Happy Tuesday! It feels so good to be back in the Tuesday Tutorial groove. I love creating the tutorials and sharing them. I love the project I have to share with you today too! Last week I shared in the post about my StencilGirl guest post that I have started a new art journal using pocket pages. I call it Pocket Art.
This new art journal will be made up of little art cards that fit into the pockets of a Simple Stories Snap 6×8 binder. I will be embellishing the cover of the binder soon. Today though, I have an art card from the new art journal to share with you. The design for these cards can easily be adapted to atcs, cards, and tags.
Begin by cutting a piece of manila to fit the desired pocket. The pocket I am using is about 4 1/8″ x 6 1/4″.
Place the large Tim Holtz Graph background stamp face up. Ink the stamp with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink.
Place the manila cardstock onto the stamp. Rub your hand over the back randomly to transfer the stamped image.
Allow the ink to dry or use a heat tool to dry it.
Place the Rays Layering Stencil on the manila cardstock over the top of the stamped image. Use an mini ink blending tool to apply Scattered Straw Distress Ink through the stencil.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to the manila card around the edges.
Place the Speckles Layering Stencil over the rays. Use a mini ink blending tool to apply Dried Marigold Distress Ink to the manila card through the stencil.
Place the Stars Layering Stencil on the manila card. Use a mini ink blending tool to apply Broken China Distress Ink. Place the stars along the left side and bottom edge.
Place Picket Fence Distress Stain on the craft sheet. Use a dry cloth to pick up the stain. Dab and blog the Picket Fence Distress Stain onto the manila cardstock along the left and right sides and along the bottom edges.
Use a heat tool to dry the stain. Apply more stain and dry again. Continue applying layers randomly and drying each one until you like the look. The goal is to add a soft “cloudy” layer that mutes some of the stenciling. The layers should be thicker and more opaque in some areas and thin and transparent in others.
Mist the manila cardstock with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.
Use a dry cloth to blot the excess mist. Use a heat tool to dry the mist.
Place the the Clocks Layering Stencil along the left edge of the manila card. Use an ink blending tool to apply Stormy Sky through the stencil. Also apply some of the ink along the bottom and top edges.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edges of the card.
Place several strips of Tissue Tape in layers along the left side of the card. Fold any excess over to the back.
Place a piece of wool felt on a piece of Phoomph Fabric Bonding Sheet.
Die cut a heart from the wool felt Phoomph piece using the taller heart from the Tim Holtz Mini Hearts Sizzix Die Set.
Peel the remaining backing piece off of the Phoomph. Adhere the die cut heart to a piece of cotton batting.
Trim around the heart with pinking shears.
Use an ink blending tool to dab Victorian Velvet Distress Ink onto the the wool felt. Apply the color in a dabbing motion. If you rub, you will cause a lot of fuzzing on the wool.
Stamp the word “joy” on a scrap of manila cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink with small alphabet stamps. Trim around the word. Adhere the small word block to the heart with a glue stick.
Adhere the assembled heart to the front of the card over the top of the Tissue Tape using a glue stick.
Machine stitch crisscrossing random lines through the heart on the card.
Before stamping the sentiment, lightly pencil a couple of lines to help you line up the text. (I usually just eyeball it, but I wanted to be sure this one was straight so added a guideline.)
Stamp a sentiment using small and medium single alphabet stamps (Hero Arts Printer’s Type and Playful Alpha, links below) using Jet Black Archival ink.
Finish the card by adding a few embellishments. I added three small Mirrored Stars and an Adornments Arrow.
Totally unplanned, but the 108 on the Traveler Tissue Tape ended up on my card. This is significant for me because for 15 years of my dispatching/9-1-1 career 108 was my badge number!
I love the way that you can layer and build with Distress Inks. They allow you to see what is below and still see everything in layers without being muddy. I think that is so amazing!
I just really love the way this card turned out. It really is such a happy little piece and a great reminder for each new day. It is going to be a great addition to my new art journal!