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The Art of Bible Journaling

It's so exciting to see my book making it's way to your homes. Thank you everyone that has posted, texted, and called me about it, I appreciate your support! My prayer is that this book will draw you closer to the Lord and break down any of those "I'm just not creative" ideas rolling around in a lot of our heads. (If you haven't got a copy yet you can pick one up here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2tNDDp0, Barnes and Nobel and other retailers.)

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Making Stamps With Your ScanNCut

Earlier this year we were in Hawaii on vacation I had my iPad with me and I practiced my digital drawing and hand lettering on it using my Apple Pencil. Here’s a peek at one of the projects I made:

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After returning home I was inspired to create some cards to send give to friends along with some treats we brought home and it dawned on me that I could turn some of my digital drawings and hand lettering into ScanNCut cut files thanks to ScanNCutCanvas.  To download these free cut files click here.

Watch the video tutorial here or follow the instructions below:

Supplies:

ScanNCut Machine and Accessories

ScanNCut Stamp Kit

1 piece of light blue-green 8.5’’x11’’ Cardstock

2 pieces of white 8.5’’x11’’ Cardstock, cut to 8.5’’x 5.5” and folded in half

Adhesive

3 shades of green ink

Embossing ink

Clear Embossing Powder

Gold Embossing Powder

Heat Gun

Embossing Pen (optional)

Black Pen (optional)

 

Instructions:

  1.  From the free download, load “Card Front” onto your ScanNCut. Place one sheet of light blue-green  8.5’’x11’’ Cardstock onto a standard mat and load it into the the machine. Cut out 4 of “Card Front.”

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2.  From the free download, load “tropical leaves” and “aloha” onto your ScanNCut. Remove one side of the protective covering on the silicone stamp material and place it onto a standard mat and load it into the machine. Cut out each of the leaves and aloha out of the stamp material.

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3.  Decide which color ink to use for each leaf and then mount one leaf at a time onto the stamping block, pounce ink on it, and stamp it onto each of the card fronts. Repeat for each of the leaves. (Note: be sure to wipe off any excess ink from the stamp block so it doesn’t transfer onto the card.)

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4.  Sprinkle clear embossing powder over the leaves on the card front and tap off any extra powder. Use a heat gun to melt the embossing powder and allow the card front to cool. Repeat for all the card fronts.

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5.  Center mount each of the card fronts onto each of the white cards with adhesive.

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6.  Place “aloha” onto the stamping block, ink it with embossing ink and stamp it into the center of the card. Repeat for each card.

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7.  Sprinkle gold embossing powder over “aloha” and tap off any extra powder. Use a heat gun to melt the embossing powder and allow the card front to cool. Repeat for all the card fronts.

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8.  (Optional) If desired add faux stitch marks with a black pen around the edge of the front of the card. An embossing pen and gold embossing powder can also be used to give it some more shimmer.

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I also whipped up some envelope liners too. The cut file is also included with the others.

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Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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2017 Daily Art Journal - March Week 1

How can we be in March already?  It's crazy.

Well, I cracked open the next month's mini art journal and got finished the first week and put together a quick flip through of it...including my trip to LACMA and a painting of my kitty. 

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(Watch it on YouTube

 

You can check out February's art journal here.

 

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February Daily Art Journal

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For 2017 I decided to try something a bit different for myself and work in smaller art journals every day. I did this so that I would get back in the habit of art journaling daily, which I got out of doing at the end of last year because I got so busy with work. By having it small (3.5" x 5.5") it's not too hard to squeeze something onto the page each day.  Now of course some days I could actually complete the page, other days I barely got something on, but the the point of creating a habit was a great one.

Here's a bit more about the art journals I'm using and what I did in February:

(click here to see it on YouTube)

Now I know you want to see more about the little journals I used. They are these Moleskine ones and they come in a set of 12, plus the box that keeps them all together...well, until I add my art to them and make them too big to stuff into the box!

 

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Willow Dog - Art Journal Page

This week we are using the Gelatos® color of the week: Banana. It has a great tone to it that really sets it apart from other yellows.

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For this art journal page I used the Gelatos Mist Maker to make my own Banana Gelatos mist! I took about 1/4" of the Banana Gelatos and placed it on a lid I like to use for mixing because it's shallow, yet has a lip around it to keep liquids in.  I mashed the Gelatos down with my pallet knife and then added 2 drip droppers full of water to it and mashed it down some more to get rid of any lumps. Next I added two more droppers of water and then poured it into the spray bottle.
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I then sprayed it onto my piece of watercolor paper and blotted it with a paper towel which left a cool pattern on the page.  I then held my paper up and brought the spray mist closer to the paper to create concentrated dips onto the paper.
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Next I found a picture of our 4 year old Australian Labradoodle, Willow. I trimmed the photo a bit and then sewed around it with my sewing machine. 

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I then covered the background of the photo with gesso and allowed the gesso to "spill off the photo" visually.  
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Now, at this point I liked the texture that the sewing gave to the photo, but I decided that I wanted to see the color of the thread so I ended up printing out another copy of this photo, adding the gesso, and then stitching around the photo. I then adhered the photo to the page and then traced around the dog with a Stampers Big Brush Pen in Warm Grey IV #273, smudging it as I went. Next I used a black Pitt Pen to draw sketch lines around her. I then added pops of color by coloring the tennis ball with a Stampers Big Brush Pen in Light Green #171 and using the Snow Cone Gelato on the background as a contrasting color.
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The finishing touch was using a PITT Artist Pen with a brush tip to hand letter her name onto the page. Hand lettering on watercolor paper covered in gesso is a bit of a challenge since the paper is so absorbent and the gesso makes it bumpy, but it still has a nice look to it.
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Supplies:

  • 9" x 6" Watercolor paper
  • 4" x 6" Photo, trimmed
  • Gelatos: Banana & Snowcone
  • Gelatos Mist Maker Kit (it contains the spray bottle, pallet knife, drip dropper and more)
  • PITT Pens: XS and B
  • Stampers Big Brush Pens: Warm Grey IV #273 & Light Green #171
  • Gesso
  • Sewing machine & thread

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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