Ok so I’m going to start off with a tiny bit of gadget excitement!! It’s not often that I get exited over a new gadget but then again new things are always coming out!! So how many times do we take a million photos on out phones/tablets with the intention of creating a perfect project… Buuuuuuut they never actually make it off our devices!! Enter the Canon Selphy… This little baby makes it convenient to print photos wirelessly in seconds!!! So I no longer have to venture out to get photos printed, because let’s be real, I can’t remember the last time I actually did that!!
Ok gadget rant over!!
Now as a creators of pretties we tend to have our brains going a mile a minute at all times!! So I’m sure I’m not the only one but I was sleeping about a week ago when I project came to my mind. So naturally I had to get up and sketch my idea so I wouldn’t forget all the elements or the picture I imagined being in it!! And after many layers and time drying and arranging this was what my came of my dream…
Here is a light how-to on some of the steps involved in creating this beauty… And here’s a link to a fab online store I use to pick up product, feel free to check out Limor Webber Designs online store!!
Take out a piece of 12×12 chipboard, 12×12 patter paper, strong tale adhesive and clear gesso (by Prima Marketing) with a brush to. Use your tape adhesive to adhere your pattern paper to the chipboard. (I suggest a medium weight chipboard as it will be thick enough to support the layers you will add but thin enough that you can put it in a 12×12 frame to display if you want.) Using a brush apply a coat of clear gesso to the top of the patter paper, this will stiffen it up a bit and make the paper less fibery so it won’t over absorb your other products and layers.
First off I distressed the edges of the paper/chipboard using a Prima distressing tool. Then pull out two brown distressed inks (by Tim Holtz), one shade lighter then the other, (Walnut stain distressed ink and vintage photo distressed ink used) Tim Holtz distressing tool and a black gelato (by Faber-Castell). Starting with your lighter coloured distress ink and your blending tool, dab some color from your ink pad and in a circular motion pull color from the edges aprox 1″ in towards the centre. Then take your darker distress ink and its respective blending tool and again in a circular motion drag color from the edges of the layout aprox 1/4″ towards the centre. Then smudge the black Gelato just along the very edges of the layout and using your finger smudge the Gelato keeping it along the edges only.
Cut a coordinating pattern paper to 11″ tall and aprox 9″ wide. I distressed the left edge with a Prima distressing tool. Then using the same brown inks from the previous step distress ink the edges like the previous step. Place adhesive on the top, bottom and right edges of the back of this paper. (Tape adhesive used) Adhere the piece along the right edge of your layout aprox 1/2″ from the right, top and bottom edges.
Before getting started with the custom gel medium and stencilling lets peel back the left side of the piece we just adheres down. Rip small pieces at a time (not ripping a piece off) peeling them back and crinkling to make it look more distressed. (Refer to photo).
Add black gelato around the edge of the pattern paper you just put down, avoiding the place you just crinkled back. Then using your finder smudge the gelato keeping it along the edges of the paper only. This will help tie all the patters and papers together.
Now take a coordinating magical color (By Faber-Castell), I used Ramblin Rose Pink, and mix in with matte gel medium. Remember a little goes a long way and you can always add more!! This will give u a custom colored gel medium! How fun is that?! Now take your diamond stencil (by Prima Marketing) and using a pallet knife spread the gel medium through the stencil, making sure to keep your stencil still and held down in the same spot. Allow to dry.
Using pigment Izink in opaline and orchid and burnt sienna Ink!(by Liquitex) I added accents and splatters to the page.
Now start layering strips of paper and words that are in coordinating colors to your backgrounds! Make sure you distress them all with the distressed ink and distressing tool before layering them down. Then use your black gelato along some of the paper strip edges and smudge to tie it all together.
Pull fiber strands from a burlap sheet and form them into different sized circles! Arrange them along the right side of the layout using a strong fine liquid adhesive.
Tear your photo to be the right size for what you want to work with!! Then using your lightest brown from the earlier steps distress the edges using your blending tool. Using the same stencil as the background apply crackle paste (by Golden) with a palette knife through the stencil. Allow this to dry naturally as it will allow more “crackle” to happen then if it’s heat gun dried! Plus it saves the integrity of your photo as well!
Now using pop dots/foam dots adhere your photo and sayings into place allowing it to pop up!
Take a grey Pitt Pen (by Faber-Castell) and accent where you feel it needs it! I did a little around some of the diamonds and around some of the edges/corners of the photo to tie it in a bit so the photo doesn’t look like its floating!
Thank you so much for checking this out!! Hope you enjoyed!