When I think of the word wonderful, I think of the bond that my three boys share - their love is truly wonderful to me. Full of conflict and complexity, naturally, but also deep, goofy, enduring and beautiful - and I chose to celebrate that on my layout.
I am in love with dark background paper right now, and chose the dark, grungy tones of the Blue Fern Studios "Sanctuary" collection for my sparkly boy layout.
I started off by scraping some heavy gesso over my background, to which I added stencilling. I didn't have just the right colour of paint, so I cracked open a bottle of Liquid Pearls and used that, sprinkling in superfine glitter while it was still wet. I then splattered my background liberally with gold and blue mist to pull out the subtle background colours in the paper.
To continue on with the star motif, which I associate with a more masculine tone, I used the Blue Fern Studios Seeing Stars chipboard set, which I covered with Shimmerz Dazzlerz paint and sprinkled with glitter.
For a grounding, metallic influence, I heat embossed one of the Mixed Chains chippies in Midnight Copper and then dry brushed on some gesso.
I balanced all of the sparkle with some grungier elements: metals, cork and corrugated cardboard.
Even though it's a boy layout, I couldn't resist adding some flowers, but mixed in some metal and cork elements to help to integrate them to the rest of the layout. I love these Prima Winthrop vines - I think I bought them in every colour!
I had a lot of fun playing along with More Than Words, and can't wait for their March challenge!
Blue Fern Studios
Sanctuary Paper Collection:
- Meadows of Time
Paisley & Vine Paper Collection:
- Playing Cards
- Now And Then
- Mixed Chains
- Seeing Stars
Prima Marketing Inc.
- Winthrop Flowers: Amethyst
- Sunrise Sunset Vintage Trinkets: Roman Numerals
- Epiphany: Cork Stickers
- Paperclips: Something Blue
- Junkyard Findings: Industrial Lamps
- Art Sugar
- Heavy Gesso: White
- Stencil: Stars
- Color Bloom Spray: Gold Foil, Antique Gold, Deep Teal, Soft Teal
- Shimmerz Dazzlerz: Gummy Beary Blue
- Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing Powder: Midnight Copper
- Liquid Pearls: Majestic Purple