Art Journaling Tutorial ~ Soar

Hello, and thanks for the visit!  This is an art journal page I built up with layers of paint and ink (mostly paint).

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I started out with a tag I had left over from my last art journaling tutorial and added some ink through a stencil:

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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:

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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. wanda arce says:

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

    • Marjie Kemper says:

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

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

  4. Gigi Black says:

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

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

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

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

  8. 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 says:

      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 says:

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

  9. 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. Gorgeous! LOVING those balloons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. You are always soaring! xox

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