Are you In the Mood for a little inspiration ;) ?
I have a photo tutorial for you today using this fabulous new collection. I decided instead of doing the obvious to use the collection for something different. Something more masculine, which was this little guy running down the beach :).
What I love about the whole creative process, is theres no right or wrong way of doing it. Messy, grungy, simple, complicated its all up to you. Heres how I achieved the look I wanted.
Once I chose my paper - Dreamy - I picked all the embellishments I wanted to use and fiddled around til I was happy with my composition.
Next I applied gesso over the paper - this prepares the paper or primes it, making the surface slightly textured and ready to accept paint mediums - without it paints or sprays would just soak into the paper.
While the gesso is drying I started altering my chipboard. I used a few different techniques - the chain link I just inked with black ink. The cogs I just painted red - that large red cog? is the negative from chain link - so don't throw those away, they come in handy! And lastly the diamond bits and dots and embossed with the new Black Gold embossing powder - the photo doesn't do this product justice, it embosses beautifully!!
While the paint is drying on the chipboard I could then start splattering away at my background. I used a mixture of black and white gesso and red paint, all spritzed with water to thin it down and then splattered around the page with a paint brush, starting with the lightest colour first.
The next step was deciding what stamps I wanted to use. Ive used a mixture from three different sets. To figure out where I wanted to stamp, I reassembled my embellishments and pencilled lightly around them, then removed them and started randomly using my newsprint stamp. The star bursts and circle stamps were used with more precision - I wanted these overlapping the chipboard pieces creating a collage effect.
The last thing I added was seedlings, and stickers, you can see these in the closeups :)
The final picture, the completed layout. I love it! He looks like he's having such a great time :) <3
In the Mood - Dreamy
To create my centre cluster, I used a combination of stunning flowers, chipboard and diecut pieces.
I wanted the entire project to match so I used the same papers and embellishments in both.
Here you can see the detail added to the sides of the box and the dimensionality of decorated lid.
Inside I used some of the lovely lace that comes with the collection - and perfect for covering up where you just have'nt quite got the cut of your paper accurate! ;)
Hopefully I inspired you to get creating with this lovely new collection :). See you next month!
In the Mood: Pensive, Mellow
White Venise - Lace 10
In the Mood Printed Chipboard