Hello, and thanks for the visit!  This Soar art journal page came together as I built up layers of paint and ink (mostly paint).

Soar art journal page with paint and ink - Marjie Kemper

Dry Embossing

Then I ran the stenciled tag through my Vagabond die-cutting machine with a hot air balloon embossing folder:

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Next I inked up the raised areas from the embossing folder:

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After I adhered the tag to the page, I waited a bit to decide what else I wanted to add.

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I used a DecoArt stencil to add the title word:

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I also added some stamping and additional stenciling with black ink:

Marjie Kemper art journal tutorial 12032015

Online  Mixed  Media Class

Want to see more of my work in art journals?  Check out my online class with Craftsy.  It comes with lifetime access and a money-back guarantee!   It’s called Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media Effects.  Here’s a 2-minute preview video:

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  1. wanda arce on December 25, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    lovely! how did you manage to ink only the embossed portion of the image? I would have made an inky mess!

    • Marjie Kemper on December 27, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      Thanks, Wanda. I gently ran the ink pad directly over the raised areas. It takes a little practice and a light hand. Give it a shot!

  2. Corrine on December 8, 2015 at 8:06 am

    YOu are so good with a dauber, love these greens and blues. xox

  3. Terry on December 5, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Fabulous page, Marjie! Love the colors and added tag to the page! Happy Weekend!

  4. Gigi Black on December 5, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Beautiful! I gave my very good friend your class at Craftsy as a Christmas gift. She is going to love it.

  5. Kathy Bradley on December 3, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Love, love! I signed up for your class over at Craftsy – will work on it this week-end.

  6. Lynne on December 3, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I like the way you incorporated the tag onto this page. Great colours.

  7. Anne R on December 3, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Love the balloon and the tag looks wonderful on your journal page – gorgeous colours too! Anne xx

  8. Sharon on December 3, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    I love the balloon tag and how it blended. Before reading your tutorial I wondered how you made a transparent tag! ha ha. Who made the hot air balloon embossing folder? Great work!

    • Marjie Kemper on December 4, 2015 at 9:01 am

      Hi, Sharon – I’m traveling right now but I will get back to you on that as soon as I’m home and can check the manufacturer name.

    • Marjie Kemper on December 6, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      Hi, Sharon – the folder is by Couture Creations and it’s called Ascension.

  9. Joi@RR on December 3, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Such a great idea using the embossing folder balloon on the tag – it does look like it’s soaring over land and sea!! And who’s to say what direction??? No one – it’s FREE and EASY and FUN. Super creation Marjie!!! XO j.

  10. Julie Tucker-Wolek on December 3, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Gorgeous! LOVING those balloons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Corrine on December 3, 2015 at 8:29 am

    You are always soaring! xox

  12. Astrid on December 3, 2015 at 4:13 am

    Stunning! Love the blue and yellow/green colour palette! So clever also what you did with the tag, love how the embossing came out!