Sunday, June 5, 2016

Background Frame Tutorial with Elisa

Hi Everyone,

It's my turn up on the Off the Rails Blog today with a technique tutorial !

You will probably see by now the new June challenge we have going - MONOCHROMATIC, a beautiful moodboard with lots of colours to choose from. Be inspired!

I wanted to show you how i created the monochromatic paper screens which are situated behind my photo.

Here is the layout i created for the Design Team Reveal, lots of teal coloured papers and  Colour Blast Paste, Shimmer Spray and Embossing Powder in the colour called ENVY.

Here is the moodboard for this month's challenge.

First Step - I recycled two chipboard frames, these frames were the extra chipboard that surrounds other pieces of more intricate chipboard that you may buy from a Chipboard retailer. For example the one on the left with the 5 panels actually held 5 pieces of 'film strip' chipboard that i had used elsewhere. Always look for opportunities to recycle and save money...repurpose that rubbish.

I have recycle many things onto my layouts over the years including plastic packaging, netting, jewellery, foam, cardboard, chipboard, ive even used beetroot juice to dye medical gauze.

To cover my new found frames and also the title, i used Versafine ink and Envy coloured embossing powder from Colour Blast Australia. I also used 'Deep Water' embossing powder as a second coat, giving the frames a two -toned teal colour.

Step 2 - Gather your monochromatic papers, using a collection from a Manufacturer really helps with this step as they all go together perfectly, i used Kaisercraft 'Sea Breeze' collection for this layout. Measure and cut your pieces of paper.

Step 3 - After you have cut your pieces, glue them carefully down by running a small amount of the glue around the back of the chipboard and trim the edges for a neat finish, 

Step 4 - As you can see from the photos above i had a bit of a decision to make as to which way my layout was going to flow.... I wanted the beautiful shimmer paste and spray in the background to show through properly so i went with the top photo. Stick down your frames and title and add your extra elements. Again i went with Kaisercraft matching embellishments to keep with the monochromatic look.

Step 5 - Some close ups - so you can see the depth of the frames and texture of the embossed chipboard.

That's it for me today, i hope this may inspire you to recycle some of your chipboard packaging and try to re-purpose products to use on your layouts. I will look forward to seeing your creations linked to this month's challenge...


Elisa xx


  1. Great process Elisa. Love the final result of this layout. That shimmer paste is to die for. Need to get me some of that!
    Louise xo

  2. Elisa, love the way you did the paper screens, and the shimmer paste looks great.