Hey, y'all! Bethany from Pitter & Glink here with you today to share a cute journal I personalized using some of the awesome new clear stamp sets from Sizzix. I had so much fun taking a plain journal and transforming it into a work of art. While the finished product may look a bit intimidating to make, it couldn't be easier!
To create your own artsy journal, you'll need a plain journal, paint, embossing powder, a heat tool, and some of the fabulous new clear stamp sets from Sizzix. I used the following clear stamp sets: You Are Loved by Lindsey Serata, You're My Favorite by Katelyn Lizardi, and Alphabet by Lynda Kanase. You can get a full supply list at the bottom of this post.
The first step to creating the embossed journal is adding some color to a plain journal. Grab an old gift card and some paint from your craft stash.
Place a small amount of paint on the edge of the gift card and spread the paint thinly over the cover of the journal. (You may want to put a piece of scrap paper behind the cover to protect the pages of the journal from paint that may seep under the cover.)
Repeat the process with other colors of paint until you have a background that you're pleased with.
Next it's time to stamp! Place the arrows from the You Are Loved clear stamp set onto a clear stamping block. Cover the stamp with ink and stamp the journal cover. I used the arrows to create an all-over pattern on the journal cover.
When the arrows are dry, place the You're My Favorite clear stamp on a clear stamp block. Cover the stamp with watermark stamp ink and stamp onto the journal cover. Spread embossing powder over the stamped sentiment. Remove the excess embossing powder from the journal cover and use a heat tool to melt the embossing powder. You'll be left with a nice raised image. (If you'd like, you can use a marker to give the embossed image a shadow.)
To further personalize the journal, you can stamp headings onto the pages of the journal using the Alphabet stamp set.
Once your journal is complete, tie a baker's twine bow around it for a little added dimension. Give the journal as a gift to someone special or keep it for yourself.
I love that you can duplicate this same technique to create a card or even a piece of art, and I REALLY love the fabulous hand-lettered look of the new Sizzix clear stamps!
Thanks for hanging out with me today for this fun and easy Sizzix tutorial!
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