Hello again :)
I know, I was supposed to show you what else I had been creating at Christmas but I thought I'd show you a couple of layouts I have posted recently on Blue Fern Studios, first.
This was not a collection I was drawn to initially. Im not sure why, the colours were right up my alley. The turning point was finding the right photo, and this loved up pair were the perfect accompaniment ;). The base page is actually two pieces of patterned paper - I fussy cut along the edge of the white piece, backed this onto chipboard and then popped it onto my background piece of paper. The honeycomb chipboard I left as it was, it colour coordinated perfectly left bare, and this was tucked in along the edges.
I thinned down my Prima Rust Pastes with a little water and used them to splatter all over my layout. the seedlings were the perfect addition, giving a little more depth and interest.
I used three pieces of chipboard for my cluster. The circle flourish, and a couple of mini flourishes - both of these were embossed with Mushroom embossing powder.
A little fussy cutting and the addition of some BF flowers gave me a great cluster, that gives it an appearance of a lot of depth when actually its just two layers.
This layout again used the Amber & Apricot Collection, and sort of used the same design, drawing the eye across the page. The chipboard frame was again covered with Mushroom embossing powder and did the perfect job of framing my photo. The clusters arranged down each side were fussy cut from another piece of patterned paper and the scraps were used to create my banners.
The heart was in two layers; the top layer was left painted red, and the bottom was painted red also but while still wet it was covered in glitter and then inked in black archival ink, and then layered on top of each other with a piece from the coordination printed chipboard. The chipboard title Happy Memories was painted half red and half black - the black being archival ink, giving a two toned effect.
A few splatters with the same red paint and some watered down white gesso, random stamping with Tattered Newsprint stamp and Leaf Seedlings and it was finished.
Sometimes its just a matter of finding the right photo, and sometimes its rewarding stepping out of that comfort zone!
I'll see you again soon ;)