Monday, November 11, 2013

Nature's Heart Art Journaling

Hi! Time for another Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, this week we are focusing on inks. A favourite of mine of course and lots of opportunities, so get inky!

My most used inks are Ranger's Archival Inks and Distress Inks. They also work great together and on this art journaling page I used both. I love the versatility of Archival inks, since they are waterproof you can use them on many different projects and for different purposes. Wendy Vecchi's new signature Archival Inks are such pretty colours, and I used most of them here. I really like Dyan Reaveley's small creative journal, the size works really well for me. I wanted to make a page about nature and just went along without much of a plan.

I just got Wendy Vecchi's translucent embossing paste and wanted to use it. So cool. First the pages were stamped with Orange Blossom Archival Ink and a script stamp. Since Archival Ink is waterproof, it won't smear when you apply ink, paint, water or, as in this case paste, on top. Smear embossing paste through a stencil with a palette knife. Since this is a journal, I didn't make it too thick and also made sure that the paste areas are not opposite each other, so that they won't stick together with the book is closed. Leave to dry. The paste dries completely clear.

I inked the page with Distress Inks, the clear paste resists the ink. After inking, I added additional stamping and stencilling.

Archival Inks work great together with stencils. Here I used Wendy's Wildflowers & a Bird stencil and sponged the ink with pieces of Cut 'n Dry Foam, using Cornflower Blue, Fern Green, Sienna and Saffron. The numbers were stencilled with Cornflower Blue.

I stamped a branch for the bird, using just a part of a Tim Holtz stamp (another bird sits on the branch on the stamp). The bird was sponged with Cornflower Blue and Fern Green. I printed a great nature quote by John Muir and cut it into strips. I added more journaling to these pages after taking the photo.

The hearts look so nice and glossy. Since Archival Inks dry on most surfaces, I added another layer to the hearts by sponging Cornflower Blue ink through a stripes stencil. You can see that while the paste resists the Distress Ink, it doesn't resist Archival ink.

I hope you will get inky with us this week! As always, one random participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.


Happy crafting!!


Surfaces: Ranger Dyan Reaveley Small Creative Journal
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Cornflower Blue, Fern Green, Orange Blossom, Saffron, Sienna; Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Psychedelic Grunge, Classics #9, Tiny Things, Mini OrnatesMixed Media, Urban Tapestry
Stencils: Wendy Vecchi Stampers Anonymous: Yikes Stripes, Wildflowers & a Bird, Never Enough Hearts, Classic Words
Die: Simon Says Stamp: Large Holiday Shapes
Medium: Wendy Vecchi Stampers Anonyous: Translucent Embossing Paste
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Chit Chat stickers
Tools: Ranger Cut 'n Dry Foam


  1. Anna, I love all of your art, but this journal page(s)really looks great. The colors, the use of stencils, stamps, etc. all just comes together so nicely. It really pops and I LOVE IT. Just had to compliment you today.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Beautiful, love the colors, the stamps all the techniques. Great beautiful work.

  3. WOnderful !! I loved the stamping n sponging lot !

  4. Beautiful art journal page and card... I have just got myself an art journal but I just stare at it ... I am not sure what I should be doing... I have to have a plan and I just sit frozen :P

  5. Gorgeous pages! I love the mix of the stenciled images with the distress inks and the embossing paste resist. Beautiful!

  6. Anna-Karin...I am always mesmerized by your work. I really love your layout in your small art journal. Your use of Wendy's translucent embossing paste here looks fantastic! I love the orange blossom script in the background. Love the cornflower blue and green blends, too. The birds, flowers, and sentiment are all so calming and lovely. Such a sweet layout. <3 Candy

  7. absolutely beautiful pages Anna Karin - love these to bits xx

  8. Oh so lovely! Absolutely stunning page! ^.^

  9. This is stunning! I just love all the layers and depth you created!

  10. Hi Anna-Karin, love these pages , the wild flowers are wonderfully eye catching. Love the hearts and added text . Gorgeous design. Tracy x

  11. Gosh this really speaks to me Anna-Karin. Absolutely beautiful art work. Nicola x

  12. Gorgeous journal pages Anna-Karin! Love all the stamping and textures! Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Love your inky journal pages, Anna-Karin! Didn't know that there was translucent embossing paste! The effect is fabulous! Hugs, Sandra

  14. Stunning pages, Anna-Karin! I just love the layout :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  15. These are such fabulous pages, Anna-Karin. I love the the beautiful background colors and the embossing. Great inspiration! :)

  16. Ann - Karin you are a true artist! all your work leaves me amazed at its beauty, how you manage to balance every detail and study every detail, really wonderful! BArbarayaya

  17. This is absolutely lovely Anna-Karin. Your inky layers so completely mirror the wonderful quote you have included in this journal entry. Love the clear embossing paste (thanks for the suggestion about putting the paste in places so as not to touch when the pages are closed!) What an amazing effect the embossing paste gives with the ink underneath and on top of it. Fabulous layered effect. And I love Wendy's colors!! They are really gorgeous for this nature page. -- Mary Elizabeth

  18. Fabulous page, love the layers and the colors you used. I can't wait to get some of Wendi's inks; they are on my list !!!

  19. Holy canoli! This is quite amazing! It has so many luscious layers that I couldn't even tell what was on top of what. I adore that aspect of it: it just blends so seamlessly and the images and text flow together so beautifully. Really lovely piece and I adore the many different elements you combined.

  20. Glorious pages, Anna-Karin - stunning use of the inks, of course, and such a wonderful quote by John Muir. The natural colour palette is so beautiful, and I'm definitely now in "need" of some translucent embossing paste! Fantastically inspirational, as always, thank you.
    Alison xx

  21. Gorgeous pages! I love the soft background colors, and the script stamp is wonderful, especially on that transparent heart! So so so beautiful!


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