Hello there, I’m Lisa Hoel and I’m honored to be here and share my latest journal project with you. I’m in love with Jennifer Evans’ Butterfly with Borders stencil and I designed a project around it! I thought it would look fabulous wrapped around the cover of a journal. So see for yourself and read on to see how to achieve this look.
When I’m using stencils, one of my favorite techniques is to use lots of layers to give it visual texture. (I’ll show more of that in my step by step photos.)
I used many stencils inside the journal as well:
Onto the how to…
Eileen Hull Sizzix Journal Die
Ranger Emboss-It Dabber
Distress Oxide Ink Pads (various colors)
Distress Ink Pad - Tattered Rose
Distress Spray Stain - Twisted Citron
Archival Ink - Pale Ochre
Sakura Souffle Pens
Charms & embellishments
Text weight paper for signatures
Sari silk ribbon
Step 1 – After cutting out the journal cover pieces I stamped on them using archival ink and the script text stamps (Stampers Anonymous Ledger Script). I also rubbed my Tattered Rose ink pad on my craft mat and misted it with water – then laid my cover boards down onto the ink droplets to create a speckled ink pattern in addition to the stamping. (It’s all about building texture with layers!)
Next I implemented the “faux batik” resist technique using the Butterfly with Borders stencil. I took the Emboss-It dabber and used it to apply embossing ink through the stencil over my prepared cover pieces. I then embossed it with clear embossing powder to protect the lighter under colors and resist my subsequent layers of inking.
Step 2 – Once I was done adding all my layers of stenciling on the front, it was time to remove the embossed resist and really get that ‘batik’ look. You need a few sheets of absorbent plain newsprint paper and an iron. Lay the paper over the area that’s embossed and then place your iron (no steam!) over it until the heat melts the embossing again and it’s absorbed into the paper. I like to lift my paper up as I slowly glide the iron along so the paper doesn’t stick. If it does stick, just reheat the area to melt the powder again and lift off the paper.
I embellished the stenciled design with Sakura Souffle Pens. When the ink dries they turn a chalky color and are wonderful for adding details.
Step 3 – More stamping and stenciling on the inside of the covers!
When I was done with the stencilling and pen work, I glued the two cover halves together. I like to use a strong liquid glue and let it dry well but you can use the super strong tape strips too.
Step 4 – I made the journal inserts from scratch and gussied up the covers with Spray Stain and … more stencilling! ;-)
Stencil used: Butterfly with Borders
I hope you are inspired to go off and create! Thanks for stopping by. You can always come visit my little corner of the cyber world and see what else I’ve been up to.