I am very proud to announce that I am currently a member of Off the Rails Scrapbooking Design Team. OTRS is a challenge blog that challenge your limit by providing you a mood board every month to inspire your creations. I have been participating OTRS challenges for awhile now and I am really honoured to be part of them now. So now, I am challenging you with this month's mood board, and I'll be really excited to see what you come out with!
I find this month's mood board particularly interesting. There's soft pastel colours along with intense colours. These mixture of colours really allow your creativity to run wild. Your projects will not be restricted to a particular kind of style. For more details you can click HERE!
To create this layout, I chose this patterned paper from Bo Bunny, if I am not wrong, it should be from one of their latest collection. I then pulled out my Tim Holtz stencils and using the rub-on tool from him as well, I gently rub on colours in Distress Ink Pad's Barn Door and Versacolor's Burgundy, creating this cross shaped area slightly bigger than the area I intend to build my centre piece.
See the dark blotches in the middle? It's there cause I am experimenting with the colours. I actually do this a lot. I know I am going to cover that up with the centre piece, hence I do my testing there. It's actually too dark for my liking, hence I switched to watercoloring with Tim Holtz's Vintage Photo. As distress inks activates with water, you can actually see Tim Holtz's Barn Door fading off, leaving mainly the versacolour behind.
Call me crazy. I actually manage to screw this up. I used another of Tim Holtz Stencil with Prima's Mica Powder in Teal mixed with texture paste. The only downside is that I underestimated the intensity of the mica powder and my texture paste was actually too greenish for my liking. I really don't want to waste it so I continued to use it and covered it up with white gesso. Please don't think I screw it up entirely because I promised you the result is pretty spectacular. This is mixed media, there are ALWAYS ways to savage it.
A little close-up on the stamping I did with Tim Holtz's mini Harlequin stamp with Kaisercraft's texture stamps Film Strips. I stamped it with Stazon Black such that it'll not run if I wish to apply paints on it.
Here's the final look of the layout after embellishments! See! You can't really see the greenish texture paste anymore!
The flowers I used are mainly from Prima Marketing and the chipboard I used is from Dusty Attic. I also fussy-cut out this piece of Kaisercraft Speciality paper that's filled with butterflies. I think that's a real good buy as there're tons of butterflies you can use it your projects. The only thing you need is a good pair of scissors and patience.
The chipboard frame is from Crate Paper's Notes and Things collection and the chipboard sentiments are from MME's Market Street collection.
I lightly gesso-ed the flowers to give it some highlight as well as watering down black gesso to create some splatters.
I also added a light coat of Ranger's Clear Crackle to give these chipboards some texture.
Stuffed some cheesecloth behind my centre piece as well.
That's all for this tutorial! I will probably see you next week as I'm flying of for hols tomorrow!
Please let me know what you think of this layout of mine!