Bible Journaling & Card Making with One Design

Have you ever done any journaling, in your Bible or scrapbooking and really loved the design so much you didn’t want to just keep it for yourself? That happened when I was journaling with the “Hosanna” stamp set from Joy Clair. I was so happy with the results, I really wanted to transfer the design to a card so I could share it with others! I videoed the process of both to share with you today and hopefully encourage you to transfer some of your favorite designs onto different types of projects! You can watch the entire video tutorial down below!

As I said above, I started with the intentions of just journaling in my Bible with this set. I started by stamping the Hosanna word in Perfect Plumeria Versamagic (a chalk ink). Then, around the word, I stamped the leaf with two different tones of green chalk ink. Finally, I stamped “in the highest” with the darkest shade of green to complete this super simple journaling page!

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Here’s a look at the back side of the page. This was the first time I used chalk inks in my Bible journaling and wanted to record the results of the bleed through. I did not prep my page with any gesso or other medium.

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I LOVED the design of this page and really wanted to transfer it to a card design as well! For the card I stamped the leaf, again with two different tones of green ink, on the top and bottom of a strip of cardstock leaving the center open. You could use the same Hosanna stamp set to stamp down a sentiment, but I thought this design would really well for a sympathy card, plus it fit all of my guidelines for a sympathy card (easy, quick, but still beautiful!). I pulled out my Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set and stamped a Praying for You sentiment in the Perfect Plumeria ink. To finish off the design I added a few drops of Enamel Accents in Potting soil.

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As many of your know, I always try to decorate the inside of my cards. I used the Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set again to stamp a lovely verse and then the leaf again, with the same two green inks, to add that final touch!

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Here’s a look at both the Bible journaling and card designs side by side! I LOVE both of them and am so glad I decided to use the design on more than one project!!

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I hope you all enjoyed today video! I had such a fun time journaling and making this card and couldn’t be happier with the results! This is definitely one that is easy enough for beginners or if you are in need of multiples card it would be so easy to stamp a ton of these! If you are interested in any of the supplies I used on my card or in my journaling today, you can find them all listed and linked down below! Happy Crafting, everyone!!

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Foiling In Bible Journaling

Total disclaimer for this video and post – this entire Bible page that I journaled was one big experiment! There are quite a few mistakes, but I left in the video so you could learn from ALL of mine and not make the same ones. If you want to see how you can add foiling to your journaling pages  you can find the full video tutorial down below!

Aside from foiling in this video I also shared how to use a brush to blend out your OMS and colored pencils. The majority of the time when I use colored pencils and OMS together I use paper blending stumps as my tool for blending. However, you can use a brush to easily blend out the color in your Bible! It keeps a bit of the brush strokes in your coloring for more texture, which is great for the Living Water stamp set I used today.

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Moving onto the foiling let me fill you in on how I added the foiling. I used the same Living Water stamp set and decided to foil my verse. 1st mistake – do not foil anything with a lot of detail with this technique. I did fix this, but if you don’t make the mistake you won’t have to fix it!

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Next, I stamped with Versamark and clear heat embossed. After heat setting the clear embossing powder it was time to add the foil. I decided to use my straightener to add the foil. This worked but you need to watch the heat. The first time I tried to add the foil and it completely melted the EP into the paper. After turning down the heat and using “carrier sheets” I was able to get the foil to stick, but again it was much too detailed of a stamp for this technique. So to fix this mistake I stamped AGAIN on top of the copper foil in Versamark, but this time I heat embossed in copper embossing powder. This made the foil act as a background for the verse and helped finish off the page!

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I really hope you found the video tutorial helpful. It is full of mistakes, but I did want to share with you how I made it work in the long run! I know in cardmaking, if you mess up horribly you can just throw the paper away, but with Bible journaling, once it’s there, it’s there, so you need to be creative about how you fix your mistakes. If you are interested in any of the supplies I used today, you can find them all linked down below! Happy Crafting!!

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Bible Journaling with Colored Pencils & OMS Ft. Joy Clair Stamps & Leisure Arts

Last month I did a complete two page spread/scene in my Bible with one stamp set and colored pencils. I LOVED using the colored pencils in my Bible and especially blending them with OMS. The Bible’s pages lend themselves so well to this medium and I couldn’t wait to use them again. That’s what I have today, another journaling page, this one more simple, using just a stamp set and colored pencils with OMS! Watch the video tutorial down below!

The first step in creating this page was to actually make a mask of the verse and pots in “The Potter” stamp set. This was going to allow me to make a long row of pots with just the three in the set. I did all of my stamping with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink which plays very nicely with colored pencils and OMS.


I decided to stamp two different sections on this one page. I stamped the verse, which I masked and then stamped the jars/pots on either side of the sentiment, using the mask I made beforehand. All of this was stamped along the left side of the page in the margin,  horizontally. Then, I turned the page and started stamping on the right side of it. I stamped the ceramic woman and two of the sayings included in the stamp set above and below the figurine.


I HIGHLY suggest watching the video above for all the details and a few tips and tricks on the coloring. Coloring with colored pencils and OMS is so simple and easy. You simply put down some color from your pencil and then use your blending stumps, which you dip in the OMS, to blend out the color. You can just use one pencil or blend a few together and although the OMS does make the paper a bit translucent at first, it goes back to it’s original opaqueness once the OMS evaporates. Once it dries you will be left with a smooth, pigment rich, beautifully blended image.


I am in love with the way this page turned out and I have to say that the Leisure Arts colored pencils were a dream to work with! I think it’s easy to see in the video just how well they blended, I had NO problems and the color choices were perfect! I didn’t feel overwhelmed at all when choosing my colors, which can sometimes happen when I have too many to choose from.

If you are interested in any of the supplies I used in my journaling, I have linked them all down below for you! Thanks for spending a bit of time with me today!! Happy Crafting!!

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Bible Journaling & A Bokeh Effect with Joy Clair Stamps

I had an idea for creating a bokeh effect in my Bible and have just been waiting for the right set to come along to pair it with. This past month, Joy Clair had their new release and in that release a stamp set called “Many Names” was released and I knew it was the set to pair with this technique! I have to say that this page is inspired by a journaling page that Andie Bjork, who is on the Joy Clair Design Team. Her page is different, but she creates a cluster with this stamp set as well. Check out her page HERE!! And if you want to see how I create this two page Bible Journaling layout with the new Many Names stamp set, you can watch the full video tutorial down below!!

I started these pages with the stamping  and for my ink I am using the brand new Versafine Clair ink in Nocturne. This ink works soo well in my Bible. It is a pigment ink so you can heat emboss, with it, but I just stamped with it and it is rich in color and is incredibly crisp. It’s not quite as wet as my Versafine Onyx Black ink so it’s not near as messy, but stamps just as crisp, so it has all the benefits without the set backs and easy smearing! I stamped my cluster of names on the right page and didn’t quite go to the edges – I would fill those in later on. This technique and page could be replicated on any blank page in your Bible, but I am working on the first pages in the Old Testament. I did outline, with a micron pen, around the Old Testament words so I wouldn’t lose those in the cluster I created.

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For the bokeh technique, I am using circle dies in different sizes (a nesting set works awesome or you can possibly use punches if they’re nice and sharp), tissue paper in three different colors, and matte gel medium. If you do not have matte gel medium you can use any collage medium or gesso might work as well, just make sure whatever you are using will glue, seal and dry clear. I die cut several sizes of circles from the tissue paper – I used purple, blue and gray for my colors. After die cutting, I started gluing down the circles making sure there was no white space left behind and overlapping some of the circles. I started with the largest and worked my way down to the smallest as my white space began to disappear. Be sure to watch the video tutorial above, this technique is a lot to see in action than explain!

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After I finished gluing my circles I gave the pages one last coat of gel medium to seal everything in and then let this dry overnight. The next day when everything was dry, I carefully cut around the edges of the pages with scissors to make the edges nice and clean. The pages will be a little curly and not flat at all. I just shut my Bible and let the pressure of the closed book flatten the pages again. And it was that simple! This technique does take a little time, but it is well worth the final result!

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I am in love with this technique and can’t wait to try it out on cards with different colors. Even a rainbow would be gorgeous on a card with a nice bold sentiment! If  you do try this technique, be sure to tag Joy Clair stamps so we can see your gorgeous creations!! If you are interested in any of the supplies or are curious about what exactly gel medium is, I have linked a few options down below! Thanks for spending a bit of time with me today and Happy Crafting!!

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Using Tissue Paper in Bible & Printing on Tissue

I love to Bible Journal and it does mean a  lot to me. It’s so much different from my cardmaking. My cards, while I love making them, I honestly do not care if someone keeps the cards I make them or tosses them out – they can even do it right in front of me and it won’t bother me. I had the joy of making it and giving it, and perhaps that’s a bit selfish, but I got my fun out of it! However, with my Bible, I plan on keeping it and often go back and study and look at my older pages and because of that, I enjoy adding other things to my Bible that mean a lot to me. For one, my Mother was an amazing pianist and organist in our very small church. Because she played every service and also directed the choir, music was constantly a part of our lives – particularly old hymns, Gaither vocal band songs, etc. and so adding those songs into my Bible is something that I wanted to be able to do. There were just a few problems, I do not like my own handwriting (I just don’t have the patience to be a hand letterer) and writing out music can be pretty difficult. I needed a way to be print out old hymnal pages and basically glue them into my Bible. I knew paper and cardstock were both too thick, so I turned to tissue paper and figured out how to print on it and now I am hooked with adding it into my Bible! You can watch the full video tutorial down below to see exactly how I did it!!

I hope you all enjoyed this video tutorial and can tailor it to your own needs. This technique can be used in art journaling, card making, etc. It really is limitless! I have linked a few supplies down below, if you are interested in the supplies I used or need a little help identifying them! Thanks for stopping by today and until next time, Happy Crafting!!

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