Step 1: Place steel bench block on top of rubber dampening block. Use the white side of metal reliefing block to lighten the surface of journal blank.
Step 2: : Place blank onto steel bench block with the holes on the left side. Hold blank in-place and use the round end of 8oz ball pein hammer to add texture along the edges of blank.
Step 3: Use 3mm letter stamp set to stamp the words LOVE U along the bottom of the blank. Be sure to firmly hold the letter stamp straight while you strike it with the flat end of hammer. *You may also use a 2lb brass mallet to stamp letters to give you more surface area on the hammer.
You may notice that the edges of the blank turn up while stamping. Simply turn blank over to the back side and use the flat end of hammer to gently flatten the blank.
Step 4: Remove bench block from work surface. Replace it with a non-stick craft sheet, flat-tip paint brush, white gold patina, onyx patina, alcohol inks, glaze, metal reliefing block, cup of water, and many paper towels. Place blank onto non-stick craft sheet with holes on the left side and stamped letters along the bottom. Shake white gold patina bottle until mixing ball rattles and pigments mix. Dispense a small amount of patina onto non-stick craft sheet.
You will need to work quickly as the patina dries fast. Choose your desired alcohol ink colors, remove the caps and set aside as you will need to use them while patina is still wet. Apply patina to surface of blank using a flat-tip paint brush in a dabbing motion for best coverage. You may need to dispense a little more patina to completely cover the surface of blank. For this technique, a thin layer of patina will not allow the alcohol ink colors to spread, be sure to apply a medium base coat for best results. Clean brush with water. Dry brush with paper towel and set aside.
Step 5: While the patina is still wet, immediately apply a drop of lettuce alcohol ink to the top right corner of blank.
Add a drop of clover alcohol ink along the bottom of blank. Colors may blend a little.
Step 6: Use a paper towel to lightly dab excess alcohol ink and lighten color if desired.
Step 7: Drop on sail boat blue alcohol ink along the top left corner of blank. Allow colors to blend into one another.
Step 8: Lightly dab and blend colors with a paper towel to cover surface of the blank. This creates your base layer of patina and alcohol ink.
Step 9: Apply another drop of sailboat blue alcohol ink to the top left corner of blank. Apply a drop of lettuce alcohol ink to the top right corner of the blank. Allow colors to blend.
Hold blank at an angle and apply a drop of clover alcohol ink along the bottom of blank over stamped letters. Holding the blank at an angle will avoid this color to blend into previous inks. Lightly dab with a paper towel to remove excess alcohol ink.
Step 10: Turn blank and angle down side with holes. Apply twilight purple alcohol ink along the edge. Hold paper towel at the bottom corner of blank and allow excess alcohol ink to drip off. Lightly dab with paper towel in areas to lighten color.
Step 11: Use the dark gray side of metal reliefing block to lightly sand the edges of blank to reveal the texture and highlight the natural brass through your colors to create a distressed look.
Step 12: Shake onyx patina bottle until mixing ball rattles and pigments mix. Dispense a small amount over stamped letters. Immediately remove patina with a paper towel while it is still wet. This will remove some of the base color. Repeat if needed until LOVE U is visible.
Step 13: Hold blank at an angle and apply a little clover alcohol ink over the patinaed letters. Soak up excess patina along edge of blank with a paper towel. Lightly dab over alcohol ink to lighten colors and reveal stamped letters.
Step 14: Allow ink to dry a minute. Use white side of metal reliefing block to gently sand over stamped letters to highlight the metal reveal LOVE U.
Step 15: Wipe blank clean with a paper towel to remove any residue from sanding. Dispense a small amount of glaze onto non-stick craft sheet. Using a dry flat-tip paint brush, apply a small amount of glaze over entire surface of blank to seal alcohol inks. You will notice colors will intensify a little when glaze coat is applied. Clean brush with water and dry with a paper towel. Allow glaze coat to air dry. Drying time will range from 5 to 10 minutes according to amount of glaze applied. I prefer working with a thin layer for best results. Avoid handling until completely dry.
Step 16: Repeat steps for patina base coat and blending alcohol inks to color the back side of blank (no letter stamping or texturing needed). After inks are completely dry apply a thin layer of glaze to seal in color. Clean brush with water and dry with a paper towel.
Tip: Designing with a total of 3 journal blanks creates a fun book-style pendant. You can apply different textures, effects and materials to each page for added interest. Simply attach blanks together with 7.25mm smooth 16 gauge jump rings. You can add tiny flat charms to the jump rings in-between pages for a surprise inside journal as you turn pages. A variety of charm sizes and shapes can be added to the rings to suspend over the cover for dimension and interest to your design. String a 15mm smooth 15 gauge jump ring through the top journal ring and add desired length of chain or beaded strands.
Vintaj® Education Director and Signature Designer, Jess Lincoln – Inspired by and interested in all forms of art, Jess has dabbled in it all. Her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree guided her to follow a creative path in both advertising & design. As the Signature Designer for Vintaj she teaches and shares many tips and techniques through online videos, the Vintaj® Jewelry Technique books, beading publications and creative events. Browse DIY with Jess tutorials and see more of her jewelry and projects on the Ranger Ink Blog and in the Vintaj® Idea Gallery. She works closely with design inspiration for Vintaj® Patinas by Ranger Ink, and DecoEtch & DecoEmboss Dies by Sizzix. Her design style is inspired by nature and all its treasures. Jess lives in the historic town of Galena, IL with her husband and children. Visit Vintaj’s site at: www.vintaj.com