Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Christmas Pageant ~ ScrapFIT Workout #61 Blank Canvas

This is an old photo of our oldest three children when they were little all dressed up for a home school Christmas Pageant. 

Every good layout starts out as a blank canvas! For this workout we want you to start out with a WHITE background paper and build you layout from there! This leaves your opportunity for creativity wide open!

I was so excited to see this workout challenge! I had a lot I wanted to add to my white background, so I started with a sheet of thin white chipbord so it would hold up to the inking, stamping, and embossing. How much fun to get to design my background around this precious photo. 

The winner of this workout will receive this wonderful kit from K Studio

Be sure to head over to ScrapFIT to see the gorgeous inspiration by our talented DT, then create a layout of your own to link up by February 29 for your chance to win.


Stamping ~ Because I planned to rub Distress Ink over my stamped images, I selected Clearly Better Ink - a permanent ink so that my images would stay crisp later when I rubbed distress ink over top. Because the Clearly Better Ink dries slowly, make sure that it is completely dry before applying the distress ink over top - you can use your heat tool to dry it if you don't want to wait for it to air dry. I'm not normally into wing images, but thought they would be perfect around this photo. I just love the personal touches that can be added when creating my own background paper.

Inking ~ Once my stamped images were dry, I rubbed a light layer of Broken China Distress Ink over the entire page.

Embossing ~ heat embossed images act as a resist, so I tapped decorative corner stamps into an embossing pad and stamped each corder, after sprinkling on clear embossing powder, I heat embossed just until the powder turns clear. If you over heat, the embossing medium will spread out and you will lose your design. I also embossed a flourish design across the bottom between the corners. 

Second Inking ~ Once you have your embossed design in place, now you can rub a darker ink over top - I used a combination of Iced Spruce and Evergreen Bough with a little Walnut Stain just at the edges. As you rub the darker ink over the embossed area, the embossed design becomes apparent as it resists any ink rubbed over top of it, while the stamped image and lighter ink still show through. When I saw the resist paper being sold, I thought it was something I could created myself. 

Embossing with Ink ~ Embossing powder can also be applied to slow drying ink. For the decorative frame around my title, I sprinkled on clear embossing powder while the ink was still wet and heated to melt. The result is a raised image.

White Chipboard - Stash

Petaloo Floral Embellishments Canterbury Collection - Magnolia Blossoms, Canterberry Spray, CMC Flowering Vine Spray, CMC Berry Spray

Technique Products
Zig Writer - Chocolate
TPC Studios Clearly Better - Chocolate
Ranger Distress Ink - Brushed Corduroy, Broken China, Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough, Walnut Stain, Tumbled Glass
Ranger Embossing Powder - Clear
Cloud 9 Design Rubber Cling Stamps - 4 x 8 Banners
Bo Bunny Stamp & Store Ornamental
Visual Artistry - Stamper's Anonymous - French Connection, Purely Random, Regal Flourish
7 Gypsies Clear Stamps - Avignon, Venice
Hot Off the Press - Artful Collection

Fiskars Craft Knife
Fiskars Self-healing Mat
Visual Artistry Grid Blocks
Scotch ATG
Moo Eraser

Thanks for stopping by ~ I treasure your comments!

~ Blessings ~ 


  1. This is just gorgeous! The photo is so precious and I love how you worked with the "blank canvas" look.

  2. oh this is gorgeous Tracey! so many techniques you have used.. precious photo too!!

  3. wonderful work cool colors and details and great work with all kinds of thecniques!

  4. Wow another stunning page. I love the wings on around the beautiful photo of your children.

    What a fun, fun challenge! I have my thinking cap on!!


  5. It is amazing what you have created from a blank "canvas". Your layout is so elegant and every details compliments the other.

  6. I would never have believed you started with a white background...great LO!
    Alison xx

  7. What a great photo you have of the 3 oldest. I love the stamping and embossed paper.

  8. Wow! I can't even tell that this was once white! Truly beautiful!

  9. This is GORGEOUS! I loveeeeeeee what you did with the background and that photo is precious! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  10. Tracey this is pretty, the blue shades, the angels in the photo are all adorable and their pretty wings. You have such a good eye for all the details on pages.

    Blessings, hugs, Lori m

  11. The angel wings were definitely a must on this layout!!! Beautiful work!!

  12. Wow! This is gorgeous! We have been busy getting our house ready to sell so I've been missing a lot of blogging! TFS! :-)


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