Thursday, March 6, 2014

Blue Fern Studios March Sketch Challenge

 March is here and looks like Blue Fern Studios has a new sketch Challenge!! It is your chance to get creative with a beautiful sketch to follow or inspire, and a chance to win an awesome Blue Fern Studios prize pack!!! With spring around the corner, I think Birds and butterflies and flowers!! Here is my take on the sketch.The new Blue Fern Garden papers are perfect for my layout!!
On this  layout I fussy cut a piece of the lattice in the Blue Fern Garden paper and used pop dots under it to give it depth. I also inked the edges slightly. The title word Heaven Sent is from the Spiritually Speaking set. I scanned a portion of the paper with the butterfly image so that I could make a file of the butterflies to match. I fussy cut them, finger painted them with Rock Candy Stickles and placed them randomly around the page.

Here is the wonderful sketch for the Blue Fern Garden Sketch Challenge to be inspired by this month!! 
   Here is a close up of the Heaven Sent words from the Spiritually Speaking set.
 I used the same variegated 2 toned paint technique for the Veranda Bird Cages and "hung" them from the lattice.  
 I chose to use the  Bordeaux Layered Frame without the base as I wanted an airy and lacy look. I will save the base for another time. I used white acrylic paint for the base. I  then painted a piece of plastic bag using 2 colors of LuminArte Acrylic Glaze and layed it on the chipboard paint side down while the paint was still wet, then peeled it off of the chipboard for a variegated look.

 Here is a close up of the frame. and the 2 different colors used on it for the variegated look.

 Just a little hint. I wanted more butterflies for my layout. And I wanted different sizes. So I scanned an image of a butterfly that was  part of one of my Blue Fern Garden papers and saved it to my computer. I then brought the photo into Photoshop, extracted the butterfly from the image and created different sizes in a file. Then I simply printed out the file, cut apart my butterflies, spread some Rock candy Stickles on them and I have extra butterflies for my layout. Perfect match for my layout!!

Please go visit the Blue Fern Studios Blog for more inspiration from the designers on how they interpreted the sketch. As always you will truly be inspired. And get the details on how to enter your project based on the sketch!!

Here is what you can win. 

Here is another layout I did for my March Post... I wanted to make a fun layout for a Halloween pic I have of my Daughter in law Ashley. She was Barbie last year. I fussy cut the picture and added it to my layout which is heavy in Barbie pink...lol


I used the Chunky Heart panel and cut it apart in various places.


 I primed them with gesso and used Radiant Rain Spray mist in Grapefruit while the spray was till wet.


Here is a closeup of the cutout.


I decided to do something a little different for this post. I did a layout that I was completely satisfied with. I started to pull out Blue Fern Studios Chip board and thought I could just add to my already completed layout. And that is what I did. Just by adding a few pieces  using an additional color, it changed the whole layout. Now I love it even better. So if you think you love your layouts and projects now, try adding a few pieces of Blue Fern Studios chip board. You will be amazed at the difference!! 


                                         BEFORE                                         AFTER
to frame my photo. I used a metallic rub for the base and an acrylic glaze for the top detailed layer.


I used the same acrylic glaze for the   Lace Heart Border  which I cut down and only used 2 hearts from the strip.


And once again I used the same acrylic glaze for my  Love Always chipboard. I did not base coat the chip board this time, just 2 coats of the glaze left a beautiful richness to the color over the chipboard.


Thanks for the visit today. I hope you check out Blue Fern Studios Blog to see all of the beautiful inspiring creations by our design team. They constantly amaze me with the use of each and every piece.

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