It’s ironic how my gift of creativity has such a hard time being used to worship God. As a papercrafter I should be able to create gorgeous pages in my Bible. I struggle with it though. The struggle is worse than any other I have in art. Regardless, I still desire to do it. Even though my pages may not be beautiful or even good, God does use them to speak and teach me through the process and that is what matters.
Joy Clair has the best most extensive stamps for Bibles. You can also use them on cards. The Gather Together set was perfect for my recent prayer.
The key to using wet mediums in Bible is clear Gesso! Apply a layer and let it dry. Once it is dry it not only allows no bleed through it primes the surface to accept the medium. For this page I used a combination of Distress Ink and watercolor along with ink to stamp with.
As I am writing this post I am having a conversation with God. Complaining about how I resent the church because of the pain and hurt several leaders and members have inflicted on me dating all the way back to my childhood. Gently, he reminds me that I have spent the majority of my life in church, therefore it is natural that the majority of my hurt and pain have happened there and in my family. It is where I have not only physically been the majority of my life, but it is where I have been emotionally invested. The church is made up of people just like me. People hurt sometimes. I need to extend the forgiveness and understanding that I so easily can give the rest of the world to the church.
I am super excited about today — National Card Making Day! Joy Clair Stamps have come up with three fantastic challenges. The main one is all about breaking the rules. We all have a set of rules that we follow when we craft. We may not even know that we have a set of them because we are so used to just doing what we do.
My rule I am breaking for this challenge is to make an all white card. I am a bright colorful artist. The most incomprehensible thing I can do is take all color away — which is exactly why I decided to embrace it.
To keep the card from being dull and boring I used several different textures all in white. One of the substrates looks pink in this photo, but it is not. It is a reflective surface that caught something red in the area I was photographing, thus turning it pink. I embossed the sentiment from this stamp set on vellum to make it the focal point.
The pearl and white bow are the perfect finishing touches to this all white card.
Today is a wonderful day — a day to drink coffee! Any excuse to drink coffee is a good reason, right? In celebration of National Coffee Day the Joy Clair Designers have gotten together to host a wonderful hop for you revolving around coffee. Here is my card I created for this glorious day!
How To Create It
I used three Joy Clair Stamp Sets to create this card. I first embossed the Wood Background stamp on my cad base with copper embossing powder and misted it with Antique Linen Distress Ink Spray. To create the tag I used the same method with Broken Brick Background. The title, coffee cup and coffee bean strip were stamped from the Coffee Love set.
I am super excited to share with you two of the new Joy Clair releases! I created a Bible art piece with one and a card wit the other. I also made two ATC with them as well!
Instead of using the new Hope Stamp Set as a way to express hope, I used it as a way to show strength and take on a warrior attitude. I have Celiac Disease. For years I prayed that God would heal me even though I did not know what I had. Once I got the diagnosis and avoided gluten the symptoms pretty much disappeared. Though my body did grow weary my soul did not – hence the saying and verse!
For the ATC I portrayed a warrior and thought of all of my fellow sisters who struggle with cancer and other diseases.
I found the “We Can Do It” card set in Washington DC last simmer. I gessoed the base and went over it with a wet paint brush and wiped the face clean. Once it was dry I stamped my image and words.
Mermaid at Heart
This might be my favorite new release set! The tail is a perfect sassy flirt and the sayings coordinate beautifully. For the card, I picked up some specialty paper at my local craft store and embossed it. I simply stamped the sentiment on another sheet and layered it. For the tail, I embossed it in black and used watercolor markers to shade it in. I made it shiny with Glossy accents!
I mimicked the process on the ATC, just working on a smaller scale.
Make sure you check out the shop for all the new releases and hop and check out what the other designers did with different stamp sets!
A new player in the craft industry is Rinea Foiled Paper. I discovered this small business about three years ago and have been hooked ever sense! As a design team member I have played with this paper a lot. This year I have done videos for their channel and wanted to share a few with you.
Distress It with Alcohol Ink
This is my favorite substrate to use alcohol ink on. It creates the most amazing distressed look.
My favorite 3D embellishment to make with Rinea Foiled Paper are flowers!
Die Cut It!
Rinea Foiled Paper die cuts beautifully!
Ink It Up!
Lots of people don’t know you can ink on it too!
What is Your Favorite Way to Use Rinea Foiled Paper?
Or maybe I should ask, how would you use it? I hope you enjoyed this video round up of some of my favorite ways to use Rinea Foiled Paper.