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A Journal Cover with The Crafters Workshop

Hello again! Today I am doing a simple traditional stencil technique to use on a journal cover.


Journal substrate: This one is from my stash but there are a lot to choose from at
Stencil: I used Balzer Designs 12 x 12 stencil "Trendy Images" from The Crafters Workshop
Acrylic Paint
White Gel pen or acrylic paint liner

I have to admit, ever since I got this stencil, I knew I was going to use the eye image. Not that the others aren't cool, but that eye!!!  So, I had this little book cover and I don't collect autographs so I wanted to make it either into a junk journal or art journal. Well, I still haven't decided which, but I had to re-cover it to start.
 Found this awesome hand-made paper in my stash and adhered it to the front of the cover. Using scissors, I cut around the paper after it was dry.
 Here is the result. NOTE: if you have holes punched in your substrate, you will have to re-punch them…
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