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Hero Arts Asian Flower Stencil Faux Bleaching Thank You Card

It’s my turn to post my card here at a2z Scrapbooking.

I started by using my ink blending tool and distress inks (wilted violet, barn door, abandoned coral, picked raspberry, carved pumpkin) randomly on a 96 lb bristol card panel. It’s important to either use watercolour paper or heavyweight bristol. I chose bright colours to go with the current challenge here at a2z Scrapbooking – “Bright and Beautiful”.  I pulled out my Hero Arts Asian Flower stencil, spritzed it well, with water. I placed the stencil, water-side down onto the inked panel. I let the stencil sit for a bit to permit the distress inks under the stencil to get “bleached”. I carefully lifted the stencil and with some paper towel, mopped up any puddles of water. I trimmed the panel down and added an orange panel, stamped the sentiment using Hero Arts Color Layering Fuchsia. To complete the card, I added a thin purple strip of cardstock.

 

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Sue15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Poetic Petals Digi Stamp Download makes for colouring fun.

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Hello again all, happy August and all those things.  So the theme for this month is Bright and Beautiful and so how could I possibly go past the Hero Arts Digi Stamp Download Poetic Petals.  It was made for this page.  I printed out the flowers at all different sizes and then got out the colouring implements and went to town.  My hands that have arthritis were not so impressed, but my brain had a good time, as well as the mental therapy that goes with colouring in.  Off goes my mind, happily thinking, dreaming, imagining and before you know it, I am surrounded by colourful flowers.  Now that I had them all, I had to chop them out.  I am not one for fussy cutting – it does my head in, but I am quite skilled with a scalpel from my graphic design days.  I remember once that I cut out an intricate spiders web by hand.  I got this done and then had to allow the hands to rest, so I amused myself with helping my daughter with assignments and then blitz cleaned the house.  No rest for the wicked.

So, I have all my elements and then the nice mailman brought me happy mail and in it some cutting dies from China as I do love to use the internet to shop.  So, I cut out some little seeded branches and painted them with Nuvo mousse pastes.  I then cut out these half moon doily shapes and used Nuvo wax pastes to colour these also, using two different tones.  I then dug through my ephemera and found some Kaisercraft pieces that fitted in nicely, plus some flowers from various sources.  I am a mad flower collector/purchaser.  I cannot ever have enough flowers.  Is that the case with all creatives?  Surely not just me.

I started with a lovely blank canvas and applied clear gesso as I knew it was about to get soaked.  First of all I stencilled the background as Lindy’s Magical Shakers work better with some texture to get into, plus I was going to do a completely different layout to what eventuated.  You can still see a teeny, tiny bit … hehe.  Out come Lindy’s Magical Shakers and I used dark blue, purple, orange, yellow and red, just little sprinkles all over.  I have pictures below so you can see how it goes from zero to hero in seconds.  Gosh, they are so much fun to play with.  I love that I used no green and yet, there it is.  Groovy baby.  If you have not tried them yet, you simply must, they really are quite magical.

After all that dried, it looked so awesome it was a shame to cover it up, but I had all these amazing and colourful flowers to use and use them I did.  I laid them out to look like a bouquet of sorts surrounding the photo area, most sit flat with some raised up a little.  At this stage the layout was looking very flat and I prefer layouts with layers and height, so I mounted the photo up a little higher on cardboard, put a yellow frame around it and then used a circular cut die embossed with silver embossing powder over the top, situated so the photo can easily be slipped in.  I then snipped my half moon doilies so that I could bend them and get some dimension happening and then decorated with some ephemera and flowers.  The main word “smile” has been made to look a little 3-d by using Glossy accents 3-d gel which gives it a lovely raised, high gloss finish.  A really lovely product.

Below are some close ups of the final layout, with a little bit of silver sparkle to finish it off.  I think it is pretty enjoyable to use digi stamps, they just add a new dimension to layouts, rather than using the normal ephemera.  Enjoy your creativity, to see more of my work, please go to my website at www.jacobicreations.com or follow my blog at jacobicreations@blogspot.com.au.

Delia

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Delia15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Bright Coral Reef with Hero Arts

Aloha and happy Tuesday friends!  I’ve been having way too much fun playing with the Hero Arts Reef Border Die and had to use it for this month’s challenge Bright and Beautiful!

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The die was used on watercolor  paper and I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color in the beautiful reef in varying greens, blues and corals.  Double sided foam tape was used to adhere some tulle an the front card panel to the card base to create a fun and bright shaker card!

Hero Arts Reed Border Die Colored

The Hero Arts Ombre Ocean Sequins was perfect to fill my shaker card with its varying colors and sizes.

Hero Arts Reef Border Die Colored

Mahalo for stopping by and have a great rest of your week!

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code nicki15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

Hero Arts Reef Border Die

Hero Arts Ombre Ocean Sequins


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Peek-a-boo Hero Arts Purr Kitties card

Hi guys and hello August!

It’s Erica back on the blog today with another cat-i-licious card. I think it will be a safe bet to expect a few purrfect puns along the way, I ‘cat’ seem to help myself. The stamp set I’m talking about for todays card and post, is of course none other than the fur-tastic Hero Arts Purr.

For this card I wanted to make my own patterned paper and colour that with my Zig markers, which meant grabbing my Stathmore Bristol Vellum card stock and MFT hybrid ink in Black Licorice again. I selected the 🎶little balls of fur… sorry, yarn. Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory managed to hack into my account and add his little feline twist. Right, anyway, the little ball of yarn and the cute mouse got selected, mounted on small acrylic blocks and then it was just a case of going crazy like a kitty with catnip!

When all the images were stamped on the card stock, I got a green, yellow, blue, red and pink Zig marker out and proceeded to colour in the balls of yarn. Instead of going random here, I kept each line the same colour. The little mice got coloured in with a warm grey marker for the bodies and a slight pink for those big ears.

The kitties I had already coloured and ready to be cut out using the coordinating frame cut , from my first post which you can find here, and I selected a couple of them that looked like they were curious because which can’t isn’t curious?? Well, the idea was to cut out a hole in the panel, mount it on a card base and then pop the kitties inside the hole, like they are peeking out and can’t believe their luck to see so much yarn and mice. Sounds like a pawesome cat paradise, huh?

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The card base I chose for this card is a mid dark grey card stock and I thought it would create a nice contrast for the kitties without washing them out (The one I have used here is from Simon Say Stamp but you can find a similar colour in this pack .) Black was too harsh and white was too bland. I like these different greys as they give a much softer look than black card stock. Plus I thought it tied in nicely with the yarn.. sorry, mice!

The peek-a-boo hole I cut out using a die-namic from MFT, called (unsurprisingly) Peek A Boo. Before I mounted the front panel to the card base, I covered the whole back of it with double sided foam tape. If you don’t have foam tape (excuse me while I go freak ooooooout! I am obsessed with foam tape!) you don’t need, I just like it to add a little bit of interest and dimension to a card without adding anything that shows if that makes sense?

To make sure the kitties showed the way I wanted them I added them to the front panel’s foam tape and once it was on the card, I added a little bit of adhesive behind them to make sure they didn’t run off.

This card doesn’t have a human language sentiment on it, just a feline one. I stamped up the ‘meow’ speech bubble and cut that out with the coordinating frame cut before adding it to the card with some more foam tape. (Hi, my name is Erica and I’m addicted to foam tape!)

As one last little flourish, I added some clear droplets from Studio Katia, in two different sizes. I thought they fitted better, being spheres, rather than sequins. The patterned paper is probably enough if you aren’t an ‘use all the embellishments’-kind of crafter. If you prefer gemstones you can find some clear ones here.

Here is the full card. I hope you will leave feeling inspired to make your own patterned paper or a card using these cutie kitties.

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See you all soon and happy crafting!

Erica

 

 

 

 

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Erica15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Guest Designer Gwendolyn Goh

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today to introduce our July Guest Designer, Gwendolyn Goh and if you know her, you know she’s crazy talented. Thank you so much, Gwendolyn, for sharing this beautiful project with us today…take it away!

Hi everyone! I’m Gwendolyn aka desperatehousewifecraft and I am so honoured to be a guest designer here today!
 I entered the crafting world 4 years ago, when I started a scrapbook a month before I left France, for my best friend there, to leave her a memory of our 20 year friendship. I remember going to a scrapbook class as I didn’t know what it meant and what I had to do! Lol! She got the scrapbook.. 2 years later… and that was the last I touched a scrapbook! I tried crochet, soy candle making, and then 1 year ago, I don’t really know why, I started card making. And I have been obsessed with it ever since! I love learning new techniques and being challenged by challenges. My style is mainly clean and simple and playing with watercolours, which I learnt to use a few months ago.
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Today I made a special watercolour card to share with you so I hope you like it! I used Hero Arts Color layering flamingo and  Color layering poppy to make the “water lilies” which I stamped with Altenew’s Shades of purple mini cube set. For the background, I used my Zigs Clean Color real water brush pens and a water brush to create it. I love how they leave an almost fluorescent look! The sentiment comes from the layering flamingo set and was stamped in Versafine ink.
Well I hope you enjoyed my card and if you want to know more about how I made it, please pop over to my blog!
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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code CHARK15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 


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Digital Layout with Hero Arts Artistic Circles

Hello All.  Thanks for stopping by A2Z scrapbooking.  Today I have a completely digital layout for you which was actually a bit of a blast from the past for me as that is how I initially got into scrapbooking.  Being a graphic designer, it seemed a natural way to go, however, I then started looking at the hybrid way of doing things and now I have a craft space filled with all sorts of goodies.  I love crafting the hybrid way, but it is also quite fun to do it digitally, especially with these lovely digital files from Hero Arts.  This is the Instant Download Hero Arts Artistic Circles DK044 Digital Kit.

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When you purchase this kit and download it, you will find that there are some little extras included, such as papers, some tags, a clip, snowflake and a pearl.  Firstly I grabbed the papers and created my background.  I used photoshop to create this layout, but there are a number of programs one can use or use a free online program called pixlr.  The same as creating in a hybrid way, this works by layers and is what makes the use of shadowing important.  If shadowing is not used, the layout will look very one dimensional and flat.  In came the beautiful panel of circles which I used in the background paper panels.  You can adjust the colour of the background circles or on any of the digital elements or you can make them different levels of transparent.  I then used the large circle as my main focal point, however I needed it thicker.  I did that, placed it in position and deleted the circle pattern behind this circular area, simply so it did not look confusing or too busy.

On went my photo panel, which led me to wanting a few more elements.  For this, I dived into my old stash of online elements bought from various packs from Sweet Shoppe Designs.  There is an endless supply of digital elements available to use along with the Hero Arts digital products on this site, combining them together makes for a really lovely layout.  So I found some ribbon, lots of flowers, sentiments, buttons and other bits that bring this layout together.  Remember, when working digitally, you can adjust the colouring on things so they match your layout perfectly.  As I mentioned earlier, I used the little pearl that comes as part of the the Artistic Circles Digital Kit from Hero Arts.  Everything has a shadow on it as this helps to make it more realistic and not flat, which is really important to the overall finished look.  I hope you like it and if you haven’t tried doing digital scrapbooking, do try, as it is quite fun and a really great way for those to scrapbook that are on a budget or low on space.

To see more of my work, please go to my website at www.jacobicreations.com or my blog at jacobicreations.blogspot.com.au

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Delia15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

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Hero Arts Purr CM131 Kitty cat card

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Hero Arts Purr tangled kitty card

Hi there!

Erica back on the blog today with a “purrfect” card for cat lovers. I think almost of us know at least one ‘crazy cat lady’, don’t we? I know several myself and I had the most amazing cat when I was a kid. He was such a big softie with a huge personality and I still miss him today, some 17 years after loosing him. He used to walk me to the school bus and wait for me when I got home. Almost all my school peers knew him from seeing him hanging around the bus stop and walking off with me. He really was so special and lovely. Pets have this amazing ability to take up so much space in your heart and still, there is always room for more, isn’t there? I can’t see myself ever not having a pet now, although I have had doggies since 2004.

Right, enough sentimental babbling now (although I could talk about my fur babies all day long) and let’s get down to crafting business!

I got the Hero Arts Purr stamp set out and decided to use my Zig markers for colouring these. Which meant also getting some Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock and MFT hybrid ink in Black Licorice out. This is my favourite combination when I use Zig markers as the card stock is smooth, the markers blend well and the ink doesn’t bleed.

As I always do when I have a new stamp set I stamped up almost all of the images and coloured away, happy as a kid in a candy store minus the sugar high! I didn’t have a card design in mind right away, I tend to wing it a lot and try different things before settling on an idea. It’s probably fair to say I’m a bit willy-nilly in my design process at times. Or most of the times actually. It’s is not very often that my finished card looks anything like what I meant it to at the beginning. I’m not sure this is a strength or a flaw.

Well, anyway, after I had coloured all my little kitty cats I used the coordinating frame cuts to cut them out. At this point I had a small herd of cats in different colours and shapes, they are all so cute but I picked out one that looks a bit mischievous as I had this idea to use sting on the card and make him look like he was all tussled up in it. The card came together relatively quickly after deciding this. A purple linen textured card base got chosen and I also picked out a Lawn Fawn plaid card stock (I used Lollipop ) which had a lot of purple in it to tie in the colour scheme.

To incorporate the string I also cut out a scalloped border and a hole in the middle using a Mama Elephant creative cut called All Prettied Up. To add some height and dimension to the card I used the same creative cuts to cut out some double sided foam and then I layered these directly onto each other. The string, which is just from a local shop where I live, has a little bit of silver in it which adds a nice little touch. I wrapped this around and around the scalloped edges and the hole to make a mess for my kitty to get tangled up in.

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The great, and also annoying thing about this double sided foam is that it sticks. And not alway to the thing you meant it to stick to.. or straight either… Luckily I managed to save this card before it was totally messed up but I have not always been so fortunate in the past. Well, nothing says handmade as a wonky card, eh?

Once the crisis was averted, I added the kitty to the middle of the tangled string mess with a bit of foam tape to make him look like he’s really wrapped up in it and hovering in the air. Which cat owner hasn’t found their cat hanging from either blinds, curtains or cables at least once, right??

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For the sentiment I used the one that says ‘you & me are purrfect together’ and I stamped this in black ink on a small white, stitched label that I had die cut using a Pretty Pink Posh die. You can find similar tag dies here . A small bow was added to the label before being adhered to the card to look like it is also tangled up in the string mess. The last touch I added was a few purple sequins in different sizes to the card base what shows through the die cut hole. They are almost perfectly colour matched to the card stock so it’s quite subtle but just enough to add some interest. I resisted the urge to add more sequins, which is no small feat as I love them! They are without a doubt my go-to embellishment.

Well, that’s it from me today but I hope I have inspired you to have some fun with this stamp set. It really is the cat’s pajamas and purrfect for cat lovers!

Erica

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Erica15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Diamond Stencil on Black

Hi, crafty friends, Chark here today to share some fun stenciling. I picked up some black paper that is meant for chalk markers and used the Hero Arts Diamond Stencil with Distress Oxide Inks. I used Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans and Fossilized Amber with an ink blender through the stencil, just like any inks. The result was a chalky looking, crisp image that shows up well on black. I didn’t use any water with the inks this time around. I cut out the panel with the Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle dies and then used the corner rounder on two corners.

The focal image is the Hero Arts Mum Stem and it’s crazy on sale right now…just $4.50! I used Color Bursts at first but I felt it need some shine and shimmer so I added in some Gansai Tambi Pearl watercolors. They are gorgeous with their shimmer. I want to try them on the black paper next, instead of the white carstock.

For the background for the black panel, I wanted a big contrast, but white cardstock by itself wasn’t working for me. I added a layer of the new Hero Arts Woodgrain Vellum paper and that was just what it needed, some subtle texture (you can see it in the top right of the card).

After I added some gold thread and some beads from my stash (hanging down on the left), it seemed to be missing something, so I added the Congratulations sticker and the gold line stickers on top of a piece of paper swiped with Mermaid Ombre Ink. That seemed to be the trick.

I had fun playing with the Hero Arts Ombre Ink and the Distress Oxide Inks. Hope you’ll have time this month to join in our Hero Arts Anything Goes Challenge!

Happy Monday!

 

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Chark15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts I’m a Puffer For You Birthday Fishes Card

Hi! Sue here with another card for you. When I saw this stamp set, I knew that I had to have it. I mean, the images are so cute and I loved the somewhat “punny” sentiments.

Here’s my card

I stamped the three fish, using a permanent black ink onto watercolour paper. I then added colour using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I used two different colours per fish. I found that if I lightly spritzed the images with some water before applying the colour, that the colours blended better. I fussy-cut the fish and added some googly eyes – improvement, right? For the background, I smooshed distress inks (tumbled glass, salty ocean) onto watercolour paper. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I popped the purple fish up with dimensionals to add a bit of variety.

 

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Sue15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 


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Digital Stamping with Hero Arts Vintage Travel DK002

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Hello all, Delia from Jacobi Creations here with my first post as one of the awesome DT members at A2Z scrapbooking.  I would like to share with you today a travel themed layout using the Hero Arts Digital Stamp Collection Vintage Travel DK002 Instant Download.  To be honest, this was my first time using digital stamps, I didn’t really understand how they worked, so, I love a challenge and off I went.  It is all pretty simple really, seems that it is just another version of clipart, so import digital files into your favourite digital editing program, I used photoshop and manipulate how you wish.  There is a great free online program that works just like photoshop called pixlr that can be accessed easily enough for those that do not have anything readily installed.  You can use Word if you are really desperate.

Once you have the image/s sized how you like, print them off and colour however you prefer – there are so many options.  I actually used my Chameleon pens because they are just cool and the way they shade is groovy, but you can ink them, use pencils, pastels or any kind of medium, paint them or not do anything.  You can colour them on the computer in some programs prior to printing them out.  When colouring by hand just be aware of the quality of the paper you are printing on and how much it can endure.

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Once the images are how you like them, cut them out, ink the edges in brown ink to help give an aged look and now they are ready to be used just like normal ephemera.  This layout uses all 13 digital stamps from the Vintage Travel range.  Doing layouts is about the enjoyment of creating to achieve the finished product, there is no right way, there are things to take into consideration, but your imagination is key.  Try things, if they work, they work, if they don’t, they don’t.  I often find that creativity can look worse before it looks better.  Just a weird thing, I regularly get to a point and think, hmmm, not sure this is working or quite right, but push through and then it ends up looking awesome.

To create this layout, I used a very old Kaisercraft paper with a travel theme/map to it, covered it in clear gesso to help it stay flat and did some postmark stamping with black ink.  The first image I worked with is the map, I printed this out just under A4 size and then went over the grey lines with a brown coloured pen (I deliberately made the image print grey over black so I could trace over them), I then used brown ink with a dauber to colour the paper and give it an ‘old’ look.  I decided to make it into a scroll, so a bit like a treasure map.  I remember doing an assignment in school where I did this and burned all the edges to make it ‘authentic’.  So, I smoked up the craft room by burning the edges, but in the end, a dark brown ink was just as effective.  Use a pen or paintbrush handle to curl the top in one direction and the bottom in another, then mount on a few pieces of cardboard so it sits right up off the page.

Insert the ephemera around your image area, decorate with flowers, metal trinkets, buttons or whatever divine things you might have in your stash.  I always think about the many things associated with the topic and use them if room allows.  Tickets, bits of things collected on the travel journey could be included, a mini hat, some ribbon, little charms – soo many options.  Here are some close ups, hope you like it.  smiles, D

To see more of my work, please visit my website at Jacobi Creations and follow my blog at https://jacobicreations.blogspot.com.au

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