A Very Inky Stamped Art Journal Page by Cathie Allan

by | April 26th, 2016 | 7

Art journals can be displayed just like scrapbook pages. Cathie Allan of the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine team shares some of her favorite pigment ink techniques on this art journal page. The same techniques featured on this stamped art journal page can be used to create mixed media inspired backgrounds for your scrapbook pages. Let’s see how:


Hi Everyone. Cathie Allan here. I am going to share with you an art journal page I had so much fun creating. These ideas are totally transferable to a card or a scrapbook page so if that is your passion take these ideas there.

1- Art Journal Page by Cathie Allan

Using stamps and ink in on an Art Journal page does not have to be complicated. I love to use Clearsnap’s, pigment ink as a base for my pages. Pigment ink not only allows me to achieve the look of a variety of mediums, but the process is not complicated and it is OH! so much fun.

I decided to create the background for this page the night before I left on a trip. I began by prepping the page with my Clear, Top Boss Pad. I freshly re-inked it and then patted this wonderful clear embossing ink over the pages in my book. I do this so my pigment ink stays even more “open” so that I can alter it, smear it and play with it even more.

2- Cathie Allan Stamped Art Journal In Progress

Then I began stamping with my large “Daisy Tile Reverse” stamp from Impression Obsession using colors contained in the Beach Ball, petal point stamp pad. I love that all the colors in these styles of pads are harmonious and if you stay with in the palette you can never make a bad color choice. Ink your stamp with the Lemongrass section of the pad, stamp as shown for your first layer and then “smear” these images using a Colorbox stylus & white foam tip that has been loaded with Top Boss clear. I do not want to add anymore color, I just want to push this image into the background and smear some of that color around the image.  I love the soft “watercolor look” of this technique. Repeat with the Citrine Section. Now using the surf blue section pounce some of this color thru your favorite, Art Screen from Clearsnap, I used “Ditto”.  Of course …. I pushed this image back by using my stylus and white foam tip that had been tapped onto the Top Boss stamp pad. I love how this softly subdues the original images.

3 - Top Boss Inkpad

Yes, my “Clear, Top Boss” is NOT so clear anymore. I lovingly refer to this pad as “Mr. Ugly”. I have a “clean”, Clear, Top Boss pad for cleaner applications but when I am doing “messy stuff”, my “Mr. Ugly, Clear, Top Boss” allows me to do all manner of fun things without worrying about contaminating it, that’s already been done J.

Now I need this “longer open style of ink”, pigment to dry “right now”.  To do this effectively, I iron with a hot, dry iron. Place a clean piece of paper over the page to keep your iron clean.

3- Iron paper to dry pigment ink for art journals - Cathie Allan

Now you can stamp the next gorgeous image from Impression Obsession “Flower Butterflies”. I used Colorbox’s “India Inkpad” as I love how it holds so well on a freshly inked surface, I did iron it to make it “more permanent”. I learned this in my T Shirt making days and I simply took that process to my paper projects.

Add as many images as you want and then I added black color with my favorite pigment marker. The cool thing about this is I did this in the airport and on the airplane as I travelled to my destination and all I needed was my book and my pen. It is an attention getter, let me tell you, everyone wants to see what you are doing and they are totally amazed when you show them that this started out as a white page.

3 - India Ink Stamping on Art Journal Page - Cathie Allan

When I got home from my trip I added the Picante splatters with a paintbrush and some of the pigment re-inker that I add a tad of water to.

Ink splatters using ColorBox Reinker in Picante - Cathie Allan

Stamp or hand write a favorite saying of yours and add more butterflies and flowers by stamping, adding color and cutting out.

Don’t hide your art journal, place it in a nice stand and display it in a favorite place in your home. Pigment ink is the most lightfast of stamp mediums so mine is displayed in the front room of my house. It makes me smile, every time I walk by. — Cathie Allan

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About Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful. Visit Jennifer's blog at

7 Responses to A Very Inky Stamped Art Journal Page by Cathie Allan

  1. jean marmo says:

    Thanks for celebrating NSD and for the chance to win!

  2. This is so inspirational.

  3. Tracy Moloney says:

    BEAUTIFUL words of wisdom and DELIGHTFUL pages!!!
    BRILLIANT idea to have them out on display … it really is sad how most projects get hidden away once completed, I will try to take your lead and enjoy mine more too => THANK YOU for sharing :)

  4. Kim Gowdy says:

    Cathie, this art journal page is stunning! LOVE love LOVE all you do with Clearsnap’s Ink!

    Hugs! Kim

  5. Betty S says:

    this gives me great inspiration

  6. Carla Hundley says:

    Very pretty and
    would be lovely
    to look at.
    Carla from Utah

  7. Jean marmo says:

    Such a lovely page

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