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Journaling with Mansi & the Crafty Meraki Watercolor kit

Journaling with Mansi & the Crafty Meraki Watercolor kit

Hi everyone, It's Mansi on the blog, again, today with a very simple design using Crafty Meraki's Special Edition Watercolor Kit.

I've got my fair share of watercoloring done with this kit and am sharing projects and tutorials over on the private Facebook page for those who've purchased this kit.

So, I thought, today I'd show you a very simple and easy design that can easily make for a unique card that stands out from the rest. Just bear in mind that I decided to make a journal with 14 different designs inspired from the stamp set and stencil included in the kit...but each one of my journal pages could easily be a card design.

All I did was some non-precise embossing to get a sketchbook look. The flowers seem hand-drawn but they are stamped. To achieve this look, you'd need to use watercolor paper (or any textured paper with some tooth in it) and Versamark ink.

Thoughts close up

When you press down to make an impression, don't rub or press hard on your acrylic block or stamping tool. This will allow the Versamark ink to stamp in some parts of the textured paper and not others -- normally when we make cards, we stamp multiple times to get a clear, crisp impression on smooth or ultra-smooth cardstock...not when you're trying to achieve this hand-drawn look.

Once I had all my stamping done, I proceeded to add white embossing powder as usual. I then used a white gel roll pen to add some lines in the petals for more interest.

The kit includes sentiment strips that are perfect for card making, but I wanted a center-piece sentiment, so I printed a PDF of the sentiments in an enlarged format and cut out the one I wanted. I just hand-wrote the other words that "Thoughts" triggered in my mind and added some butterfly sequins to finish it off.



This is a very simple design but I think it's also very unique because of the unconventional way I stamped the images. Hopefully it'll inspire you to create something that also has a sketchbook look to it.

Until next time,


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