As I’m writing this post, it’s an overcast and rainy day. Perfect for curling up with a blanket, a cup of coffee, and my bible. For my daily quiet time, I’ve been reading Go Tell It On The Mountain, a 14 day devotional from She Reads Truth. I try to meditate on a verse or thought from the author each day rather than just read it and be done. Their mobile app has been so helpful. It allows you to make notes and highlight passages. That’s exactly what I need with a newborn at home. I can read and study during an early morning feeding. Later, when I have time to devote to bible journaling, I can look back through all of the notes.
Today was a great day to open up my journaling bible, grab the He Is Good stamp set, and get creative. The pages I’m sharing in this blog post use a masking technique, and I can’t wait to show you how it’s done.
The spread was inspired by a passage from John 6:47-51. “I am the bread of life… if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.” The word life is repeated five times in the passage, and I really wanted to meditate on that word and what Jesus was revealing to us about eternal life.
I wanted the word to stand out and have the scripture appear within the letters. To do this, I needed to create a mask. I grabbed paper and cut the letters out quickly with a scissors. You could cut more intricate letters using a Silhouette or Cricut machine, but I used what was close and easy. In fact, I used thin paper ripped from my planner.
TIP TIME | Thinner paper such as computer paper or a post-it note works best for this technique. The thicker the paper is, the higher it will be off your bible. Therefore, there will be a gap between the mask and the bible. This can create uneven lines.
Next I used a variety of colored inks and stamps from He Is Good to stamp over the letters. If you’re worried about the paper moving around while stamping, use a small amount of removable adhesive to keep it in place. I used my left hand to hold the letter in place while using my right hand to stamp and adjusted the paper as needed.
The set has two leaves included – Did you notice the shapes can be combined to create a flower? Adding both to the acrylic block saved time. There sure is a lot of stamping involved in this technique. It’s a great opportunity to play worship music, an audio book, or sermon while reflecting on His truth.
To reveal bold, crisp letters, make sure each edge of the mask is covered. This means your stamps will need to overlap. Otherwise you could add a layer of watercolor or colored pencil before stamping.
Because I didn’t take my own advice and add a layer of color before stamping, the letters weren’t as bold as I had hoped. It was easily fixed by tracing the masked area with a black marker. I may come back with the marker and add some journaling or the verse to the bottom of the page. For now, I love the statement this spread makes. My heart praises God for the gift of His Son and the eternal life we receive through Him.
Now it’s your turn! We’d love to see your take on this technique. Share your journaling bible with the Crafted In Joy hashtags: #CraftedInJoy #CIJbiblejournaling