But today, I wanted to share this scrapbook layout I made using the 12"x12" template called Birds of a Feather. And since I have such a hard time just showing you what I made...I'm going to do a little tutorial to show how I made the background, as well as another cool technique!
I started with a vanilla-colored piece of smooth cardstock under the template, and pulled out my Distress Embossing Ink Pad by Ranger. I love this pad, because it's extra "juicy." I applied the ink pad directly to the template, pushing down and "squishing" a bit in the more detailed areas. I decided to only use 2 of the bird houses - and this is part of what I love about these templates...if you only want to use part of it, you totally can! I removed the template and sprinkled clear embossing powder over the ink, then embossed with my heat gun.
Next, I started applying distress ink over the embossed areas - the embossed areas resist the ink and will stay vanilla. You can use a damp cloth to wipe over the embossed areas to clean off any wet ink.
Isn't that just awesome?! I love this technique! I continued adding ink colors until the entire page was covered and I was happy with it.
|Distress ink colors used: Crushed Olive, Broken China, |
Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Wild Honey, Vintage Photo
Next, I thought about what I wanted the page to be about. I decided to scrap about ME - which I never do, and so went searching for photos of me. Finding them was difficult - I'm always the one TAKING the pictures...but I eventually found a few and chose which to include. I decided that since I wanted the colors of the page to really shine, I made the photos black and white.
|Black & white photos show off the|
colors of the page
I began adding embellishments - some of which I've had in my stash for years! It was nice to finally be using them. The title and butterflies are all from Marcella by K&Co.
|Title and butterflies from Marcella by K&Co.|
I wanted to add some bling, and I had a sheet of Prima Say It In Crystals. But I didn't want them to be clear - I wanted them to coordinate with my page. Fortunately, I knew just what to do!
First, I have been saving the plastic inserts from certain Tim Holtz Ideaology packaging...because they make great palettes for alcohol inks. So I added just two drops of each of the three colors I wanted to use into each well of one of these plastic inserts. I let the ink dry. I took one of my Pentel water brushes (to see a great review of water brushes, check out this one at Craft Test Dummies) and, empty of water, filled it with some alcohol blending solution. Then, I was able to use my brush to pick up the ink from my homemade palette, and color the bling just the way I wanted it.
|Blending solution-filled water brush, picking up color|
from dry alcohol ink on plastic package insert
|Color your bling any color you like using alcohol inks!|
|Perfectly colored bling!|
I added some Prima flowers, and some really fabulous newsprint leaves I found at Michael's. For the center of the orange and blue flower, I used my Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio to make an epoxy flower center from a piece of book text. I added some trims from my bucket-o'-trims - and have no idea what brand they are.
|Flowers by Prima; newsprint leaves by |
Recollections from Michael's
|Flowers by Prima; epoxy center made using book text and |
Shape Studio by Epiphany Crafts
Finally, I added my journaling using a dip-pen and black india ink. I know the dip-pen may seem intimidating, but I find india ink to be the absolute best for writing over ink or paint.
|Journaling done with dip pen and india ink|
I love my final result, and I especially love that I created the background paper myself! I hope you've enjoyed my little tutorial - let me know if you have any questions!