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Each day now through Christmas I will share a mini book – a mini scrapbook – with you that I have created! This book is meant to serve as inspiration and along the way, I will share tips, tricks, techniques, and tutorials as well as the story behind the book. My hope is that these projects inspire you! Whether you're creating a gift for someone special or looking for ideas to use in your December Daily album, this series of posts can serve as a resource for ideas for years to come.

Some of the newer paper collections over the last few years have featured some really interesting and difficult to match color combinati0ns. They're cool – but sometimes I can't find a coral embellishment to save my life! Good thing my life doesn't depend on it ;)

One of the things I am trying to keep front and center when I shop is to look for neutral embellishments. If I build a stash of neutrals, I can match any paper line or project by using combinations of ink and paint to color the neutral item to the exact color I need. This mini album features several techniques for coloring neutral items to match:

  • Use spray ink to color chipboard, lace, fabric, and paper embellishments
  • Acrylic paint covers any surface pretty well – use two coats if necessary to get an opaque finish. The surface is easy to stamp, ink, or doodle on when dry.
  • Tone down the color of pre-colored embellishments witha bit of ink and embossing powder

Family Album by Jennifer Priest Epiphany Crafts Tombow DCWV - COVER

Check out all the pages and techniques in this handy dandy slideshow:

Don't forget to pin this tip for future reference:

 

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Tomorrow, I'll be sharing another mini and more tips!! Let's get crafty together ;)

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Author: 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.

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