You Color our World.

I don’t know how the weather is in your part of the world, but here it’s been rainy and quite dreary for the last few days.  So it makes me extremely happy to share my layout for the theme this month at GCD Studios- Blends of color.

I was totally smitten by the ruffly blended shower curtain and wanted to create a background similar for a photo of my daugher featuring lots of color…color on her face, color on her hands, color on her legs.  (Is she not the cutest?)

Similar to my technique post last week, using mists, I created this blend with Maya Mists and Distress Inks by Ranger and a craft matt. (I use the Non-Stick Craft Sheet also by Ranger.)  I simply rub, or I like to kind of tap, the ink onto the slick surface of the matt and spray with water, then smoothed my cardstock onto the matt.  I started with the blues and greens, let that set a minute and then moved into the yellow and pinks. Here’s a closer image.

Tim Holtz, the ink master has a fabulous video demonstrating this technique here.
Here’s the exact formula for the blend I created:
Starting from the bottom, Turquoise Metallic Mist, Peeling Paint Ink (green), Spiced Marmalade Ink(orange) and Worn Lipstick Ink (pink) at the top.  Once I had the inks on and sprayed with water I placed a white piece of cardstock on top and pressed it down.  I used a heat gun to dry. I wasn’t brave enough to do this all at one time, so I did it in two steps.

I also carefully added Turquoise and Lemon Maya Mist to the edges.  I use a very large (like 35” x 24” piece) of blank newsprint) on the floor of my studio, so I can spray totally off the page and just hit the edges of my layout. 

Because I love the look of machine stitching and the cardstock was not as flat as I would like when I was done, I decided to adhere it to another piece of cardstock and sew down the edges. Worked like a charm!

Here’s one more close up.

Patterned Paper: GCD Studios Cosette Collection, GCD Artsy Urban Collection by Melody Ross
Stamps:  Studio Calico {Frame and journaling lines}, Creating Keepsakes {date}
Paper Borders: Homespun Border Die Cut from GCD Studios
Embellishments: Melody Ross Artsy Urban Clear Sticker butterflies
Chipboard Letters: Thickers by American Crafts
Punches: Ek Success {borders}, Fiskars {border & corner}, Martha Stewart {butterflies}
Ribbon: Making Memories
Inks: Distress Inks by Ranger; Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint
Mists: Maya Mists {Lemon Metallic, Turquoise Metallic}
Paper Tape: 7 Gypsies
Adhesive: Mini Pop Dots, Zip Dry and Scrapbook Adhesives

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