Sunday, 15 April 2018

Dusty Attic Mood Board Challenge - April

I thought these colours where perfect to put with a photo of my beautiful granddaughter Amelia.

I found some paper that had a great blue wood grain but it was a bit pale and not as vibrant as I would like. I used clear crackle paste and painted the pattern of the wood grain so that it would add texture to the page. Once dry (tip: leave to dry naturally as drying with a heat gun doesn't allow the crackle to develop properly). To add a more vibrant blue colour, I added Lindy Stamp Gang Magicals in bright blue and sprayed allowing the water to flow following the wood grain pattern. 

The base of the main textured area is large pieces of tissue paper stuck down with more clear crackle paste. Once dry, using a variety of Finnabair alchemy paints to paint vertical strips to blend the tissue paper. I used a Tim Holtz oxide ink to add a rustic look so that it wasn't too shimmery with the alchemy paints. 

I finished with stiffened gauze that was coloured with DA Denim paint, painted chip board layered under a photo mat. To blend in,  I flicked various paints over the main embellishment area. 

flowers were spray various complimentary colours with Lindy Stamp Gang sprays and added to the layout. Frame and words were added and a light blue gold paint dabbed on the edges of flower petals, frame and words to add a grungy look. 

I hope you enjoy my layout and I welcome your comments on my blog. 

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Sunday, 1 April 2018

DUSTY ATTIC - April Challenge

What a beautiful pop of colour in this mood board. I have focused on the gorgeous blue architectural feature in the pictures. 

I started by using Lindy Stamp Gangs Magicals to create a blue wash on white card stock. Once dry, I stamped randomly to add a grungy look. I painted the chipboard in different blues, denim and green. Using Tim Holtz distress oxides, stamped on to the chipboard - suing a complimentary oxide colour and sprayed with water. I dried with a heat tool so that the oxide dried unevenly on the painted surface. The aim was to take of the too perfect paint surface and make it more grungy. Once all dried, positioned the pieces underneath a raised photo mat made up of 3-4 pieces of plain and pattered card sock. I flicked the paint used on the chipboard over the made embellishment area and added white to lift the tones. Using cotton lace cut so that it frayed, I stamped with Tim Holtz Oxide inks and sprayed with water. Dried and inserted under the photo mat. I dyed art stones in Colour Blast Shimmer Pot - Leather and using clear glue, added to the lace making sure that the larger stones formed a line of over the main lace lines and smaller ones adding texture and filling in the gaps. 

The words were painted in Dusty Attic Gingernut and using walnut stain oxide inks, a grungy layer added. I added the photo and used small chip board pieces to raise it up so that it was lifted up higher than the embellishments. Finally I used Colour Blast Shimmer Pot - Gold to added a hint of colour on the the edges of the art stones, photo mat, edge of the tags and words. A last touch of white paint on the edges of the words and the scroll to highlight them against the art stones. 

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More Than Words Challenge - April

Our Main Challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge.

Word Inspiration - NATURE
Creative Challenge - ANIMAL

What does the word NATURE inspire you to create?
You can choose to use the actual word somewhere on your project 
or simply be inspired by it.  Since words are an integral part of our challenges, we want to know how this month's word stimulated your creative process, so please do explain in your blog post how 
it inspired you if it isn't obvious in your work.

This month, our creative challenge is to use either an ANIMAL IMAGE or an ANIMAL PRINT on your project. You can scrap about your special pet. You can add a sticker or flair depicting a bird or a bear. Or maybe you have a gorgeous zebra print paper in your stash or a paw print punch 
in your punch collection that you've been waiting to use. 
Follow your animal instinct and let your creativity go wild!

I loved this challenge and wanted to focus on the hidden NATURE in my backyard. This is a beautiful Christmas Beetle and I love the bright iridescent colours. I have started with a stencilled background and added Lindys Magicals to added a mixture of green and brown tones creating a natural palette. I then laid strips of patterned paper and tags making sure to raise then up with chipboard underneath. I also added wonderful strips of paper that had pictures of beetles on them from old pattern paper. To create a natural look to the page, I inserted pieces of webbing. To add the look of raindrops, I painted the bottom of clear pebbles with Finnabair alchemy Lime Peel paint and finally flicked some of the beautiful lime paint over the page. I finished of with a Dusty Attic word painted in more Finnabair alchemy paint - Emerald to add a deeper colour tone. I added some paint flicks of the Emerald over the page to pull the colours together. I stamped and embossed a bee on the page and lightly underneath one of the strips of paper. 

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Dusty Attic March Mood Board Challenge

This mood board wa sall about softness and pretty colours and there is  nothing softer than a beautiful little baby girl. 

I usually do a grungey style page but for this one, I decided to do a lovely baby girl page. I used Lindy Stamp Gang Magicals to add colour to the background. Painted the Dusty Attic chipboard with metalic paints to add richness. I layered the chipboard using foam tape to raise up the layers. To finish off, I used sugar frosting to add texture to the background.