – Jowilna 101

The pressure of being creative is real and sometimes the best thing you can do is to just have fun. So the other day I had some fun using a piece of cardboard and some goodies on my table. I created this beautiful plaque using a piece of Kraft board, texture paste and All-Purpose Inks. Step 1 Apply a thin layer of texture paste using a palette knife. Apply the paste and then thin it out onto the...
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Stencilled Background – Jowilna’s How To

How to dress up a stencilled background in a few easy steps…I love stencils, but how do you create a bit more interest when using them? Well, you layer of course. Just adding a few extra details is all it takes to make your stencilled image a bit more interesting.   Step 1 Colour your background with the ‘direct to paper’ technique using Memento Luxe Ink. TIP: Remember to carefully...
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Marvellous Marbling – Jowilna’s Advanced Class

Crafting rarely should be difficult or complicated, right? So this week I am sharing a quick idea on how to use one stamp to create a realistic marbling effect. I love this Kaisercraft stamp and it can be used in so many ways on backgrounds to create interest on cards or layouts. But how do you really fake it to make it look real? Well, you layer it of course – so I used some of my favourite...
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Kaisercraft Metal Plate Embossing Folder – Jowilna’s Favourite Things

One of my favourite things is embossing – blind embossing specifically with embossing folders. I think mostly because of the ease of doing that type of embossing and the amazing effects one can achieve. Lately, my favourite embossing folder is this Kaisercraft metal plate. Today I am dressing it up using my StazOn inks for a gorgeous metallic look.   Step 1 Adhere some metal tape to a piece...
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Stencilled Cards – Jowilna 101

Once stencil 3 looks. Do you ever think how versatile the things are in your stash? I often do – and it is almost always the prerequisite for purchasing something. Today I am sharing how you can use 1 stencil and change the look to have very different effects. I used this beautiful Christmas Tree stencil to create some quick Christmas Cards – using the same stencil but achieving a slightly...
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Embossing Paste Christmas Card – How To With Jowilna

Turn an experiment into a Christmas card – I often have bits of cardstock lying around that have ink on them: used as testers, leftover embossing paste stencilled through a stencil from a previous project and so on. I never chuck these pieces of cardstock away as they can always be turned into something truly unique. I used this piece that had embossing paste stars on it and created a shimmering...
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Liquid Drops 3D Pearls – Jowilna’s Advanced Class

Creating embossed effects is easy, but adding loads of interest can be a little tricky. Today I am showing you how you can create both in a few easy steps by using a variety of my favourite products from The Wholesaler.   I combined texture paste with heat embossing and finished off the shimmer with some more shiny products, let’s take a look… Step 1 I used a piece of scrap cardstock...
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Brilliance Inks and Heat Embossing – Jowilna’s Favourite Things

Brilliance Inks and Heat Embossing are two of my favourite things. Brilliance for its gorgeous shimmer and versatility, and heat embossing for its magic. So, combining the two is always magical and sparkly. And yes you can emboss Brilliance Ink because it is a pigment ink and fairly wet so you have time to add clear embossing powder and then heat set it…   Step 1 I combined my...
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Bleached Dye Ink – Jowilna 101

I love creating interesting effects using my ink collection. One of the things I love using is bleach. And even more exciting is the fact that all dye inks can be bleached to create amazing effects. Let’s take a look at home amazing the end result is. Step 1 Use four colours of dye ink to blend a piece of white cardstock. I used a selection of Memento Ink colours. Step 2 Stamp images onto the...
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Stamp and Embossing – How To With Jowilna

Here’s how to create a realistic brick wall effect using inks you already have in your stash. A few weeks ago, I showed you how to create a brick wall effect using texture paste and a stencil. Well, guess what? Yes, I am doing it again but this time around using a stamp and embossing. The moral of the story – you can create different looks with different products. So with each new look you can...
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Coffee and Inks – Jowilna’s Advanced Class

Coffee and inks play an important role in my life, so sooner or later the two had to merge. Today I am sharing how I turned some coffee filters into a beautiful background for cards. Select four colours of All Purpose Inks to use to add colour to your coffee filters. You will also need a pipette. Drop your lightest and first colour of ink onto your coffee filter. Add a few drops of the second...
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Glitter – Jowilna’s Favourite Things

One of my favourite crafting people ever is Anna Griffin. No surprise that I love everything she does in the crafting world and her wonderful products are no exception. I fell in love with her wonderful glitter range the minute I saw it. Great quality and value and the colours are simply exquisite – no matter what project you are tackling there is a colour for you. Today I am sharing one...
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Brick Stencil – Jowilna 101

Today I am sharing a quick idea on how you can create a realistic brick wall on your cards, layouts and mixed media projects. I used this beautiful, brick stencil from Kaisercraft combined with some of my other favourite inks and mediums. Here’s how I created this look.   Step 1 Add a small amount of embossing paste onto a palette. TIP: Mixing a small amount at a time is best – you can...
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Making Spring Flowers – How To With Jowilna

With the promise of Spring blinking in the distance I thought it a good idea to create some fun Spring blooms to celebrate that wonderful promise of warmer days filled with the fragrance of fresh flowers.   These pretty flowers have a little secret layer on top of them making them truly spectacular to use on any project. Let’s take a look at how you can dress up your flowers with a little...
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Layering Inks – Jowilna’s Advanced Class

Layering different types of inks on top of each other is one of my favourite things to do. If you understand inks and how they work, then you will understand how the different types will create gorgeous effects when layered on top of each other. For this little index card art piece, I used some of my favourite inks layered on top of each other for spectacular results. Step 1 Apply some white...
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Stamps and Inks – Jowilna’s Favourite Things

One of my favourite things as a crafter must be my rubber stamps. Stamps in all shapes, forms and designs are a must. And add some amazing inks with them and you have a recipe for a gorgeous end result. I combined a beautiful background stamp with a fun rainbow inking effect for a quick and easy card. Take a look at how I created this fun effect…   Step 1 Stamp a background image onto...
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hello CARDS in 10 minutes – How To With Jowilna

With the new range of Lady Pattern Paper hello CARDS, I can literally create cards even quicker than before. I like making ten-minute cards for people who I am not convinced will appreciate my efforts or who will just shrug and chuck the card away – yes you know the type. So here’s how to make some quick, beautiful cards.   Step 1 Cut the hello CARDS Green Chartreuse paper in half...
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Texture paste for a resist effect – Jowilna’s 101

I love resist techniques in all kinds of forms – the stunning effect never seems to get old. So this time around I used my Anna Griffin Gloss Finish Texture Paste to create a fun resist effect.   Step 1 You will need a stencil, your gloss paste, a palette knife and a piece of paper preferably patterned to create the resist on. I used a sheet of old book paper. Step 2 Apply a layer of paste...
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Mix and Match Pigments – How To With Jowilna

It’s no secret that I am a Tsukineko lifelong ink junkie and fan – good quality inks are their game and they are at the top of it. So today I am showing you how I use my favourite inks to create a beautiful shiny village. I use my VersaMark Ink pad for embossing and techniques because it is perfect for all kinds of techniques and not just an embossing ink pad. And today I am teaming it with my...
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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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