Tuesday, March 3, 2015

"Hand in Hand" Mixed Media Layout for Leaky Shed Studio and SATW Challenge

I can hardly believe another month has passed and March is here. I welcome this new month and the warmer weather it's sure to bring our way. I have some very exciting news I'll be sharing later this month as well.

If you missed it on my Facebook page, I created my first video tutorial ~ how to create sweet Organza Open Roses with Donna Salazar products. Thanks for watching my video HERE. I also appreciate you subscribing to my channel. There will be more videos to follow.

Today I'm sharing a wedding layout featuring lots of Leaky Shed Studio chipboard. I've also used inspiration from the beautiful March Scrap Around the World mood board.

We recently took a trip to Florida. One of the travel papers at our hotel spotlighted the Jacksonville MOCA Art Museum's "White" exhibition featuring iconic white art. I've also noticed a growing trend of white on white paper arts and thought I'd give it a try. Our daughter's good friend married last summer, and I created this layout for her and her husband. I thought the white background would be the perfect backdrop to complement her gorgeous dress. 

"Hand in Hand"
Mixed Media, Tracey Sabella, Leaky Shed Studio, Wild Orchid Crafts, Wedding, Chipboard

Tips and Techniques
Mixed Media, Tracey Sabella, Leaky Shed Studio, Wild Orchid Crafts, Wedding, Chipboard
Here's a full view of the bottom cluster including the Leaky Shed Studio Willow Flower, loads of soft white flowers, feathers, bow, and subtle textures. 

Mixed Media, Tracey Sabella, Leaky Shed Studio, Chipboard, Crackle
Don't you just adore this grungy crackle effect on the chipboard?

I used spray Gesso as a base coat, then brushed here and there with Viva white crackle paint, then dabbed with Lindy's Stamp Gang mists. I know from past experience, that the crackle really cracks and pulls off of the spray gesso which is the grungy feel I wanted to achieve. I also know that "ALL" of the crackle would easily be chipped off, so I dabbed the piece gently with Donna Salazar's Clearsnap Emboss Gloss and sprinkled with clear embossing powder. While the embossing powder was still hot from the embossing, I sprinkled on more powder and heated again. I repeated several times until there was a nice thick coat of clear embossing to hold the grungy crackle in place. Finally, I dabbed and rubbed with white gesso to lighten the color and bring out more of the crackled texture.

**I did end up with bits of crackle in my Emboss Gloss, which is fine with me since I usually use it in grungy applications; however, if you want to keep it clean, I suggest pouring out a little on a craft mat, and brush it very gently onto the chipboard with a soft brush. That way you won't contaminate the rest of your Emboss Gloss. **

It looks like bits of the crackle paint chipped off onto the background. This is actually Golden White Opaque Flakes brushed onto the background paper. It dries clear, allowing the white flakes in the gel to show up against the background. 

Mixed Media, Tracey Sabella, Leaky Shed Studio, Wild Orchid Crafts, Wedding, Bow
Another view of this lower cluster. The background is dry brushed with gesso in two directions for added texture. I then spread molding paste over a leafy flower stencil with molding paste, then heat embossed with white embossing powder. 

Mixed Media, Tracey Sabella, Leaky Shed Studio, Wild Orchid Crafts, Wedding,
In this side view you can see I added some pearls and used a metal flower from my stash of jewelry findings.

Mixed Media, Tracey Sabella, Leaky Shed Studio, Wild Orchid Crafts, Wedding, Chipboard, Prima Doily
Here's the smaller top cluster. I layered texture under the photo with a delicate crochet doily, die cut doily, then more grungy chipboard. I've just adore the amazing design at the bottom of the Leaky Shed Studio Bird Cage and snipped it off to tuck into these layers. I've treated all of my chipboard pieces the same as described above for the Willow Flower piece. 

I painted this large metal leaf charm to tuck into the flower cluster as well. While still wet, I wiped off paint from the raised ares to let some of the gold show through.

Mixed Media, Tracey Sabella, Leaky Shed Studio, Chipboard, Crackle, Dragonfly
Leaky Shed Studio dragonfly from the Garden Bugs collection.
This is a darling set of insects!!

Mixed Media, Tracey Sabella, Leaky Shed Studio, Chipboard, Crackle, Flourish
I've cut this piece in two and used half of it.

Mixed Media, Tracey Sabella, Leaky Shed Studio, Stencil, Heat Emboss, Texture, Background
Here's a close up of more of the background textures.

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I was inspired by the textured, flowing shades of white and grey
in the horse photo from the SATW March Mood Board.

Be sure to hop on over to check out this month's fabulous challenge at

Leaky Shed Studio Products

Other Products
GCD Studio by Donna Salazar - Natural Beauty 12x12” Pad
Tim Holtz ~ Tissue Tape - Sketchbook
Petaloo ~ Botanica Blooms, white
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Sweetheart Blossoms, white
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Tulip Flowers, white
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Tuscany Rosebuds, white
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ 25mm Cottage Roses, white
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ 30mm Wild Roses, white 
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Magnolias, white
Martha Stewart ~ Findings Collection, white & silver
Touch of Nature ~ Feathers, white
Leaf Charm ~ Stash
Flower charms ~ Stash
Berry Sprig ~ Stash
Doily ~ Stash
Hug Snug ~ Rayon Seam Binding, white (Really Reasonable Ribbon)
Ranger ~ Archival Ink, Jet Black
Clearsnap by Donna Salazar - Mix’d Media Inx Embossing Powder, jasmine
Clearsnap ~ Embossing Powder, clear
Clearsnap by Donna Salazar ~ Emboss Gloss
Lindy’s Stamp Gang ~ Starburst, Black Orchid Silver
Lindy’s Stamp Gang ~ Moon Shadow Mist, Silhouette Silver
Golden ~ Light Molding Paste
Golden ~ White Opaque Flakes
Golden ~ Soft Gel (Matte)
Liquitex ~ Gesso, white, clear
Viva ~ Crackle Paint, white
Higgins ~ Drawing Ink, white
Prima ~ Doily Die  #572792
Americana Classic ~ Stencil - Jacobean Floral
TWC Zenspirations Stencil 6x6 Mini Specimens
Cloud9 Design ~ 8x6 Mem Phrase Stamp Set
Helmar ~ Premium Craft Glue
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar ~ Zap Dots - Round 1/2”, white
Zutter by Donna Salazar ~ Distrezz-it-All

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. This is gorgeous! I love love love love the chipboard and the flowers!!!!!!!!!

  2. Soooo beautiful !! Those flowers are stunning & clean??!!! Never happen in this crafty space either! Great video... Not too long either:):)

    1. Oh don't I know it, Lizzy!! lol I usually gesso and paint up my flowers too, but this time I just like the way they looked against all the other grungy elements. Thanks for your thoughts on my video too!! ~ Blessings

  3. GORGEOUS!! Love those whites together!

  4. This is so elegant and so beautiful.. very fitting for a wedding layout.. I shall pop over and check out your video too..

  5. Time is flying. I simply adore your white on white page. The techniques you used are great and you created so much texture.

  6. Gorgeous Tracey!! I love the way you did the chipboard and the awesome background texture!! The white on white really is lovely ;)

  7. Tracey this is divine .... as always xx Thank you so much for joining in the fun at SATW

  8. I love all the textures and bits you've put it to create that! Thank you for joining the SATW challenge!

  9. WOW, Tracey! I am LOVING all of your gorgeous details and what you did with the chipboard! So creative and beautiful. And I love the photo you scrapped and your wonderful title, too. Such a gorgeous and amazing layout, my friend! HUGS to you!!!!!

  10. Wow Tracey you knocked this one out of the park! It's stunning! Your masking work is awesome and so much gorgeous detail! Stunning page! They will be so thrilled to get this! Miss our chats from Scrap That! All the best from SATW! :)

  11. Stunning project Tracey !!!! I love your workThank you for joining the SATW challenge!

  12. Gorgeous layout,Tracey, I love the texture work !! Thank you for playing at SATW :)
    Lydie Denis

  13. How beautiful Tracey! Thanks so much for wowing us at SATW with this stunning layout!!

  14. You have created magic with white, Tracy. Love the texture,layers all and everything in your layout.
    Thanks so much for sharing your talent us at Scrap Around The world this month.

  15. So beautiful! Thank you for joining us at SATW!

  16. Oh Tracey, you are absolute star. I love your style.
    Thank you for joining our challenge at SATW <3

  17. How gorgeous is this layout! Your technique on the chipboard is amazing and all those flowers!!! Thanks for playing along this month at Scrap Around the World!


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