Thursday, December 17, 2020

Holiday Festivities / Pinkfresh Studio

Happy Thursday, friends!  Here's my newest layout for Pinkfresh Studio :)  I used the Oh What Fun! collection to create a fun Christmas page.  I used my photos for color inspiration, and I used this light blue patterned paper for the background because it matched so well.  I also started this page with the Leaf Wreath cut file to add some interest and detail.

I started by deciding where to put the wreath.  I cut it in half and placed it on the right side of the page.  I used a lot of white gesso behind it to fade out some of the pattern and create some white space.  The gesso also preps the paper for liquids and paints.  I used the Liquid Watercolors to create a pretty green area behind the wreath.  Once that dried, I splattered some watered down white acrylic paint to create a snowy effect.

This collection is awesome because it has so many fun colors in it.  I love the pops of the golden yellow and royal blues.  I used lots of cute little die cut and puffy sticker ornaments here hanging down from the photo.  I machine stitched through the cut file with metallic gold thread and bent up some of the leaves.  Here you can also see some of the Crystals I added in...they're so fun and pretty to use!

I created a little cluster here at the bottom using puffy stickers, cardstock stickers and more Crystals.  I popped the gift box up with some adhesive foam to create some dimension...I think that makes all the difference, especially in clusters like this.
Once I added in this bigger tree branch die cut here, I knew these little ornaments would look cute hanging below it.  I popped a few of them up here, and I love how that instantly makes it seem more lifelike.  Here you can see how the gesso makes the background look as well as the watercolors and paint.
I added another little tree branch puffy sticker here and tucked in some thread.  I also used a few more cardstock stickers and a chipboard poinsettia sticker.
Sometimes simple stitching can make the best little detail.  I went with gold because it just added a little bit of shine and sparkle :)
I added a few pieces here above the photos.  I tried to make sure I got all the colors in this area.
I added another poinsettia and green thread on this side.

The title was easy in this instance because this die cut worked perfectly.  It was the perfect color and it fit right along the bottom of the photos.  I decided later to add in this "magic" puffy sticker.  I liked the pop of color it added.  At first it wasn't visible against the cut file because it was just too busy.  So I tore a piece of white cardstock and stuck it under the title.  It made the word visible and made it pop so much more.
One last close-up :)

I love how this turned out!  I love when a collection matches your photo perfectly like worked out so nicely.  I hope this gives you some ideas to try, and maybe a new way to use a wreath cut file.  Don't be afraid to cut in half and run it off the page :)

Here's my process video:

Thank you for stopping in, and have a great day!