Frilly and Funkie Dare to Resist Challenge: Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal
Hello, Friends! It’s time for another challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie blog. Autumn is our lovely hostess this go round, and she has issued a dare: Dare to Resist! With this challenge in mind, I’ve created a mini Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal for you today. We’ll take a look at it in just a moment, but first, let’s see what Autumn has to say;
Challenge Theme: Dare to Resist
Happy Valentine’s Day dear readers! For the next two weeks, as we break away from our Valentine creations, we’d love to see you incorporate a favorite resist technique in your vintage or shabby chic project. There are so many options, perhaps you will try something new. Whether it be gesso resist, Vaseline resist, alcohol resist, embossing resist, or watercolor resist, we dare you to resist!
Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal with an easy resist technique
I’m really not much of a mixed media girl. Paper is my jam. But this challenge reminded me that I can stamp, and I do like to get inky, and playing with techniques can be fun. Messy fun, but fun all the same. This started as a 4.75″ x 6.25″ gatefold card base .
So, this is the gatefold card that thought it should be a junk journal. We (the card and I) had quite a protracted argument about what it was going to be. But as you can see, the junk journal won the fight. Does that ever happen to you? You set out to make one thing, and you end up making something entirely different?
Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal: I Dared to Resist!
Here are the basic steps of my resist technique. It’s a basic emboss/resist with a Tim Holtz twist. I saw Tim demo this technique at CHA and instantly knew that I wanted to give it a try at home.
- First, find a piece of Alcohol Ink Cardstock. And yes, it must be Alcohol Ink CS, or the twist won’t work!
- Next, place the Alcohol Ink CS on the Stamp Platform, securing it with the magnets.
- Now, position the dragonfly image from TH Classics #1 where you want it to be on the cardstock panel.
- Then close the lid of the Stamp Platform and make sure the placement is correct.
- Now, ink the stamp with Jet Black Archival Ink and stamp away! Repeat until the image looks as dark as you want it to be.
- Now sprinkle the image with Ranger Clear Superfine Embossing Powder. After you’ve removed the excess, heat emboss.
- Next, smoosh some pretty colors of Distress Oxide Ink onto your non-stick craft mat. It must be DOX, or again, the twist won’t work. I used Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Warm Honey, Twisted Citron, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, and Dusty Concord.
- Now, mist the ink with a Distress Sprayer until beads of water form.
- Tap (don’t drag or swish!) the stamped image in the inky puddles, drying between layers.
Now here’s the best part of this technique, and it’s one I learned watching Tim. Get out your Distress Micro Glaze and gently twist a mini ink blending tool over the medium. Then use the blending tool to gently buff up the surface of the inky panel and watch the magic happen. The milky, oxidized appearance of the inks will disappear and all the gorgeous layers of color beneath will pop through. It’s like crafting magic!
The other resist techinque I used was on this quote band. I love to fill in the letters of the quote, but sometimes have a hard time with the process. I started wondering what would happen if I used the Distress Micro Glaze on the word band first. So I just lightly sponged it over the surface. Then I came back with Picked Raspberry Distress Paint and dabbed it over the top. The metal resisted the paint, but…it sunk right into the letters, which was what I was hoping would happen.
Details, details, details
Next I went to work making my flowers. First I die cut Tammy Tutterow’s Pinked Posies, Frayed Posies and Pinwheel Posies from the Wallflower paper collection. Then I used sponge daubers to add DOX to each petal layer. Next, I spritz, shaped and stacked. Finally, I punched holes in the center of each flower and added stamens. To add a little vintage shimmer, I sprayed each flower lightly with Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist.
I also experimented with making my own Prills (those itty bitty bead looking critters) with mustard seeds and alcohol ink. It worked like a charm.
To finish the cover, I added some TH remnant rubs and a hinge clip.
Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal: A Peek Inside
Here’s where I really began to have fun. I gathered up a whole pile of TH ephemera, my paper dolls, remnant rubs, stickers and had a ball. I dug through my stash and found a whole pile of fabulous Wendy Vecchi sentiments that were perfect for the theme of my journal. And, I just added DOX to brighten up everything.
Once I embraced the idea of turning this card into a junk journal, everything just fell into place. I added flap pages and folded pages and flip pages. This is the very best kind of crafty adventure for me. I think these pictures will tell the story all on their own. Enjoy!
The things I like best about this Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal are the worn/distressed pages and the small size. It’s only about 1/4″ thick, so easy to toss into a suitcase and use on a trip. Plus, I had a blast making it. What do you like best about it?
Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal Video Tour
Because I find it easier to understand an interactive project when I can see it being used, I’ve prepared a short YouTube video tour for you. I hope you enjoy!
Now it’ s YOUR turn to Dare to Resist!
You are cordially invited to play along in this “Dare to Resist” challenge. To do so, simply create a vintage or shabby chic project. Then link your project up at the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, February 27th.
The Frilly and Funkie team will choose four favorite projects from your entries. Our favorite artist will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie. The next three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
I can’t wait to see what you make!
Did I share some tips and tricks today that you can use in your own crafty adventures? If so,, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Thanks for stopping by!
Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal Product Links to the Funkie Junkie Boutique
Speechless, breathless and blown away!!!!!! Kathy I simply can’t resist this incredible journal!!! I love each and every single part of this from that delicious inked panel with it’s beautiful bouquet on the front to each of those carefully coordinated pages and flips inside xx
Loved your junk journal and that happens to me all the time. I intend to make one thing but it turns into another. LOVED your work and need to purchase all of the products. Haven’t ever tried the Distress Oxides as of yet and need the Distress Micro glaze as you used it to go with. Thank you for all of your tutorial and video. They are so helpful!
Where can I find your tutorial on making this card/journal. It’s beautiful and I would like to make something like this. Thanks
Hi, Trish! Thanks so much for your interest in this project. I did not do a tutorial this go round. I wish I had time to always do a tutorial, but they are quite time consuming. Hopefully if you read the post, study the photos and watch the video tour you can pick up enough info to experiment. I’ll try to create a similar project and share a tutorial for that one sometime soon.
Thanks. I’m new to creating albums and fold out pages, I did enough searching and think I have a better concept of the assembly. And as you suggested watch your video tour. Will watch for a future tutorial so I can learn from your expertise.
It’s a wonderfully addictive process, Trish! This one is super basic; no fancy hinges or tabs. Just folding and gluing. I know you’ll have fun playing with it. I often create a mock up folio base using printer paper, then when I’m happy with that, I move on to the real thing. It’s a paper saver! LOL Have fun!!!
This is just incredible! I’ve poured over the pages and details and love every single thing Kathy! That dragonfly stamp over your gorgeous warm background and all the fantastic elements that make this just amazing! I dare anyone to resist falling in love with this! XO
Kathy, this is AWESOME!!! Being purple is my favorite color, the shades on the cover had me wanting to see more of this project. And, flowers added a great texture to the cover.
I love mixed media. I am a big fan of TH. I have taken 3 classes from him and have quite a collection of his supplies including yardage from his fabric collections.
Kathy, thank you for sharing your FABULOUS art with us! I just had to have your beautiful creation! Joann
Hi, Joann! Wow, thank you so much for this lovely comment! I hope you have fun with the mini junk journal. I certainly had a wonderful time making it!
I’m speechless, there just aren’t the right words. xoxoxoxo
I’m speechless, it’s so amazing! Every detail is so beautiful that I’m filling my eyes with them.
Thank you so much, Stefi! Oxide Inks are amazing to work with. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. Happy crafting!
WOW Kathy, WOW. I love this, I am quite partial to mixed media and you have knocked it out of the park with this one!!! Love the paper dolls, love the colours you chose, the stamps, well, everything!!!! You are amazing, it seems that no matter what your lovely fingers touch it come out amazing. Thank you for this, I will go and watch your video after I get back from grocery shopping. A gal has to eat, geez, such a waste of precious time I say. lol
Thanks Kathy this is grrreat.
Absolutely amazing Kathy! Not that I’m surprised
Thank you so much, Roisin! I hope you can play along with us in the challenge. I’m such a fan of your beautiful work! Hugs!
I love this junk journal. I hope to try something similar after I purchase some of the items that I do not have. I enjoy using old family photographs from the 1900s in my art. I do not know who most of these people are but I think it is a way to remember them.
You are so talented and I love seeing what you create!
Oh WOW again, Kathy! I so luv everything about this junk journal! Just every little detail is so …motivational! And I haven’t even got to watch the tutorial yet! Never tried anything like this …but I’m sooo going to try! Girl you have so much talent in those little fingers …it’s amazing what all you can do! Just luv all the verses and the emphera and the flips and turns of pages!!! Thanks Kathy for all your inspiration to get up and do! And making pages look so easy and doable! Now I gotta go get my craft on! Lol!
Happy Valentine’s Day to you! Hugs, Suzy Q
Holy Toledo, Kathy! Here is another side of you that I adore! Your beautiful junk journal just goes to prove you are an amazing versatile artist who knows NO creative boundaries! You have totally knocked my socks off with this! I must admit, I just scrolled down to look at all the pretty pictures; I will most certainly be back for the how to and your text that I always SO enjoy reading. And, of course, the video! Sending you a great big Valentine hug!
Wow. Just amazing
what a beautiful project! I love the whole project but to pick one thing out in particular, it would have to be how you made the quotes pop throughout the pages. These can sometimes be lost in projects but not this one. I agree with Astrid, you should do mixed media more often 😉 xo
This is fabulous! I adore the beautiful colors on your resist layers and the pages were fantastic with the ephemera and sentiments! Gorgeous! And yes I wander all the time from where I thought I was going to where the stamps tell me I am going!
WOW….you’ve blown this one out of the water!!! Taking another look at this yum! Inky hugs
Kathy this is absolutely BRILLIANT!!! I always love it when you do mixed media, seriously, you are so good at it, you should do it more often! I love the whole idea of this and you have totally inspired me to have a go at something similar myself! Happy Valentines!!