Altered Journal Cover by Teri Stokes – November Guest Designer

by Altenew

Hello friends! We have another guest designer for you for the month of November. We are pleased to welcome the lovely and very cheerful, Teri Stokes. Teri is a Certified Altenew Educator and she just completed her two-year anniversary of being one!

Get to know Teri

Hi, there fellow crafters My name is Teri Stokes. I am a craftaholic like many of you! I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. I first started making cards when we had the stamps on wooden blocks. I love the creative process of making cards. I first discovered Altenew about four years ago. I instantly fell in love with their beautiful flower designs. I went through the Altenew Educator program in 2019. I absolutely loved the classes and the experience. At least a few days a week you can find me in my craft room. When I am not playing there I am out working my business. Truthfully I am probably also playing when I'm doing that too. I own a balloon decorating company Balloon Lady Houston. I am a certified balloon artist. I am an international award-winning balloon artist. I make balloons for private as well as corporate events. My Grandfather got me started making balloons when my daughter was little. It's been an amazing journey. I have worked on cruise ships as a balloon twister, made balloons in the White House, and competed with 20 friends on a balloon piece that took us 24 hours. Owning my own business has been beyond my dreams. I love that every day is different and I get to help people celebrate.   

Teri's Altered Journal Cover

When I was a girl, my parents had the most beautiful rose garden. When I first saw the Altenew Fresh Cut Roses I knew I had to have it for my collection. I decided to get my acrylic paint out and make a few things join me on my journey!

I started with a blank journal front I bought at a local craft store. I used two coats of coral acrylic paint.

Next, I grabbed a stiff brush and Altenew’s beautiful, Elegant Swirls Stencil. I used a light blue color of paint. I moved the stencil once I was not super careful in the middle because I knew I was going to cover the middle with a card panel.

Now the real fun begins. I glued on my stamped panel. Next, I added a coat of Mod Podge. (White glue and water mix would also work).

I took a Kleenex and pulled it apart and set it on the project. As I put it on I allowed it to scrunch up.

I love how this adds a cool texture.

I first started doing this technique with my grandmother as a kid. We used wax paper and old greeting cards. The white magically becomes clear overnight. Once everything is dried, I decided to add pearls around the image. Now the project is complete.

As a bonus project, I decided to paint a purse. Below are all the photos of the process

It was my pleasure to share my projects with you today. Thank you Altenew for inviting me to be a guest designer. You may visit my Instagram account HERE. Happy stamping.

Two for one! We always love a twofer! We love the little story about your mum's garden, Teri. Thank you for sharing it with us and also for your wonderful projects, they are absolutely lovely.  We hope to see you here again in the next year!

Everyone, please let Teri know how much you liked her projects. Do you have any bland journal covers that need revamping? Maybe give this technique a try! Thank you for stopping by!


Fresh Cut Roses Stamp Set
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Elegant Swirls Stencil
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EVA M BUSSOM November 29, 2021 - 10:18 am

Gorgeous piece Teri, and loved the details in both of them!

Barbara Miller November 29, 2021 - 10:23 am

Very nice Teri!
Love your ideas and use of items I never thought to stamp on and decorate.

Judy Valerio November 30, 2021 - 12:55 pm

Great makes…. it brought me back to the early days of crafting with glue & H20! I love how both your projects turned out! I must find a canvas bag to stamp & color for Christmas and give these tired old lungs some balloons to blow up!!! Yea for such a unique career and the happiness you must bring to everyone!!!

Lisa Wallrath December 10, 2021 - 3:34 pm

I love your designs and how passionate you are when creating them. Great job!

Angela Clark January 10, 2022 - 12:36 pm

I have used napkins before, but never tissue. I like the way it looks, Teri. Thank you for the excellent instructions.

Tara Prince May 6, 2022 - 9:06 am

so very pretty


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