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What's Black and White and Rose Gold All Over?

In this case, the answer is a really BIG mandala... drawn on black paper. Because let's face it, there is always something a little bit magical about light ink on dark paper, we cannot help but marvel a tiny bit, right? And if there is a Deco Premium Rose Gold pen as part of the equation, so much the better! They come in chisel and bullet tips; this is the latter and it lays down a beautiful seamless line of color that is entirely opaque. I could have drawn the entire mandala in Rose Gold, but it's always more fun...

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Tiny Sealing Wax Collages

Wax seals add instant elegance and nostalgia to any project, and there's seemingly no limit to the combination of papers and embellishments that coordinate well. In this case, we've got Vintage Typewriter Stickers, Classic Icon Fleur-de-Lis Wax Seals, leafy diecuts, Glitter Tape and scraps of sheet music. Pepin's Classical European Tiles book contains thirty-two sheets of long tape strips, rectangular labels and square seals, but it's the medium-sized circles I've used on these tags. Penny Black's Juniper Die Set is cut from Tonic's Silver Service 6x6 Card Pack. Vintage Typewriter Stickers add a little bit of whimsy to any project...

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Painted Peony Power

Pink Fresh's Painted Peony Mix Stamp Set from The Ink Pad is exactly the breath of spring we need on a cold, grey, January day!    I stamped the entire Painted Peony panel twice, on watercolor paper, in VersaMark ink, using Wow Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder. I used my Big Box of Karin Brushmarkers to watercolor the largest flower cluster, by scribbling a bit of each color I wanted to use onto a plastic palette, then picking up the color with a waterbrush. I trimmed the second embossed panel down to a 5" square and then washed over it using...

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Ready for the New Year

One of my favorite last-week-of-December tasks of the last few years has been finishing the current Traveler's Notebook and setting up for the New Year. For the last two years I've used a Monthly Diary to record all of my creative assignments and a Weekly Vertical (with facing Memo pages) for basic memorykeeping and a little art journaling. On the principle of, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" I've stuck with that same format again. Here's a fond farewell to 2021:    December 2021 is all filled in, with lettering in Karin Brushmarkers and some fun Michelle Ward x TIP...

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It's Christmastime in the City

There's something magical about snowglobes, and luckily it's very easy to make any winter or holiday scene into a snowglobe card. In this example, I've used Michelle Ward's beautifulNYC Skyline Stamp against a background of blended Distress Oxide Inks, for a wintery nighttime scene. You can make literally ANY scene into a snowglobe just by creating your design inside a circle shape, then adding a rectangle of cardstock below it to serve as a stand. My circle has a dramatic sky consisting of  (from the top down) well-blended Wilted Violet, Villainous Potion and Prize Ribbon Distress Oxide Inks, which I...

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