Friday, September 16, 2011

Layout 8: Rejoice With Your Family

After a long hiatus I am back with a new layout! I have been creating layouts, cards, and projects the entire time I have been away from this blog but for one reason or another, I have not been able to share them. Alot of the time, it had to do with me not having time to take step out photos of the pages as they were created. If you have ever had to do that, then you know what I am talking about!

I am really glad to be back and this week I have a layout to share with you that also symbolizes two new things that have happened since I was on hiatus from this blog -- I am the DT Coordinator for Clearsnap AND I am an Educator and Design Team Specialist for Authentique Paper. 

Using products from both companies, I created this layout for the current Color Challenge on the Clearsnap Blog - you should totally go enter something!!! The odds to win are amazing since usually only 3 people are participating and I would LOVE to see what some of you do with this month's inspiration.

Soooooo, back to how I created this page.


Put the ink cartridge into the Rollagraph Handle and then put the Wheel in. If you don't have a cartridge, then just roll the Wheel in ink a few times until coated. Following the edge of the paper, roll the stamp. Repeat to cover half of the 7x12" Authentique Paper.

Using a Stylus and Tips set from Clearsnap, press the tip into ColorBox/Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Ink. 

This is new ink and I looooooove it!! Sold all of my Ranger Distress Inks so what does that tell ya. Apply until the page is inked as much as you like.

Add a punched border to the backside of this paper strip so the border peeks out. Then add that to the layout. 

I love the distressed nature of the paper (see the paint-like marks on the blue?) so to really pull it all together, I added a little Smooch spritz in Splash. I pressed the nozzle down halfway and then pressed slowly to get large drips and droplets of ink on the page. I wanted more of a splatter effect than a mist.Pressing the nozzle at a normal speed would have resulted in a mist effect.

I added three paper doilies to the page to create a visual triangle, trimming one that hung off the upper right of the page.

Then I began layering the diecut embellishments from Authentique Paper along with some Prima flowers I have had forever....

To add a little extra sparkle to the diecuts, especially since the Smooch Spritzed background was sparkly, I used Smooch Accent Ink on portions of the diecuts. 

The result is a deeper, sparkly image:

Next I stamped some elements onto the layout using dye ink and assorted stamps. I stamped "messy" because I wanted the ink to look imperfect on the somewhat distressed and inky layout.

Finally I adhered everything in place and added ribbons and bows to complete the look. 

Here's the final layout, with photos, word stickers, and alpha stickers:

Thanks for joining me this week! I look forward to creating a Layout A Week with you through the end of the year :)

Happy Creating!

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