Friday, July 29, 2022

She's Plotting Again / Paige Evans DT

Hey, friends!  Here's another new layout I created for the Paige Evans Design Team using her Splendid collection.  I wanted to use Paper 2 as my background, which is a nice break from my usual white backgrounds.  I also wanted to use the Washi Tape.  I started by adding long strips of the tapes to some white cardstock and then cutting the strips separately.  I distressed the edges, glued them down and then machine stitched through each of them with metallic gold thread.  I actually went pretty light on the mixed media on this.  I smudged a bit of white gesso on the tape area behind the top photo.  I sprayed a few Shimmerz colors on that area and then added some texture beads.  I also went wild with the white acrylic paint splatters.
These tapes are so bold and pretty!  Very easy to use in so many ways.  I embellished on each strip with a matching Chipboard Sticker.
I wound up creating a cluster here in the title area.  I first cut the large XO from a paper in the 12x12 Paper Pad.  I used lots of the blue flowers from the Chipboard Stickers and 8-page Sticker Book.  I used the Thickers for my smaller title to describe my mischevious child LOL.  I also used an Epoxy Sticker as well as some blue and yellow threads.  I also added more beads.  I got the beads from Michaels, and I just pressed them into some texture paste that I scraped on using a palette knife.
The beads are fun...they're my current obesssion :)  I tucked in a few flowers here and some leaf stems.  Behind my photos I layered some white tissue paper and a bit of paper from the 6x8 Paper Pad.
I highly recommend white splatters on top of bold darker colors like this.  It shows up so crisp and bright and looks awesome!  Very easy to do.
This yellow scalloped border is one of the Washi Tapes.  It's a perfect little detail to add around photos like this.  
More close-ups of all the details :)

I also recommend using a white gel pen to write your journaling on dark colors like this.  It shows up very well.  I used Paige's Roller Stamp here for the date.
To make my title stand out a bit more I traced around the letters with the white gel pen.  It just makes them a little more readable.

I hope this inspires you in some way today!  I had a fun putting it together even if I did become possessed by the Bead Demon LOL!  I just can't stop when I'm loving making a mess :D

Here's my process video:

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

Saturday, July 16, 2022

The Flamingo / Paige Evans DT

Hey, friends!  Have you been checking out the latest cut file designs from Paige Evans?  She has recently released her 24 Days of Summer Cut Files, and I'm showcasing today's adorable Flamingo design.  I used Paige's Splendid collection for this.  I had the perfect flamingo photo to go with this cut file :)  

I first cut the design pretty large on textured white cardstock on my Silhouette Cameo.  I used thick white cardstock for the background, and I coated everything with clear gesso.  I duplicated the flamingo a few times in smaller sizes and cut them on a few different pink and orange patterned papers from Splendid.  I left the center flamingo white so I could jazz it up.  To do that, I sprayed it with a few different pink Shimmerz sprays and let it dry.  Then I smudged some white texture paste down and pressed some tiny beads into it.  I saw my scrappy friend Brianna Lepper do this recently and I just had to try it!  It created some amazing texture.  For the remaining flamingos I smudged some white gesso on them to create some dimension and then again smudged some Nuvo Glimmer Paste on them to make them sparkle.  I used my fingers for all this smudging, haha :D
For the background, I used Broken China Distress Oxide directly on the paper and added water.  I created a circle of blue to start.  I came back in with a few blue Shimmerz sprays and kept using a brush to move the color around.  I wanted a big blue circle to show behind and around the edges of the cut file.  I love the contrast of the blue with the pinks & oranges.  I arranged the flamingos where I wanted them, added adhesive foam to them to pop them up, and began embellishing.
These tiny beads are awesome!  I got them at Michael's, and they just stuck right to the texture paste.   A cool and easy way to get some texture :)
Here you can see the glitter on the other flamingos.  That Nuvo Glimmer Paste is incredible.  I wanted these large flamingos going in the same direction as the flamingo in my photo--facing in towards the center of the page.
Behind the photo I layered a piece of blue flower patterend paper and some white tissue paper.  I fussy cut some flowers from patterned papers and layered in some of the blue sequin flowers and some stickers from the 8-page Sticker Book.
I created a flower cluster here, added some thread an one of the Heart Shaped Clips as well as a Chipboard Sticker.  I did add some white acrylic paint splatters and gold ink splatters to the background.

I pulled some sequins from my stash to top the centers of the flowers.  I have a sequin collection from SpiegelMom Scraps--the best!
Here a few more close-ups of all the details ;)
I used the Splendid Thickers for my title, tucked in some dark pink thread for added texture and then popped in a Chipboard Sticker with gold edges.

I hope this inspires you in some way today.  I had a ton of fun making it!  Be sure to check out Paige's 24 Days of Summer Cut Files.

Here is my process video:

Thanks for stopping by!