Spring Fling Tag Booklet Card

I decided to have a play around with tags and cards for a change instead of making a journal page, I used to be a bit of an avid stamper and card maker but had to give it up when my health became really bad a few years ago and started art journalling instead. So its been a long time since I’ve made any sort of greetings card!

Over on the Fashionable Stamping Challenges Blog, the theme this time is to use swirls in our artwork and also to incorporate stamping too! I had an idea in my head to make a tag booklet card so decided to make it for this challenge theme, as always I have taken a lot of pictures to share with you how I made it and enjoyed myself playing with tags and cards too!

Step 1: To start with, I took a sheet of A4 card stock and folded it approx 1 third of the way up from the bottom as you can see in the picture below:


Step 2: Next I folded the card in half as if I was making a folded greetings card blank like so:


Step 3: Then I folded the card again by pressing the edge of the card to meet the middle centrefold; I did this for both sides:


Below is what the card now looked like at this stage:


Card Opened Up:


Step 4: I stamped a script stamp using brown ink on the top half the of the card, and on the bottom half I stamped with a swirl stamp using pearlescant crimson ink.


Step 5: Next I added colour by smooshing the entire card with dye based inkpads:


View Of The Entire Card So Far:


Next Up I created some tags to go inside the card booklet, I layered with various stamped images then over-stamped with a silhouette stamp, colour was added to the tags using sprayed inks or direct to paper smooshing with inkpads, to finish the tags I highlighted the designs using a white gel pen (uniball signo):

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Step 6: To assemble the tag pockets inserts I added a strip of double sided tape to the back of the swirl stamped flaps and then placed the tags into the pockets as you can see below:

IMG_3273Close Ups:



Step 7: Next I created a handmade greetings cards, using a strip of washi tape as an embellishment and a layered stamped and stencilled image as shown below:


Step 8: Using double sided tape I affixed the tag pocket inserts to the inside of the greetings card as seen below:


Below is the finished card, when you open the card up the tag insert booklet opens up like so:


Obligatory Close Up Shots:



Shabby Chic-ish Grungey Girl Journal Page

I created this journal page for the Simon Says Stamp And Show Challenge which this week is to use some Shabby Chic elements in our artwork. I was a little flummoxed at first because I’m definitely not a girly girl at all but I do love a challenge so I didn’t let it deter me from making a page.

I decided to use one of my mop up page backgrounds in my journal which I had previously used to wipe off the excess black gesso from my paintbrush, first of all I sprayed it with turquoise dylusions spray ink to add a splash of colour:


Next I cut a paper lace doiley in two and then glued it onto the page as shown:


I next added a stencilled girl image which I had previously prepared on one of my scrap mop up pages using black gesso, the stencil mask image is taken from the new Dina Wakley’s Crafters Workshop stencils. Finally I added the word GAL to finish it off.