Saturday, April 9, 2016

Mum Themed Layout

As we take a new approach to the challenges being hosted at Artful Crafting, I wanted to try out something very different for this challenge. Presenting to you, my very first 12"x12" layout, made specially for Artful Crafting Challenge 12: Mum.

What's new about the challenge you ask? well, at AC we decided that, April onwards, each challenge theme will be accompanied by a mood board, which will determine the "look and feel" of your project. You can read more about the challenge on the Artful Crafting blog; Adding the mood board for April below.

Lets start with the absolutely gorgeous kit I received. 

Isn't it so pretty! [I'm listing all the products at the bottom, under Supplies]

I started by applying a thin layer of white Gesso on a 12"x12" piece of corrugated heavy board (taken from an old carton). Gesso was watered down and applied sparingly, because I did not want a stark white background. Below image shows exactly how it looked when done.
Next, I distressed the edges of Soft Shell Swiss Dotted cardstock, tore it up on two sides, inked all the edges with Tattered Rose, and adhered it to the base.

While this dried, I began working on the embellishments. First up, was the beautifully dry embossed butterfly, around 4" in size.

I painted it with Chiffon Pink #29517, then went over the edges with some bright pink poster paint (purchased from a local store), then went over the entire piece with a wet brush, just to get color all over the butterfly. Then, I added some detail with the darker shade, and left it to dry. While it dried, I applied gesso to the chipboard teacups and kept them aside. Next, I heat embossed the butterfly using clear embossing powder, and began painting the diecut tea cups in the same fashion as the butterfly.

Inspired by the teacup in the mood board, I fussy cut a bunch of roses, from the 6"x6" Tales of You and Me cardstock, and adhered them to the teacups before heat embossing them.

At this point, I began arranging the elements to ensure I was on track. I tore up the patterned cardstock from the collection, to create the layers for the photograph, and to tuck some under the Soft Shell "V"s .
I then cut out the center of two doilies, painted one with Chiffon Pink #29517, and added patterned paper to both.

As the layout was now beginning to come together, I could visualize where the tag, and other diecuts would fit best. I decided to ink up the tag, and the top layer of Anjas Vintage Frame with Bundled Sage.
I cut the frame (both layers) in half.

After inking the tag, I stamped it with one of the Tales of You and Me Rubber Icons, and finished it with a cute little bow. Ah! all the elements were now ready to be adhered. (I wish I could have videoed the entire process, sigh)

 So basically this is how I layered the photograph, and then added all the elements accordingly.

Stamped "Mum" with Archival Black, and the rest with memento Bamboo Leaves, and Rose Bud.

Supplies used:

Bazzill Dotted Swiss Cardstock: Soft Shell
Prima Marketing Tales of You and Me 8" x 8" and 6"x6"

Die Cuts:
Anjas Vintage Frame from Marianne Design Creatables
Chipboard Tea Cups

Coffee Break , Laser Cut Wood Icons from Prima Marketing (teapot and speech bubble)

Trinket Pins by Maya Roads
4" Heart, paper doilies by Royal Lace

Mum, Clear Magic stamps by Woodware
Tales of You and Me Rubber Icons, by Prima Marketing Inc
Tattered Rose, Tim Holtz Distress Inks by Ranger
Bundled Sage, Tim Holtz Distress Inks by Ranger
Black, Archival
Rose Bud, Memento
Bamboo Leaves, Memento

Chiffon Pink, Twinkling H2Os by Luminarte

Clear Embossing Powder by Ranger

Happy Crafting!
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