Friday, January 10, 2014

She Is Beauty Unrefined Layout and Girlie Grunge Corrugated Board Tutorial for Donna Salazar

2014 is here. I hope you are enjoying the new year and that my US friends stayed toasty during the freezing conditions this week. 

Donna Salazar is now hosting a monthly sketch and color challenge and is offering a wonderful prize package to the winner who will be selected by her design team. I hope you'll take the opportunity to grab some of her products and join us. Just let us know which DSD product(s) you have used. I decided to play along with the challenge to offer some inspiration. All the details can be found here.

Yes, it's winter outside, but with the uber cold temperatures this week, I decided to go with a warm weather photo from Elizabeth and Andrew's wedding. I had so much fun creating this layout. This photo of our daughter, Elizabeth, was a perfect fit for Mistra's color palette of Honey, Sage, and Truffle. I love adding grungy elements to girlie pages and have included a step by step tutorial on how I grunged up my corrugated board photo mat.

"She Is Beauty Unrefined"

Tips and Techniques
Handcrafted flowers and grungy gear using Donna's Spellbinders dies with GCD Natural Beauty and Mix'd Media Stax 2 papers and vintage pattern tissue paper from my stash. I've also torn bits of dictionary paper from the Mix'd Media Stax 2 and inked with Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx in Honey to layer around the edge of my layout. 

Donna's 12 x 12 paper pads each include an image sheet I've cut the title, flourish and some of the flowers from that sheet. I've also done additional fussy cutting like this lace border strip. 

I've used my all-time favorite scrappy tool, the Zutter Distrezz-it-All to achieve the gorgeous grungy paper edges. 

Don't forget you have a chance to win your own Distrezz-it-All V3.0
by liking the Distrezz-it-All Facebook page.
For other ways to enter go here.
Donna's Youtube video demonstrating the Distrezz-it-All can be viewed here.

Flowers and leaves handcrafted using Donna's Bitty Blossom Dies by Spellbinders. More fussy cutting and the grungy flourish is Donna's Want2Scrap Card Sized Hand Drawn Swirls ~ inked with MMI Truffle. Donna's products coordinate so beautifully as you can see here how her Want2Scrap Build Your Own Bling pieces fit the Bitty Blossoms leaves perfectly.

The scalloped circle was inked and then stamped with Donna's Art Gone Wild Branch stamp using Sage MMI CHOX. I've shared the details on how I created the girlie grunge texture on the corrugated board in my tutorial below. 

Girlie Grunge Corrugated Board Tutorial

Supply List
Corrugated Board by Zutter or Want2Scrap
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx - Truffle
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx CHOX - Sage
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx Embossing Powder - Truffle
Heat Tool

Step 1. I've used some of Donna's Zutter Corrugated board. Cut out a piece a little larger than the mat you want to create. 

You might ask the question, "Why should I buy corrugated board when I have cardboard from other packaging?" First of all, Donna's corrugated board is archival, so you don't have to worry about a damaged layout down the road. Second her Want2Scrap Corrugate Board already has the corrugation showing - no work or mess and her Zutter corrugated board is much easier to peel off the top layer. You will notice that the corrugated ridges are more noticeable on one side - that's the layer you want to peel off. 

**Note ~ if you have Donna's Want2Scrap Corrugated board, you can start at step 3. 

Step 2. Peel the top layer off of the corrugated board to reveal the ridges. I like to leave some bits and pieces on my board for an extra touch of grunginess. 

Step 3. Roughly tear the edges to size for your photo mat.

Here you can see the size compared to my photo.

Step 4. Ink the edges with Truffle Mixed Media Inx.

Step 5. Add additional inking with Sage MMI CHOX. Then go back and brush more Truffle MMI onto the edges, getting down into the valleys of the corrugated board. 

**Note ~ you want to go back with the truffle on the edges after inking with sage so it will be good and wet to hold the embossing powder we will be adding for the next step. 

Step 6. Dip the edges of the corrugated board into Truffle Mix'd Media Inx.

Step 7. A lot of embossing powder will stick to the edges, so to get a more textured and grungy edge, brush off some of the embossing powder. You can see in this photo on the right side and bottom where I have removed some of the powder. The top and left side show what it looks like before the extra embossing powder has been brushed away. As you are brushing it, some if the powder will move around and go towards the center of the corrugated board - that's just the effect I was looking for. 

Step 8. Heat set

Here's a close-up of how it looks on my layout.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I hope you've been inspired to create a project for our January Sketch Challenge
and a chance for a fabulous prize.

Challenge details can be found here.

Donna Salazar Products
GCD ~ Natural Beauty 12 x 12 Pad
GCD ~ Family Jeans 12 x 12 Pad
GCD ~ Mix'd Media Stax 2
Zutter ~ Corrugated Board
Want2Scrap ~ Build Your Own Bling 1
Want2Scrap ~ Hand Drawn Swirls, Card Sized Corrugated
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx - Truffle, Honey
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx CHOX - Sage
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx Embossing Powder - Truffle
Clearsnap ~ Fairy Dust Glitter
Spellbinders ~ Bitty Blossoms
Spellbinders ~ Grand Peony
Spellbinders ~ Rose Creations
Spellbinders ~ Carnation Creations
Spellbinders ~ Sprightly Sprockets
Art Gone Wild ~ Branch Stamp
Zutter ~ Distrezz-it-All

Other Products
Smooth Black Cardstock
Vintage Pattern Tissue Paper
Spare Parts ~ Gemstones Antique Buttons
Recollections ~ Rhinestone Brads
Viva Inka Gold
Martha Stewart ~ Circle Edge Punch - Fronds & Dots
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, Premium Craft Glue, Crystal Kote Gloss Spray, Gemstone Glue
Darice Heat Tool

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. So gorgeous!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors and those flowers!!!!!!

  2. BEAUTIFUL page, Tracey! As always, your flowers are gorgeous! :o)

  3. Really elegant page....I think those tissue [pattern] flowers are my all-time faves...every time I see them it makes me wanna use flowers [which in itself is a small miracle!].....& the corrugated cardboard looks fab.....this is a lovely colour combo to use, too:):)

    1. Thanks so much, Lizzy. I'm looking forward to seeing some layouts with handcrafted flowers by you!! :-) ~ Blessings

  4. swoon, this is pure bliss Tracey, thanks for sharing your enchanting work x

    1. Thanks for you oh so sweet words, Heather! ~ Blessings

  5. Unique & beautiful. She looks like you in this photo!

  6. Oh I love the contrast of the elegant photo against the grunge of the corrugated card photo matting.. love all the flowers too.. beautiful layout!

  7. Just gorgeous :) What a beautiful pic and such a special memory. My daughter's wedding will be treasured forever. Such a great family day. Love the tutorial, your pics of each step are perfect.


    1. Thanks, Paula!! So glad you enjoyed the tutorial! ~ Blessings

  8. It is amazing how the pure white of her dress pops on this grungy background. Pure magic.

  9. Beautiful page. LOVE your flowers! Amazing contrast of grunge with the elegance of your photo.

  10. Absolutely stunning page Tracey!!! Love the grungy card behind your photo ... a fabulous contrast! Thank you for the tute. Love the colours too and your flowers as always are delightful!! ox

  11. What an interesting page this is. So much to look at and admire. Love the way you used contrasts here with that corrugated background etc. Gorgeous elegant grunge :-)

  12. These are fantastic. Love the creativity off this gorgeous design!!!
    hugs carla

  13. gorgeous page!! LOVE the pretty flowers and cool tutorial on the photo mont!!!


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