DIY Watercolor Butterfly Ephemera

butterflies

Using stickers from the Dollar Tree you can watercolor them in a variety of different colors and designs. DIY ephemera is unique and can save you money. Using the sticker from the Dollar Tree was easy but you could alternately die-cut your shapes as well.

Video Tutorial:

close-up

The close-up image gives you a better look at some of the details on the wings. This was a very relaxing and enjoyable project. I love the results just as much as the process of painting them.

DIY Resist Spray Tag

Tag it Tuesday

final tag

This week’s tag is a variety of mixed media. Beginning with DIY resist spray and ink smooshing. Then add ephemera in coordinating colors to finish the tag.

To make your own DIY Resist Spray, follow my tutorial here: [Resist Spray]

For the free teacup PDF printable: [Teacups]

close up bottom of tag

In the above close-up image, you can see how well the colors of ink and ephemera coordinate together.

Video Tutorial:

resist close-up

As I mentioned in the video, the ink and resist made a beautiful image. The above close-up shows the ink and resist detail and how well the Resist Spray worked.

Suggested Materials:

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AZ – Amazon, O – Other
Craft Brushes
Craft Brushes
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Distress Ink Bundle
Distress Ink Bundle
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Glassboard discount code JANET20
Glassboard discount code JANET20
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AZ | O
HP Paper
HP Paper
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Non-Stick Scissors
Non-Stick Scissors
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Ranger Heat Tool
Ranger Heat Tool
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Spray Bottles
Spray Bottles
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O

Ephemera Paperclips

paper clips

I think I am addicted to making ephemera paper clips. It is so much fun using up scraps and pieces and combining them into a pleasant image. They are miniature works of art.

materials

There are no rules to making ephemera paper clips and if you do a Google search you will find a variety of examples. The only things you must use are a paper clip and some kind of adhesive. After that, you can collect whatever is around you. I tend to collect pieces that relate to each other by color.

Video Tutorial:

The first two I made were based on a journal I made in a past tutorial. I used leftover pieces of painted paper that were used for the cover of the book and coordinated additional pieces.

As I said, these were so fun to make. It has inspired me to do a series of miniature art pieces.

Ephemera Mini Envelopes

mini envelopes

These mini envelopes and cards are made from a digital download printable available in the store. They are great for use as ephemera for your junk journals, scrapbooking, card making, glue books, and more.

The insert cards are color-coordinated to the patterns on the envelopes.

printable

The PDF file is available to purchase here [Mini Envelopes]

Video Tutorial:

close-up

I’d love to know how you will use them. Let me know which design is your favorite.

Suggested Materials:

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AZ – Amazon, SSS – Simon Says Stamps, O – Other
DMC Mini Scoreboard
DMC Mini Scoreboard
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O
Glassboard discount code JANET20
Glassboard discount code JANET20
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AZ | O
Intense Black Ink Pad
Intense Black Ink Pad
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SSS
Reptile Glue
Reptile Glue
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AZ
Temu Glue Bottles
Temu Glue Bottles
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O

Femina Paper Craft

femina pocket and cards

The papercraft pocket and cards with a female theme are a delightful and creative way to express femininity and celebrate women. The pocket has a rather dark theme. It provides a convenient and stylish storage solution for the accompanying cards. The cards themselves feature beautiful illustrations and intricate details that capture the essence of otherworldly femininity, showcasing themes such as empowerment, beauty, and strength. Whether it’s for card making, glue books, scrapbooking, junk journals, or simply to show appreciation, this paper-crafted pocket and cards set is a perfect choice to convey heartfelt messages and make a lasting impression.

printable sample

The zipped download file contains the page above with the pocket and cards as well as a ledger page to add to the back of the cards for journaling.

Purchase the file here: [femina set]

Video Tutorial:

The image above shows the back of the pocket and cards that are covered with the ledger paper for journaling.

Materials used:

Links are Affiliates
AZ – Amazon, C – Cricut, SSS – Simon Says Stamps, SB – Scrapbook, O – Other
Cricut Portable Trimmer
Cricut Portable Trimmer
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AZ | C
DMC Mini Scoreboard
DMC Mini Scoreboard
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O
Finger Daubers
Finger Daubers
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O
Glassboard discount code JANET20
Glassboard discount code JANET20
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AZ | O
Reptile Glue
Reptile Glue
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AZ
Scrapbook Scissors
Scrapbook Scissors
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SB
Temu Glue Bottles
Temu Glue Bottles
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O
VersaFine Clair
VersaFine Clair
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AZ | SSS | SB

Freebie Friday – Bows 2

Freebie Friday is a second set of printable bows for all paper crafting needs. #printable #freebie

bows 2

This week’s freebie is the second of two posts, a selection of pretty bows. Such useful images for scrapbooking, glue books, junk journals, mixed media, card making, and more.

One-page PDF printable [Bows 2]

Freebie Friday – Vintage Labels

This Friday grab the freebie – vintage labels. #printable #free #vintage

labels

Today for Freebie Friday I am offering a printable PDF file of Vintage Labels. Enjoy using them for mixed media, junk journals, glue books, ephemera, crafting, decoupage, and more.

You can download the free file at the store here: [Vintage Labels]

I’d love to know how you plan to use them, just leave me a comment!

Digital Ephemera Advent

Gift yourself or a friend this digital ephemera advent. Multiple designers included. Available Dec 1 – 24.

Paper Crafters will love this Digital Advent. Each day open a new window to access a free printable to download. These files are for sale elsewhere but you have access to all of them for $14.95. The advent goes live Dec 1 – 24 and will be available for a limited time.

Includes 24 different printable files

$14.95 to purchase: [advent]

Participating Designers:

DIY Printable Booklet

A one page printable to make a mini booklet. Just add your own embellishments.

mini booklets

These mini booklets are all made from the same printable with additional ephemera. You can print, fold, and glue your own mini booklet and then decorate. They are great additions to your junk journal, scrapbook, card-making, paper crafting, or gift-giving. Personalize them for your own use.

printable

The images used are a beautiful collection of blues and coordinate well. The images can also be printed and cut out to use without making the booklet making this printable very flexible.

materials
materials

First print out the booklet. There are two included on one 8.5″ x 11″ page. Follow the folding instruction sheet included. Then add your details.

The one-page printable is available in the store [mini booklet]

Video Tutorial:

How to Foil Your Stamping

Learn how to foil your stamped images with this special technique.

You can make your own foiled embellishments with this fun and relaxing technique. Using DecoFoil and a rubber stamp you create your image, and then use watercolors to finish coloring the images. The foil acts as a resist for the watercolor leaving its glimmer behind.

Many of the items I use in posts are provided by the manufacturers to promote their products.
A special thanks to those brands who sponsor this site
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foiling materials

Materials:

Affiliate links to many of the items used in this process are linked at the bottom of this post for your ease in acquiring them. Thank you for considering using them.

  • rubber stamp
  • stamp block
  • cardstock
  • DecoFoil
  • DecoFoil transfer adhesive pen
  • Derwent Inktense pencils
  • Yatsutomo Metallic watercolor paints
  • paintbrush
  • mini Maker – optional

Since we are using an adhesive product on your stamp, you might want to use an older or less expensive stamp. It is very important to thoroughly clean off your stamp with soap and water after using this technique.

Video Tutorial:

finished pieces being used
finished pieces being used

It is really difficult to capture the beauty of these pieces on camera due to the reflective nature of the foil. The watercolor and foil together make for a very unique combination. I think this is one of my favorite techniques to create. Probably more for the enjoyment of the process but the outcome is pretty nice too!

Suggested Materials:

Links are Affiliates
AZ – Amazon, SSS – Simon Says Stamps, SB – Scrapbook, O – Other
Deco Foil
Deco Foil
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AZ | SSS
Deco Foil Adhesive Pen
Deco Foil Adhesive Pen
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AZ | SSS | SB
Derwent Inktense
Derwent Inktense
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AZ
Mini Maker
Mini Maker
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O
Yasutomo Metallic Watercolors
Yasutomo Metallic Watercolors
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AZ