11 August 2021

Triple The Heat with The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

Hi everyone and welcome. Suzz is hosting the latest challenge over on The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and she's called it 'Triple The Heat'; "August is always very hot for us in the Midwest. Our temperature can raise into the three digit numbers. I decided to use the number 3 as the inspiration for this challenge. I challenge you to use 3 of a kind.  You could use just three colors (white and black excluded), three of the same type of embellishment, three of the same images...  you decide how to incorporate the three of a kind in your project.  Make sure to mention what your three of a kind is in your post."

The Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and three additional outstanding entries will receive Top 3 Badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

It has been a while since I made a little notebook and this challenge proved to be the perfect opportunity. For the cover of the notebook I played with colouring, stamping and stencilling on fabric using Dina Wakley Media acrylic paints.

As a surface plain cotton fabric is perfect for using with paint if you are new to using it with stamps and stencils because it is very forgiving. The key is remembering that it is highly absorbent so you need to use more paint than you would expect.

I started with a piece of cotton larger than the size of the notebook covers. Three shades of purple paint (Fuchsia, Eggplant and Heather) were daubed onto the surface in patches and a little water was misted over the top to help them blend together at the edges. I also added splatters of the same colours. Once dry the fabric was ironed to make it smoother and more flexible. I then stamped the larger of the leaf shapes from Dina Wakley's 'Be Willing' stamp set using the Eggplant paint all over the mottled background.

Having stuck most of the fabric onto the two sides of the notebook cover with soft gel medium I was left with two remaining strips. Buff acrylic paint was stippled through one of the repeat patterns from Dina Wakley's 'Marks' stencil onto them before they were  then layered on top of the background fabric.

Some Dina Wakley Media Sticky Back Canvas Tape was painted first with Heather paint and then with Eggplant paint before being sanded back to give a worn appearance. This was then used to join the two covers and the spine together.

I painted a piece of thick card with Olive paint before stamping the smaller of the leaves from the 'Be Willing' stamp set on to it with Petunia coloured Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink.

The same colour of ink was used to stamp the Be Bold phrase from the 'Be Willing' stamp set onto Turquoise painted card and to stencil over circles of Ruby painted card with the 'Marks' stencil. To finish all of the stamped elements were layered over a scrap of painted fabric (used to mop up the excess when creating the background fabric) and some paper painted with Ocean acrylic paint.

The close ups below show how some simple stitching frames the border of the fabric scrap and dots from a white gel pen are used to add small highlights to the three painted circle 'berries'.

That's my take on the 'Triple The Heat' theme. For even more inspiration the rest of the Design Team have come up with their own projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE.


  1. Love the vibrant colors and then say the details with the fabric and paint and overall just a wow!

  2. Fabulous, you make the fabrics look like velvet! Great technique. Ax

  3. Incredible use of color! Great tutorial Jenny!

  4. This is nothing short of amazing, Jenny! Your colors are so eye catching and each detail is so well thought out and executed perfectly. Thank you for sharing your steps in your wonderful tutorial. It makes me want to give it a go, but I think if I tried this I would make a total mess! Big hugs!

  5. Love the colors they are oh so bold and beautiful! Beautiful make!❤️

  6. Gorgeous and such bright colors!! Love all of your details and the pretty blossom on the front!!


Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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