Hello Life | Sea Breeze layout for Couture Creations

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Up on the blog today with another Guest Post using the wonderful Sea Breeze Collection from Couture Creations.
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For today’s project I created a single page layout with a beach theme of course. This range of papers and embellishments are simply amazing, and so very versatile.
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step 1 – Cut your patterned papers to form your background. Use a nautical themed stencil and apply
Embossing Paste through the stencil. Leave to dry.
Tip: I repeated the stenciled design 3 times on my background creating repetition.
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step 2 – Use a selection of mists and sprays to add colour to the stenciled image.
Mist 2-3 shades of blue onto your stenciled area, then mist with water and leave to dry naturally.
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step 3 – Use walnut stain ink and add additional ink splats onto the background overlapping onto the stenciled area.
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To set the scene I cut out the lighthouse from the patterned paper and adhered it to the background.
Overlapping the lighthouse image, I used a combination of die-cuts and netting from the range.

TIP: I sewed the netting onto the layout using thin gold thread. This helps keep the netting in place and adds a nice touch of detail.

On top of my shell elements, I added some gold glitter. Cover the shell with a layer of dimensional glaze and then sprinkle with glitter and leave to dry.
Shake off the excess glitter and return it to the original container.
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A simple printed filed {Ali Edwards} was used a title at the top of the layout and stapled in place.
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Add your photo to the right hand side of your layout with a chipboard element overlapping onto the photo.
A few torn pieces of washi tape adds a fun accent to the background.
Scattered beads, sequins, stars, diamante and other elements add dimension and texture.
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It’s always an honor and so much fun Designing with the beautiful and versatile products from Couture Creations.
This range particularly is one of my favorites released.
I hope you are inspired by this gorgeous range and create a few of your own Sea Breeze treasures….
Thank you once again Couture Creations for having me on your blog….and to Kerrie for delivering the products in person all the way in South Africa.
Lets do this again – soon {hint hint}

Rainbow Of Colour And Texture – Altering And Using Die-Cuts.

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So I have a die-cut and want to use it on several different projects – but how do I make it look different each time, so that it doesn’t all look the same?
Well today I am sharing another 2 of my ideas on how to alter your die-cuts for a different look.shadow-card_main

Create a shadow

I like combining the same die-cut to create a shadow effect. This is achieved by using the same die-cut and slightly off-set them to create a shadow effect.
Step 1 – Die-cut your title twice using plain white cardstock. Use a light blue ink pad and add colour to the die-cut.
Tap the ink pad lightly onto the die-cut until it is covered in a solid layer of ink.
shadow_step1Step 2 – Use a second die-cut title and ink it in the same way using a darker shade of blue ink. Leave them to dry.
shadow_step2Step 3 – Adhere the darker die-cut to the lighter die-cut slightly off-set so that it creates a light coloured shadow underneath.
shadow_step3This looks amazing when the bottom die-cut is a lighter shade of grey as well. Experiment and find interesting colour combinations for a fun look on cards and layouts.

Colour and shine

For this die-cut word I used the amazing new Kaisercraft gel pens to colour my word.
This is such a fun and informal way of adding amazing colour to anything and looks great on a single die-cut word.

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step 1 – Die-cut your word out of smooth or textured white cardstock.

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step 2 – Use your gel pens to add colour. I just scribbled different colours onto my word using one colour at a time for a fun rainbow look.
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step 3 – Once done, I added a layer of dimensional glaze to my word to finish it off with a glossy layer. Then it is ready to be adhered to your card or layout.
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What a fun way of adding colour, texture and dimension to your die-cuts in a few easy steps.

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Couture Creations | Sea Breeze generic card.

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I am honored to be guest designing over at Couture Creations this month. And what better way than to be using their stunning range of Sea Breeze papers and elements.
I also got to play with the new release of the Anna Griffin Mixed Media products.
For this card I used some of the Sea Breeze elements but turned it into something a little more generic – it just goes to show that you don’t have to create something beach-y
with this range of papers. But instead I created a beautiful card in shades of blue and green.
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step 1 – Create a background for your card using acrylic paint in blue, green and brown. I added the paint in layers using a rubber brayer.
step1step 2 – Once the background is dry, trim i8t smaller and adhere it to the center of a folded card.
Use the Anna Griffin Secret Garden Stencil and white embossing paste and add a design to the front of your card.
I added some sand to the paste to create a textured paste for variety.
Leave the paste to dry.
step2step 3 – Use 3 shades of blue ink to add colour to your textured design.
Cut out the boy image from the On the rocks patterned paper.
Adhere the chipboard element to the card, and add the boy using foam tape overlapping the chipboard element.
Tuck some blue thread under the boy and add some flowers and diamante to finish it off.
detail2step 4 – Cut the frame from the On the rocks paper and separate the edge. Adhere the strips to the front of the card to form a corner.
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Add some fake sewing around the edges of your card using a sewing wheel and a black fine liner pen.detail1
I love how this card turned out – a cute boyish card that can be used for any special occasion.
Thank you for stopping by – hop on over to the Couture Creations blog and website – like their facebook page and then shop their amazing product range.
The Wholesaler is the proud distributor in South Africa of Couture Creations products.
Products used:
Anna Griffin Secret Garden Stencil
Anna Griffin Embossing Paste
The Sea Breeze Collection

Basically Textured Range – NOT just another brick…

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Lady Pattern Paper does it again with her new Basically Textured range. Each time a new release hits the printing press I get more and more excited. But this time around I am ecstatic. This basic range is so full of possibility that it literally jumps at you with ideas.Basically Textured layout1LPP

When I first saw the brick paper I knew what I wanted to create. I had the perfect photos of my niece in front of a graffiti wall and I kept humming that tune of Pink Floyd in my head…

I used the papers cut down into smaller bits. I wanted to create my own graffiti wall but ended up going a bit more classic. For the bricks, instead of writing on them I created a background with some layering on top. I simply cut some additional bricks out and raised them on foam tape for dimension.

The little heart was printed straight onto the brick paper – from my initial graffiti idea, cut out and then added to the wall.
detail3A few ink splats add to the imperfect graffiti look and feel. The flowers and leaves are growing up the side of the brick wall – and make me think of an old British homestead complete with a perfect vintage garden filled with old roses and lots of bees and butterflies.
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On the opposite side of my layout I combined the Fency woodgrain paper in both So Buff and Dazzling Blue. It forms the perfect background and neutral base for my photos. I love the texture it creates without being bulky and overwhelming. Even with its texture and pattern it perfectly matches my classic graffiti look.

The beautiful barcode strip was die-cut using a scallop die – don’t you just LOVE that splattered look?
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With the Basically Textured papers you get two for one. Not only do you have this amazing pattern, but the plain side on the back enables you to get the perfect colouring to complete the look.

I matted my photos on the back of my paper, as well as die-cut my title out of it. This way it perfectly complements my textured papers and colours throughout my layout.
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The Basically Textured range is really beautifully classic basic and will go a long-long way in your stash. And I am so excited to see how well it works with other paper ranges – classic, feminine and boisterous boy projects alike!

Mixed Media Cards | Pop Paint backgrounds.

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Welcome to another blog post with the inspiring range of POP Paints from Chiswick.
This week I am in the mood for Mixed Media – which pretty much means I am in clean up mode and using everything on my desk
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Today I am sharing some cards I made using POP Paint for my backgrounds.
These cards have a fun and playful theme to them, pretty much anything goes.
The soft colours were totally inspired by the background – who says Flamingos have all the fun?
card1step 1 – Paint your white cardstock background using a single colour – I used Flamingo.
I left some open spaces and also added water to my brush to get a thinner coverage in certain places.
step1step 2 – Use a stencil and texture paste and add a pattern to the background.
step2step 3 – Add ink splats using water colours paint as well as enamel glaze. Leave the background to dry
or heat set with your heat gun.
step3step 4 – Cut circles freehand from coloured pieces of paper and patterned papers.
Add stamped images and words across the background in a random fashion.
Then use your sewing machine and sew randomly across the background in white thread.
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step 5 – Cut the background into smaller squares and adhere to the front of a folded card.
step 6 – Adhere flowers and decorative clips to the front of your card. Finish off with coloured diamante.

step 7 – Use Zest POP Paint and a wooden skewer to add small coloured paint dots on your card.
How perfectly does the colour match the insides of my flowers? And it is the perfect accent colour for my design.
Finish off your cards by sewing around the outside edge.
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For my second card I used another corner of my background I created and ended up with a strip of
white on the right hand side – which in its own way is perfect too.

card2Notice how the placement of the texture paste stenciled flowers at the top of the cards compliments the design perfectly.
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And there you have two quick Mixed Media background cards in a gorgeous array of pretty and feminine colours.

Products used
POP Paint 28ml – Zest pp0013
POP Paint 28ml – Flamingo pp0002
All your favourite colours of POP Paint is available from your local craft store in a perfect 28ml size just enough for
all those paper crafting and mixed media projects. I got mine from Short Cuts Craft in Sandton.
I hope you are inspired on how to create your create play projects into gorgeous mixed media cards.
Until next time – happy painting!

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