Sunday, 26 August 2012

Favourite Snapshots: A Mini-album Tutorial

Hi folks! Donna here with a tutorial for a mini-album I created similar to the one I did for the triangle/hexagon shapes challenge.

First off, here are the materials I used for this project:

Prima inks in Blue Jay, Ladybug, Lime Pie and Coldsfoot
Tattered Angels glimmer mist in Tuscan Sun
White acrylic paint
Brush with thin bristles (life for watercolor)
Trims (lace and satin ribbon)
Metal rings
Decorative scissors
Colored/gel/glitted pens (I used Sakura pens from my stash)
Fine tipped scissors
Sponge (for inking)
Adhesives (double-sided tape, foam tape, glue)

NOTE!!! Image overload ahead!!! :D

A mini-album tutorial by Donna Espiritu

1. Prepare your materials (figure1).
2. Cut the cardstock into 3 pcs of 4x6s (figure 2).
3. Using the sponge, inks and template... randomly daub on the cardstock as seen in figure 3, 4, 5 and 6.

4. Alternate the colors as seen in figure 7, 8 and 9.
5. Experiment! Overlap colors, here I also tried to create a fading or "ombre" effect. You will notice the ink fades as you continue to daub without re-inking the sponge. You can purchase the ink blending tool  and foam in the store which will make your life easier! This is in my to buy list already (left mine in the Philippines).
6. Since the template is 12x12, you can fit in at least 4 pieces of cardstock underneath it (figure 10) and daub away as you please - shortcut! :) For me, it doesn't matter if the areas don't match, each piece is unique.  (figure 11).
7. Another thing you can do is spritz some glimmer mist to add more texture and color (figure 12). I let the papers dry out on its own.

8. On the other side of the cardstock, daub small amount of white acrylic paint on the template and you will have something as seen in figure 13. Alternatively, you can use gesso or texture paste (I don't have one so I used acrylic paint instead).
9. After it dried out, daub ink on the surface. I experimented and these were the results (figure 14 and figure 15). **Make sure the paint is already dry when you do this step.**
10. Before, I already used the inks like watercolor in one of my cards. Smear a little bit of ink as you can see in figure 16 and use it as watercolor on your project. I dotted around the triangles, brushed in diagonal and all over the surface as seen in figure17.
11. Cut around the edges with decorative scissors (figure 18). This is one of my fave addition to my projects at the moment!
12. Cut into half some of the paper pads, these will serve as panels in the album (figure 19). Alternate the panels of cardstock and 6x6 papers as seen in figure 20.
13. Punch two holes using the Crop-a-dile or any hole puncher you have (figure 21). I always use wooden clips like you see so the papers will stay in place.
Then it's time to play and doll up your pages!
14. I love to doodle and the AC precision pen is really great! (figure 22 and 23)
15. Leave one of the patterned paper as your album cover (figure 24). A lot of times, the best idea for a cover pops up after I finish with the inside pages so I often do the cover LAST (that's just me hehe).

Continue to design and build up your pages...
I like mine with layers, bits and pieces of cutouts here and there...
I also inked the edges of the pages here in this album...

Thank you and I hope you liked this mini-album tutorial.
For any questions/queries, leave a comment and I will do my best to answer each one, if any.
Happy crafting!


  1. Lovely album.The tutorial is very help full as many techniques used are new to me. Thanks a lot !

  2. Wow! gorgeous album.and so many techniques used.Loved seeing the tute

  3. this is soo nice! thanks for sharing the tutorial Donna!

  4. Love it to the core !! Amazing techniques and new to me..will give it a try ! TFS Donna

  5. thank you, ladies!!! :) i would really love to see your finished projects using these techniques i shared here! :)


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