Creating A Journal; Stamping Monthly Pages

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I’m back with another idea with how to use our range of clear stamps – normally we would focus on cardmaking but we’ve been trying something a little different. I just to keep a dairy as a young girl & then as a teen had a small filofax & a few years ago tried to set up a bullet journal (only I didn’t get very far). I don’t know about you but even thought it’s not something you share with anyone – I always get stuck what to write or do in it, so I overthink it & end up not doing anything at all. So after a little research into bullet journals – you can do whatever you like – make it creative & fun.

I’ve decided 2021 is going to be the year I’ll create a fab journal/bullet journal.
My dad bought me this lovely journal for Christmas last year & I’ve wrote in it once – so by creating beautiful pages I’m hoping this will motivate me to journal!

Getting Started; Monthly front pages

I’ve decided to pick a month which will co-ordinate well with my sunflowers

Step 1: I’m not great with calligraphy style writing – I chose a nice font & printed a sheet off so I could trace the wording. Deciding on how I wanted to use the Sunflower stamp – I penciled in guide lines – inked up the stamp & masked off the section I didn’t want stamped.

Step 2: Using promakers I’ve shaded in the Sunflowers

Step 3: To make the colours pop I’ve gone back in with coloured pencils to add shading. Once I was happy with the flowers – I inked in the lines under the stamped sunflowers. Then moved onto the wording ‘September’ I was going to heat emboss the wording but then decided on doing the wording in ombre style – choose three tones of the same colour & colour the wording from dark to light. Finishing the wording off by going round each letter with a fine liner.

Finished page

I’ve finished off the page by heat embossing dots around the page to fill in some of the white space – with a gold metallic embossing powder. I think it gives it move a luxe look.

I like things to co-ordinate – to finish off the back of the monthly page, I’ve backed it with papers from our Sunny Sunflower Digital Paper Pack. Making a little pocket to store items I may need for that month – I’ve even stamped some tags which I could use to place on Birthday gifts or use to write on & stick in the journal. To liven up the writing paper with came in the journal I’ve stamped the sunflowers into the corners of the pages for that month.


Want to create your our Sunflower journal pages? You can purchase our clear stamps HERE


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Christmas Series; How To Colour A Gingerbread Man

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We are going to start a new series of colouring projects – as Christmas is is quickly approaching I’ll be showing you quick step by step instructions on how to colour some of our popular/favorite Christmas Digi Stamps. There may even be a Freebie digi available to download soon.

Which is you favourite Digi Stamp from our Etsy Shop? Let us know by commenting below

What You’ll Need;

* TWINKLE LANE DESIGNS – Gingerbread treats digi stamp
(AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD FROM ETSY) ^
PROMARKERS
Ginngerbread man body; Tan / CINNAMON / Cocoa
Scalf & Icing; Ruby / TURQUOISE / cool grey 1
*COLOURED PENCILS FOR BLENDING & SHADING

Colour Palette?

I always like a bit of pinterest inspiration when it comes to colour’s to use on our digi stamps. For this one I just typed into the search ‘Christmas Colour Palette’ had a browser & this was the one that caught my eye – it possibly has something to do with the marshmellows & the mug

Let’s Start Shading; step by step guide

Step 1: I start off with a flat layer of colour – if your using promakers this would be ‘Tan’.
TIP; to get a nice even flat colour – shade the gingerbread man in one direction with the promarker – then go over him again in the opposite direction
Step 2: With ‘Cinnamon’ promarker your not going to shade in the traditional way – i.e making sure you know which direction the lights coming from – your just going to shade around the edge of the gingerbread man like I have above. Don’t worry if it looks a little messy right now.
Step 3: Now go around the edge with ‘cocoa’ promarker. This will make the edges of the gingerbread man look like they’ve caught a little while baking in the oven.
Step 4: Now to blend in all the shading go back over the gingerbread man with ‘Tan’ – the first colour used.
Step 5: Time to grab the coloured pencils & start shading – I’ve used a mustard colour, red/brown & dark brown – in simple circular motions – start shading over the promarker shading. I’ve gone for a look where the gingerbread man has slightly burnt around the edge & then browning has got lighter toward the middle.
Step 6: To finish off our lovely gingerbread man – I’ve used Ruby & Turquoise for his scarf. To put a little shading into the icing I’ve used Cool Grey 1.

Finished Coloured Digi Stamp

Cards Created using Gingerbread Treats;

1st Card: Twinkle Lane Designs / 2nd Card: Twinkle Lane Designs / 3rd Card: Helen Nile

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How To; Shade Autumn Girls Coat

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We are back today welcoming Autumn in by giving you a step by step tutorial on how to shade the coat on our Autumn Girl Digi Stamp. We first released this digi in 2016 – the thing I love about her is the movement I’ve tried to capture – with the wind blowing her coat and hair. The leaves also swirling in the background.

You could cut around autumn girl or die cut her – this way you get her with or without the leafy background.

What you’ll need:

* TWINKLE LANE DESIGNS – AUTUMN GIRL DIGI STAMP
(AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD FROM ETSY) ^
* PROMARKERS
COAT; HONEYCOMB / GINGER / BURNT ORANGE
HAIR; CARAMEL / BURNT SIENNA / CINNAMON
SCALF & BOOTS; CARDINAL RED / RUBY / BURGUNDY
UMBRELLA; COOL GREY 4 & 5
SKIN; ALMOND / PUTTY / DUSTY PINK
*COLOURED PENCILS FOR BLENDING & SHADING

Choosing a colour palette;

Since we are colouring ‘Autumn Girl’ Digi I thought I’d go for an autumn colour palette. To choose my colours I often hop on over to pinterest & find a nice colour palette on there. Just like this one which inspired the colours I have used;

How To Tutorial; Let’s start shading

Step 1: to start lay a flat colour of the lighter shade to the coat. If using promarkers this will be Honeycomb
Step 2: decide which side the light is coming from so you can create shading – mine is from the right side, so shading will be on the left. I’ve gone around the coat putting in darker area where I think direct light will not hit – with promarker Ginger.
Step 3: with Burnt Orange I then go in with darker shading to add more depth. This is will be in similar places as the Ginger. Once I’m happy with that I’ll go back in with Ginger I pop more some shading in.
Step 4: to blend all the colours in – go back over the whole coat with your first colour (Honeycomb). You can now see there are you darker shading with some really light patches where the light will hit the fabric directly.
Step 5: to finish off the image I then use coloured pencils to add more shading & to make the colour pop a little more. Try & use similar shades of pencils to the alcohol markers as you can.

Finished Coloured Digi Stamp

Why not try it yourself – get your Autumn Girl Digi HERE – tag us on Instagram @twinkle_lanedesigns or use the hashtag #twinklelanedesigns

Cards Created using autumn girl

1st Card: Twinkle Lane Designs / 2nd Card: Pamela P. / 3rd Card: Mowbray Designs

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*Please note this is how I colour and shade & all opinions & instructions are my own. I’m not promoting any brands these are just the brands on alcohol markers and pencils I use.

How To Create A Penguin Tunnel Card

We’ve been making another card with our cute Ice Skating Penguins. We will show you a step by step guide on how to create your own. There’s also a quick youtube colouring tutorial on how to shade our penguin digi.

For this card we have used just the lady penguin. This is a tunnel style card – instead of building the layers up on the card base – you build them on the inside – creating a tunnel.

Watch our how to shade the penguin digi in this youtube video;

Promarkers colours used to shade to penguin in the tutorial above

STEP BY STEP; Guide to assembling the card

Step 1: With your pre-scored 8×8 blank card – measure 1cm either side of the centre score line & then make your own score lines along your marked line.
Step 2: You will now have a valley fold
Step 3: Select the papers/card & nesting dies. We’ve used circle nesting die in 4 gradient sizes.
Step 4: Matt & layer your chosen card stock to the main card – take the second largest circle & place in the center of the card front & die cut out all layers.
Step 5: Cut the different layers of card stock using the nest circles. Make sure each circle is large enough to matt the small layer onto. Remember you building the layers in-wards, instead of out.
Step 6: Use foam pads to stick all inner layers together. I’ve added small ice skates (available from our Free Digi Sheet) around the outer frame along with die cut snowflakes.
Step 7: Shade in your digi stamp – see youtube tutorial for tips.
Step 8: Finish off with adhesive gems. You will have a lovely tunnel style Christmas card.

Here you can see all the build up of layers. I love the colour palette of teals and lilacs.
You can get the mini individual ice skates from the FREEBIES section on the site – see the competition page on how to access.

Twinkle Lane Designs products used to create this card;
Christmas Penguin Paper Pack; CLICK HERE
Ice Skating Penguin Digi Stamps; CLICK HERE