Friday, February 14, 2014

Round 2 Fun in White!

  Heading into Round 2 of the Supreme Scrap Tournament.  First up,  I've never done a single monochromatic lay out in my life.  I am thankful  that this tournament really challenges us to work outside our comfort zone.
  I only had 2 black and white photos.  So my choices were limited.  And  I was only choosing between white and kraft for my monochromatic colors.
  It took me three hours to make this double lay out.  Apparently it takes a lot of work and time to do this.
  I ended up using like 5 sheets of white cardstocks for this lay out.  I punched 2 sheets of paper  using different border punchers.  The more intricate the punch,  the better.    I wanted to recreate the beautiful lace work of the bridal gown.  With the strips of paper border strips,  I glued them down on the white cardstocks.  I was measuring with ruler,  sometimes I do get OC.
   Next up,  I piled on trims and die cuts.  Those die cuts were cut in white foam,  but they had a grey tinge on them.  So I had to paint over them with gesso.
    I finally get to use my Maya Road White sequins which I have been hoarding for the longest time!
  I added resins from Prima and white paper flowers.
  Lastly,  the title I DO,  I used white thickers from American Crafts.
  Who knew I had so many white embellishments in the house?
  Will be making more monochromatic lay outs in the future?  Probably not.  It was a arduous process.  And monochromatic is never my first choice.  I like to live my life in full color!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

1000 steps from home

Along with some friends, I have joined an international competition  producing lay outs.  So the next couple of weeks should be fun.  
  Starting with two pieces of watercolor paper,  paint with yellow and orange water color the upper part of the paper, using bold brush strokes.  Next up,  using a combination of gel medium, glass bead gel and rust colored paint,  mix well and apply to paper over a brick mask.  Using a loaded paint brush,  flick on water color paper using water and watercolors.
  Stamp on paper.
  Pile on die cuts from Webster's papers,  layer them on.  Trim pictures if necessary.  Use green paper to provide base for all the pictures.  Glue on wooden chipboard embellishments.  I have also added some acrylic paint to the chipboard tree and birds.  Add on  prima Flowers.  I have also added some twine on a tag.  Write Journalling on tag: " I live in a paradise called the Philippines. We have wide and open roads, shady trees.  Flowering plants all year through.  Even our lamp posts are pretty.  This is paradise within 1000 steps from home."   Hide tag beneath topmost left picture.