Art Journal Page- Have An Open Heart

Edited on 4/4/2019
I am happy that this page was chosen as Top Pick by Love To Craft Challenge #31.

Hi Stamping Friends,

It’s time to play along with Happy Little Stampers (HLS) Mixed Media Challenge again. The February Challenge Theme is VINTAGE.

For more details and other DTs’ inspirations, please check out the Challenge Blog. Anything mixed media could be linked up to our challenge as long as it follows our theme.

Starting from 2019, I decided to challenge myself to create art journal pages as my DT artworks for HLS MM Challenge. This is my second try. For me, VINTAGE is something with lots of dark colors like black and brown, some classic patterns like flourish, latticework and mosaic, some shining looks like gold metal, and some symbols like Fleur-de-lis and key. This is what and how I came up with.

Art Journal Details

1. Stamp text backgrounds (Tim Holtz) in black and apply several Distress Inks on page.

2. Apply Distress Oxide Ink Black Soot over Stencil on border of page.

3. Apply Distress Oxide Ripe Persimmon over Mosaic stencil (sorry I forgot to include these on photo), Gathered Twig over Silhouette Woman mask, Candied Apple over Sunburst stencil on page.

4. Apply Pearlescent Embossing Paste over Flourish stencil on two opposite corners on page and let dry.

5. Die cut hearts on red cardstock and cover with clear Wink of Stella. Adhere several Small Talk (
Tim Holtz) stickers on page.

6. Stamp key and Fleur-de-lis (by Tim Holtz) with VersaMark and heat emboss in Gold. Voila!
The following are some closeups.

I hope my page is eye-pleasing and inspirational to you. Please drop me a note if you like it. Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great day.

Challenges to Enter


  1. A wonderful journal spread. Fabulous use colour and brilliant layering techniques to create the gorgeous background.
    Thank you for joining in with our February challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

  2. Helen I like how your journal pages turned out. The colors you used and layout are really pretty. I especially love the sentiment that you used. Thanks for sharing with STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge.

  3. WOW fabulous journal pages and love the step by step too.Thank you for joining us at A Inky Mess
    Carol DT x

  4. Very cool Helen. I just created my first art journal page. Love the process and freedom of it!

  5. Awesome journal spread for sure! Thanks for joining us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media!

  6. Stunning pages with so much detail and layering ~ this is amazing work! Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... x

  7. Your pages are gorgeous Helen and I love the layers of ink etc. Great to have you on board with us this month at A Vintage Journey challenge blog for our Your Hearts Desire challenge

    Best Wishes
    Annie x

  8. https://welove2create.blogspot.com/ Thank you for entering our Challenge, lovely project you made Thank you for sharing and good luck Hugs Corry(DT) xxx

  9. WOW! What a fabulous journal spread. Great colours and great layering. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

  10. What a fab journal page, so much work has gone into this. Love it. Thank you for taking part in the February "Love To Craft Challenge". DT Sam x

  11. very cool AJ spread - loved seeing the steps too! Thanks for playing along with us at STAMPlorations blog this month!

  12. Lovely work. Thank you for joining More Mixed Media challenge. Hope to see you again next time.


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