Aloha Journal Spread by Kari VanNoy – August Guest Designer

by Altenew

Hi, crafty friends! Today, we have a special guest, Kari VanNoy, our August Guest Designer. We are super excited to have Kari here. She is an Altenew Certified Educator and during her time working on Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP), she shared some amazing projects! If you want to find out more about the AECP program, you can visit THIS link.

Get to know Kari

Hello, it's Kari here from and I'm so excited to be guesting for Altenew. I have created a two-page Art Journal Spread to share today, with lots of fun techniques! I also have a video tutorial to share on how to re-create this look HERE.

I love creating with multiple Mixed Media products! This was a fun tropical layout to put together.

  1. First, start with two pieces of Mixed Media paper measuring 8.5″ x 5.5″, then add your die-cut leaves with liquid adhesive.
  2. Add gesso over the entire background, including the die-cut leaves to prepare it for paint or ink sprays
  3. Spray Altenew Metallic Shimmer Ink Sprays in greens and blues to the background and set it aside to dry. Add some splatters of ink for interest.

While the background is drying, prepare your flowers and leaves.

  1. Stamp the You Are Beautiful flower outline and use the coordinating simple coloring stencil to ink it up. (Be sure to watch the video to see how easy and fun this is!) Stamp the leaves and ink them up also.
  2. Stamp the Bird of Paradise flower and use the layering stamps to get a beautiful stamped result with no coloring!
  3. Stamp your sentiment of choice…here I used the “You are Beautiful and Strong” sentiment onto a rectangle. Add gold ink around the edges.

Once the background is completely dry, add some inking through using the Feathered Leaves Stencil with Lagoon Crisp Dye Ink to get a more textured feel.

Then, spread some gold paste onto the dimensional leaves. (I used my finger, one of the best tools in the craft room!)

Die-cut the letters with the Caps Bold Alpha Die Set to spell “Aloha.” Ink them up to match the flowers. Add some gold foil to the bottom of each letter using scor-tape. (Please watch the video to see how this is done.)

Now it's time to put everything together! Use both liquid adhesive and foam tape to get extra dimension on those flowers.

I happened to have lots of extra flowers, so I also created a slimline card to match!

I hope you enjoyed this project today! 

AMAZING!! Kari even made a card to go with her journal pages! How cool is that?! And do you notice that how Kari was able to achieve a completely different look by opting for no color on the background of her card? Kari, you are so talented! Thank you for being our Guest Designer for August! We hope to see you here again :).

Please leave a bit of love for Kari in the comments to let her know what you think of her projects. Also, make sure you check out her process video which she has made so lovingly for you.



You Are Beautiful Stamp Set
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You Are Beautiful Die Set
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Bird of Paradise Stamp Set
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Leaf Mix Die Set
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You Are Beautiful Simple Coloring…
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You Are Beautiful Stamp & Die Bundle
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You Are Beautiful Stamp & Die &…
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Bird of Paradise Die Set
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Bird of Paradise Stamp & Die Bundle
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Feathered Leaves Stencil
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Caps Bold Alphabet Die Set
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Lagoon Crisp Dye Ink
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Forest Glades Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
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Lagoon Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
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Sea Glass Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
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Detailed Blending Brushes
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Nancy Probst August 28, 2021 - 9:45 pm

Oh my gosh – I love your projects! The aloha spread is vibrant and so much fun. The card is just stunning with the white-on-white background. Amazing how the same florals can go from fun and playful to elegant. What an incredible way to highlight the versatility of those flowers and leaves.

Jodi C. August 28, 2021 - 11:03 pm

This is Fabulous!! I started out scrapbooking, then stamping, …..etc. Now it’s usually Mixed Media or watercolor. I love Altenew and am lucky to have a good amount of their fabulous products. Any creations like this are helpful and inspiring to get me to use any /all of their products in my Art. Thank You for sharing❤️!

Brenna Garcia August 29, 2021 - 7:54 pm

Wow! I just adore this project of yours. I have never done art journaling before . BEAUTIFUL PROJECT! Super inspired.

Tara September 29, 2021 - 2:25 pm

wonderful design


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