Welcome to the Scrapbooking Global March 2023 blog hop. Thank you so much for joining us. This months theme is creative backgrounds. I can’t wait to see what everyone created!
As part of the Scrapbooking Global design team we participate in a monthly blog hop and challenges but anyone can join in if they’d like. We’d love to have you join us! Be sure to join the Scrapbooking Global – Stampin’ Up! Facebook Group so you know when the sign up starts for our next hop.
I was so excited to see this months creative backgrounds theme and decided that I would just play. Here’s a little peek at the background I created.
To create the background I first started with a layer of Gesso on a piece of Petal Pink dsp from the Design a Daydream paper pack. It was swiped on using an old gift card and closer to the middle of the page. My initial thought was that I would use the packaging technique over top of it. The Gesso provides a barrier to protect the dsp so that it wouldn’t be ruined by the moisture from the packaging technique. However, I changed my mind and decided to do something different.
After drying the Gesso with the heat tool, I splattered with my water painter and some old olive ink. Then again using the dark Blackberry Bliss blend. Then I took the numbered stamp from the Days to Remember stamp set and inked up only a portion of it with Blackberry Bliss ink and stamped it multiple times. I also didn’t mount the stamp on a block, I simply held it. The reason I didn’t mount it onto a block was because I was looking for an uneven image. You can see that some of the numbers didn’t show up, some are lighter than others… this was the look I was trying to achieve.
The second to last step to the background was to stamp the floral image from the Sweet Citrus stamp set using Petal Pink ink. To finish off the background, I used my snips and distressed around the edges (see photo below).
Because I only had one smaller square photo for the layout, I wanted to create something a bit more substantial to really bring the focus to the photo. So I chose three patterned papers from the Design a Daydream paper pack and cut some strips to add down the side and to mat my photo. A partial vellum circle was tucked under for a nice subtle addition.
To create the pocket for the tag I flipped over the matted photo and positioned the tag where I wanted it and then cut pieces of foam adhesive sheets to add around the tag and across the back. This creates a ‘pocket’ for the tag so it doesn’t fall too far down or move around too much.
One of the final steps was to add the faux stitching. I love the look of stitching on a layout but can’t be bothered to pull out my sewing machine. The Stitchery stamp set is a great solution. It was stamped using Staz On ink in a few different places on the layout. Then to finish it off, I stamped and die cut some flowers and added the heart pearls.
All of the supplies that I used to create this layout (apart from the olive dsp) came from my current Scrap Your Stash kit that I recently put together for an upcoming class. You can find all the details here. I’d love for you to join us!
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure to head on over to Cheryl Taylor’s blog to see what she created and then hop along for more creative background inspiration.
Until next time,
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