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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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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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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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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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, Art Mediums & Inks

This year most importantly, I am putting some of those gorgeous Anna Griffin mediums on my wish list for Santa. I am pretty sure he knows where to find them and The Wholesaler would be more than happy to oblige in helping Santa get the right mix together for me. To add colour and shimmer to my wish list I am also including some Tsukineko All Purpose Inks and some Anna Griffin glitter. Together...
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New Tsukineko All-Purpose Ink

So how many All-Purpose Inks do you have? These little treasures have become absolute essentials for both paper and general crafters. Due to popular demand, we are now carrying the full range of All-Purpose Inks. Yes, you heard correct, ALL the amazing colours are now available! So make sure you get at least one of every colour…   Tsukineko All-Purpose Ink Due to its blend-ability,...
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Flaming Colours – Ink Pads Altering Some Chipboard Pieces

This week I am adding some more great colours to white cardstock and chipboard pieces using my Memento LUXE ink pads. These ink pads come in a myriad of colours and together they can create magic. Here I combine them for a fun water colour background and paint a chipboard element to create a beautiful card. Step 1 Apply some paint onto your craft sheet, mist the paint with water and pick up the...
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Shimmering Tsukineko Delicata, Beautiful Memories

Tsukineko Delicata is the latest generation of metallic inkpad. Remarkably true and bright, it outshines other inkpads and provides stamping results that resemble the true effects of gold and silver leafing without the mess. Yes you heard me, without the mess of using actual foil you can achieve the look of those gorgeous metals in a few easy steps. These inkpads feature a substantially raised...
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Introducing Tsukineko Delicata

Delicata is the latest generation of metallic inkpad. Remarkably true and bright, it outshines other inkpads and provides stamping results that resemble the true effects of gold and silver leafing without the mess. Great for the holidays and for year-round bling. These pads feature a substantially raised inkpad surface to accommodate even the largest stamps without interference from the inkpad...
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DIY Birthday – Ten Year Celebration

As part of The Wholesaler’s 10th birthday celebration, we are celebrating in style with a spectacular gold theme. Gold elements are so much fun to work with and sourcing pretty gold elements is part of the creative process. I knew that I wanted to celebrate with some beautiful cupcake liners. And the perfect way to create custom gold liners was to cut them on my Silhouette CAMEO machine. To...
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Easy DIY Frame – Using bubble art for a exquisitely quirky & unique look!

Some of my favourite techniques are those easy things that even kids can do. Yes the very basics of our art and craft journeys! Today’s project is one of those but incorporating (one) of my all-time favourite ink from The Wholesaler – All-Purpose-Ink.   Here’s how I created this piece of art… The base ingredient and what really makes the magic happen with this technique is...
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DIY Home Décor Painted Wooden Board

I am such a sucker for making things for my home. I love creating different things and swapping things out every now and again to change the look. As part of my current French farm house look I created this ruler board to put up on the side of my cupboard to fill in an empty spot and to add some interest. Using my Silhouette and scrapbooking products makes creating things for the home so easy...
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Mixed Media Card Tutorial

With all the new art mediums and inks available it is hard not to dabble in a cross pollination of different mediums and inks into my crafting projects. So this week I created a card using Crackle texture paste and inks for a beautiful and interesting look. And if you are thinking that it is just not for you, think again. Combining different mediums together is really easy, and if you start off...
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Memento LUXE ink technique for gorgeous handmade card backgrounds!

I love working with different inks to create a beautiful imperfect look on backgrounds. For this quick and easy set of cards, I created a water coloured background using a single ink colour. To add interest to my coloured panel I added some stamped and embossed images using Kaisercraft stamp sets. The beauty of the Memento LUXE ink pads is that the inks work well with water, so you can create...
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Ink Marbling Technique in 3 Steps

Have you ever tried your hand at marbling paper? Well I love the look of marbling, and although I am not that good at it when it comes to making my own, I dabble and experiment with different looks. So when I started playing with the new All-Purpose Inks I did a lot of experimentation, and this fake marbling effect is one of the stunning effects that came about in an afternoon of experiments....
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Tsukineko Memento LUXE, All-Purpose Ink, Embossing Powder and more of your favourite inks!

We promised you inks and here they are! Jowilna has been tantalising us with her inspirational inky projects and now you too can stock up on all the new, soon-to-be essential inks. Get messy and be creative.   Tsukineko Memento LUXE Memento LUXE is a mixed media ink for use on any porous surface; permanent on fabric when heat set. Available in a gorgeous selection of colours similar to the...
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Festive Handmade Gift Packaging with StazOn

With the festive season fast approaching what better way than to personalize gift packaging with small thoughtful gift giving. I started off by buying some clear cupcake boxes from a baking store, but had to dress them up a bit as they were pretty bland. But with a few crafting products it was quick and easy to do. I used a circle stamp that I made myself to stamp images onto the clear plastic...
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All Purpose Ink Wax Resist Technique

What I love about being creative is the simplicity with which one can create something really pretty. Going back to basics is always so fulfilling and in many ways what keeps us coming back for more – what’s that saying, everything comes full circle? And indeed with this project it went all the way back to kindergarten art class for me… I love my wax crayons and so naturally with wax...
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Tsukineko All Purpose Ink For Every Project

It is said that powerful things come in small packages then this little guy is the best! If you’ve never seen or used this little bottle of magic then be prepared to be amazed! When I first read about the All Purpose Ink from Tsukineko I was intrigued and couldn’t wait to play with it myself, so when the opportunity came up I was simply delighted. And so my inky journey...
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Art Mail Brilliance Ink Tutorial

Brilliance ink pads have been in my inking arsenal for almost 2 decades. And it remains one of my favourite all time go-to inks. I have grown to love it for many reasons like the gorgeous metallic and rich pearlescentness it offers that can work on anything, but its quality is just so refreshing.   Brillian(ce)t in every way – a pigment ink for all occasions and surfaces So when I...
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Chalk Watercolours Using Memento LUXE Ink Pads

I am an inky girl at heart – and I say that lightly because I don’t throw every ink I own onto a sheet of paper and call it good. I use my inks to carefully create accents and backgrounds and elements that enhances my design rather than distract from the focal point. Imagine my excitement when I got to play with an old new favourite ink. The Memento LUXE ink pads.   Memento LUXE ink pads is...
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