Oriental Garden Journal

Hi and welcome! Di here. Stamperia’s Oriental Garden paper is so gorgeous that I “had” to have it. I don’t have a specific purpose for this journal, so I left space for photos or journaling, it could even become a planner. This may be gifted to someone – if I can part with it.

Starting with the 12×12 Oriental Garden paper pad and the coordinating package of die cuts, I selected matching solid papers from my stash. I chose a mint green, desert storm, and black. All are about 80 LB weight.

I love the size of the Planner Essentials (journal) dies by Elizabeth Craft Designs, so I used the Planner Essentials 41 Rounded Corner set to cut most of my pages. I cut some from the patterned Oriental Garden paper and some from the solids I’d collected.

Wanting to add a common texture and color through the journal, I used the Elizabeth Craft Designs Planner Essentials 38 Splatter Page to cut a stencil from 110 LB paper. The stencil was laid over the cut pages and I used an embossing pen to ink through the holes in the template. I moved the stencil away, added gold embossing powder to the wet ink, and heat embossed. While the gold doesn’t show up very much on some pages, it does add a unifying color and texture to the journal. Of course, gold accents are perfect for the Asian theme. I didn’t use antistatic powder since random gold powder on the page fits with the aged style of the paper.

Die cut, shaped, and gold embossed flowers

The Elizabeth Craft Designs Florals 2 set was used to cut flowers and leaves from white Soft Finish card stock. I added a touch of Spun Sugar Distress Oxide to the centers and shaped the flowers. The red flowers were die cut using the Florals 4 set from solid red paper and green leaves from the mint paper. These were also shaped and black prills were glued into the flower centers. The embossing marker was used randomly around the flower edges and embossed with gold powder.

Planner Pocket 1
Planner Pocket 2
Planner Pocket 2

I added pockets to several pages and created tags adding embellishments of shaped flowers, ribbon, and gold embossed accents. Besides adding interest, it seems like heat embossing would strengthen the edge of the pockets.

Other embellishments include die cut ginkgo leaves, bamboo, butterflies, and lanterns. I also added die cuts from the coordinating Stamperia pack of die cut chipboard. The quotes are from the Stamperia paper.

The double-wide page on the right was made by trimming black card stock to 8.25 inches (page height) by 8.75 inches and folding it over 4 inches. Create the ring binder holes using Planner Essentials 5 ring binder hole die or using a hole punch.

I created two peek-a-boo flaps using a die from the Rounded Corners set. Photos or journaling can be added under the hinged flaps.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope this has inspired you. Please leave a comment or a question.

Happy crafting! Di

  • Products used:
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1867 Planner Essentials 41, Rounded Corners Page
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1864 Planner Essentials 38, Splatter Page
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1607 Planner Essentials 5
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1608 Planner Pocket 1
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1609 Planner Pocket 2
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1776 Florals 4
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1779 Ginko
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1732 Cherry Blossom Branch
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1774 Florals 2
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1739 Planner Essentials 21 Note Pieces
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1782 Butterfly Pocket Insert
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1736 Reinforcement Variety Pack
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #CS253 Note Pieces (stamps)
  • Spellbinders #S4-979 Lanterns
  • Spellbinders #IN-043 Dancing Lanters
  • Spellbinders IN-045 Scruffy Panda (used bamboo die)
  • Stamperia Oriental Garden paper pack 12×12″
  • Stamperia Oriental Garden paper pack 6×6″
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish 90 LB card stock
  • Stampin’ Up mint green paper
  • Neenah desert storm paper
  • Black paper
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm #507

Love, Forever Cards

Masking and watercolors were used to create these love inspired cards.

Hello and welcome! I love playing with stamps and seeing what I can come up with by combining them. Both of these cards were made using single bird stamps and the masking* technique to unite them into a scene.

*Masking is using something, like paper, to cover and protect one image so that another image can be stamped over it. This makes the first image look as if it’s in the front.

Using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Forever stamp set (#1885), stamp the front bird image with Gina K Amalgam Ink onto watercolor paper.

Stamp the same bird image onto masking paper or a post it note and trim very closely to the outline.

Place your mask on the watercolor paper directly over the stamped image.

Stamp the second bird image over the masked bird (this isn’t shown). Stamp and cut a mask of this bird, too. Place the mask over the new bird as pictured.

I didn’t take a picture, but mask over stamped areas that you want to protect, then stamp in the foliage. You can even place small amounts of mask, like I did here on the tail, to protect little areas. With a pencil, faintly draw in branches for the birds feet to rest on or to connect to the foliage. Then go over the pencil with a very thin Copic liner or another water resistant marker.

I used watercolors from Elizabeth Craft Designs to paint my stamped images, leaves, and the branch that I drew. Leave some small unpainted areas for highlights. Remember to let an area dry before painting any area that touches it or the colors will run together.

Create a subtle frame by applying brown distress ink along the edges of the paper. Stamp on a sentiment and back with patterned paper from Reminiscence the book 2. Attach to your card base and be sure to share it with someone!

Here is the second card using the same masking technique, but with some gold paint spattered over it.

Do you enjoy masking? Let me know what you think.

Happy crafting!


Fun & Festive Gift Tags

Hi and Happy Holidays! These are just a sample of the many tags that I made for the holidays. It’s so fun to create whimsical glittery gnomes or colorful little animals for tags to make the gift wrap extra special.

Colorado Craft Company’s stamps by Anita Jeram made this tag super quick to make. The tag was cut from Waffle Flower Half Dot patterned paper, stamped, then colored with light Copic marker colors. Snow was added with a gel pen.

Lawn Fawn patterned paper, twine, and a few stamped images colored with Copic markers made this tag pop.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Planner Essential 26 Tags & Toppers Dies and Joset’s Gnome dies add whimsy and layers to these sparkly tags.