Textural Accents

Eco Mixed Media Tag

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Hi everyone, Mou Saha here with an eco mixed media tag made from upcycled chipboard and cardboard! In this tutorial, you'll see how easy it is to transform discarded things with just a few mediums and supplies. So, let me list the supplies I used and break my process down into steps.

SUPPLIES:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents - Gel Medium, Gesso, Whipped Spackle

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Paper Stencils - Mandala, 201 Collection

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® - IRIDESCENTS (Nebula, Satellite); STEAMPUNK (Iced Chai, Iced Coffee)

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Tools - Palette knife, Silicone Spatula

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Collapsible Water Cup

Other - Chipboard, cardboard, thread, hole punch, cardstock, scissors, background stamp


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Cut open a cereal box with scissors. Cut it into an 8" long x 4" wide rectangle. Snip the top corners at about 45 degree angles. Punch a hole near the top center to make the tag.

Lay the Mandala stencil on the tag as shown and apply a coat of Whipped Spackle with palette knife. Let dry.


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Cut a piece of a cardboard box. Peel off the top layer to expose the corrugated surface. Tear a small piece. Attach it to the tag with Gel Medium using the silicone spatula.


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Apply a coat of gesso over the dry layers.


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Color the tag with Gelatos colors. Blend them with water using paint brush from the Iridescents set.


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Did you know that you can stamp with Gelatos colors? 'Ink up' a background stamp with Gelatos color Iced Coffee. Spritz a little water on the stamp. Stamp randomly around the tag.


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Drip some Gelatos color down the tag to add another layer of interest.


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Trace the above stencil from the 201 collection on cardstock with PITT pen. Color it with Gelatos colors and cut around it to create a focal point piece.


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Cut some thread with scissors and mush it up in your hands. attach it to the tag with gel medium. Attach the focal point piece overlapping the thread.

Cut a small strip of cardstock and snip one end to look like a banner. Write 'Be Cool' on it with PITT pen. Attach to the tag to finish.

Hope this tutorial inspires you to take a second look at discarded objects and to give them a new life!
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Mixed Media Art Journaling

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Hi everyone, Mou Saha here with a mixed media art journal page! Art journaling is such a free-ing and relaxing practice. I just add layers of colors and mediums and stop when I feel the page is done. If you have never tried art journaling, may be you should try. There are no rules really and no right or wrong way of doing it.

Here are the supplies I used for this page -

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Ice Layers Bubbles

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® colors - Buttercream, Fig, Iced Chai, Iced Coffee, Metallic Melon, Nebula

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Paper Stencils - 202 Mandala

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Transfers - Flowers, Words

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Tool Set

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Silicone spatula, paint brush

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Collapsible Water cup

Other: watercolor paper (140 lb cold press 6"x9"), found papers and trims, scissors, heat tool (optional)

Now, let me walk you through the steps.


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Cut a piece of Ice Layers - Bubbles with scissors and attach to the page. The Ice Layers are self-adhesive clear texture layers that can be used as a whole or cut up as I did. If you are planning to cut it apart, be sure to keep the protective layers on so the pieces don't stick to your cutting tools. You can even use it as stencil.


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Attach pieces of found papers and trims to the page using gel medium and silicone spatula or a brush. Seal the pieces in place with a top coat of gel medium. Let dry.


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Place a Mandala Mixed Media Paper stencil and apply Whipped Spackle with a palette knife. Let the Spackle dry completely.

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Apply a coat of gesso to unify the pieces and to prepare the page for adding colors.


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Rub Gelatos colors as shown.


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Blend the colors with a paint brush dipped in water.


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Rub some Gelatos colors on a palette or craft mat and dilute the pigment with water. Splatter some on the page and let some colors drip down.


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Once the colors are thoroughly dry, cut out pieces from the Mixed Media Transfers Flowers and apply to the page with the craft stick included in the kit.


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Create a focal point with one of the phrases from the Words Mixed Media Transfers to finish.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will give art journaling a try!

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Bible Journaling

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a Bible Journaling tutorial using the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Bible Journaling Kit. 

SUPPLIES:

 

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Bible Journaling Kit

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents & Tools - Gel Medium, GlazeGesso, Whipped Spackle, Gelatos Tool Kit

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Collapsible Water Cup

Silicone Spatula (from Honey Medium Starter kit - you can use a brush instead)

Scissors

Watercolor paper (I used 140 lb cold press by Canson, cut to 9x9 inches)


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The Bible I have does not have a wide margin, so I make color copies of the verses, trim around with scissors and attach to a wider piece of watercolor paper with Gel Medium. You may not need to do this step if your Bible is designed for journaling.

Apply Gesso around the verse and even layer on parts of the verse that you don't plan to focus on. Let dry.


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Add some color to the page using the highlighter Gelatos from the kit. Blend with water.


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Lay the stencil Trust His Path on the page and apply Whipped Spackle with a palette knife.


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Doodle a frame around your chosen verse with a PITT pen.


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Cut out a phrase from the kit with scissors to attach to the page. Add a diecut or sticker to decorate.


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Rub some more Gelatos colors on and blend it with a coat of glaze over the whole page. Let dry completely.


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Doodle some feathers around the verse with PITT pen.


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Handletter the verse near the framed verse and doodle a frame around it with the Metallic Gold PITT pen. Make marks and add more touches of gold all around the page to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will find the Bible Journaling Kit very useful in your own art practice!

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Canvas Decor with Wedding Stencil

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a canvas decor tutorial using the brand new Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Paper Stencils - Wedding! Whether you are trying to plan a stylish wedding on a budget or want to create home decor for your new life together, these stencils can help you succeed.

Before I show you how I created this canvas, let me list the supplies for you.

SUPPLIES

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Paper Stencils - Wedding

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® colors - Aqua Dolce, Peppercorn and Persimmon (from the Translucents set)

Faber-Castell Design Memory CraftTextural Accents & Tools - Gesso, Whipped Spackle, Palette Knife (from Gelatos Tool Kit), Silicone Spatula (from Honey Medium Starter Kit)

8x10 canvas

Now, let's walk through the steps.


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Rub Gelatos color Aqua Dolce generously on the canvas. You could choose different color to suit your color scheme.


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Blend the color with Gesso to completely coat the canvas. Let dry.


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Lay the It Takes Two stencil at about the center of the canvas and apply Whipped Spackle through the stencil. Let dry.


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Lay a half wreath stencil design below the main image and apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife. When dry, place the other half wreath stencil above the birds and apply Whipped Spackle. Let dry.


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Rub a little of the Translucent Gelatos colors Persimmon and Peppercorn along the edges of the canvas and blend with your fingers or use the blending foam from the Translucents Gelatos set to finish.

See, wasn't that easy?

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and are going to make some pretty art with these Wedding stencils!
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Introducing Mixed Media Transfers

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a video to introduce you to the brand new Mixed Media Transfers from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft! In this video, I talk about the key differences between these Mixed Media Transfers and scrapbooking rub-ons that some of you might be familiar with and I also walk you through the techniques of application and coloring theses transfers. I used Mixed Media Transfers from the Tropical and Words set to create pretty postcards and notecards in this example and you can also make lovely additions to your art projects with the Feathers and Flowers sets.

Click the play button below or follow this link to watch the video.


I hope you enjoyed the video. Try these out and I know that you’ll have fun!


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Home Decor with Mixed Media Paper Stencils - 305 (Wedding)

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a mixed media decor tutorial using the new Mixed Media Paper Stencils - 305 (Wedding)!

Collect the following supplies and follow along -

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Paper Stencils - 305 (Wedding)

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Texture Luxe™ Gold

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Texture Luxe™ Silver

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos - Translucents (0r Gelatos colors of your choice)

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Palette Knife

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Silicone spatula (optional)

8" x 8" stretched canvas

Plastic wrap


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Apply a coat of gesso to the canvas. Let dry.


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Add a base coat of colors using the Gelatos colors - Translucents - Lychee, Creme De Menthe, Thistle and Persimmon and blend them with a sponge. You can replace these colors with Gelatos colors of your choice or those that match your event/occasion color scheme.


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Apply a thin top coat of Texture Luxe™ Silver with palette knife.


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Immediately cover the wet canvas with a piece of plastic wrap. Smoosh the plastic over the wet Texture Luxe™ Silver around gently with your fingers to create texture. Leave the wrap on till the Texture Luxe™ Silver dries. Do not try to speed up the drying process with a heat tool as the heat might melt the plastic onto the canvas.


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Carefully peel away the plastic wrap to reveal the textured surface.


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Lay the Always & Forever stencil at about the center of the canvas and apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife. Avoid applying Whipped Spackle on the 'o' or wedding ring part of the Forever. Let the medium dry thoroughly.


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Apply Texture Luxe™ Gold on the wedding rings part of the Always & Forever stencil with palette knife. Let dry completely.


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Apply Glass Bead Glitter Gel to create the gem part of the wedding rings using the Always & Forever stencil and palette knife. Let dry.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and would play with the Mixed Media Paper Stencils - 305 (Wedding) and various mediums to create fun projects for your home or to give as gift!

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Holiday Ornament Trio with Holiday PITT Artist Pens

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial for you to dress up a set of paper mache Holiday ornaments using the Holiday Lettering Mix Nib Set PITT Artist Pens!


Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Holiday Lettering Mix Nib Set PITT Artist Pens

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Colors - Iridescents - Comet, Mars, Odyssey

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents - Gesso, Texture Gems™ 3ct Metallics - Gold, 102 Stencil Collection, 201 Stencil Collection

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Tool set

Other: Paper mache ornaments


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Apply a coat of Gesso to your ornaments to prime the bases.

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Color the ornaments using Gelatos Colors - Iridescents - Comet, Mars and Odyssey. Blend with gesso. Let dry.


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Choose your favorite stencil from the 102 Stencil collection. Layer it on the ornament colored with Gelatos Colors - Iridescents - Comet. Use Permanent Green Olive 167 B Nib to trace the design through the stencil.

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Darken the edges of the ornament using the Black 199 B nib PITT pen.


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Trace the stencil design on the red ornament, colored with Gelatos color Mars, with Pale Geranium Lake 121 B nib PITT pen and on the ornament colored gold with Gelatos color Odyssey with Gold 250 Bullet Nib pen. Distress the edges of both ornaments with the Black 199 B nib PITT pen.


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Use the stipple brush from the Gelatos Tool set to fill in banner designs using stencil from the 201 Stencil collection on the ornaments. This will create label-like spots on the ornaments where you can hand-letter Holiday words. 


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In your best lettering style, hand write your favorite Holiday words on the ornaments.


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Place small dots with the Texture Gems Gold on the left side of each ornament to finish.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and have fun creating with the Holiday Lettering Mix Nib Set PITT Artist Pens!

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Gelatos Zhoosh and a Star Garland

Star garlands and winter go together like snow and cocoa! 

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Today's project starts with a spin on a technique my students dubbed the Sumi Smoosh. Let's call it Gelatos Zhoosh (Jooosh: make it lively). Check out the video at the end of this post to see more in depth tips. 

Here's what you need for this simple and addictive technique and today's project. Make plenty of Zhooshed paper to have on hand for any paper craft you have up your sleeve. I like the 90# mixed media paper for this. It's easy to fold, trim and die cut.

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For the Gelatos Zhoosh

Gelatos (any kind)
A plastic report cover, sleeve or packaging
Water mister
90# Mixed Media type paper, I cut it into 6" squares so it would fit into my die cut machine. 

NOTE: Watercolor paper isn't recommended for this technique.

For the Garland 

Star dies or punches. Hand cut stars are beautiful in my opinion, especially when cut by kids.
Decorative trim
String or twine for garland
Hole punch

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Start by defining the area on your plastic where you'll be Zhooshing. I used a black pen to create the area. Now just scribble on the plastic Gelatos.

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Open the cover and scribble in the traced square with Gelatos. Spritz gentle with water, place the paper inside and close the cover again, Zhooshing the activated Gelatos over the paper. Open and Voila! 

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For a variation, try stenciling with Glaze medium onto your paper and let it dry before Zhooshing. You could use Gesso, Texture Luxe or Texture Gems for extra shine. Glass Bead Glitter Gel would work here too. 

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After the paper has dried, cut stars (by hand, punches or die cuts). 

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Go wild by stamping with Pitt Pens, adding Glass Beat Glitter Gel and doodling with Pitt Pens (the Metallics are very nice). More is more with Star Garlands. 

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I made Glittery Tinsel Tassels because ... well why not? LOL. Here's my Garland cheering up the dreary view from my studio window. 

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I use to lay out the supplies for projects like this for my kids to come and go with. 

Make the paper in one session.
Make the stars and decorate at will.
Snowy weekend fun.

Enjoy the video. I added some color theory tips for you too.

 




Fall Pumpkin with Gelatos

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a mixed media pumpkin tutorial using Gelatos®! Get out your Gelatos® and follow along to see how I made the pumpkin above.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos colors: Mango, Banana, Lemon,  Margarita Mix, Green Tea, Cherry, Black Licorice, Chocolate, Cinnamon

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush 3 Ct Red

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents: Whipped Spackle, Gesso, 102 Stencil Collection, Gelatos Tool Kit

Other: Watercolor paper, pencil

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Lightly sketch a pumpkin on watercolor paper with pencil. Color in with  Gelatos colors Lemon, Banana, Mango, Cinnamon and Chocolate as shown.

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Blend the colors with Gesso.

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Color around the pumpkin with Gelatos colors Margarita Mix and Green Tea.

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Lay a stencil from 102 Stencil Collection over the pumpkin and apply Whipped Spackle with Palette knife. Shift the stencil a bit and repeat in a different area of the pumpkin.

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Apply more Gelatos colors to the background and the pumpkin through stencils.

Also make marks on the pumpkin with Stamper's big Brush pens.

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Make more marks in and around the pumpkin. Drip some Black Licorice Gelatos color down the pumpkin.

Write pumpkin in brush lettering style with Stamper's Big Brush pens to finish.

Hope you enjoy this tutorial!

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Art Journaling with Tea Stains

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial to show you how to use Tea Stains on your art journal pages!

Let's start by looking at the supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft -

Tea Stain - Agra

Stencils 10-ct 101 Collection

Whipped Spackle

Essential PITT Artist Pens - BLACK

PITT  Artist Pens Lettering Set - JEWEL BRUSH

Stamper's Big Brush Pen - BLACK

Gelatos Tool Set

Other -

100% Cotton Fabric

Rubber stamp

Dye Bath Containers

Hot water

Watercolor paper, Magazine page, Scrap Paper, Seam binding, Tags

Sewing machine, Thread, Needle

Baby wipe

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Start by preparing the dye baths, one for each color. Place the Tea Stain Dye bag in the container and add hot water to it and let it steep just like tea for about 5 minutes. Be careful to not burn yourself.

Place 100% cotton fabric squares into the dye baths. Leave it in longer for more saturated colors. Carefully remove and let the fabric dry.

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Also dip in some  seam binding and baby wipe into the dye baths. Let them dry.

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Add some pattern to the dyed fabric, torn in strips, with rubber stamp inked with Stamper's Big Brush pen.

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Layer your papers and fabric as shown. Machine stitch to hold everything securely in place.

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With Essential PITT Artist pen, sketch a key on a manila tag.

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Attach the tag to the page. Machine stitch.

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Add some texture to the page with Whipped Spackle applied through the dots stencil from 101 collection with palette knife.

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Make marks on the page with Stamper's Big Brush pen and Jewel Brush Lettering pen. Also add some stitches to the page with needle and thread.

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On a small tag, add a word and attach to the page to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial! 

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