Saturday, October 25, 2014

"Hidden Staircase" for C'est Magnifique

I'm back to share my second layout with the gorgeous November C'est Magnifique kit featuring the Blue Fern Montage papers. 

We recently took a vacation to Iowa and while there, toured the capitol building. The architecture and attention to detail was amazing. Every inch of the building was covered with carved marble, gilding, and hand painted surfaces. There are five domes atop the building and this ornate hidden staircase rises to the top of one of these domes.

"Hidden Staircase"

Tips and Techniques
This Main Kit Ironwork Arch is gorgeous, and I placed it above the photo to continue the feel of the dome where the photo ends. I painted with white crackle, and when dry, dry brushed with bronze metallic paint, then a bit of white gesso to highlight the cracked texture. You can see the Mixed Media Kit clock hands peeking out from the top of this cluster. I brushed them with adhesive and Prima Art Sugar to distress.

The Mixed Media Kit includes the new Prima Art Sugar in Charcoal. I brushed glue across the flowers, then sprinkled with glitter. I found that this glitter appears dark against a light surface, and lightens a black surface. I wanted to lighten up the feathers just a little, so used a small paint brush to place spots of glue in the direction of the vanes to adhere more glitter. 

Here's another view. Below the feathers, I spread extra heavy gesso with a grain striping comb for texture, then when dry painted. I mixed grey into the mint green gesso until it was the color of the background behind the vintage woman ephemera piece, then used it with the Mixed Media Kit Fleur de Lis stencil. I tucked some sisal from my stash around the flowers for texture. 

I layered lots of pieces from the Main Kit Ephemera pack and Mixed Media Kit journaling cards around and under the photo. The background paper is altered with Twinkling H20's, then splattered with drawing ink, mist, and more of the Twinkling H20's. I printed the title onto ink jet transparency paper. 

Product List

Main Kit
Blue Fern Studios ~ Montage - Now and Then
Blue Fern Studios ~ Montage – Calling Cards
Blue Fern Studios ~ Ironwork Arch
Prima ~ Cigar Box Secrets - Humidor #578596
Prima ~ Ephemera ~ Epiphany #575885

Walnut Hollow ~ Clock Hands, Black #23086
Prima ~ Cigar Box Secrets - Londsdale #578626
Crate Paper ~ Notes & Things – Journaling Cards #683542
C’est Magnifique ~ Gesso - Mint Green
Plaid ~ Chalkboard Paint, Green
Touch of Nature ~ Feathers - Black
Momenta ~ Stencil (Fleur de Lis) BL-341
Prima ~ Art Ingredients Art Sugar – Charcoal
Manorhouse ~ Black Tea Roses
Brass Clock Charm

Ink Jet Transparency Paper
Brown Sisal 
Viva ~ Crackle Paint – White
Ranger ~ Distress Ink – Antique Linen, Pumice Stone
Liquitex ~ Extra Thick Gesso
Jacquard ~ Lumiere – Pewter; Metallic Bronze
LuminArt ~ Twinkling H20’s – Autumn Butternut; Mandarine Citrine; Cedarwood
Daler-Rowney Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic Ink
Higgins ~ Drawing Ink, White
Tattered Angels ~ Glimmer Mist – Woven Burlap; Graphite
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar ~ Zapdots White ½ in. Round
Helmar ~ Liquid Scrap Dots
Helmar ~ Craft & Hobby PVA Glue
Art Institute Glitter ~ Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
Tombow ~ Multi Mono Liquid Glue 
Martha Stewart ~ Grain Striping Comb
Ranger ~ Heat It 
Font ~ Before the Rain

Thanks for stopping by today! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. Sooooooooooo gorgeous! LOVING the flowers and the feathers!!!!!!

  2. OMG!!!! I love your project. All of your flowers are absolutely fabulous.
    Cindy Lou

  3. That's an incredible staircase! Your 'iron work' looks fabulous & I really like how you've got those vintage face images tucked in there, too:))

  4. This looks amazing! Love how you use those fabulous flowers and there is always so much texture on your background too! Awesome photo !,


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