Hello from Crate Paper! Mou Saha with today's tutorial and it's a rather artsy one!
Does this happen to you that you want to use every paper from a collection in just one layout? That’s what happened to me. I had to use all the papers from the Portrait collection, even both sides of some in one page! Well, sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.
So, I cut small blocks, about 2” long and 1” wide from all the Portrait papers.
I arranged them, moved them around and when I was happy with the look, I attached the pieces.
Since the right edge wasn’t quite even, I punched out a strip from Emma’s Shoppe "Sweets" and attached it overlapping the edge. Then, I machine-stitched all around the page.
I painted a house shape around her.
I added windows and other details to the house using Toy Box scraps and even added a crown to her head. :)
Now if you like the quilted background look, you can stop here. But if you like it mixed media style, keep reading.
In order to blend the different patterned papers into one cohesive background, I rubbed yellow, white and blue gelato sticks on the surface to bring in more colors and muting the various patterns. You can also use watered down acrylic paints if you want.
I added Neighborhood alphabet stickers to create a title.
Using more Toy Box scraps and some old book paper, I made a tree.
I added a few final touches with some of my favorite Crate Paper buttons.
Thank-you for visiting with us today. I sincerely hope you've enjoyed today’s tutorial and will consider the wonderful options of mixed media on your next project! See you next month!