Saturday, June 13, 2020

Saturday Showcase - Junk Journal featuring Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Stamps and Stencils

Hi everyone and welcome to another Saturday Showcase, the Design Team's chance to share tutorials and products available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique with you. As part of the current 'Positively Pensive' challenge I put together a junk journal featuring the designs of Wendy Vecchi and some ways of using ballpoint pens to decorate the pages.

If you just want to take a look at the junk journal in more detail here's a short flip through video to show the pages inside - for those who want to know how it all came together I've added a tutorial below;

The Tutorial

As mentioned in my challenge post I took to YouTube to find a way of decorating stamped images with ballpoint pens and found a brilliant tutorial by Alphonso Dunn HERE. Armed with this new found knowledge I stamped and coloured a heap of Wendy Vecchi designed flowers.

To show you this stage in more detail here's just one of the flowers from one of Wendy's older stamp sets, stamped with a couple of coordinating Archival Inks and shaded at different stages with the coordinating ballpoint pens. It's worth checking out the range of Archival Ink colours that Linda has in stock as it's a great alternative to the black ink I am sure we all reach for instinctively.

And here's a close up of some of those flowers, trimmed and inked around the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink.

Next up I used blue, pink and green Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints with my gel plate to create a bunch of coloured papers ready for use on the tea stained pages. As well as using regular copier paper I also pulled prints on some of the white tissue and brown paper that our orders come lovingly wrapped in. It's also well worthwhile looking through some of those scrapbook papers you may have in your stash - I found a couple in mine that worked well once tea stained.

And so now it's on to creating the junk journal - I began by cutting two Pocket Notebook cover pieces from regular cardstock using Eileen Hull's Sizzix Scoreboards Die. After gluing them together along the spine I covered the outside with one of the gel plate prints. To add extra decoration I stamped the beautiful lacy flower from Wendy Vecchi's stamp set 'Friends & Art' randomly across the back and front. To strengthen the inside I covered it with fabric, frayed around the edges, before stitching along the edge of the cover. Since at this stage the coloured paper on the outside was already starting to tear a little along the scorelines I embraced that and used a pair of scissors to scuff the paper along those lines.

Below you'll see how I layered a few of the painted papers beneath one of the stamped flowers. Adding a little fabric and some stitching is really effective, as is stamping onto some of the painted tissue before applying it over the flower with Distress Collage Medium Matte. I'm definitely going to be doing this a lot more in future.

Eileen's 'Pocket Notebook' Die has a section for cutting basic pages so I made a few from tea stained copier paper, stamping them with lines ready for someone to journal on. Use the Archival Inks that have been used for the flowers and you get a coordinated look throughout your journal. I would also mention at this stage that if you are not a fan of tea staining paper and card you may prefer to use Seth Apter's 'Tea' Izink Dye Spray. To make more sturdy pages I used a couple of long envelopes, glued together at the top and trimmed to fit as shown below.

Pockets need things to go in them so I stamped the flower images onto the edges of tea stained index cards and postcards with 'Acorn' Archival Ink. Since there was no margin line on the index cards I added one to each of them with the pink ballpoint pen.

Below you'll see how I attached punched strips of patterned paper to the outside of the envelope pages to create pockets. These can be decorated with a mix of the coloured paper/tissue, design tape and lines drawn with ballpoint pens.

Turning to the inside of the envelope pages I added gel printed paper to one side, adding a smaller pocket and part of a stamped flower image. On the other side I stuck down a medium glassine bag from Linda's store and stamped a Wendy flower and phrase onto it with Archival Ink. Since the bag is translucent you can see the tag that's been added inside.

More interactive pages were created using an A4 sized piece of tea stained graph paper; I folded it up to fit inside the cover and then folded it roughly in half. After cutting down the fold line on the folded up piece I glued down one side to create a large pocket for a tag (the page on the left hand side). I left the piece on the right hand side so that it could be folded down to reveal a hidden panel. The right hand flap was stamped with Wendy Vecchi's 'Tiled' Background stamp whilst the pocket on the left hand side was trimmed with a piece of book paper. Flowers were added to both along with more paper, design tape and ballpoint pen lines.

And here's how I decorated one of those hidden flaps with gel plate printed paper, a flower and ballpoint pen marks made by using a stencil from Wendy Vecchi's 'Thank You' Stamp/Die/Stencil set.

All those pockets need filling so I made a bunch of tags, adding gel printed papers, stamping with the 'Tiled' background and design tape to them.

And just a final idea for another pocket to be added to the back of one of the graph paper pages - I found these brown wage packets ages back and decided to decorate a few in the same way as before with papers, tape and hand drawn ballpoint pen lines. I also added a checkerboard pattern to one of the tags using the stencil in Wendy Vecchi's 'Flower Pot' Stamp/Die/Stencil set.

Now here's a reminder of how just a couple of the pages looked when assembled;

Thanks for visiting to catch today's Saturday Showcase tutorial - I hope you've enjoyed seeing some ideas for using Wendy Vecchi's gorgeous designs in combination with ballpoint pens.

There's still time to enter the current Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog challenge 'Positively Pensive' to be in with the chance of being a Guest Designer here. We look forward to seeing your amazing creations.


Products used to create this junk journal are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.

Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Stampers Anonymous Stamp Set - Friends & Art
Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Stampers Anonymous Stamp Set - Funky Flower Art


  1. Beautiful tutorial! I love how you used the lovely colors on your flowers and created pockets that let them shine!

  2. Jenny, you have really knocked my socks off with your brilliant tutorial and oh, my goodness, those inky flowers! Just amazing (as always!) Thank you for all your hard work and inspiration!

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