Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Taking a Break

My son Colin in August 2017



For this layout I used a piece of 7 Dots Studio paper for the background.


7 Dots Studio
Homegrown - Attic


I did some stenciling on the background with Mowed Lawn and Forest Moss Distress Inks using a Clarity stencil brush.

Prima
Fluttering Flowers

Claritystamp
Clarity Stencil Brushes

 



This is the die I used:

Spellbinders
Renaissance Jubilee Ravenna




These are the chipboard pieces I used:


Dusty Attic
Fancy Trim #5

Dusty Attic
Cherry Blossom
Dusty Attic
Flourish #8
Dusty Attic
Ornate Corner #8
Dusty Attic
Leaves



I coated the Ornate Corner #8, Flourish #8 and Fancy Trim #5 with clear gesso and then applied Finnabair  White Crackle  Texture Paste.  When that was dry, I rubbed the Ornate Corner #8 with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and the other pieces with Forest Moss Distress ink, wiping off the excess with a damp paper towel.  I added some brown ink around the edges for definition.









I painted the cherry blossom branches a light brown then painted the flowers red.  I applied darker watery paint overtop of the branches to give them some visual dimension and on the edges of the flower petals to mimic the dark tips of the mulberry paper flowers. I glued some Express-O Yourself Prills in the center of some of the flowers.





I painted the chipboard leaves a medium green colour and then misted them with a darker green (Lindy's Stamp Gang Greased Lightnin' Green) while the paint was still wet to give them a mottled effect.





Here are some more close-ups:










Thank you so much for taking a look!





Saturday, 16 September 2017

Funk Ancestors

My great-grandparents with three of their children



For this layout, I used a piece of 7 Dots Studio paper for the background.


7 Dots Studio
Fortune Teller - Sunny



These are the Wycinanka chipboard pieces I used:


Paris, Paris - bordery, dwie pary
ROMANCE - ornamenty, wzór 2
ROMANCE - ornamenty, wzór 6
sweet dreams bordery




I embossed all the chipboard pieces with Stampendous Aged Ivory embossing enamel.









These are the dies I used:


Tattered Lace
Paradise Ferns
Tattered Lace
Ferns
Tattered Lace
Ornate Leaves
My Favorite Things
Mini Delicate Doilies
Cheery Lynn Designs
Large Sunflower Doily
Cheery Lynn Designs
Flourish #13



I layered most of the diecuts over a black version, offsetting them slightly to accentuate the edges. For the Flourish #13 leaves, I traced around the edges and along the veins with a black marker (Zig Writer).






I added some pieces of natural coloured reindeer moss to the flower clusters.






Here are a couple more close-ups:









Thank you so much for taking a look!





Thursday, 7 September 2017

Me at Tikal

Me at Tikal, Guatemala in 1992


In 1992 I took an archaeology field course that took place in Belize.  On one of our weekends off we went to Guatemala to visit the Mayan site of Tikal.  In the photo I am standing on the platform of Temple II with Temple I in the background.



For this layout, I used a piece of 7 Dots Studio paper.


7 Dots Studio
Dreamscapes - Narwhal



I did some stenciling on the background with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink using a Clarity stencil brush.

Tim Holtz
Bricked





I also did some stamping with Tea Dye Distress Ink around the edges of the paper.


Pink Paislee
Butterfly Garden - Impressions






And some sporadic punching around the outer edge as well.

Fiskars
Diamond Edge






These are the chipboard pieces I used:

2Crafty
Geo Triangular Border


Wycinanka
Romance - Ramka / Szyld




I embossed all the chipboard pieces with Stampendous Aged Ochre embossing powder and lightly brushed some green paint overtop to grunge them up a bit.









The fern leaves and berries are by 49 and Market, the other leaves and flowers are by Petaloo.

I cut out a piece of Mayan pottery from a photo I took and tucked it into the lower left flower cluster.






Thank you so much for taking a look!