Sunday 10 August 2014

Sparkle & Shine

New day, New challenge, today i have create a 12x12 layout for August Challenge at The Studio Challenges (blog), and Sketchabilities challenge #120.  This picture is of my niece Tyler who loves to pose for photos and she is all about the sparkle and shine.

I started with creating a background using colored modeling paste (colored with distress paint) and a honeycomb stencil.  Once the modeling paste had dried i added shadows with vintage photo distress ink and a water pen.

I distressed the edges of a tag and inked the whole tag with vintage photo distress ink, then i added a background pattern with perfect pearl mist and harlequin stencil.  The background is subtle but pretty.  Of course when i made the tag i didn't realize most of it would be covered up, but that's the way things happen once a page starts to take on a life of its own.

I assembled the page using the elements- dollie, polaroid frame, tag and ticket, washi tape, metal embellishments, and chicken wire chipboard painted black with distress paint.

I clustered flowers, buttons, chipboard gears, and metal accents in top corner and along bottom of photos.  I glued really good and allowed to dry over night.  I didn't worry about what color anything was since i knew i was planning on painting.

I painted flowers and chipboard, metal accents with white gesso and allowed to dry.  i mixed antique white distress paint with perfect pearl powder (biscotti) and painted over gesso.  At first i thought i would leave it the off white  but i wanted more contrast so...

I painted flowers, buttons, and metal accents with varies metallic paint several times until i got the blend of color i wanted.  I also sprayed embellishments with Color bloom and perfect pearl mist.  Layer and layers until i got what i wanted.  Once everything was colored i re painted chipboard gears and chicken wire with black distress paint.  It just needed a pop of black for contrast.

another close up.
isn't my niece beautiful.

Finally the finished 12"x12"
I wasn't sure about how it would turn out as i was working on it, but i am quite happy with the finished product.  Man this layout is heavy with all the embellishments, metal and paint.

I have seen this technique on blog and such but this was my first attempt, i found i didn't have the patience to let things dry enough- something i need to work on for my next one.


  1. WOW this is great with tutorial, you did a great job!!
    Thanks for playing along with sketchabilities!!

  2. Gorgeous page! Great tutorial! Thank you for playing along with The Studio Challenges!

  3. Good idea to go step by step showing your work. This very feminine. Thanks for your interpretation.- Leslie

  4. vooowww loved it. How much patience you have to do all this .

  5. Stunning!!!!! thanks for showing the step by step as well. Thanks for playing along with Sketchabilities.

  6. What a beautiful layout! Thanks for playing along at Sketchabilities!

  7. Wowzers! That is just beautiful! Thanks for playing along at The Studio Challenges. :)

  8. Oh, I LOVE this - thanks for showing the step-by-steps!

  9. wow!! this is an AWESOME layout. I love the step-by-step photos. thanks so much for playing along with us at the studio! xo

  10. Loving all those layers, and your piles of buttons too.

  11. Wow what an amazing process! Love the end result and the photo is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your wonderful layout with us at The Studio Challenges. xx

  12. What a clever idea to piant the buttons, too!
    Thank you for playing with us at The Studio Challenges!

  13. oh wow, stunning! love-love-love the colours! So cool to change the colour of the elements you want to use. And the step-by-step process is excellent!
    Thank you for playing along with us at The Studio Challenges!