This month the Flying Unicorn Creative Team are Guest Designers at CSI (Color Stories Inspiration). I always love playing along with the case files!!! More often than not, I find myself being stretched!! Be it with color combos, evidence or testimony!
My first project is for Case File # 214.
First, I need to mention, that since this is a major case file, it has a sketch to follow. And apparently when I sat down to work on my layout, I totally forgot about it. Ugh! Thankfully, Debbi at CSI, still accepted my layout....she's so gracious and kind!! AND, I was so inspired by this layout created by Kim Jeffress, that I found on Pinterest, that I just had to do a scraplift. No wonder I forgot about the sketch!!
This layout will be going into a vacation album, that I am working on for my Daughter. I had already decided that I wanted to make this album fun, interactive and enjoyable for the entire family.........hence the Mickey head!!! LOL
I knew I wanted Mickey's head in the background, but I wasn't sure how to go about it. So I took out my circle cutters, and cut three circles, two measuring 4" and the other 7". I played around with placement of my circles, on the white cardstock until it looked like a Mickey head. Once happy, I traced around the circles with a pencil. I liked the intersection of the crossing 'face' and 'ear' lines.....so I made sure to leave those in. Then I took out my Crafter's Workshop Stencil Echoes, placed it over my traced design, and pounced on some yellow paint, making sure to stay within the circles. I did reposition my stencil, to get a bit more coverage within the shapes.
Once dry, I traced around the shapes, first with the tip of the spray nozzle from Dylusions Postbox Red Mist, and then with 13 Arts Black Ink in a fine line bottle, letting each dry in between. I made sure my lines were wiggly and not perfect! I also added a few dots and sprinkles here and there. If you look carefully, you can see that I didn't erase my pencil lines....I'm okay with that, it just adds more visual texture.
I matted my pics on papers and journaling cards from Simple Stories Say Cheese Collection.
I diecut a star out of Prima gold vellum and placed it just under the left of my matted pics. Over top, I added a gold foil diecut from the Say Cheese Collection.
Then it was time to start embellishing, and my stash was the perfect place to start!! I found little wood arrows, pearls, gold foil hearts, rhinestones, and a few carefully chosen words. The red, black and aqua hearts and stars are from Say Cheese.
Although I could have used the 'magic' diecut as my title, I felt it needed more. So I went back through my stash, and found these black with gold polka dot alphas.......they were the perfect complement!
I wanted to mount the layout on black cardstock, but it seemed too stark. So I cut my white cardstock smaller, matted it on a piece of yellow pattern paper, cut that smaller and then matted the whole thing on black cardstock. I like the look, and feel that it finishes off the whole layout. In the end, my layout is very similar to Kim's, but just different enough to make me happy!
If you're interested in seeing more of this album's pages, please let me know....since I am still working on it, I can do a few layouts on video, and/or do an album overview.
I really wanted this layout to be simple, because I wanted the focus to be on the picture of my two grand-sons! So I decided to start by punching some circles, from the various 49 & Market Papers, and I just layered them together.
The mat for my pic, is a larger circle, that was punched with the corner punch from Martha Stewart's Geometric Frames. I got this idea from Lisa Nazario-Gregory, many years ago. It's always been a fave of mine, and the great thing about it, is that it can be done on any size circle!! Here is her original tutorial.
I added a bit of stamping within the circles, and just to make them more prominent, I went around each with a dark brown marker. The pinky bursts around the pink, are the selvage edge of the webbed burlap ribbon. I felt I needed a bit more color around the pic.
I kept the flowers to a minimum, and added a cork sticker for my title.
I went around the edges of the layout with brown ink, and decided to add a few smears on the paper as well.
I started this canvas, by adding the webbed burlap ribbon to the bottom. I did pull out quite a few threads, and glued those on top. I also took the lace from the pearl piece, and glued those in place. I pulled out the stencil, and added a few flowers here and there with Molding Paste. As soon as I saw the Petaloo Berry Spray, I knew I wanted it to be my tree.
I chose to offset the 'tree', and then added just a few flowers and one of the adornments to the base. All of this was followed with a generous coat of gesso. Once dry, I could mist, I did the top section first with blues, a turquoise, and then silvers. Then I went over top with a generous sprinkling of white mist.
The bottom, was first sprayed with a black, and then Golden Walnut. Then a I added a few sprinklings of moon shadow mists and browns. The flowers were treated to a bit of blue as well.
I went over the tree and flowers with a few touches of Viva Decor Inka Gold, just to add a few highlights. I also darkened the tree and branches with some black mist.
These 49 and Market papers are so gorgeous!! I really struggled with cutting into them!! The background paper, was stamped on the edge with black ink, just to add a bit of texture under the punched paper. As you can see, I did my best to leave the flower clusters intact! For the main paper, I added some sprinkling of the Golden Walnut mist, as well as some black.
I decided where I wanted my pic, then went around it with a light pencil mark. I used the tip of the Golden Walnut spray, to draw some lines, following the original outline. Once dry, I went back over it with a Black Marker.
Then it was time to add some stamping. First with the Prima stamp, Versamark Ink and black embossing powder. I added just a few of these around the layout. I also wanted something around the pic, so I added some more stamping with black ink and a Dylusions Stamp, at the top left and bottom right of the pic. I wasn't sure if I wanted the leaves colored in or not, and finally I gave in, as I thought more color was needed, since my pic is mostly creams and black. I used my Prismacolor pencils, a red, and orange-red, and a purple, to color in my leaves. And then I decided I still needed more, so I added a few gold swirls here and there.
The cut apart paper has gorgeous images to fussy cut, so I chose a few, layered and interspersed them with the flowers and cork stickers.
I'm showing you the side view first, so that you can see the layers of color more clearly. The first thing I did, was to remove the latch on the side of the box. Then I covered the entire piece with vintage book papers, and added a very light coat of gesso over top......I still wanted to be able see the text underneath. Then the fun....I pulled out some metallic paints from my stash, as well as the Pink Blush from the kit, and added each color on the piece in a very random way. I also layered some of the colors over each, to tone down or emphasize the color underneath. First I added the Pink Blush, then rust, bronze, russet and dark brown. To bring some cohesiveness to the piece, I added a very light layer of gold, over the entire piece.
Tip: Metallic paints, are more transparent than other acrylic paints. This allows them to be layered over each other, while still showing the under colors through. It also adds a luscious and elegant depth to the piece you are working on.
Once this was dry, I did a bit of stenciling with the kit stencil and the dark brown metallic paint. I added some Flying Unicorn Adornment feet on the base.....just to give it a bit more height. And as a replacement for the latch, I glued on the timepiece, but only to the top of the box.
I pulled out some flowers and leaves from past kits, and treated them to a bit of distressing. For the large 49th & Market Blooms, I dipped each one in a mixture of Tim Holtz Distress Reinker, and a bit of water. This toned down the color a bit, and I didn't need to use as much ink. The yellow flower received Fossilized Amber Ink, and the other, which was yellow when I started, was treated to Ground Espresso Ink. I chose this method, because I didn't want the flowers to be just one color. Once dry, I added a bit of the Pink Blush to the stamens, and the inner petals of the yellow flower. I used the same process for the larger leaves, except, I dipped the leaves in Victorian Velvet Ink, and once dry, I added more of the Pink Blush over top.
The vines are from Petaloo, and are also included in the kit. I started by cutting the vines apart, and removing the flowers from each piece. Then, I painted each leaf with the Pink Blush, Russet and Opal Magic Green Gold.....again in an haphazard way. I didn't want to completely cover the leaves. Once dry, I dipped each stem in the Ground Espresso mix and let dry. Once I had positioned the leaves and flowers, I added some of the Micro Glass Beads around the stem with Gel Medium.
I started with one of the Prima papers, and punched the top and bottom edges, then folded over the punching. I then matted it on the BoBunny Double Dot paper. I also added a few torn pieces from the 6 X 6 paper pad. I ran Dimensional Pearls through the stencil, under where I was going to place my pic, as well as in the bottom corner. For the matting of my pic, I layered some of the journaling cards, and more of the 6 x 6 paper. I layered a fussy cut piece, and a sticker over the pic, and then added my flowers and a Flying Unicorn Adornment.
For the bottom corner, I did more fussy cutting and layered it over more journaling card pieces as well as paper from the 6 X 6 pack. To make the chain for the bird cage, I used an artist pen, and then adhered a flower and some crystals. The title was painted with Inka Gold in Copper, and then I added more of the green dimensional pearl here and there over top. I kept this layout pretty simple enough, as I wanted the papers and the pic to really stand out.
Of all of the layouts I've created in the last few months, this one is my very favorite!!! Yes, it's simple, with very little mixed media background work, but I love it.......and everything about it, makes me smile!!!
I started with the background paper (Coral Chevron), which you can barely see behind the white, and I misted the edges with the Dirty Pastel Pink, to have it blend in with the rest of the layout. Next I sprayed the stencil, on another piece of paper, and then flipped it over and rubbed the negative side onto the white paper, here and there. Once dry, I added some stamping with an older Tattered Angels stamp and Leaf Green Ink. Then I added a few splatters of the pink, and a few dots of brown paint. I also matted the pic of my oldest grand-son, on one of the 6 X 6 papers.
Then the fun part (not really!!), I fussy cut most of the leaves out of the Wildflower paper. Then I edged each one with Potting Soil ink, and arranged them under, and around my photo, as well as in the bottom corner.
I tucked in a few flowers. The smaller ones, were misted with Dirty Pink, and the centers painted with the Pink Blush paint. I added some Green Gold paint to the Shabby Treasures Corner pieces, then I went over them lightly with Inka Gold in Copper. I placed them in a way to make them appear as leaves. The chippy was inked with the Potting Soil, and rubbed on the edge with the Copper.
I wanted the butterfly to be a different color, so I mixed some Metallique Light Patina with Green Gold Paint, and went over it, without giving it complete coverage. I then added the Pink Blush to the center and the antennas. Love the little birdcage, and treated it simply, with a few smears of the Copper.
I originally misted the little chippy bird with Dirty Pink but didn't like it. So I tried the Pink Blush paint, and didn't like that either, as it was too much contrast in just one spot. So I covered it with a small piece of the paper, and then edged it with the Potting Soil Ink. The final step was to mount the white paper on the misted cardstock.
This canvas, started out much differently than it is. I had added a lot of color, both paint and sprays. But I didn't like it. So I gessoed over top of everything, and started over. And of course the background colors came through the gesso, but I think it works beautifully here.
Because of everything underneath the gesso, the Viva Decor Croco (gold) stenciling, not only cracked, but also started peeling here and there. This ended up creating a very cool effect.
Here I used a 13 Arts wood veneer, and sprayed it with the Wild Raspberry Color Bloom.
You can really see the background coming through in this pic. I added a bit of stamping to finish off the background.
One of the great things about being a CT for Flying Unicorn, is the variety of OTP's that Alda (owner), gives us. And, she also allows us to do whatever we want with it. Basically, we can use any supplies we want! Normally, I would go all out mixed media on the OTP, but this time, I really had no clue where to begin.
When that happens, I generally turn to an old stand-by......gesso.....one coat will do. It's amazing how that one little coat of gesso opened my eyes to keeping it simple! And that's exactly what needed to happen. First, the gesso, then I cut some pieces of patterned paper from the kit, and distressed the edges.
I used the stamp from the kit, with some embossing powder to 'name' my little boat. I also stained part of the oars, covered the paddle parts with paper and then added a bit of hemp cord around each one. I did nothing to inside of the boat, besides the gesso.
The sail was created by gluing two pieces of patterned paper back to back, and then distressing the edges. I added some alphas from a past kit. It was then time to add a couple of eyelets on the sail, to hold it in place on the mast. I used a skewer for the mast, and stained it with distress ink. I glued on some more cord, strung it through the sail, and finished gluing it in place. I did want something at the top of the mast, and maybe a teapot, wasn't a great choice, but it fit perfectly up there, so I glued it in place.
I kept this one pretty simple....meaning no mixed media. The papers were just perfect for this layout of my newest grand-son Jackson, so I layered them up!! I added a couple of doilies from my stash in the layers.
The butterfly button is from a past kit, and worked perfectly here. I also cut apart a Creative Embellishments Wrought Iron Fence chippy, left it naked, and layered it under my flowers. The denim flowers, I found while out shopping with my DD in Vermont, and they are perfect complement to the large apricot blooms from Prima.
I added more pieces of the fence, and a word from 13 Arts (from a past kit as well). The Wellington diecut was purchased from the store, and is one of my fave baby boy embellishments, so I had to include it. I layered more denim flowers among the Prima Apricot blooms......such a lovely combination. Another button finishes off this beautiful baby boy layout.
I used a piece of watercolor paper as my base. For the background, I wanted the reverse stencil image, so I sprayed some navy blue and lime mists onto the stencil, flipped it over, and laid it down on top of the card. Once dry, I took out the artist Pencils from the kit, and using his favorite color, I colored in a few of the patterns, going from dark to light. I also added a bit of a highlight to each with a uniball white pen.
Then I took out a black pen, and traced around each of those colored areas, as well as around the full stenciled area, to frame it. I went around the edges of the punched pieces and card with blue ink. Next I layered on some bits and pieces of paper from the kit, some punched in a ticket shape.
For the sentiment, I pulled out a Tim Holtz Handwritten Die, diecut three of the same words out of a scrap of black cardstock, and glued one over the other, to get some dimension. To finish it off, I added glossy accents over top.
I used a combination of Lemon Craft and Studio 75 papers on my layout, but first cut floral paper, and matted it on an Echo Park Stripes & Dots PP, to give the layout some weight, and to coordinate with my pic. Then I stenciled with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, in a random pattern, knowing that I wanted two main focal areas. Next, I took out the stamp and heat embossed the flowers. I added some 'stitches' around the bottom and right edges, and I also added a bit of blue script stamping here and there.
Here you can see the background work much better. I did a lot of fussy cutting on this layout, probably the most I've ever done! I layered my 'chevrons' over two tags, lace and fussy cut flowers, and then added the gears that were covered in distress ink.
More layering under my pic.....a doily, bits and pieces of scraps from the papers, washi tape and torn strips of lace. More fussy cut flowers were layered under the focal flower. I also added a punched flower under it, and then layered on more gears. The resin piece was sprayed with the Wild Raspberry, and then I rubbed some gold metallic paint for highlights.
When I first saw the kit, I knew that I was going to save a bunch of products to make myself a mini album. You see, I went to visit my Daughter and Grand-kids in Vermont, before they left for Japan....hubs is in the Army. I was able to get a few projects done before the reveal, but still had the mixed media products, and tons of paper and embellies left, so it was perfect!! I had also decided to include some goodies I purchased, and older products from my stash......I'm trying to use stuff up!! Right, as if I can use it all up in my life time!
Anyways, here's my mini....
For the cover, I used the two chipboard canvases, and layered them over each other. The larger piece was black, and I used that to my advantage....colors look much brighter on a black background. I used the stencil sand light molding paste, and then slathered on Ginger Coral and Tea Stain Color Bloom. Once dry I rubbed on a bit of the Ancient Coin Paint. I also painted the edges of the top piece, and added a piece of the 49th & Market papers. I used a grungeboard 'V' from Tim Holtz, and gessoed, then sprayed it with the above mists and Cobalt.
I layered my flowers and embellies over top, tucked in some fussy cut flowers, and then added some fun fur yarn for more interest.
I found a reproduction of an old map of Vermont, wrapped it in a piece of fabric, and then added some flowers, embellies and more grungeboard. All of my pages were distressed with Ground Espresso Ink.
This is the back side of the map page, which I folded over. The doily is the leftover from the next page, and is from my stash. I then added a piece of paper, and a few embellies.
I decided that I wanted a piece of transparency in the mini, and since I didn't have any fancy ones in my stash, I made my own. This is regular transparency that you can write on, I just stenciled over top with the gold paint and stencil from the kit. Then I addded a piece of the doily, some ephemera and glued it in an 'L' fashion, to make a pocket for the tags.
I just dated myself! LOL!! Anyways, I founf this little book at a museum we went to, and I couldn't passs it up. If you want to know how I added it in as an insert, let me know, and I'll do a tutorial.
These three pockets were made with Prima Vintage Emporium papers, I left the top open, so I could add more pics.
Two pieces of the 49th & Market Papers were glued together. I didn't add anything to this page, as I wasn't sure how I would use it. Besides I like looking at the flower.
The corrugated window, probably about 10 years old, if not more, was made into a photo pocket by layering it over a 6 x 6 paper.
Another pocket page made with the Prima papers....I had intended for the pocket to be on the side, but, ended up putting the binding holes in the wrong place.
Love the water pump!! I added a bit of Light Patina and Green Gold Acrylic Paint, by rubbing it on with my fingers.
Another pocket page, again I left this one rather plain.
The right page is another piece of grungeboard, that I had embossed a long time ago for another project. I added a piece of paper to this side.
The left side is the grungeboard, slathered in all of the above mists, and some Coral and Gold Paint. The right side pages, are pieces cut from a bag, that my purchases at the museum, came in. I cut it down to make the two pocket pages, and added the packaging from the 49th & Market flowers as tags.
The right side page is an envelope, made with the 49th & Market papers, and I added some of the Prima papers, to make photo mats.
More pockets made with small envelopes. I stamped them and added ephemera bits from the papers.
Of course I added tags, and apparently forgot to add twine...lol!!
The inside back cover, I glued on and attached the twig with hemp cord from the kit. And then glued on some pretty velvet flowers.
The back cover, kept very simple.
I have to say that this was one of my fave kits ever! I have used up every last bit of paper, and the majority of the embellies. I am down to the alpha sticker page from the Prima papers (I'll use those when I add my pics), a couple of flowers and cork stickers. I'd say I did very well in using up this kit!! And I used up a few bits and pieces from my stash.