Mixed Media card - The Wholesaler featuring Tsukineko all purpose inks.

With all the new art mediums and inks available it is hard not to dabble in a cross pollination of different mediums and inks into my crafting projects. So this week I created a card using Crackle texture paste and inks for a beautiful and interesting look. And if you are thinking that it is just not for you, think again. Combining different mediums together is really easy, and if you start off small, you will soon be dabbling into beautiful works of art and canvas pieces, and even some mixed media scrapbooking with great success.
For this card I used crackle texture paste combined with 2 colours of all purpose ink.
Step 1 - On watercolour paper, used a Prima stencil and some texture paste. Apply the paste through the stencil using an old credit card or palette knife. TIP: The thinner the layer the smaller and finer the cracks in the texture paste will be, the thicker the paste, the longer it will take to dry, the bigger the cracks will be
 Step 2 - Once the paste is dry, mist the surface with water. Use a paintbrush and then lightly brush on some all-purpose ink in your lightest colour first. Then use another paintbrush and add the second colour of ink in the same way but overlapping onto the first colour of ink. TIP: Because of the water, the inks will mixed and blend together giving a really interesting colour effect
 Step 3 - Once the ink is dry, use a die-cut and cut the coloured piece into a shape of your choice. I used an inverted corner frame for my card.
 Step 4 - Using a scrap piece of coloured cardstock, die-cut a word or sentiment of your choice.
 Assemble your card by adhering the frame to the centre of your folded card. Add a few leaves and a large matching flower. Add your die cut sentiment. Dip a small paintbrush into the light blue all-purpose ink and splatter the background of your card with the blue ink as a finishing touch.

Another quick and easy way of using your All-Purpose Inks – combine it with art mediums on cards, layouts and canvas projects. Please let me know what you think of this mixed media card tutorial?

Stamping with stencils - Prima layout.

Over on the Scrapbook Studio blog I share how i used my much loved stencils as stamps to create backgrounds on my layouts. Stencils are one of those underused things in our stash that is really worth so much.Head on  over here
and see how you can win a product hamper by simply using your stash.
Versatile and pretty at the same time - combine your stencils with dye inks and create fabulous background effects.
 Combining Prima resin frames with old postage stamps -  a perfect combination between old and new.
 All Prima products are distributed by The Wholesaler in South Africa and available from
Until next time - have a wonderfully creative week!

Spring has Sprung card - Imaginecrafts featuring Tsukineko.

Hi everyone - thanks for popping by today! I am over on the Imagine crafts blog today sharing a Spring card for those in the Northern Hemisphere, while we down south are feeling the crisp in the air. Head on over here to sea how I used the amazing set of Radiant Neon inks for this card.
See the full instructions for my card on the blog, and explore the wonderful world of imagine crafts and Tsukineko inks.
Tsukineko inks are proudly distributed in South Africa by The Wholesaler.biz

Altered paint can - Couture Creations.

Welcome to today's blog post with me Jowilna - it's with a heavy heart that I say farewell to this amazing team as this is my last blog post for Couture Creations, but definitely not my last post using their amazing products.
Today i am sharing this altered paint tin I made using the Vintage Rose paper collection and the new Hearts Ease die collection as well as some classic favorites like the oval die set. A quick and easy project to recycle an old paint tin and turn it into a functional item for your craft room.

Step 1: Die cut the oval frame shape. Adhere the two largest oval dies together using a piece of washi tape to hold them together. Cut the oval frame and ink the edges.
 step 2: Use the center oval die from the Postale Ovals CO724044 out of the patterned paper - ink the edges.
 Adhere the die cut elements to a painted empty paint tin. Use brads to add some texture to the outside cut oval frame.
 Die cut the  shape from the Hearts Ease collection and adhere it to the right hand side of the oval frames. CO724315
 Adhere some small punched flowers and a decorative resin butterfly to  the side. Finish off the look with some metallic pearls.
Visit the Couture Creations website for all the new releases, and the blog for continuous inspiration. Don't miss out on all the new inspiration from the 2015 team - and continue to be inspired by this amazing product range! it has been an honor indeed to work for this generous company.
Couture Creations Products Used
CO724062 Vintage Rose Garden 6x6 Paper Pad
CO72044 Vintage Rose Decorative Die, Postale Ovals
CO724126 Everyday Essentials Decorative Die, Mini Flowers 1
CO724315 Hearts Ease Decorative Die, Lilliputana
CO723044 Nesting Dies, Ovals

The power of a smile card - Couture Creations.

Hi, Jowilna here with today's' blog post!It's about time for the new Hearts Ease Collection to hit the stores all over the world and we got to play with the new dies. I teamed the dies with the Vintage Rose patterned paper - and it worked so well. Order your favourite dies from your local store to make sure you don't miss out!
For my card I combined two dies from the Hearts Ease collection  -
the Viola CO724311 and Mirabilis CO724314 dies.
Here's how i created my card
step 1 - Use the vintage rose 6x6 paper pad and cut the large Mirabilis die. I included the center part of the die to cut out the window - don't you just love the versatility of using the center or excluding it! So easy to totally change the look of your die cuts!
step 2 - I then repeated the center cut on a second piece of patterned paper to include the quote.
step 3 - prepare the background of your card with a piece of patterned paper from the 6x6 paper pad.
step 4 - ink the edges of the die cuts and adhere them to the background.
step 5 - die cut the Viola out of pink paper.
step 6 - Combine pink and silver glitter embossing powders on the Viola die-cut and heat to melt the powder. The glitter embossing powder adds a subtle shimmer to the pink embossing.
step 7 - punch small flowers from the left over paper. Adhere the flowers to the front of your card along with the other elements using your 2 way glue pen.
For my card i used these products from the Couture Creations Range

Go.See.Do. Kaisercraft Wanderlust Layout!

Everyone loves a nice travel layout, right! And when the papers is a perfect fit for seeing the world then bring it on. This was the case with the new Kaisercraft range of travel papers – Wanderlust. I knew the minute I saw the papers I wanted to scrap a friend’s photos from their travels to Egypt – the colours and the feel were a match made in well…crafty heaven.
For my layout I also called on my trusty Silhouette machine to cut some elements for my layout.
Step 1: I started off with an arrow design using the set of 4 cut out arrows. I ‘ungrouped’ the arrows and then used a single arrow to cut a large arrow from smooth AC cardstock. On the same sheet of cream cardstock I also cut my title ‘go.see.do’.
 Step 2: I coloured my title words using the MementoLuxe Rich Cocoa. Press the ink pad onto the die-cut repeatedly adding ink.
 Step 3: I applied pressure differently, because I wanted my words to not be inked solidly, but rather have darker and lighter areas to add interest. TIP: I used dimensional glaze to add a glossy finish to my words after adhering them to my finished layout, to avoid smudging the glaze.
 Step 4: The outer edges of my large arrow was inked with the MementoLuxe ink as well and then blended using a clean sponge dauber taking away a lot of the dark colour on the edges.
The inked elements add beautiful details to this layout without overpowering the photos. Browse the Silhouette shop to find gorgeous designs that will make your nest trip down memory lane extra special – and don’t forget to browse the website (click here) to browse the Wanderlust paper range, embellishments and stamps.
 I love how the Silhouette gives me freedom to add large titles and custom designed elements to my layouts. I further personalize my layout by adding techniques to my die-cuts.
 Add inking around the edges, as well as ink splashes to give the background some personality.
Products used

Memento LUXE ink technique for gorgeous handmade card backgrounds!

I always have loads of fun working with inks! But my favorite is to create a watercolor effect on backgrounds - something that is not perfect but spontaneous and creative - and MementoLuxe inks offer me that and so much more. Head on over to The Wholesaler's website to see how I created these cards in a few easy steps.

View the entire range of Tsukineko inks distributed by The Wholesaler and available from your local craft store!

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