Saturday, August 29, 2015

Nicole's tutorial

Hello everyone at Off the Rails Scrapbooking!

It's Nicole and it's my turn again to show you a few tools of the trade.

As you all know, the August mood palette came 

with this very beautiful sketch designed by Fiona Paltridge:

I love to use sketches as my base inspiration for any layout or card.  

 I want to show you today how a sketch designed for a layout 

can easily be used to create a card also.  

First, I started off with a 5x5 ivory colored base.


In order to recreate all the mixed media designs on the sketch,

I used 2 different stencil patterns with Distress Inks on my base, 

first with Rusty Hinge color...

then, with Black Soot.

I then used another stencil and added some texture with molding paste,

making sure to dry it completely with my heat gun before the next step.

Next, I sprayed some gold mist with one shot of black.

I added some 'coffee stain' style circles, using a mist bottle cap dipped in ink.

Then, it was time to add some paper elements.

I started with a long tag that would follow the same vertical pattern of the sketch.

In place of the pictures, I added little paper squares along the right edge of the tag.

The embellishments came next, starting with flowers.

I then cut out a little flag with the sentiment on it.

I love the look of sequins on my pages so I added a few around the flower clusters,

as well as some tiny black gems along the bottom and top of the tag.

Finally, I tied some black string in the tag and gave my card a light whitewash finish,

using white acrylic paint and a sponge dabber.

Here is my finished card based on the layout sketch...

and some close-ups on the details:

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial this month.

Now you will be able to profit even more from all your sketchy inspiration,

creating a layout AND a card using the same sketch!

Visit my blog HERE if you want to see more of my creations!