Saturday, 25 June 2022

How to mask, ink and colour to create a pretty journal cover with stamps and embossing...

Hello! Nikky here and today I'm sharing this decorated journal cover using the new Blooming Blossoms stamps and this gorgeous Ula Stamp called Beautiful...

Here's how I created this...
1. Stamp Ula onto watercolour card. 
2. Take a piece of masking film (I used FRISK) and stamp it with Ula again, then cut out around the outline of the stamp.
3. Apply the mask over the stamped image, and burnish it down so you have a really good contact on the papers, especially around the outside - you need to stop water and ink going under the mask.
4. Use Versamark clear ink and stamp the Blossom stamp over the top of the mask as you wish.
5. Keep the mask in place!
6. Add white embossing powder and use a heat gun to emboss the flower stamp.
7.  Press a couple of ink colours (I used Distress oxides) onto a piece of acetate or a gelli plate/acrylic block etc, and spritz with a little water.
8. Press the cardstock onto the inks to transfer to the cardstock - try to keep the area that is masked fairly dry - if you get it too wet the water will go under the mask and spread into the Ula image. 
9. When you're happy with the colour, dry off any excess moisture.
10. Remove the Frisk mask.
11. If you have ink transfer onto the image, don't worry, you can make it disappear, it will just add extra texture. 
12. Colour the image as you wish with markers or pencils etc (I used Copic markers).
I had quite a bit of ink seepage on this (you can see it on the ears of the hat) so try and blend it in if you can. 
To hide it, I took Vintage photo Distress ink (not oxide), reapplied the mask, and then softly blended the brown ink around the image to make her stand out from the background - the added effect was that it hid the ink seepage really well too and also made the embossing pop around her.
13. Take some scrap cardboard from a box and peel the paper to expose the ridges. Add to the front of the journal and glue well.
14. Stamp the same flowers again and colour in - use to decorate the journal and add some string and a sentiment to finish. I added a stamped butterfly to her hat.

I really love the colours on this, it really looks pretty and the whole thing pops.  My cardstock is a little large but I'm leaving it to overlap at the top as I don't want to cut it down and I'd stuck down the cardboard before I realised, so I'll live with it! 

I hope you like it! Ula is one of my favourite stamp collections and works perfectly for any type of cardmaking and crafting so check out the range here,

See you soon!

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