Monday, August 29, 2016

Yvonne Blairs Art Girls Design Team. Believe in Yourslf.

The power of positive thinking is a wonderful thing. I often think of the story The Little Train That Could. So strong, so determined...So magical. It goes to show, that if you believe in yourself, the magic WILL happen. You just have to believe... I created a 12x12 layout to showcase the photo of my granddaughter. I altered the photo to make her appear as if she were a fairy among glowing fireflies deep in a forest. I started by mounting my Prima papers onto a piece of 12x12 corrugated cardboard using ModPodge. Then I dry brushed a very light coat of white and clear gesso all over the background. This gave me a base similar to a piece of canvas.

I just knew the Yvonne Blair Design Stamp "Believe in Yourself" was perfect for this layout.
My one weakness in creating layouts, is the title or journaling. Yvonne's wonderful stamps eliminates  that problem for me. I just pick a stamp, and go with it. Title or journaling done. 

 I painted a piece of cream card stock with Prima Art Alchemy paint for shimmer. Then I stamped the quote onto the painted card stock using black ink, and cut each word out. I used the black ink on the edges of each word and mounted them onto my layout.

 I layered some painted Dusty Attic chipboard, a painted Sizzix diecut frame, Prima flowers, diecut leaves and butterflies on the background. They were all colored with Prima Color Bloom sprays and Alchemy paints. Once my composition was done, I added Prima Art Stones in 3D Gel and using a spatula, added them randomly around the layout. Once it was dry, I sprayed them and the background with Prima Color Bloom 2 sprays in Pink Crocus and Black Tulip.

 To get a runny watercolor look, I sprayed the layout with some water, then Color Bloom sprays right over it and let the colors run and settle in the stones.

Just a close up of the water color look you can achieve, by spraying your primed papers with a fine mist of water, then your color sprays right over that immediately and let the colors run.

Dusty Attic has the most fabulous chipboard designs. This one is Damask#2. After priming them with white gesso, I used Prima's Violet Green Art Alchemy paint over them. I used 2 of them on this layout.

Thank you for joining me this week and letting me share the details to my creation.

Products used:
Impression Obsession Yvonne Blair design stamp:

Prima Marketing:
Art Stones
 Alchemy Paint
 3D Gel medium
 Clear Gesso
 white gesso
 die (leaves)
 Color Bloom sprays

Sizzix Die cut frame
Recollections Flowers
Dusty Attic chipboard

Gilding the Lily...MoodBoard Inspiration Lisa Gregory

 Hello Dusty Attic Lovers, Lisa here with  a mixed media piece here for your inspiration. This one is based on the August Mood Board. Green, Blue, Pink, with a touch of gold...OK..LOTS of gold.
For this layout, I white washed a piece of 12x12 patterned paper that I mounted on a piece of 12x12 corrugated cardboard. Then I used a mask and modeling paste in random spots. I coated all of my chipboard with white gesso. I coated the flowers with clear gesso. To frame my photo, I used a resin frame that I found at Hobby Lobby in the bridal section, and I coated it with white gesso as well. I tore and peeled back a piece of the background paper to reveal the corrugated card board underneath. I placed the frame and all of the elements on my paper. I pulled out my colored sprays and this is where the magic began to bring out the beauty in the Dusty Attic chipboard and flowers.

I absolutely love the Pendants chipboard, They are so elegant, This one has sweet little birdies in the framed circle. I cut down some pieces of the chain and used the pieces on either side of the pendant and "hung" some Foliage leaves on them. I placed a few strategically placed Prima Art Pebbles on the hanging Foliage and the pendant. They were brushed with gesso before spraying with Lindys's Stamp Gang spray color and dry brushing some Art Alchemy paint over them.

I tucked the Foliage chipboard under the Dusty in Bloom flowers . You can see a closeup of the Prima Art Stones. I added globs of Prima 3D Gloos gel where I wanted to adhere the stones. Once they dried, I brushed them with gesso, then used colored sprays over them before dry brushing them with Rose Gold Alchemy paint.

The Little Moments chipboard was sprayed with a darker plum color to match the original color of the flowers. After it dried, I white washed Art Basics Alchemy paint in Rose Gold over the title.

I sprayed the frame in blue green and purple to blend into the background paper. Then white washed Art Basics Alchemy paint in Rose Gold to give it a gilded antique look. I left a lot of the blue and green for a Patina look as well. I gave the entire layout a light brushing of Rose Gold Alchemy paint. I guess you can say I gilded the layout.


Monday, August 1, 2016

Dusty Attic July 2016 MoodBoard

Hello my Dusty Attic Lovers!! One of my favorite parts of Dusty Attic is the Mood Board. It is the perfect platform to kick start your mojo!! Lisa here, to inspire you to grab those gorgeous colors or words and start creating. I started by mounting a piece of edge distressed  patterned paper to the Corrugated cardboard. Then I added another layer on top of that one and popped it up by adding cardboard in between the layers.

All of the chip board was painted with Dusty In Colour Sunburnt Orange. While it was still wet, I dabbed on some Cashmere using my fingertip. Once it dried, I glossed over it with a thick layer of  Dusty in Colour Clear Crackle Varnish. The thicker you apply the varnish the more pronounced your cracks will be.

I only used 1 piece of the Decorative Scroll in the set for my frame. I wanted a light delicate frame. I used Rangers distressed marmalade ink to enhance the papers under the frame to make the design pop. All of the flowers were colored using Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays.

 Here is a closeup of the Shine title. I did not use the crackle varnish on this piece. You can see the deep crackle in the other pieces.

I also placed cardboard under the framed photo to pop it up for dimension.

I really enjoyed working with this mood board. The colors are so deep and vibrant and I am really partial to orange. It use to be my least favorite color, and now I love it so much, that I even bought a Camaro in Inferno Orange. It is the same deep orange in the Moodboard...Sigh.......♥

Corrugated Cardboard

Dusty in Colour Sunburnt Orange

Dusty In Colour Cashmere

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Tiny Dancer layout Dusty Attic

Hello Dusty Attic Lovers!! Warm greetings from the sunshine state!! I often think that tutu's and hair-bows were all  little girls required sometimes. But to be adorned with Dusty Attic products to bring out their further beauty, is truly magnificent!! I hope you have checked out the new designs!! I am always head over heels with the frames. I wanted the this frame to take center stage. It is Ornate Frame #7.
To prepare my background I mounted a 12x12 piece of  Prima Marketing paper (Tales of You and Me designed by my gorgeous friend Frank Garcia) to a piece of 12x12 corrugated cardboard. I used 3 other pieces of cardboard and covered them with coordinating paper from the same collection, then mounted them onto the base by stacking them to create dimension. I use small pieces of cardboard underneath to raise them up from the base.
For the last step before applying all of the adornments, is using the DA Texture Paste with the Creative Script Stencil on the background. Now I was ready to decorate!!

The frame is simply gorgeous!!I painted it using Sugar Plum, then gave it a thick coat of the Crackle Varnish. While the varnish was still wet, I added the DA pearls to random spots on the frame. Pearls and girls. They simply go together!! 

I love the Dusty In Bloom flowers. The Evening Blush blossoms matched the Sugar Plum paint to perfection. I also added a few from Bridal Veil to break up all of the purple.

For the bit of green, I let the Botanical Accent chip board pieces soak in a little water for a few minutes, then pulled them apart creating light and airy pieces. After they dried, I painted them with Dusty in Colour Pesto.

In this photo, you can see the crackle in the frame. It also gave the frame a beautiful gloss finish.

You can see the dimension the layering created, which is perfect when you want to put a layout in a shadow box frame. And the corrugated cardboard prevents the paper from warping as it gives the paper for the layout stability. It is also less expensive than using 12x12 chipboard or canvas. My money saving tip, so that you save more money to spend on Dusty Attic chipboard!!

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you enjoyed the process in how I created this layout. Simple, easy and elegant.

Dusty Attic Products:

Dusty Attic Pearls DA1546