Make It Happen with this Beautiful Art Journal Design

by Lori Warren

Make It Happen with this Beautiful Art Journal Design

Who wants to “Make things happen” in 2019?  I sure do and that is what inspired me to make this 4” x 6” Art Journal page featuring a variety of Imagine products. The tutorial includes how to use your Craft Mat to create a watercolor background effect with irRESISTible sprays as well as how to create a watercolor palette for detail coloring with Memento inks.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour


Step 1

Apply VersaFine Clair (Medieval Blue & Teal Zeal) to a 4” x 6” Art Journal panel with Jumbo Daubers.

Step 2

Spray panel with Ink Potion No. 9 and encourage the ink to blend.

Step 3

Spray Teal Zeal irRESISTible Texture Spray directly onto your Craft Mat.

Step 4

Lay the panel, facedown, into the wet ink and lift. Set aside and allow to dry.

Step 5

Spray Teal Zeal irRESISTible ink directly onto the panel in a few key areas. Allow to dry.

Step 6

With VersaFine Clair in Nocturne, randomly stamp script across the panel.

Step 7

Spray Art Journal Panel with Sheer SHIMMER Craft Spray in Sparkle. Allow to dry.

Step 8

Stamp the four-butterfly image (from the Tim Holtz Alterations French Flight stamp/die set) on to the panel with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne. Stamp the image just off center and then to the left of the panel.

Step 9

From the same Butterfly stamp set, stamp the large butterfly image into a piece of white cardstock with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne.

Step 10

Apply three colors of Memento (Morocco, Teal Zeal, Elderberry) directly onto your Craft Mat and then add water; use like you would watercolors to paint the butterfly image. Allow to dry.

Step 11

Spray the butterfly image with Sheer SHIMMER Spray in Sparkle.  Allow to dry.

Step 12

With the coordinating die from the stamp set, die cut the butterfly image.

Step 13

Adhere black thread, in a circle pattern, underneath the butterfly and then mount to panel with double-sided foam tape (directly over the previously stamped image).

Step 14

With a paintbrush, apply GooseBumps Clear Texture Spray to butterfly. Allow to dry.

Step 15

Edge panel with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne and then embellish with adhesive pearls.

Step 16

Add sticker sentiment “Make It Happen” below the colored butterfly.

Step 17

Add the pages, back panel and metal rings to transform this project into an art journal.


  • Mark Richards Pearls – Dark Grey
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Stamps – French Flight
  • Sizzix Thinlits – French Flight
  • Sizzix Sidekick – Brown & Black
  • Lori’s Cards & Creations – Inspire Background stamp
  • 3M Foam Mounting Tape

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