Sunday, September 17, 2017

Positivity Journal Cover

Today's project started out to be a card, but somewhere between the leaf and the background, I started thinking I wanted it to be the cover for my Positivity Journal.  And so it is....
 Penny Black 'Poetic' cling stamp 40-544
 Penny Black verse from the 'faith' clear set 30-409

Other supplies:
 Canson Canva-Paper
 Tim Holtz distress inks rusty hinge, vintage photo, fossilized
 amber, fired brick
 India ink for verse
Watercolor brush, water, Tombow markers black and brown,   5 1/2 x 7 1/2" Strathmore Mixed Media pad for journal,          Faber Castell white Pitt artist pen, black card stock, Clarity stencil brushes, Misti stamping tool, foam finger daubers.

I put my canvas paper into the Misti with the leaf, inked the leaf in fossilized amber and stamped it.  As the ink really didn't take easily to the canvas paper (lots of texture and a bit of a finish on it), I used a watercolor brush and a bit of water to fill in the color to the textured areas.  I heat it to dry it, then added the other colors.  I used the foam daubers to add the colors to the stamp, adding different colors in different areas, then stamping.  I kept repeating this process, drying in between, and adding/moving color around with a damp paint brush, until I was happy.  It is a challenge working on the canvas paper, but so worth the effort!

I used the Tombow brown and black markers to create the age spots and details, and also the shadow under the leaf.  I added some bits of white Pitt pen in the areas where there are holes in the leaf.

For the background, I very carefully added water and some of the distress inks to create a watercolor background.  When dry, I stamped the verse, using the Misti so I could stamp it multiple times because of the texture.  I layered it onto a black piece and tore a jagged border along the left side.

I cut a piece of the canvas paper the size of my journal, and used my square punch to punch the holes for the spiral binding.  I use Clarity brushes to apply rusty hinge and vintage photo distress inks, lightly.  I added the cover to the journal and reassembled it.

I hope you enjoyed your weekend, and made some time for yourself and your loved ones.

Adding my project to these challenges:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge- One layer card (I know it's not a card, so I hope it's is one layer, which I attached to the cover page for my journal cover.

AAA Cards - Autumn colors

Addicted To Stamps Challenge - Clean and simple

Word Art Wednesday - Verse

Thanks so much for visiting.  Enjoy your week!




  1. woow the leaf looks like a real one
    wooooww I love how you made it looks so real
    great project
    Many thanks for joining our challenge at ATSM this time

  2. Beautiful colours and a beautiful sentiment. Thanks for joining in with the Autumn Colours Challenge at AAA Cards.

  3. Another stunning one layer card from you Lynda
    Thanks for joining us at PBSC
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  4. Lynda, I love your project! It is so artistic! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at AAA Cards Challenge. - Sweet Kobylkin

  5. beautiful! Love your gorgeous leaf, stunning! Thank you so much for playing along with us at ATSM!

  6. This is gorgeous!
    Thanks for playing at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!
    Helen x


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