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Create Beautiful Journal Cards Tutorial


Beautiful Journal Cards Tutorial

In this blog post I am sharing a step-by-step tutorial for creating some beautiful journal cards. I love using these in my journal as tip-in cards, with writing and photos added on the reverse side. They would also be lovely to send to friends in some happy mail.


I will share each step down below and you can click on the images to enlarge them.



Step 1: Gather some of your favourite mixed media supplies, so that you have them easily to hand. I find it useful to decide on a colour palette at this stage and I will be using blues and pinks, with a little black and white for contrast. You will need some good quality thick paper to create the cards. I am using Clairefontaine Mixed Media paper.


Step 2: Add some dots of acrylic paint in various colours onto your piece of paper. I'm using Amsterdam Standard series acrylic paint in Persian Rose, King's Blue and Quinacridone Rose.


Step 3: Spread this paint around until you have covered the paper. I used a brayer, but you could use a paintbrush instead. Try to keep some separation between the colours, rather than blending them all together.



Step 4: Once the paint layer is dry, start adding some interesting marks to your paper. I have added dots using Daler Rowney FW acrylic ink and Ecoline liquid watercolour. You could use regular watercolour instead if you prefer, but it might not be as pigmented.


Step 5: Tilt your page in different directions to encourage the liquids to run and move about.


Step 6: Use some kitchen towel to pick up some of the ink and watercolour and then dab it gently to transfer to other areas of your paper.



Step 7: Once this layer is dry, start adding some stencilling in random places across your paper. I applied Black Oxide acrylic paint through a Tim Holtz Alphabet stencil using a makeup sponge.


Step 8: Now add some extra marks to your journal cards. I am using Caran D'Ache Neocolor II crayons dipped in water to create blue crosses and pink circles.


Step 9: Finish off this stage with some white splashes. I'm using Amsterdam Titanium White acrylic ink, but you could use watered down gouache or acrylic paint instead.



Step 10: Now is the time to cut your paper up into eight equal-sized journal cards. I absolutely love seeing what appears on each of them.


Step 11: For extra decoration, I have added lots of doodles using a white Uni-ball Signo gel pen. I love how well this pen shows up on top of a busy acrylic paint background.


Step 12: I finished off by adding some extra details using a black Tombow Fudeonsuke brush pen and I printed off some sentiments using my Brother P-Touch printer. You could handletter some quotes or use stickers if you prefer.



*Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. This means that I earn a small commission if you choose to make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.


I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial for creating some beautiful journal cards. If you decide to have a go, then I would love to see your photos shared in the comments down below. I usually put some lined or patterned paper on the reverse side, to cover up all the paint splodges. Please do let me know how you get on, Helen x

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celticpeasant
17 Şub

Love this so much too. I can't this weekend since we have company in town but for sure I'll give it a go.


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Helen Colebrook
Helen Colebrook
18 Şub
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I can't wait to see how you get on Zoie 😊

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lotvansteeg
16 Şub

Love this. Great tutorial!

Thx so much!

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Helen Colebrook
Helen Colebrook
17 Şub
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I'm so pleased you enjoyed it, thank you very much.

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christina.m.haaf
16 Şub

I love these. I wonder if you'd consider creating some inspirational journal cards like this for sale. I would buy them.

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Helen Colebrook
Helen Colebrook
17 Şub
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Thank you so much Christina. I have just released some journal prompt cards in my shop, but I would definitely consider selling something like this too :)

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celticpeasant
16 Şub

Hi Helen, thank you so much for this. I started with your video tutorial but I got really sick yesterday and sicker today so, not sure when I will be able to finish. But this was awesome and I can't wait.

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celticpeasant
18 Şub
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I know right - lol. Thanks for the wishes Helen ;)

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