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I’m always looking for versatility in any craft tool or product I buy so when I saw the new journal card embossing folder from Couture Creations Harmony collection I couldn’t resist whipping out another kind of card – ching ching. I haven’t explored all the potential yet but I can see this embossing folder has lots of applications. You are getting two options at least for your money as one end of the folder has journaling lines for writing between and the other end has names of the months and dates in calendar squares. One day I’m going to figure out how to diffuse it so I can isolate the name of the month and the number so I can create title cards for spreads that are to do with a special date but for now I thought I’d use it at it’s most basic first purpose and emboss some ready-bought journal cards.
The cards pictured are blank colored cards from the We R Memory Keepers ‘Captured’ theme where my color palette is mustard yellow, baby pink , mint green and grey. For the purposes of the main photo I used some yellow cards I had lying around in the background which are from a different range ( I think Becky Higgins Project Life) but my other journal cards are more of a mustard yellow. In order to make the relevant date stand out from the embossing I used sand paper. I think Couture Creations has a proper sanding block tool but I haven’t purchased that yet so I grabbed some from Hubby’s stash, his garage stash…tee hee. Then I used a Couture Creations finger sponge dauber to apply some Tim Holtz distress ink in Mustard Seed.
Now I did this because the mustard colour is part of the colour palette of my journal card theme but with the benefit of hind-site and with a little bit of fore-fear if you’ll allow me to make up a word, it does indeed look like baby kak. I’m labouring this point so you’ll understand my motivation and the fact that this was a prototype and I might go back and redo the journal card with a different color for my actual pocket page when I do it. I had also tried using perfect pearlz powder to highlight the date and I wasn’t totally sold on that method either so that’s why I tried the distress ink. I think it’s important to blog about things that don’t work as well as our successes so that others can save themselves some journaling cards and tears. What I’m finding with the cards is that because they are so matt, any ink used on them has a tendency to really sink in – not look as shiny as it would on a coated paper stock. It’s not always a problem but something to be aware of depending on your desired outcome.
Ok so here’s the tutorial part:
Emboss your journal card/s using Couture Creations Harmony collection – Journal Card folder.
Use a sanding block or fine sandpaper to lightly rub off the colored top layer of paper on the month and date you want to highlight.
Using a finger sponge dauber carefully apply some kind of product in a contrasting colour over just the date you want highlighted. It might be perfect pearlz, distress ink or distress paint. Experiment with media and colour to make it pop!
Miss Crafter says “Have fun! You deserve it!”. She also adds that you may in fact deserve a chocolate biscuit too. Just sayin’.