Saturday, March 3, 2012

Aussie Scrap Source Feathers Trend layout creative background step by step

Hi Guys

For this post I have done a bit of a mini step by step to show you how I created the background for this layout featured in the Aussie Scrap Source Feathers Trend post :) :) :)

I apologise that the pics are a bit yellow and grainy as I took the photos at night with not the best overhead lighting.

This is the layout [pic taken in better lighting and colour corrected :)]

Products used;

12 x 12 Chipboard background
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Cinder
Hero Arts Stamp
Black ink pad
Black 26 gauge craft wire
Black Signo gel pen

Extra kit tools;

Small soft bristle paint brush
Mister bottle with water
Clear acrylic stamping block
Heat gun
Absorbent paper towel

After stamping the image heat set it with the heat gun

Using a small paint brush paint the feather with glimmer mist and then dry with heat gun

Using the water mist bottle spray the layout background and stamped/painted image

Whilst the layout is still wet with water add splats of glimmer mist with the paint brush, by gently taping it 

 Gently dab some of the pooled water and mist with a paper towel and then apply a light spray of glimmer mist

Dry with the heat gun, and using a paper towel dabbing gently at the larger areas of pooled water and mist to absorb some of the moisture but not all, and then dry of with the heat gun

Add extra splats of glimmer mist with the paint brush to complete the 'design balance' and visual effects desired, [here I have already attached my photo, so I have protected it with a scrap of paper whilst adding extra splats of mist]

Below are some close ups of the completed layout [in better lighting and colour corrected :)]

Well that is quite simply IT! LOL :)

Cheers and Happy Scrapping

Louise :) xox

Oooh and PS, please please, if you do have a go at this technique I would love it if you would post a link to your creation so that I can enjoy your creative fun and fabness 2!!!!!!

Aussie Scrap Source quick & easy stamp making step by step

Hi Guys

This is a project I completed for Aussie Scrap Source for their Make it Yourself Series in March.

I elected to do quick and simple stamps. This would be so easy and fun for you to do with the kids.

What you will need is;
Craft Foam [I got mine from a discount store]
Acrylic stamping block
Craft Knife
Black marker/pen
Cutting Mat
double sided adhesive tape
Glue stick
Ink pad

Begin with drawing your design onto the craft foam

Using either the craft knife and/or scissors cut out your design

Just a close up of cut out stamps and tools used LOL :)

Attache your craft foam stamp to acrylic block with a couple of small pieces of double sided tape [in strategic places :)].

To seal the craft foam stamp top prevent it soaking up too much ink seal it with the glue stick and allow it to dry :)

Ink and stamp away to your hearts content!!! :)

Cheers and happy creating :)

The Color Room/Imaginarium Designs creative background step by step

Hi Guys

This is a layout I created for The Color Room Challenge site when Imaginarium Designs were sponosring the challenges in May :) :) :)

Layout – "a forever memory"

Background and chipboard element paint technique

Materials used;

Imaginarium Designs chipboard background

Imaginarium Designs chipboard hessian square [designed by Louise Nelson]

Gesso – Monte Marte

Paint – Making Memories, Jo Sonja, Kaisercraft

Mist – Crafty Notions

Flower tendril – Prima

Chipboard Alpha – Prima

Vintage Findings word fetti – Making Memories


I first glued the chipboard hessian square to the background using a glue stick.
I then mixed some cream paint in with the gesso before applying it to background

Place a few dollops of paint/gesso mix on to the background and chipboard embellishment

Using a coarse foam roller, roll out and cover the layout background and chipboard with the paint/gesso mix.
Don’t over roll the paint/gesso mix otherwise you will loose the lovely coarse bubble effect of the paint and gesso.

Just a close up of the lovely effect you can get using the gesso and a coarse foam roller

I usually use mists, but for this particular colour combination I needed to mix some pink paint with water and put it into a spray bottle to get a colour match.
This was then sprayed liberally over the chipboard embellishment.
I then dried the pink spray paint with a heat gun, after tipping it from side to side, to get it to run and drip across the background board

This is a close-up of the final paint effect on the background and chipboard

Close ups of the layout :)

Cheers and Happy Scrapping :) xxx

Friday, March 2, 2012

February 2011 123 Challenge step by step

February Challenge 123 Step-by-StepChallenge1. Colour - Cream
2. Word - About
3. Technique/Theme/ - Upcycling

Materials List:Chipboard background
Book page
Surgical Gauze
Potpourri Flowers
Macramé Belt
Crochet Cotton
Spray Mist
Vintage button
Gel pen

For this particular layout I’ve chosen to use the above listed non-traditional scrapbooking projects.

To start I created the background using the chip board, book page and paint. I first adhered the book page using a glue stick and then scraped some cream paint randomly over this, using a piece of scrap card

I then dried it using the heat gun.

To further embellish the layout I used some surgical gauze, parts of a macramé belt, flower from a vintage doilie, and dried potpourri flowers.

To begin I coloured the gauze using a cream coloured spray mist, and dried it quickly using a heat gun. This way it dries stiff and makes it easy to adhere with the glue stick, and then tease, fray and shape as required.

This was dried with a heat gun before being adhere to the layout using a glue stick.

The potpourri flowers have been adhered using a quick clear drying gel glue.

To create the stems and centres of the flower embellishments I have cut down the tassels from the macramé belt and adhered them using quick clear drying gel glue.

I have also used a flower cut from a vintage doilie to use as a centre for one of the flowers

To create the title I have used one of the macramé belt tassels to create the letter A.

Here are some close up shots of the final project.

Well I do hope you enjoy this months challenge. A big big thank you to Charmane and the team for having me on board I so so chuffed.

Cheers Louise xxx