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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Textured, Layered Paper  

From our Guest Designer, Claudia Ressler


Hi, I'm back with my first layout as a guest designer for A Cherry on Top (ACOT) for August. I am so thrilled to show you a design that was done with the Simple Stories collection Simple Vintage Great Escape, which I got from the ACOT shop as well as the corresponding ephemera.


The color combo moss green and terracotta is relatively new to me, so I am excited to see what you think about this mixed media layout:


Once the color scheme was established, I chose the gorgeous fern paper from this collection, and zigzag stitched the terracotta paper on top of it, leaving a larger border to make this paper shine. As you can see in the layout, parts of this paper are a little ripped on all four sides. You will find this effect a lot on my designs, as I think it adds a random kind of texture.


Next, I did some mixed media to establish my background canvas. I used the classy stripes stencil by Altenew, both for the stenciling with Distress Oxide Ink and to add the white texture paste, an additional dimensional bonus.

I decided to make it a diagonal layout with the photo in the middle, which was matted on vellum. Therefore, I put the picture down first and then grouped two same-sized word cards (cut out from a third sheet) on top and bottom of the photo.

Then, I added more cutouts to the layout - some popped up - until I found it pleasing to the eye. I added a few butterflies in different colors plus another fussy cut one and popped up some woodsy hearts around the design.


As you can see, all of the added cutouts are torn on some sides. After attaching some more ephemera including fern leaves - did I mention that I love leaves? - and a tag, I finished off with a few Nuvo Crystal Drops in yellow and the foam title, which is also by Simple Stories.


That's it for today. I hope you enjoyed this post and got inspired in some way.


-Claudia Ressler, August Guest Designer

Posted by Jessica.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

30 Junk Journal Ideas 2 comments  


Need some junk journal ideas? Try out a few of these 30 different techniques! I love that junk journals are so freeing - no rules, no right or wrong way to create them, you can just do whatever you want. You can include photos, notes, paintings, journaling, sketches, mixed media, etc. The possibilities are endless! They're really great for people like me who get bored easily and want to try new techniques all the time.





1. Practice your watercolor skills with florals! I started out with the stems, keeping them light. Then did the florals next, also keeping them pretty light. Then I went over the stems and the bottoms of the flowers with darker shades. If you're new to watercolor, I find florals to be the easiest to play around with!



2. Add a wood piece! Try to find one that is flatter, paint or ink it, and then glue it right in. It makes such a fun dimensional page!



3. Add some mist! Either spray a mist that is already packaged that way, or make your own. For this one I mixed a little water and Distress Oxide Reinker, and sprayed it lightly on my page. It didn't take long to dry, and then I added in a few drops of Stickles. 



4. Stencil & ink - I love a good stencil for a background! I used some blue painter's tape to keep the stencil in place. This tape easily peels off without messing up your page. Then I blended a couple colors of ink using a blending brush and love how it turned out!



5. Washi tape is an easy and fun way to add a lot of color/design. I roughly ripped my pieces off, and lined them up in the middle of my page. I used a black and white photo so that it would really pop out from the colors.  



6. Stencil & paint - yes you can use paint on a stencil! I used acrylic, and it worked great. Tape your stencil down first, and use more of a "pouncing" instead of "painting" technique. This way the paint won't get behind your stencil as much. Those cheap foam paint brushes work great for this. Remove the stencil when it's still a little wet and voila! I really loved how this paint popped on the black cardstock.



7. Stencil & texture paste - this texture paste was really fun to play with. I wanted to see how it would look using a stencil, and if I could add anything on top of it. I ended up using some black acrylic paint and metallic wax. It was so fun to experiment with!



8. Stencil & glaze - I loved using Vicki Boutin's Prism Glaze with a stencil. It's a little bit more fluid to work with, so a little bit of it seeped beneath the stencil, but I still loved how it turned out!



9. Catalyst silicone wedge tool - this thing is so fun! I swiped some acrylic paint across the page, not cleaning it off between swipes so that there would be a little mix of colors in each stripe. You really can do a lot of fun things with this tool, just have to experiment with it!



10. Mix up your mixed media! Because why not? I combined texture paste, prism glaze, and mica flakes and mixed them all together. Then used a palette knife and spread it on a stencil. The texture paste and mica flakes gave it dimension, while the prism glaze gave it a nice iridescent finish!



11. Add a border with some doodles! You can keep it simple, or make it more intricate. I love the Kelly Create fine pen for this.



12. Add some hand stitching! I punched out some circles, and poked holes in them. (A thimble is handy!) Then threaded these circles together to make a cute little border around my photo.



13. Add paper strips - this is a simple way to add some texture and color! Choose your papers, rip/cut them, and align them how you want. I like the look of ripped edges, so I simply just tore those off of each end.



14. Use a doily as a stencil! I would suggest using a medium that isn't too wet. I used wax which worked great! Then you can use your colored doily on another page as well. Win-win!



15. Texture paste + flakes - I used a stencil and painted on some texture paste. This stencil was kind of intricate, so using a foam brush worked well. Then while it was still wet, I sprinkled on some mica flakes and Stickles. This made a really nice textured background with a hint of sparkle!



16. Fold a pocket! I cut a sheet of 6x6 paper, and tore the bottom of it. Then I folded up the bottom third for a little pocket type of look. This created some fun dimension to the page and really made my photo stand out! 



17. Tissue paper heart - I scrunched up and painted some tissue paper for a really fun affect. I just used regular gift tissue paper I had lying around. Painted it with some watercolors first, then added a little bit of prism glaze. After it dried I glued it on my page in a heart shape. I put my photo on top of it and it really made it pop!



18. Ombre background - I used three acrylic paints to create this, starting with the darkest on top, and ending with the white. I overlapped each row of pineapples just a tad so that they blended together. Tapping lightly with a foam brush kept the paint from seeping under the stencil.



19. Splatter background - I used a couple brushes and watercolors to create this background. I loaded the brush up with water and color, and gently tapped it around the page. I used several colors and a combination of lighter and harder taps to get different sized splatters. It helped to use watercolor paper and taping all the edges down with painters tape. This way the paper wouldn't move or warp. After it was done I slid it into my junk journal. I love how it turned out!



20. Use a sponge! I really love this technique as it makes it super easy to blend. I sponged on some ink through a stencil, and also on a watercolor resist tag. Any kind of make up or craft sponges would work.



21. Distress crayons - I used these to make a whimsical background on this page. I wanted some of it blended, and some of the crayon showing through as well. I used a little spray bottle of water to spritz my page as I blended it with a mini blending tool. And added more crayon scribbles here and there as well.



22. Alcohol ink - in order to add alcohol ink to your junk journal, you'll need to do it on yupo paper first. I put a paper towel down around my yupo paper to catch any run off, and started out with a few drops of pink alcohol ink. Then I used the Tim Holtz Air Blower to spread my color around. The Statue Alloy added a nice metallic touch to it as well. Once it was dry I cut around my design and glued it onto my junk journal page. This is one of my favorite pages!



23. Stamping - for this page I created a simple stamped background using 3 different distress oxide colors. I wanted more of a muted look, so I stamped these leaves and florals very lightly. Using a small acrylic block made it easy to stamp randomly all over the page.



24. Hidden journaling - for this page I used a big pocket to tuck in a few things. I wrote out the poem I used for my mom's funeral, but wanted it to stay tucked safely somewhere. I found this pocket in the Vicki Boutin tags pack, and it worked perfectly. I sponged some ink on the bottom of it, and also sponged ink on a stencil for my background.



25. Stencil & watercolors - you can use watercolors with a stencil, just be sure to not use too much water on your brush. I taped down my stencil and very lightly painted on a few shades randomly over it. I let it dry a little bit, but not all the way. Be careful to remove the stencil so it doesn't smudge anything.



26. Using waxes with a stencil - I used the Prima waxes and brushed them over a stencil with a blending brush. These go on so smoothly! I did three colors and overlapped them slightly on my page.



27. Embossing glaze! I dabbed Distress embossing ink on a brick stamp, and stamped that on my page. Then sprinkled on two different Distress embossing glazes, one color at a time. After shaking off the excess, then heating it, it made a really nice embossed background!



28. Distress crayons + watercolor brush - this was a fun technique! Tape down a stencil, and color it in with the Distress crayons. Then take a watercolor blending brush filled with water, and go over the crayon, blending it in. I left some of mine not as blended as others.



29. Acrylic paint - line up dots of a few different colors of acrylic paint. Then brush them over to one side, not cleaning off your brush between two of the colors you want blended together. So for example I wanted my pink and red mixed a little. Then I cleaned it off before using the aqua. 



30. Create a cute pocket with a glassine bag, Mod Podge, and paper. I ripped the edges of the paper first, then painted the Mod Podge on both sides of the paper and adhered it to the bag. Tuck in some photos, notes, sketches, whatever you want!




So there you have it - 30 ideas and techniques to add to your own junk journal.

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Posted by Rachel Kent

Friday, August 7, 2020

Freebie Friday i-Crafter Dies and Inks  


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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #184

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top


Show us what you can do with this sketch!

Post your finished project (layout, card, wall hanging, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #184 Project Gallery. One random winner wil...

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

How to Crochet a Scrunchie

Scrunchies are a favorite hair accessory that you can make quickly and easily with this crochet project. There are so many different ways they can be made once you know the construction. They can be big and fluffy, or thin and sleek. The style...

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Meet our August Guest Designer! 1 comments

Claudia Ressler!




Hi, I am Claudia Caroline Ressler, and I am so thrilled to be the ACOT guest designer for August. I have been passionate about scrapbooking, card making, and mini albums for many year...

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Button Press Tutorial 1 comments

If you're wondering how to use the new Button Press from We R Memory Keepers, you've come to the right place! This tool is so much fun to play with once you get the hang of it. I admit I messed up a few buttons during my experimenting, but hopefully m...

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

You Are Loved Little One | Doodlebug Design Bundle of Joy


Hey Cherry friends! Erica here with you today to share a new layout featuring the Doodlebug Design Bundle of Joy collection. This is a new collection from Doodlebug Design that is perfect to document all the little sweet baby girls in your life. I lov...

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

August Blog Hop 12 comments

Happy August! We are celebrating with a Blog Hop! Our design team members have created layouts with the theme of "hitting the books"! We know this back to school season is very different this year, but we hope to provide you with some fun inspi...

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Playing with Patterned Paper

by July Guest Designer, Debbi Tehrani

I love patterned paper! There are so many things you can do with just this one scrapbook supply! I’ll share a few of my favorite things to do with patterned paper on this layout I created using Photoplay’s delightful new "We Can Just Stay Home

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #183

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top


Show us what you can do with this sketch!

Post your finished project (layout, card, wall hanging, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #183 Project Gallery. One random winner will be ...

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Simple Stories Great Escape Collection


For July, I decided to create using the new Simple Stories Great Escape Collection! 

I loved the woodsy. outdoor elements in this collection. So different from a traditional summer line with warm tones and a vintage vibe, but still summer...

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Happy Little Moments

Fussy Cut Florals by Debbi Tehrani

Have you worked with the papers by P13 Paper Products? I thought it was a new company because I’ve only recently been seeing them online, but they’ve apparently been around since 2006. P13 is a Polish paper company, and I think their products are fairly new...

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Freshen Up - Vol 1 4 comments


Hey Cherries! Natalie here today, and I'm kicking off a new series here on the A Cherry on Top blog called Freshen Up! This series will focus on tools and products so many of us have, but rarely reach for to use. We will talk about inspiration...

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #182

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top


Show us what you can do with this sketch!

Post your finished project (layout, card, wall hanging, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #182 Project Gallery. One random winner wil...

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