Shine – Mini Art Journal

Hello, Hello! Heather Greenwood here with my very first blog post for Sweet Stamp Shop. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to be a part of the design team for the summer. I thought I would use this first post to introduce myself to you.

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I am an introverted hippie, devoted wife for almost 13 years, homeschooling mama to three little kiddos, hybrid pocket scrapbooker, art journaler, mixed media artist, Nikon girl, Lightroom + Photoshop + Silhouette user, singer, and lover of the arts. I love teaching, and inspiring people to make memories, tell their stories and be creative.

Being a pocket scrapbooker, I’ve become a collector of journal cards. What I have been doing is trying to use up some of my stash to create mini art journal cards. They are like Artist Trading Cards, but a slightly bigger size and I haven’t traded any of them… yet. Currently, I’m enjoying framing them or using these little easels to put them around the house as reminders.

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I seriously LOVE the Sweet Stamp Shop stamps for adding in details and little messages. I fell in LOVE with the Sparkle and Shine set and thought it would be perfect for a little mini art journal for our homeschool room.

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First, I grabbed a large 4″x6″ watercolor card. I wanted something a bit thicker since I was going to be painting on it. Then using a brayer, I rolled some gesso over it. Gesso is like a primer. Instead of paint soaking into the paper, the paint will set on top. This way you end up using less paint and the colors are more vibrant.

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Next, using several acrylic paints and my fingers, I painted over the card. To prevent the colors from mixing and becoming muddy, you want to be sure it’s dry before adding another color.

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Lastly, using all the sequin stamps from the Sparkle and Shine set and the three circles from the Juggling Act set, I put them on an acrylic block.

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Using a gold pigment ink I stamped them all over the card and then used gold embossing powder and a heat gun to emboss them. I also stamped a little sentiment on a piece of paper I had painted turquoise. I then glued the sentiment on and added some clear sparkle with Wink Of Stella brush.

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So, how about you? Do you have a huge stash of journal cards that you don’t know what to do with? Maybe you can make a mini art journal or inspirational piece too. I’d love to know what you do with your extra stash of journal cards. Do you have any other ideas to use up those cards?

I’m looking forward to spending the next 3 months with you and hopefully inspiring your inner artist. You can also find me on my blog, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Did you know that Sweet Stamp Shop is also on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest? Be sure to follow us for additional inspiration and tag us so we can see your creations with the Sweet Stamp goodness. We also have a hashtag we like to use #sweetstampshop. See you around!

3 Responses to Shine – Mini Art Journal

  1. jenn shurkus says:

    love it! it is so artsy fartsy 🙂

  2. What a great idea to upcyle those journal cards that have been sitting around. I love what you’ve done and know I need to dive into the world of gesso…love how vibrant the colors are.

  3. Leslie H says:

    Beautiful! LOVE IT! 😀

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