Focus Reminder – Art Journal

“Reminder: Focus on your own shit”

I used my Suminagahsi paper -and pasted two different sheets into my journal as the background. And I added a sketch on Deli paper.

I stamped on one of the Suminagahsi papers with my Hex Small stamp and cut them out. After adding them to the page I also stamped my Gnarly foam stamp over top to tie everything together.

Here are some of the supplies I used:


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Edgy Cities – Art Journal

“Cities with an edge create love, because people have to live & work together!”

I used my suminagashi paper that I marbled for collage – both in the figure and in the blue “balloons” that I stamped with my Fan-tastic Small rubber stamps.

I masked off parts of the Stroll stamps to create my edgy city. Here are the Lady Liberty, Powerhouse, and Brownstone stamps.

I kept a lot of white space in this spread, perfect for showing off the subtle ink patterns of the suminagashi paper.

Here are some of the supplies I used:


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Your Biggest Fan – Maura Hibbitts

Hello from my Creative Squad! Today we have a series of cards from Maura Hibbitts that will inspire you to send a greeting to everyone in your life :) Maura is using my Van Vorst Fan Positive Negative foam stamps, my Art Deco Wallpaper stencil, and this month’s theme: Your Biggest Fan – Let’s give a shout out to someone who is doing an amazing job. In a world obsessed with Me Me Me it’s important to take a look around sometimes and give some encouraging words to another, and not just in your art and craft making :) Be their Biggest Fan!  


How do you choose the most awesome person in your life, or who has inspired you the most? I would have to include my family, friends, artists, musicians, authors and many more. Some days it might be the barista handing me my much needed coffee, or the mechanic fixing my car so I can get back on the road. Many days it is not even a person, but the natural world…Mother Earth. So I decided instead of focusing on just one person, that I would create some postcards that I can send to a few people and let them know how much they mean to me. The trees are dressing themselves in beautiful autumn colors where I live, and that inspired me to choose my color palette for this project. Happy Fall everyone!

I cut large sheets of watercolor paper into 4.5 x 6 inch rectangles for my post cards. I began by blending Raw Sienna and Gold acrylic paints on my gel plate with the brayer, and laid the Art Deco Wallpaper stencil on top. First pull was a paper over the stencil, then, lifting the stencil and pressing it down on a second sheet. I finished up with several pulls on the gel plate. Check out the wide variety of designs you can get by switching it up just a bit.

When you look closely at the trees, you can still see the green under a lot of the bright colors, so I wanted to add a bit in. I put a light layer of Green Gold on the gel plate and lightly pressed my papers over it. I also used a baby wipe with the extra paint and blended it in here and there.

Now comes the fun! I put a layer of Napthol Red at the bottom of the gel plate, and a strip of Hansa Yellow at the top, then blended them with the brayer. I stamped into this with the Van Vorst Fan Positive Art Foamie and began stamping my postcards in a variety of patterns. TIP – whenever you stamp with paint, clean the stamp off right away. I use baby wipes, a mister if I need it, and sometimes an old toothbrush if it is not all coming off.

Next up, stamping with the Van Vorst Negative Art Foamie. On some cards, I used Cadmium Orange Hue, on others Payne’s Grey, some I mixed in a bit of Gold, and others I left alone. I wanted a variety. I messed up on one card, so even went back in and stamped the positive with the grey and green gold to “fix” it.

I added detail and words with black and white Posca paint pens, and edged the cards with black archival ink.  I wanted to be sure to use all waterproof materials since these will be going through the post.

Just look at what you can do with two stamps, a stencil and a few paints! I would have a completely different set of postcards if I switched out my materials. Hmmm, I may just have to make a set with my favorite color palette – green, blue and purple. Why not give it a try yourself and make a set of cards or postcards to send to someone you admire?

My set of postcards in autumn colors and fun designs are ready for me to tell a few people how much I admire them…after all, I am their biggest fan! (and isn’t the fan shape a perfect tie in to this theme?) I hope you have fun thinking of who you admire, and creating a little something special to let them know! – Maura


Thank you Maura! We absolutely love these autumn colors and your message :) Want to give Maura’s project a try? You can find all my Foam Stamps and Stencils in my Online Shop and here are some of the other supplies Maura used:

Feel inspired? Working on something yourself that you’d like to share?  I love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me or tag me #natkalbach how you used my stencils and stamps – I would love to share your projects in my next  “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

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  • Linda Wyatt

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    These are gorgeous! Such beautiful textures and great use of the fan art foamie❤️

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Gelli Printed Card Mix

I thought it might be nice to play with my Mini Fan Set foam stamps and a Gelli plate to make a few cards.

I used Hero Arts ink pads as well as Memento inks on the gelli plate and then just stamped into the inked up plate and put the cards on top.

I used a fountain pen for my sentiments – lots of options here so I made a variety.

Here are some of the supplies I used:


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Crossing Bridges – Art Journal

“Sometimes you need to burn bridges to stop yourself from crossing them again.”

I stamped out my Fairview Fan foam stamp using Moonlight Duos ink pads – love this art nouveau inspired design.

The figure is drawn using a Holbein marker, nice and sketchy :)

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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NEW Online Workshop: Artful Adventures with Andy Warhol

Today my newest online workshop Artful Adventures with Andy Warhol goes on sale on my website!

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Worry Less – Art Journal

Worry Less… Live MORE! One of those helpful reminders to get out of our heads and live in the moment :)

I stamped up a nice little background with acrylic paint and my Jewett Fan foam stamp set – comes with a positive and negative version of the design but instead of layering them I used them separately.

I outlined some of the design and did my quote with my new fav fineliner pens – Winsor Newton. A very happy looking page I think!

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Your Biggest Fan – Jennifer Gallagher

Hello there and welcome to a post from my Creative Squad. Today we have Jennifer Gallagher kicking off our projects using my Jewett Fan Positive Negative Foam Stamp set with her heartfelt take on this month’s theme: Your Biggest Fan – Let’s give a shout out to someone who is doing an amazing job. In a world obsessed with Me Me Me it’s important to take a look around sometimes and give some encouraging words to another, and not just in your art and craft making :) Be their Biggest Fan!  


I am so excited to be kicking off the theme for this month’s Creative Squad posts. This month we are giving a shout out to those people in our lives that we want to encourage. We are letting them know we are their biggest fans. I am a Mom to two boys and I am definitely their biggest fan. With them in mind, I’ve prepared a page for my family scrapbook using some of my favorite new n*Studio foam stamps, Nat’s Jewett positive and negative fan foam stamp set.. Let’s get started.

I began with a twelve inch square piece of kraft cardstock. I chose two colors of paint. I went with a complementary color selection – a shade of turquoise blue and an orange. I designated one color for the positive Jewett fan foam stamp and one for the negative fan Jewett foam stamp. I loaded paint onto the stamp (this can be done with either a stamp buddy or brayering onto a gel plate) and pressed it firmly into the bottom right corner to begin my pattern. Alternate your foam stamps to create the pattern. I only went about half-way across the page, but you could fill the entire page if you wish.

Next, I used a black fude ball pen to go around a lot of the design and add a dashed line around the outside edge.

I chose a few posca paint pens that were in the same color family and added additional details.

With a small brush, I applied some gold glitz glitter gel.

Next, I chose a few pieces of colored cardstock to build a paper frame for my photo to sit on. In the photo I show a salmon color, but in the end I went with a lighter turquoise. Be sure to audition several colors and combinations to find the one you like best. I just eyeballed the size and cut it with my scissors. I adhered each piece with 1/4 inch scor-tape.

I settled on a spot for my photo and adhered it with scor-tape as well. Then, using my black and white gelly roll pens I made some additional dashed lines to carry that theme through. I also added white dots to some of the flowers.

On my computer I printed out a sentiment for the page. What better than, “I will always be your biggest fan!: I attached it with 1/8 inch scor-tape.

It’s just that simple. I had so much fun making this one that I plan on making tons more pages for my family scrapbooks. You can easily use the tools and techniques you employ in card-making and art journaling into scrapbooks too. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and will try it out at home using your favorite n*Studio foam stamps.


Thank you Jennifer! Love seeing your family and love how those stamps pop on that craft paper! You can find all my Foam Stamps in my Online Shop and here are some of the other supplies Jennifer used:

Feel inspired? Working on something yourself that you’d like to share?  I love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share your projects in my next  “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

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