Seasonal Layers Scrapbook Layout
The Seasonal Layers dies are perfect for scrapbooking any time of the year. I especially love having such a large page to work with, so there is lots of room to play with these gorgeous leaf dies!
Experiment Gone Wrong
A good way to keep creativity flowing is to try new things. It challenges your brain and stretches your abilities. It also teaches you to persevere and be flexible, especially when experiments don’t go as planned.
This particular project started as an effort to try a ghosting technique. You’re supposed to stamp in VersaMark on glossy paper, then sponge ink on top. The result should be a lightly colored image that shows through the ink with less contrast than if you embossed the image, hence the name “ghosting”.
I didn’t actually have glossy cardstock, so I thought I would see what happened if I used regular cardstock. And the answer was….
On regular paper, the VersaMark didn’t resist the ink well enough, so the leaf images don’t really show up. In certain lights and at certain angles, you can kind of see them, but they are nearly invisible so it isn’t worth it.
On the bright side, I ended up with these beautifully inked backgrounds that were too pretty not to use. Plus, I learned a lot, even if this particular experiment didn’t work out! (I will be trying again soon, as soon as I order some glossy cardstock.)
Scrapbook Page Directions
- First, cut a piece of sturdy white paper 12″ by 12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm). Cardstock or watercolor paper will work.
- Next, cut two pieces of Whisper White cardstock about the size of a standard card base (exact size is not crucial).
- Using circular motions, sponge ink onto the pieces of cardstock using Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, and Emerald Envy inks. As long as you add them in that order, they should blend together fairly well. I started with a Emerald Envy shape, such as an ‘S’ or ‘Z’ then add the other colors outside and around it.
- Next, cut a piece of Emerald Envy cardstock the same size as a card base.
- Using Seasonal Layers Thinlits, die cut several leaf shapes from Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, and Peekaboo Peach cardstock.
- Sponge ink on the outside edges of the leaves to darken them. Here were my combinations: Peekaboo Peach leaves with Calypso Coral ink, Lemon Lime Twist leaves with Emerald Envy ink, and Emerald Envy leaves with Emerald Envy ink.
- Ink the sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set with Lemon Lime Twist ink, then sponge a little Emerald Envy ink on the bottom edge for an ombre.
- Stamp the sentiment on Whisper White cardstock, then punch it out using the Pretty Label Punch.
- Arrange a 4″ by 6″ (or other standard size) black and white photo, the two colorful panels, and the Emerald Envy panel in the center of the page. They should be slightly tilted, as if you were holding a hand of playing cards, but the main photo should be square with the page. Adhere these layers down flat.
- Arrange the leaves and sentiment in the belt area across the center of the page. Adhere some leaves flat and attach others with dimensionals to give them some added depth (but not too much depth, if this will be in a page protector).
Rainbow Color Combination
This rainbow is missing a color… yellow! Luckily Lemon Lime Twist is a very yellow-y green, so it makes a good substitute. I noticed that when Peekaboo Peach and Lemon Lime Twist were blended, they actually created a yellowing color, because they both have so much yellow in them, that’s what they average out to make.
The yellow isn’t as bright as it would have been if I had just used a pure yellow ink, but the amounts of red and blue in these colors are so small, the yellow is dominant and doesn’t get too terribly muddy.
Cardstock: Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White 12″ by 12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm) (c) Stampin’ Up!
Ink: Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral (c) Stampin’ Up!
Stamps: Colorful Seasons (c) Stampin’ Up!
Dies and Punches: Seasonal Layers Framelit Dies, Pretty Label Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!
Other: dimensionals, sponges
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