I'm here with another Christmasy layout. Our son, Joseph, and his beautiful Rachel were married last December with the church and reception filled with lovely Christmas decor, so this Christmas themed kit worked perfectly for a wedding page. This is one of the rare pages including a photo of myself. Part of their wedding ceremony included coming down and giving each of the mothers a rose with an opportunity for me to bless them on their new life together. I'm so glad the photographer got a shot of this special moment.
Today I would like to share the details of my layout using the
Main Kit with Amy's December Sketch
Here is Amy's gorgeous sketch:
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Tips and Techniques:
Flowers ~ The focal red poppy and white poinsettia are gorgeous flowers included in the main kit. I inked the bright white poinsettia to fit with the vintage feel of the page. I also did a bit of inking to the smaller green poinsettia. I used the kit cardstock to create the roses using my Donna Salazar Bitty Blossoms Spellbinders die set. I just love the flowers this die set creates. This gorgeous bow is also in the main kit and so easy to add such a lovely touch to my page.
Leaves ~ There were 3 of the small green holly leaves in the kit, but I wanted more, so used one as a template to cut several from the kit cardstock. With a bit of inking and pinching, they look just like the originals.
Wire ~ I just adore the wired balls that came in the kit. I wasn't sure how I would use them at first, but discovered that when looped and twisted they were perfect for my clusters.
Modeling Paste Stem ~ I found a lovely leafy stencil in the paint section of a local craft store, and it was so perfect for this page. I used some distress re-inker to tint the modeling paste without watering it down too much to get the lovely dark green color. I added a few pearls colored with cranberry alcohol ink for the berries.
Bells ~ Have I mentioned lately how much I enjoy playing with Chipboard. My friend, Dana, posted a review on our ScrapThat! forum about Sophisticated Finishes products. I just had to try them out on this bell using the copper and patina. First you paint on the metallic color and when nearly dry but still tacky add the patina green which actually reacts with the copper to get the verdigris effect. You'll definitely be seeing more of this product on future projects!! The bow and holly were colored with Copics and Spica markers, then gold paint rubbed lightly over the red bow.
Corrugated Board ~ Corrugated board is another of my favorites. Here I applied another new to me product - white opaque flakes, then painted with gesso, stamped with a script, inked then more opaque flakes. The opaque flakes are white in a medium that dries clear, and I realize once I painted over them, that while the texture was there, I lost a lot of the visual impact of the flakes. That's why I applied them again as a final step. If you are looking to try this technique out, you could skip the first step and just apply them on top.
Heat Embossing ~ I'm always looking to my stamps to see if I can find one to work as a title or sentiment. This one was perfect for my page title. Because I wanted it to pop, I heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.
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~ Blessing ~
Have a blessed and wondrous Christmas with your loved ones.