***Includes mini paint-flicking & stitching tutorial***
Here they are! All the close-ups & deets on my layout from my last post, that gorgeous inspiration photograph again & how I went about attempting to recreate it, wth my own twist of course :)
Sketchy Thursdays sketch to use too - complete with paint-splatters - so that was a bonus!
I needed a border so I found a nice plum pink, cut my black cardstock down a bit so the border would show then inked the edges in gold & flicked on some nice bright paints & sprayed on some mists. Unfortunately, against the black, the mists are all but lost in the photographs but they do sparkle IRL promise :)
This time I didn't water down my paints because I wanted them nice & thick & I was on my way out...so I knew that if I flicked them all on quickly when I returned they would be nice & dry & shiny...and sure enough they were! To get this effect simply dip the WRONG END of your paint brush into your paint then use your scissors to HIT your paintbrush higher up - to cause the paint to fly off! I always spread a big shopping bag under & behind my layout (plastic bag) to catch any "over-spill".
I wanted my photos a bit more dramatic for this layout so I increased the shadows & highlights manually to create more drama & played around with the saturation levels. Then I looked for some printed paper & found this, which I thought was perfect as it had a grungy cream background like the model's coat but also some nice colourful bits too, like the rest of the inspiration photo.
Here you can see how I cut it to create something unusual. I then added some dots of distress ink that took FOREVER to dry (unfortunately I couldn't wait for them to dry as I seriously "didn't have all night" so I used my embossing heat tool, which worked to an extent, but in the end I just had to try to handle the paper with wet dots & they got a bit messed up, but, saying that, I don't think that detracted from the over-all look of the layout at all in any case :)
Below you can see the exact mists & paints I've used. While I love the look of the Making Memories bottles, I've found the paint is JUST THE SAME as anything available locally (although they do look quite stunning all lined up like soldiers reporting for duty on my desk LOL).
After building the foundations of my page I decided it needed some hand-stitching so I punched the sewing holes with my spike first. Remember to do 2 close together then one further apart to get the effect that I've got ( you want a SMALL space between stitches - when your thread is at the back) & then a BIG space where your thread is showing - at the front...) SPIKING YOUR HOLES FIRST ENSURES ACCURACY
Here is the final product - posted on my blog yesterday. Next I'll show you some close ups...
So I decided I needed to emphasize the scalloped paper more - so I edged it with thick white paing - roughly - intentionally - then added a heap of copper brads between the Stickles dots (always DELIGHTED to make a dent in my mountain of brads!)
Feathers were a must, of course, if you refer back to the picture, & those black flowers are actually metal & came off an alice-band of mine that broke :) Am I the only one with a shoebox full of "weird bits???"...
I even found the perfect bling embellishment! A shoe!! and layered up those cute little flowers with various bits & bobs, including a hand-crocheted doily.
I could see that I needed some butterflies but didn't want any 3D ones or I thought the layout would become too full & busy, so I used rub-ons instead. Also used some "Glitzers" stickers, which, unfortunately, in the photographs just glare, even without a flash (down at the bottom under "SHOES"). Added a bit of hand-journaling too...
I contacted the administrators, who eventually responded by saying they had no control over Mr. Linky & all they could think was that it wasn't entirely accurate when "you are down to the last few minutes before cut off time" so there you go girls - lesson learnt - Mr. Linky is not accurate & apparently there is nothing the blog administrators can do to over-ride it! Wow!!
To say I was disappointed is an understatement...I actually INTENTIONALLY leave my linking up "to the last minute" at times, because I prefer it that way, then all is fair & no-one else can use any of my layout details for inspiration. (Hey, AFTER the challenges are OVER feel free to be inspired all you like!!!)
So that was a big lesson learnt for me today, after all that effort was spent on my layout...from now on I will NEVER leave it so long & will ALWAYS link up minimum ONE HOUR before closing time! Aaaaanyway, I had a blast creating it, even if it did mean staying up half the night :)
Supplies:- Cardstock - black & plum - Bazzill Basics
Scalloped paper - Bo Bunny Persuasion "Forever" die-cut
Alphas - Thickers by Dear Lizzy for American Crafts (Puffy Letter Stickers "Berry") & Basic Grey "Origins"
Gold thread, copper brads & bling stilleto & red gem - stash
Paints - Making Memories - Lemon & Daiquiri & Genkem Craft Paint Mauve & Gesso.
Gold "Pretty Colour" ink & Tim Holtz Distress Stickles - Worn Lipstick
Mists - Tattered Angels Key Lime Pie, Maya Mists Sunflower Yellow & Ranger "Perfect Pearl"
Pink Paislee artisan element
Prima flowers & bling centre plus other from LSS & Cocoa Diasy kits
Feathers from LSS
Black flowers (metal) ephemera
Pearl buttons & numerals- Jenni Bowlin Studios
Bo-Bunny Gabrielle rub-ons
Glitz Designs "Glitzers" stickers
GCD studios - decorative strip (Melody Ross - Artsy Urban line)
White journaling pen - Hybrid gel grip