Wednesday, 19 September 2012

C'est Magnifique Build-A-Page Tutorial {Paper Tearing, Shadow Inking & Ink Stenciling}

Here's the tutorial I promised the other day!

I have a little 'step-by-step'
here for you to replicate my page or do something similar
if you feel like it :)

1.  Choose your base paper & the printed papers you want
to use for your torn pieces - tear the pieces, ink the edges
then layer the pieces up together as shown below.

2.  Lay your newly created torn top section over the
top of your base paper (without adhering) then lightly
mark around the edge with a pencil - remove torn piece
then ink with walnut ink (or similar) along your pencil
outline, about half an inch inside and half an inch outside
your line (so one inch in total) using a sponge or applicator
 so that you make a nice smudgy line.  Wait at least 10 mins
for the ink to dry before gently erasing your pencil markings.

3.  Now adhere your torn strip piece to your layout &
admire the lovely depth you have just created :)

4.  Use a stencil/mask (here I used a Vintage plastic
doily) together with the same inkpad you used to 
create your depth up top to create your detail in the
centre of your layout (where your photos will go).

5.  Don't worry about inking up the bottom section as
this will be covered up ultimately by another 'torn strip'
section just like what you made for the top of your layout
so make another one & adhere it to the base of your layout.

NOTE - Do not place your adhesive right at the edge of
the strip but rather half an inch in so that you can push
your photos in and down behind it.

6.  Now adhere your next torn layer to the base of your
 layout, make a fan with your photographs & some printed
papers (or packaging like I have used here), ink the edges
then tuck them in just behind/beneath your torn strips.

7.  Now have fun embellishing away!  I tucked in some
bunting at the top, added some flowers & lace (I used a 
gluber {giant glue-dot} and folded the lace around it into
a circle shape) then layered a couple of flowers on top of it.

8.  Add in some hand journaling, a title and some sentiments
(which I took from the paper & the Prima packaging) a bit
of bling & of course some gesso dry brushed over the top!

Voila!  Your layout is complete!


Tracey Sabella said...

So gorgeous, Helen!! Thanks for the tutorial. How fortunate to have this lovely vintage doily in your collection - what a gorgeous design! Such a fabulous page!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Tracey said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!

Denise van Deventer said...

Hey Helen...this is just such a super layout and the colouring so beautiful! Thanks for showing us how...always nice to learn something new! BTW...Congrats on having your Prima layout featured on their blog....I left you lots of love on that specific layout on your blog! But very well done! Always nice to know others appreciate our creativity and efforts! I do yours! ;-)


This is my new fave of yours! I adore the oranges&browns with a hint of blue. TFS the creative process :)
I am dying to know the good news, Helen!!!

Keren Tamir said...

Awesome tutorial Helen!! Loved this LO when I saw it!!

Desire Fourie said...

Helen this is so beautifully designed and your tutorial is great. Love the tearing. Wishing you a fab Wednesday.
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Lynette said...

Awesome...I love seeing your step-by-step of how you went about creating the beautiful layouts.

Lizzy Hill said...

Such clear, easy to understand instructions...would NEVER have thought of the inking at the top BEFORE you lay the torn papers down...clever:):)TFS

Carin McDonough said...

Beautiful layout Helen and such cute photos and a fantastic tutorial as always! :) Still eagerly waiting for your good news!!! ;)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Absolutely AMAZING!!! I am always inspired how you create your pages!!!!!!

Missy Whidden said...

Another gorgeous design, Helen! I always love your explain it so nicely and they always inspire me to want to try it :) I love your torn paper and are so talented!

Adriana B said...

fabulous technique and details, love that idea, love the layers :)

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Sandie Edwards said...

You have another spammer above Helen. How come your blog isn't picking up spam? I feel for you. I actually thought I'd left a comment on this already... it is amazing, I love your tutorial, the way you incorporated the layers of torn papers with colour beneath ... wow!

Eila Sandberg said...

This is really so beautiful Helen! love the soft colours and how everything compliment each other seamlessly. Love that doily too, such a pretty pattern. Lucky you! I TOLD you your Prima page was feature material, was ever so chuffed seeing it in its well deserved spotlight. Congrats indeed! Curious curious ... xoxo

Mitra Pratt said...

So, I was on the couch last night and started laughing. Nate wanted to know why so I held up my ipad and said, this plastic doily came from that little second hand shop in Potsdam and now it's in Africa. He shook his head at what amuses me and makes me happy! Love seeing your process and how you made a fake shadow!! LOVE IT!!!!

Linda Eggleton said...

Stunning layout & fantastic tutorial, Helen...thanks so much for sharing...Loving that doiley too! :)

Aline Marengo said...

Hi Helen

I loved the page ... very beautiful .... I loved the pastel shades.


sandi said...

Great tutorial Helen, this lo is fabulously put together.

Marjie Kemper said...

How I love those inky edges and stenciled mist... you've made a beautiful page here with the photos tucked in and embellished with just the right touches!

Marjie Kemper said...

How I love those inky edges and stenciled mist... you've made a beautiful page here with the photos tucked in and embellished with just the right touches!

cvanholstein said...

Love it!!
Thanks for the tutorial,
kind regards, Corina

Pamela said...

This layout is gorgeous Helen!!! Great tutorial too! :)

Lynnda said...

Thanks for tutorial/tips... Your layout is absolutely STUNNING HELEN.... Love the colors... gorgeous... hugs..xoxo

MARILYN said...

Gorgeous page!!!! love it!!! and the tutorial is super!!! sweet pic!!

Sharm Nidyanandan said...

simply beauutiful! thanks for sharing those tips! love the first one..very unique! would never have thought of a tech like that ;)