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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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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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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Heat Embossed Butterfly – Cariena Creates

“I love heat embossing and since several friends’ birthdays are coming up the next few months, I decided to make a bunch of gorgeous Happy Birthday Cards using my favourite Lady Pattern Paper, a gorgeous Ultimate Crafts Butterfly cutting die and some heat embossing!” ~ Cariena Basson   Please give us a thumbs up for the Heat Embossed Butterfly video, and subscribe to our YouTube...
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Xcut Mr & Mrs Card – Cariena Creates

Congratulating a new married couple is made easy by the amazing Xcut Mr & Mrs cutting die. Here #CarienaCreates a stunning handmade card and shares her tricks with you!   Please subscribe to our YouTube channel (click here). Currently we are posting weekly tips, tricks and tutorials, much like the Xcut Mr & Mrs Card seen here.   Products Used DXCU503181 – Xcut Dies...
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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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Xcut Speckled Card

Cariena shows us how an ordinary kitchen scourer used with Memento LUXE Inks can create a stunning effect! Watch how #CarienaCreates a spectacular speckled background on a card using Xcut Dinky Dies.   Subscribe to our YouTube channel (click here) and be notified of new tricks & tutorials. Please consider giving us a thumbs up for Cariena’s Xcut Speckled Card…  ...
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Celebr8 Circle Fun – Cariena Creates

Using the new Celebr8 Good Vibes Collection with circle dies, inks, mediums and glitter #CarienaCreates an interesting look for her layout.   Are you subscribed to our YouTube channel (click here)? Please subscribe to be notified of new tutorials, and give Cariena’s Celebr8 Circle Fun a thumbs up.   Products Used C8 BP6018 Good Vibes Bulk Paper Pack ADCO 724824 Couture Creations...
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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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Xcut Quick Card – Cariena Creates

Using the delicate Xcut cutting dies Cariena Creates a quick and simple, yet positively jaw-dropping handmade card!   Please remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel (click here), and give us a thumbs up for die Xcut Quick Card if you liked it.   Products Used DXCU504085 – Xcut Dies – Selfie Frames & Sentiments TDE-354 – Delicata Ink Pad – Dark Brown...
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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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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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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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