Technique Tuesday: petite gel press embellishments

Well, hello there! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Today is Technique Tuesday. Every Tuesday, well let’s be honest here….some Tuesdays, I’ll be sharing a fun technique with you. There will also be a companion video every Tuesday on my YouTube channel. So be sure to check out the video to see additional inspiration.

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I recently purchased a set of Gel Press plates from their petite collection. I bought the three inch square, circle, and triangle. This tutorial will walk you through the quick and easy process of creating visually striking embellishments for your cards or art journal.

I start by placing the three inch circle in the center of my Dylusions journal block. This acrylic block is perfect for gripping your petite gel plates. Then I apply a layer of Distress Ink and press it onto a sheet of paper. Here I am using marker paper (designed for use with markers) because I like the thinness and opacity.



Next, I place a stencil down on the circle plate and apply another color of distress ink through the stencil and then press the circle back over the first press.




On this next example, instead of stenciling I stamped a circular image in distress ink onto the first press. The rubber stamps from n*Studio (Nathalie Kalbach) produced by RubberMoon are perfect. The set is called Large Circle Jumble Cling Set. Grove Street is featured in the photo below.


You can add a larger second stencil in a different color or stop here and add doodling and marks with pens.

StencilGirl Products Stencils: Andrew Borloz “Screw Heads Mini”

So what do you do with these yummy new embellishments, you ask? Good question! Cut them out and use them on just about any project. Here I have created a gorgeous note card and a really funky art journal page. Just remember, if you use distress inks like I did, they will re-active with moisture. I’ve attached my embellishment with double-sided tape like scor-tape. If you need to use a liquid glue for instance, choose an ink that can withstand that.

StencilGirl Products Stencils: Kassel, and Rex Ray-esque (StencilClub)

I’ve used the same stencil on this art journal page background as I did on the embellishment. Repeating patterns are very pleasing to the eye.

StencilGirl Products Stencil: StencilClub Rex Ray-esque

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StencilBop Day One – Standard

Artist Nathalie Kalbach has issued a fun stencil challenge, StencilBop, which you can read about over on her blog. I’ll admit to being several days behind. That’s okay though, I’ll catch up on days that I can and enjoy the fun.

The challenge for day one was called “standard”. It means to use a stencil in a standard way – with acrylic paint. Here is an art journal page I created for this in my small dylusions journal.

I began by placing a stencil by StencilGirl Products down on my page.

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Using a cosmetic sponge, I dabbed acrylic paint in two colors through the stencil.

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I removed the stencil and applied a thin coat of DecoArt Americana Premium acrylic paint in Quinacridone Gold Hue to give the page an aged look.

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I know this angle is odd, but I wanted you to see the metallic sheen I achieved by brushing a little Perfect Pearls in perfect bronze over the page. I also added some black dashed lines with a black gelly roll pen by Sakura.

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Here is my finished “standard” background.

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Custom Coloring Pages

Hello there!

Coloring is very popular now and I totally understand why. It is a very fun and relaxing way to pass the time. I haven’t colored in many years. So, I decided to use my n*Studio stamps and create my own custom coloring pages. Follow along with me and create your own unique coloring pages. It’s quick and easy.
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We are going to need a mask of Nat’s Maiko stamp. Begin by stamping the image onto a piece of white copy paper.
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Cut the stamped image out.
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Using low tack tape, place your Maiko mask down onto a 9×12 piece of drawing paper. Then using a ruler create a grid-line every three inches across the paper. This step is optional but I find it helpful.
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Choose a few stamps from Nat’s fan-tastic large stamp set to create a pattern.
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Stamp your pattern with a black ink like Momento Tuxedo black.
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Lift the Maiko mask off the paper and stamp the image down in the negative space left behind.
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Now is the fun part – color your design in with your favorite colored pencils.
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Creating custom coloring sheets is a great way to get another use out of your stamp collection. Get started and get creative. Thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to stop by often to see new exciting content.

Fun with foam stamps

I love foam stamps, specifically Artfoamies. They are the only foam stamps that I use. This tutorial will walk you through using water-reactive spray inks and artfoamies to create a beautiful masterboard. Knowing how to create a masterboard will make quick work of backgrounds for Artist Trading Cards and Coins, greeting cards, and more.

Want to try Artfoamies? Already love them and want to add to your collection? Shop at and use the coupon code “Jennifer” at checkout for some bonus savings. Enjoy!

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Begin with a sheet of heavy watercolor paper. Spray a little of Dylusions vanilla custard ink spray leaving white space here and there. Next, using Nat’s new Signals foam stamp, spray the stamp with rose quartz ink spray and press the stamp in a few places. Mist the foam stamp with a spritz of water and press it into a paper towel to remove the pink ink. Repeat the process again with laidback lilac ink spray.

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Add some additional detail with Nat’s Gnarly or Mid Century Squared foam stamps by spraying it with laidback lilac and pressing it in various spots around the paper. Once dry, we can remove some of the ink to recover some white space and add additional interest by spraying the Signals foam stamp with water, gently pressing onto an area, and dabbing (don’t wipe) the water left behind with a paper towel.

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Spray rose quartz ink onto Nat’s Amsterdam foam stamp and press onto the paper.

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For a fun metallic flair, apply Ranger Ink Perfect Medium onto Nat’s Circle Drive stamp and Amsterdam stamp and emboss with perfect pearls in pewter and perfect bronze.
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I’ve turned my masterboard into artist trading cards and coins. The possibilities are endless. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial. Be sure to stop by often for more fun content.
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My house under the stars

This post is a throwback from February. It was created for the n*Studio creative squad blog posts by Nathalie Kalbach. That month we were discussing what makes us smile. Of course, I immediately thought of my family and our happy little home. We love to cook together, play board games, and watch movies. With that in mind, I’ve put together an adorable little project that reflects my love of home.

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I started by stamping Nat’s Circle Drive (positive) stamp onto a sheet of newsprint in vivid chartreuse archival ink. Next, I ripped the sheet of newsprint into strips and glued them onto my canvas pad to represent grass.

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Then, I sprayed my canvas with dylusions periwinkle blue ink spray to represent sky. You can adjust by adding more spray or dabbing with a web paper towel.  Allow the ink spray to thoroughly dry. To add additional interest, I sprayed the Circle Drive stamp with a mist of water and pressed it into the blue ink spray in several spots and then dabbed the water up with a paper towel. It left behind the stamped design.

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To add stars in the sky, I stamped Nat’s star tag stamp with buttercup archival ink and pressed it around the canvas.

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For interest around the grass, I rubbed a brown ink pad on the edge of the canvas pad.

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Next, I stamped Nat’s cape code stamp along with the street sign, mailbox and my home sentiment stamps onto scrap watercolor paper with black archival ink. Then, I colored them in with a wet paint brush and scribble sticks.

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I cut each of the stamped images out and then mounted them onto the canvas pad with mounting tape.

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Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to come back often for new content. See you soon.

StencilGirl® Wish Flag Collaboration

Over the last few weeks I’ve been very busy creating wish flags for a StencilGirl® Wish Flag Collaboration led by artist and StencilGirl® Columnist, Tina Walker. I created two flags and here is how I did it.

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I started by deciding on my sizing and cutting two large pieces of muslin. Looking back, I wish I had chosen Weaver’s cloth for this instead of a thinner muslin. Weaver’s cloth is much more desirable for this type of application, at least for my personal taste. Anyway, I knew I wanted to go for a very tribal feel, so I picked out a few different sizes of StencilGirl® Products stencils.

For this project I used:

S275 – Aztec Sun by Lizzie Mayne

SC – 07-2017 – Maya Love by Jessica Sporn for Stencil Club.


I began by stenciling acrylic paint mixed with textile medium additive onto my muslin.



Once I was happy with the designs I painted onto the fabric, I added embroidery around some of the designs. I am just using a basic embroidery needle and black dmc thread. No fancy stitching was used, just a basic stitch.


Now, sometimes I get the brilliant idea to do something I’ve never done before on an important project. This time, it was beading. I’ve never added beads to an embroidered piece before so I have no idea how it would be properly done. However, I forged ahead and just did what felt appropriate using black embroidery thread, a beading needle, and turquoise seed beads. I would advise looking up some instruction on this beforehand if I were you. 🙂


For the backing and hangers of my flags, I went with a batik fabric. To create the hangers I cut a two inch wide strip of fabric that I folded over and sewed along the edge. Then I cut the strip into two and turned each piece right-side out. I cut the backing in the same size as my flag front in a different batik.



Place your flag front, wrong side up on top of your backing and pin it into place. Adjust your hangers with the raw edges outside and pin them into place as well. (When you turn your flag right side out, this will give you the cloth “rings” to hang your flag by.)


On a sewing machine, sew all around the outside edges of your flag, leaving around 1/4 inch of allowance. Leave a small hole, large enough for your hand, so you can turn your flag right-side out. Remove all of your pins. Gently put your hand in the opening and begin to turn your flag out. Press the flag gently with an iron.

Next, we will topstitch our flags. The topstitching will close the holes we left open in the previous step. Be sure this opening is neat and pressed well. Once the topstitching is complete, you shouldn’t be able to tell there was ever a hole there! Place the needle around 1/8 inch from the edge and stitch all the way around.


Here is a photo that shows what your cloth hangers (and topstitching) will look like.


A little wood burning for my stick and some hand-rolled paper beads and we are done! I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. I really loved being a part of this collaboration. It pushed me to do things I’ve never done before. Now, it’s your turn! Go create something new. In the meantime, enjoy this gratuitous series of photos of my finished flags.

Check out these last few photos and then visit Tina’s official blog post for this project here.

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Day Three of Patterns

Today is day three of #the100dayproject and it’s day three of my pattern making extravaganza. I created a simple gradient pattern that I’ve turned into a simple but lovely card.

There is a video up on YouTube so you can watch the process.

My videos aren’t the greatest. I know this. I have so much to learn about videoing, editing, etc., but I can’t get better if I don’t practice. So, if you would go over to YouTube and subscribe to my channel and watch my videos, it would be a great help. Thanks so much.

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