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Delightful Dreams Art Journal Page

May 19, 2020

Hi there,

It’s Tanja here and today I would like to show you the step by step tutorial for this Art Journal Page.

Step 1: Creating the Basic Texture

  • apply Prima Marketing transparent 3D Matte Gel through the heart portion of the Make your Mark stencil onto a panel of watercolor paper

Step 2: Adding Color and more Texture

  • adhere some torn washi tape strips to the page
  • let Distress Stains (Cracked Pistachio, Gathered Twigs) drip down the page
  • add some Prima Marketing white Heavy Gesso to random spots
  • apply Distress Oxide Ink Black Soot to the xo part of the Make your Mark stencil with a Mini Ink Blending Tool
  • ink up the edges with that same black ink
  • water-down some of the black ink and add some splatters

Step 3: Adding a Die Cut and a Sentiment

  • cut out the beautiful Mandala from kraft cardstock
  • add Prima Marketing Metallique Wax Bronze Age and white gesso to grunge it up a little
  • the sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Big Chat Sticker set

I hope you got inspired.



Elizabeth Craft Designs –

Other –
Prima Marketing transparent 3D Matte Gel
Distress Stains (Gathered Twigs, Cracked Pistachio)
Prima Marketing white Heavy Gesso
washi tape
Distress Oxide Ink Black Soot
Prima Marketing Metallique Wax Bronze Age
Tim Holtz Big Chat Sticker set


Susan’s Garden Dahlias in Crate

November 29, 2017

Dear Friends,

Writer and blogger Melanie Koulouris says :
“Happiness blossoms when one plants seeds of love and kindness in the hearts of others.”

Inspired by such thoughts, I present to you today my latest creation using the Dahlia flower, a flower that symbolizes everlasting bonds and commitment. With its multitude of petals, the Dahlia is much like life with all its varied experiences.

I have made this creation using Susan’s Garden Notes Dahlia 2,  Garden Notes Ladder Fern, Garden Notes Ostrich Fern, and Garden Notes  Maidenhair Fern dies.

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Els van de Burgt Studio

Celebration Treat Box with Susan’s Garden Notes Dahlia

September 27, 2017

Hello Dear Friends,

September marks the beginning of the fall season, accentuating life’s fleeting nature and the spirit of letting go, starting anew. I am in love with this season because it is the beginning of a protracted festival season in India, the time of year where we not only invite light into our homes by lighting candles and our fireplaces, but also bring light into our lives by inviting our friends and family over to share in laughter, music, singing, dancing, food and drink. We clean our homes, open our hearts, and cleanse our souls of past misgivings – just like the trees letting go of old leaves, knowing that fresh new green life will follow.

I have created a Treat Bag to help make the gatherings memorable, the brand new Susan’s Garden Notes Dahlia to make my flowers. Here in India, the Dahlia is considered to the flower of the Fall, symbolizing being graceful under pressure and achieving success against all odds. I chose fall hues in shades of yellow and orange to heighten the effect of the season.

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