Wednesday 3 September 2014

I can see the...laughter

Have you every had that perfect night of scrapping where everything just flows.. that was this layout.  It all started with a sketch from Sketchabilities #122 (blog), as always i like to build a background, lately i have been using a blank piece of vanilla cardstock.
i added harlequin pattern with modeling paste, i re-positioned a 6"x6" stencil several times to cover 2/3 of the page.
 i added color with Prima color blooms and mixed with some water to make drips.  set dry
added some random white gel pen doodling around raised harlequin pattern.

i placed the picture where i planned to glue down, and added some rub ons around photo.  I purposely left off some of the rub ons for a more distressed look.

i added some embossing enamel (aged taupe) in clusters by the rub ons, and heat set the enamel from the bottom so i didn't have to use versa mark.
Once i had heated, i added some glue n seal on top of heated enamel then sprinkled with the same embossing enamel.  Once dry clutters are shiny and textured.

Next!, added some ink.  Used vintage photo distress ink and a blending tool to add streaks of colors over pattern.  I have never tried this before but it is something i will be doing again.  love the final look.

one more step believe it or not, i added detailing over harlequin with hand stitching.  Again i only added the thread detailing in 3 clusters.

the final background.  It turned out so good almost wanted to frame it as is, but the show must go on.

i painted two pack of chipboard gears and rails & wheels with peacock feathers distress paint, allow to dry, sanded and inked with vintage photo distress ink.  I wanted to add some glitz but not hide the color, so next i sprayed with biscotti perfect pearl mist.

I layered the gears, rails and wheels framing the photo, added a few metal gears along the bottom of photo.  Then added a cluster of brads in the top and bottom corners.

Finally the title.  I absolutely love this photo, it is so natural, all of them smiling and laughing, and i love how this layout turned out.  Its not a great picture of the final but my camera is not cooperating.



  1. Great layout! I love your background, and great step-by-step explanation!

  2. This is amazing. thanks for sharing the steps. Thanks for playing along with Sketchabilities.

  3. WOWOW great job for this layout !!! love it and thanks for playing with sketchabilities

  4. I'm amazed! I definitely have to try this tutorial!
    Thanks for playing along with us at Sketchabilities!
    xoxo Zoey

  5. Love your mixed media background. Great Layout. Thank you very much for participating our challenge at Sketchabilities. ~Thandar

  6. Wow, fantastic background technique and I love your take on the sketch. Thanks for playing at Sketchabilities :)

  7. Wow this is gorgeous! I love your detailed background! And your chipboard cogs look amazing! Great layout! All the best! http://mybeaner.blogspot.ca/ Drop in I have a contest on! :)

  8. Lots of beautiful details!
    Thanks for playing along at Sketchabilities!

  9. Amazing page! Thanks for the tutorial and thanks for playing at Sketchabilities!