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{Colour Blast} Magic & Brains ~ A Scrapbook Layout

Hello my scrappy friends and welcome to my blog today! I’m here sharing my last post for Colour Blast for January. I hope you enjoy my process!


Funny how I came to this design though because I started with a patterned paper background and decided I just didn’t love it, heck I didn’t even like it really so I thought I would use what I had done to create something I at least liked!!

First up – patterned paper and White Heavy Gesso. A thick-ish/random, smeary coat in the area where I was going to put my photo’s. I left that over night to dry.


When I came back the next day I turned my camera on and you can see my process from here on out below and keep scrolling for my step by steps….

I decided I wanted a dark contrast so grabbed my Dusty Charcoal Colour Paste and a stencil and after I marked where my photos were going I added some paste in 2 different areas. And smeared it on the top left so added a 3rd place with the paste.


Before this dried I knew I wanted an orange/black/gold colour scheme so I grabbed my Bling Colour Embossing Powder and sprinkled a little here and there over my Colour Paste and heat set the lot! Not only does heat setting it set the embossing powder but it also makes the Paste all bubbly and gives more awesome texture!



At this point I was thinking “Hrm, I’ll add a bit more colour and maybe I’ll start to love it more” so I grabbed my Sunset and Saffron Colour Sprays and some packaging and got to work using the smooshing (yep, that’s the techy word ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) technique, working a small-ish section at a time and drying in between.


While I was working on that it occurred to me that the reason the 3rd spot of paste wasn’t gelling was because I hadn’t added gesso first, so I told myself “I’ll add some smooshing here too and that will work better”. TBH with you, NOPE, just nope! Ok, time to re-think my idea!


I grabbed some circle punches and dies and got to chopping up the paper – I did feel some satisfaction here – and immediately I was liking it better!! White cardstock and clear gesso for the background and I was ready to go again!



I added some ink to both my circles and the thin mat I had applied to my photos using Archival Black ink and placed the circles and photos in a configuration, first horizontally, that I thought would work. Meh, so I tried vertically and was like “Yay!! THIS is it!!”


Remove everything from the page again, grab my black archival ink and a couple of texture stamps and stamp, stamp, stamp!!


Next, I used both my Bling Colour Shimmer Spray and Colour Shimmer Pot to apply lots of pretty gold to the background. I sprayed the mist first, I wanted a fine, light coverage then I used the Bling Colour Shimmer Cube with both the packaging technique and also a paint brush and added colour to my hearts content.



Oh, and of course splatters! I used my paint brush and Colour Shimmer Pot. And Colour Spray in Roadbase also using a brush!

I added some gold stitching with my sewing machine through some of the circles and then it was time to stick, stick, stick!


I did add some more Bling splatters after all the circles were stuck down but before the photo was stuck down.



And lots of close ups! Enjoy!






So, just because you are not loving what you started does not mean that either a) you need to ditch the whole lot or b) you have to “put up with” and keep what you don’t love!! Play! I’m sure, like me you have a good stash of awesome product that can sometimes be neglected, pull it out and PLAY!!!


That’s it for me for this post and January so see you again next month, I cannot wait to play along with the next challenge, it’s a fun one ๐Ÿ˜‰



Melinda

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{Colour Blast} Cherish ~ A Scrapbook (rainbow explosion) Layout

Hey, hey my scrappy friends and welcome to my blog today!! I have my first share for the year for Colour Blast and I even surprised myself with the end design lol

I played along with the January challenge for this page and I even shared this sneak in the Colour Blast Creative Corner FB group so now you get to see the whole page.


And here, again, for you is the January challenge! You will notice that I improvised and use black patterned paper instead of black card stock – I had NO black card stock!! Argh!!!


You can find my process video on my YT channel or just click play below!



First up, black gesso smeared randomly on my patterned paper where I knew I wanted to place my 2 clusters. You can see that I have switched sides with my clusters, I felt my photo worked better on the bottom-ish left so ran with that! That’s the beauty of a sketch, right?!


Next up, COLOUR!! I cannot express how much I seriously LOVE the way the Colour Shimmer products pop off a black background!! I used Deep Water, Fire Engine and Sunshine Colour Shimmer Sprays sprayed directly onto the background over the gesso. I started with the Sunshine, then the Fire Engine, then the Deep Water.


My Deep Water gave me a little trouble – it left not only a fine mist but also bigger splatters – which, really, when you think about it, is perfect!! So to add to that look I grabbed my fave brush – it’s a round #20, dunked it into the spray bottles of the Sunshine and the Fire Engine and splattered away to my hearts content!


I left my background to dry overnight and came back the next day and started working on my paper layers. I used mostly scraps, grabbed some Charms Creations DIY embellishments and some flair.



Happy with the general placement I added colour to my DIY embellies using Singin’ The Blues Colour Shimmer Pot. If you don’t have the pot you can, of course, use a brush and Colour Shimmer Spray for a similar effect.


I love the way these turned out!! The beautiful blue colour and all the gorgeous shimmer, oh la la!! Here are the 3 pieces all coloured up, swoon!!


While hunting through my box of chippy I came across my title piece – this “cherish” word that I had previously embossed (you can see lots of embossing fun including my title on this post!) using Tangereen Dream Colour Embossing Powder and LOVED the pop that this colour brought to the page so decided I needed to add a couple more small pops of the Tangereen Dream so embossed 3 veneer hearts with 2 coats each.


Time to assemble all the bits and hence, now it is a rainbow explosion lol


A few close ups


It’s so hard to capture just how pretty and shimmery those fabric embellies are but seriously, swoon!








I hope you have enjoyed my post today and we would love to see your takes on this fun challenge this month. Just head over to the FB group and pop your take into the album for a voucher to buy more Colour Blast goodies, and let’s face it, who doesn’t love more free goodies?!


Have a fantastic (messy) scrappy day and see you again later in the month!

Melinda
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{Colour Blast} Breathe – An Art Journal Page

Hello fellow Colour Blast lovers!! I’m here with you today and I am sharing my latest DT project which is another art journal page!ย 

Here is a bit of a sneaky peek


And I am playing along with the September challenge which is


So, remember, you have until the end of the month to load your project into this album on Facebook using the prompts provided!

And here are my step-by-steps (I did MEAN to have a process video, phone was loaded and ready to go but I forgot to press record!!)


First up I picked a page in my art journal that I had applied some left over products from another project onto some time ago! My White Heavy Gesso and a paint brush and applied a very random (I did not cover the whole page) layer of gesso.



Next up, I of course heat set that first, some stamping for texture. I grabbed my archival black ink and a couple of stamps I wanted to use and again, randomly applied those across my page.


Again with the heat gun! And next was some actual texture! Here I grabbed my Colour Mica Powders in Espresso and Polar. First I mixed the Espresso with some White Heavy Gesso (I accidently discovered you get this beautiful grey colour when you mix these products together!) and then applied randomly through a stencil.ย 


I cleaned up that mixture and again with the gesso but this time Polar Mica Powder. I had left the stencil in place so again applied this colour randomly over the stencil, both over lapping the other colour and some by itself.



I love how this stencilling came out!! Remember, the more colour you add the bolder the colour you will get mixing it with white gesso!

I left that to dry naturally and started work on my chipboard. I picked a single word for my title and decided to emboss it using the gorgeous Just Blue Colour Embossing Powder. First up however, I wanted a “cleaner” colour so I applied a quick coat of gesso and let that dry.


Next up, I grabbed my embossing ink dabber, applied liberally, added embossing powder in Just Blue, shook off excess and heat set. So pretty!



While embossing I decided that the background needed some more colour so I activated my Just Blue Colour Shimmer Cube by adding a little water. When that was ready to go I applied the watercolour to the page, spritzed with more water and turned and titled the page until I got the colour where I wanted it.ย 


Time to put the finishing touches on! Before I stuck anything down however I decided that I had this new stamp that I HAD to use so I stamped that 3 times onto some tissue paper, heat set and tore around.


Using some different fibres, my title and 2 of my butterflies I came up with placing that I was happy with and stuck everything down. Wet glue for the fibres and title and matt medium for the butterflies.


Oops, I nearly forgot my last 2 finishing touches!! I grabbed some tiny blue beads and matt medium and stuck some of those down around my title – I feel like I now need some shells! ย 



And then I grabbed my fan brush and my Roadbase Colour Spray for some black splatters!


I love, love, love how this came out! I challenged myself when I started this page to keep LOTS of white space – which is VERY unusual for me in my art journal. I was lucky enough to have Fiona Paltridge create a page in my journal and one of the things I really loved about it was that not every single inch of the paper was covered so I though I’d give it a go myself!! Here are a couple more close ups!




Swoon, I so LOVE all that texture!


That’s it for me for today so have fun playing with your fun Colour Blast goodies and make sure you pop into the FB group to share your creations, we love to see what is being made!!

Happy scrapping!
Melinda
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{Colour Blast} Flying Baby ~ A Scrapbook Page

Hey my scrappy friends, today I am here sharing my latest DT make for Colour Blast Australia.

I decided to play along with the August challenge this month and instead of using just one product I have used 2 but in a RAINBOW of colours!!

Here again is the August challenge for you


I have used the Colour Spray and a Colour Paste.

Here is the line up of my sprays


Like I said, a RAINBOW! In it’s true ROYGBIV form! Yep, I’m using Indigo and Violet but from left to right the colours are:
Love, Sunset, Saffron, Rainforest, Lagoon, Indigo and Violet.ย 

And just a refresher if you are ย not sure, the Colour Sprays are beautifully pigmented flat colour with no shimmer but gorgeous none the less!!

Here is what I did with my Colour Sprays


This is a technique I have been meaning to use for ages but just kept forgetting! I have simply sprayed each colour 2 or 3 times straight onto the bubble wrap – which I cut to roughly 12×12 size – and then put my textured card stock on top and did some reverse stamping! No gesso needed as there was ย not a lot of water being added to the page.


This is what my stamping looked like!! I just love it! And so too does my 7 year old who chose the photo’s I am scrapping today ๐Ÿ˜‰ Needless to say, they HAD to be of him!!

I left that to dry naturally and added a couple of layers of white tissue paper behind my photo. By the time I got that stuck my background was dry and ready for me to do my next layer, which was some stamping in both a light and dark grey ink.


I did a real quick dry off with my heat tool and added another layer. This time I wanted sparkle and not much colour so I grabbed the beautiful Snow White Colour Paste and this fun 7 Dots stencil.


As you can see in the photo the paste goes on white with some shimmer but as it dries it goes clear with SO MUCH shimmer. It is beautiful and I love that you can still see the stamping and the rainbow through the paste.

Time for some coordinating embellishments.ย 


I chose wood veneer from Cocoa Vanilla Studios and 3 of the Colour Sprays – Love, Lagoon and Indigo and just painted the colour straight onto the veneer. I hurried along the drying process with my heat tool and then my next step was, of course, more shimmery goodness!!


I used my embossing ink dabber and of course the Snow White Colour Embossing Powder. 2 coats just to make sure they were super shimmery ๐Ÿ˜‰

With all of my bits coloured and dried it was time to assemble my page and here is the final design


I felt that the white edge left a little something to be desired so I found this fun rainbow patterned paper in my stash, gutted it, cut down my white and attached my page. I think it really makes the whole page come together – especially with that rainbow stitched border!

Here are a few more close ups! Well, quiet a few close ups actually! Enjoy!


Here you can see all that beautiful shimmer from the Colour Paste!


I tried to keep the embellishments within the background colours and love how the veneer came out!





So, that is my challenge for August done and I love the end result using a technique I have wanted to try for AGES!

There is a process video available, just click the play button below!


You can load up your take on the challenge here in the FB group and I hope I have inspired you to play along for the chance of a Colour Blast voucher!

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Melinda


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{Colour Blast} Believe In Your Own Magic ~ OTP canvas

Hello fellow Colour Blasters!! I hope today finds you well and ready to be inspired! Melinda here with you today with a little something different!

I am sharing a little OTP canvas artwork I created!

Here is my finished design and I just LOVE how it came out in the end! I was inspired to create this because I really, really, really wanted to colour something (I haven’t picked up my copics in MONTHS) so started with a class image from a class I am enrolled in and off I went!


If you are interested I do all of my colouring classes with Alyce from Kit and Clowder, follow the link and you can see what she has on offer!

I forgot to write down the copic colours I used but PLEASE if your interested to know leave me a comment and I will have a look into it for you but I do know for certain this is my skin combo:
E000/E00/E21/E11/E04 and R20

Here is how my project came together in video form


Otherwise (or as well as ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) read on for my step-by-step’s!!

First up (and I’m sorry, I forgot to take a photo!) I grabbed some thick cardboard from some packaging and my A4 sized canvas pad and cut them both down to 5″ x 7″. I adhered them together using our White Heavy Gesso and then also applied a coat of gesso to the top of the canvas paper and left to dry.


My next step was to add some texture to my faux canvas with some more gesso and a stencil in a diagonal from top right to bottom left.



I let that air dry (I didn’t want the bubbly texture the gesso can get when you heat it) and then worked on my layers using my colouring as the main feature (coloured with copic markers). Love how these look all layered up and distressed!



Now I know what my layers are going to look like it’s time to start work on the background of my faux canvas. Please be aware that the step-by-step photos are not of the actual end piece as I got carried away while creating ๐Ÿ˜‰


The only difference (besides the stencil) is that I did not gesso the canvas before doing my stencilling so the colours don’t move quiet as much around the piece!


First up I started with Sapphire Colour Spray. Just using the nozzle I applied a little colour in drips and drops.ย 



Next I added water both from a spray bottle and a wet paint brush and let the colour move around the canvas.



I dried this colour off and then repeated the process with both Lagoon and Carribean Colour Sprays until my whole panel was covered in colour making sure to dry between colours so the colours blended nicely without them all mixing together completely.



I love how this panel looks! On my original (and also this piece to show you!) I wanted to add a little more dimension so pulled out my Colour Shimmer Dust in Navy and literally used my brush to apply colour over the whole stencilled area. In my sample here I have applied it randomly for depth but on the original you can really see the stencil design pop!


And here is the completed faux canvas with all the same techniques and colours applied


I used my heat tool to dry this off and I just love, love, love how this looks!ย 

It was time to put it all together and I decided I needed a little more texture in the background so first up I grabbed some cheesecloth and then some chipboard which I applied a quick coat of gesso to and dried with my heat tool.


Then I inked this with a pink chalk ink and embossed using the Punch Colour Embossing Powder for a beautiful contrast to all of those blues and teals!


Now I really can stick it all together!! Lots of foam and lots of wet glue to make sure it sticks good!

Once I had everything assembled I decided the edges needed a little something so I grabbed my Roadbase Colour Spray, a paint brush and added a border all the way around the edge of my faux canvas and this just finished it off beautifully!


And here is my finished project!


A close up of those layers and my colouring


Some of that oh so pretty texture from the gesso and sprays


The beautiful contrast of that embossing next to those sprays


And finally all the dimension from all of those layer <3<3<3 Swoon!


So, that’s it for me for today! Something a little different and alot of fun! If your “norm” is OTP I challenge you to do a page, likewise if your “norm” is a page, I challenge you to do something OTP, you may just love it and be extra inspired with your next “norm” project!ย 

Whatever you do, please head over to the FB group here to share your Colour Blast creations, we all love seeing what you do with the amazing products available!

I’ll see you again soon, until then, happy scrapping!!

Melinda






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{Colour Blast} Can’t Wait to Meet You! ~ A Scrapbook Layout

Hi there scrappy friends!! I’m with you today sharing a page I created without using any patterned paper for Colour Blast Australia!!


I will start off straight away by saying that this is not my ultrasound! The journalling does explain that this is indeed my future niece or nephew!

I started this page with one idea in my head and decided as I was going that I just didn’t love where it was going! You can see in the video below my process and where the layout changes directions!


And here are my step-by-steps!

First up, I decided to grab a stencil and some Colour Pastes. I have used the pastes one at a time and applied randomly all over the stencil (onto vellum) with some parts of the paste thicker than others and left that over night to dry.


The next day when I came back to my dried mixed media circles I started fussy cutting the circles.ย As a last minute decision I decided to leave some of the wonky edges for something a little different.


I started to lay the circles and my photo onto my page and at this point I decided that the circles were too big and I just wasn’t loving it!! Instead of starting all over I decided to grab some punches, some dies and my scissors and cut a bunch of different sized hearts and felt much happier with that decision!


Next to set to work on my background. A very quick, light coat of White Heavy Gesso to the parts of the page where I knew I wanted to add some extra colour.


Then comes one of my most fave products at the moment – Colour Shimmer Pots!! For this page I have used the Just Blue (Oh my, I love, love, love this colour!!) as I wanted a contrast but also not an opposite end of the colour wheel contrast! I activated with a little water and just painted the colour on without too much thought other than the basic idea of where I wanted the focus. I did dry this off a little with my heat tool but first I soaked up a lot of the water from the top of the page.



After that was dried I pulled out my Singin The Blues Colour Shimmer Spray and did a couple of spritzes for a bit of colour variation and again left that to dry.


I wanted to bring in some of the green also so did a few squirts of the Apple Of My Eye Colour Shimmer Spray as well and let that dry thoroughly.


Time for splatters! I have very simply used the nozzle from each of the bottles of Colour Shimmer Spray in Bling, Just Blue, Singin The Blues and Apple of My Eye and left that to dry.


While that was drying I pulled out my chipboard pieces and decided to do a multi colour emboss! First up I have used Deep Water Embossing Powder.



After that was dried and cooled I added Bling embossing powder and heat set that too. These 2 colours mix beautifully together while still being able to see the 2 different colours. I love this look!


Time to pull it all together and here is the end design again for you!


I love the pops of all those different colours and how beautifully they all sit together on the page!


Oh, and I forgot, I added a little stamping behind the chipboard! I meant to do that BEFORE I stuck down the chipboard but forgot! Thankfully I had only adhered it with staples where the photo was going to be so it was easy enough to lift the chippy – perhaps you will remember sooner ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have used a grey (because I thought I had grabbed black until I stamped!) archival ink and love the extra detail it adds!


I also REALLY love the extra dimension that the vellum gives. When the hearts were stuck down only in the middle the edges all lifted up which was a happy surprise!


And one last photo, this is the title area! I love how those hearts look and those alphas match perfectly with the colours I have chosen!


So, how will you take this fun technique and do YOUR thing with it? We would love to see so please make sure you stop by the FB group and share your own creations with us!ย 

Also, I am making my way over to Brisbane for the Scrapbooking Expo in a couple of days and to say I am excited would most surely be the understatement of the year!! I may be helping out on the Colour Blast stand (woohoo!!) or you may see me wandering around, either way please head over to the CB stand and say hi!!

Whatever your scrappy plans are make sure you have fun and get a little messy ๐Ÿ˜‰

Until next time,


Melindaย 

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{Colour Blast} Sweet Moments ~ Another Wedding Layout

Hey fellow Colour Blast lovers, I’m here with you today with a mostly clean and simple layout!!

I will start by saying that my mojo has kinda been off on a little holiday this week (not sure what that’s about!!) but when I was looking through some photos a week ago I came across the one I have used for this layout and because it was so BIG I thought it was a great way to get scrapping without the pressure of so much “stuff”!!

So, I am scrapping another of my wedding photos today and as I mentioned it is BIG – like 8″ x 12″ big so it takes up a lot of real estate on my page. A little embellishing, a title and a little pop of colour!

First up I started by prepping my chippy with some white heavy gesso. As 2 of these pieces had already had some product put on them one needed 3 coats and the other needed 2 but they came up nice and white and ready for a new layer of colour ๐Ÿ˜‰


I set my chippy aside to dry and did the little work on my background that I knew I wanted to do.ย 

I grabbed my (current fave!!) Blush Colour Shimmer Pot, a wide-ish brush, my craft mat and a little water and applied some colour to my craft mat and mixed with a little water (my brush was a little too big to fit in the pot and mix easily).ย 


I then applied wide brush strokes both at the bottom of the white cardstock background and also at the top of where I knew my photo was going to be.ย 



With some of the left over colour on my mat I did some sprinkles.



I popped my background to the side so I could finish off my chippy. I decided to use the gorgeous Blush and Punch Colour Embossing Powders. The title got the Punch while the flourish got the punch. These colours are so, so pretty and my current faves!!


After that was all dry it was time to stick it all together. I used a partial white doily at the top of the photo and applied all my chippy with my wet adhesive directly to the photo.ย 


I just loved how that looked! As a very final touch I have added some punched gold glitter hearts in 2 places and then I called the page done.



I love how this came together and it has given me some of my missing mojo back. I hope to do a little more scrapping tonight in fact ๐Ÿ˜‰ Maybe if your mojo has gone walkies, grab a big photo or one that really inspires you and just have a play!



Thank you, as always, for stopping and see you again soon!

Melinda
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{Colour Blast} Eat, Sleep, Be Cute, Repeat ~ An OTP project

Hi there Colour Blasters, I’m here with you today and I am sharing a sweet frame I made for a baby shower today!

This all came together pretty quickly (besides the stitching ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and is so easy to re-create, I hope you follow along and get some inspiration!

First up, I started with my white cardstock and a cut file from the Silhoutte store. I chose to cut parts of the file with the blade to back with papers and chose to use my sketch pens to draw out some of the words for me to colour and then hand stitch around.

The very first thing I did after peeling the paper off the cutting mat was to do the water colouring. I used a pointy pallet knife to add a tiny bit of both the Paris and the Lush Colour Shimmer Dusts to my tray.


Now, don’t let the colour of the dry dust confuse you!! These are both green colours and are STUNNING!!

The magic is when you add water ๐Ÿ˜‰ You can then see the true colour and all the beautiful shimmer. Which is exactly what I did next using a pipette, straight into the little wells.


Give them a good mix up and you get your shimmery, colourful watercolour-y media ready to go! I used a small-ish paintbrush and simply added colour to each outlined letter. I used a mix of both the Lush and Paris to give different shades and a little more depth to the words for a little more interest.

After that was dried, I went around all the coloured words with my pokey tool and poked holes about 1/4″ all the way around for my stitching.


Me being me, I managed to smudge a little colour where I didn’t want it – to rectify I quick grabbed a paper towel and mopped up as much of the colour as I could. I wasn’t able to get all the colour up so I decided next up to add a few sprinkles of the green colours in diagonal across the page using the same paint brush – smudge covered, woohoo!!

Next up was the hand stitching. I chose a green coloured embroidery thread that matched pretty well to the Shimmer Dusts I had used. Now, this can be quiet time consuming but I love, love, love the finished product so am happy to put the time and effort in. I use a simple back stitch. Up from the back of the paper, down the next pierced hole, back up through the next hole and then back through the previous pierced hole etc etc.


I wanted to a little extra texture and interest so pulled out a star stamp (from a Christmas set!!) and stamped with my embossing ink the same diagonal as the green splatters and then heat embossed the very pretty Snow White Colour Embossing Powder.ย 


Oh lala, this is looking beautiful!

When that was all done it was time to back the cut words. I have used some scraps of a very pretty wood grain paper in my stash and just outlined the back of each letter and then glued on the paper.

I popped it into the frame I had purchased and I couldn’t be happier with the end result!!


I really hope the parents-to-be love it but I am pretty certain it will be a hit!

Here are a couple of close ups




If you would like to see the whole process there is a process video available, just click on the play button below!


I hope this has inspired you to create something a little different and perhaps something off the page!ย 

Please remember to share all of your Colour Blast creations over in the Colour Blast Creative Corner FB group, we really do love seeing what you are creating!!

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Melinda
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Cheeky Little Devil ~ Scrapbook Page

Hi there scrappy friends!! I’m here with you today sharing my take on the fun sketch challenge over at Anna’s Craft Cupboard.

Here is the sketch if you have not yet seen it
And here is my take on the sketch


I have finally cracked open my Pink Fresh Studios Indigo Hills collection and it is just gorgeous!! I have paired it with one of my new favourite colours from Colour Blast – Just Blue. If you love blue and don’t have this colour – you NEED it – all of it! The Shimmer Spray, the Embossing Powder, the Colour Paste and the Colour Shimmer Pot – swoon!!!

Anyways, enough of my swooning and here are a few details of the page!


This photo shows a close up of the title area. I’ve mixed and matched some chippy pieces from Dusty Attic and used both the Just Blue and Dusty Charcoal embossing powders on all the words – doesn’t it look A-MAZING the way the colours mix and blend together?!

With all that work in the background I decided not to go to OTT with embellishments so kept it pretty simple with a few pieces from the ephemera pack and also a Charms Creations grey arrow.ย 

So, another story told, another page in an album and I satisfied my need to get messy ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time, happy scrapping!!

Mel
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{Colour Blast} You Can’t Have A Rainbow ~ Art Journal Page

Hi there scrappy friends, I’m here with you today with an art journal share!

But first with today, being ANZAC day, I just want to say a big thank you to all of those that have served and are currently serving. You, and those you love, on a day to day basis, sacrifice so much so that we can live the life we live and call Australia home, so thank you, from the bottom of my heart.ย 

Now, onto the reason I’m certain you are here!

I had recently purchased a stamp set that I was desperate to play with so pulled out a rainbow of Colour Blast goodies, my art journal and of course my brand new stamp set!

I wanted a drippy, pretty rainbow-y effect on my page but before I did anything I applied a quick coat of white heavy gesso using an old card.


I gave that a quick blast with my heat tool to ensure it was completely dry and onto my step which was a little stamping using some grey archival ink and one of my new stamps. I just randomly stamped a few of clouds across the page.


Next up, colour!ย 

First up, I used Sunset Colour Spray (I was after all going for a rainbow of colour so was working with ROYGBIV) and used the nozzle to apply a little colour to the top of the page, added a little water and then tipped the page to get a fun drippy effect happening.


I did use my heat tool to dry alot of this up and also it helped the colour to pool and dry in the fun way it did.ย 

I forgot to photograph each colour but going from left to right I have used the following products/colours after the sunset, Saffron Colour Spray, Tangereen Dream Colour Shimmer Spray, Rainforest Colour Spray, Lagoon Colour Spray and Sapphire Colour Spray. I did the exact same technique all the way across.

When that was all dry there was a little too much of the Sunset colour so I simply applied some of the Bubblegum Colour Spray straight over the top and the colours mixed together nicely to give a different shade.

Next up, I decided I wanted to add a bit of a different texture so again, to my stamp set, this time with some clear embossing ink and the same cloud stamp. I applied my ink onto the stamped image (I stamped onto some scrap white cardstock) then sprinkled with Dusty Charcoal Colour Embossing Powder and then heat set with my heat tool.


I love how these clouds came out!!

I fussy cut these and popped them aside while I decided what to do next. Raindrops!!!

Again, some more embossing ink, this time paired with the beautiful Snow White Colour Embossing Powder, straight onto my art journal page. I applied the stamp in a few places, under where I knew I was going to stick my already embossed clouds and then heat set the powder.


So shimmery and pretty!! I love, love, love this Snow White!

I wanted to add a pop of a darker colour and thought that I would that in the raindrops. As you can see the raindrops all have different little patterns on the inside of them so I knew that whatever colour I added the embossing would resist! I decided to go with the Duke Colour Shimmer Dust and a tiny paint brush and added some pops colour randomly to some of the raindrops.


I love the extra colour this gives and that little pop of a darker shade!


I wanted some more texture so grabbed a Dusty Attic raindrop stencil and the Steel Colour Paste and once again, randomly applied some across the page.



I left that to airdry (which does dry super fast by the way!) and then stuck down the clouds I had fussy cut earlier using a little craft foam and cutting off the excess hanging over the edges.

I added my sentiment using black staz-on and then stamped that off around the page to add a little extra something.



And my very last step was getting some of my black heavy gesso, a little water and a small-ish paint brush and applying little drips of black across the page.



I was a little unsure of this in the early stages of it coming together but in the end I am super happy and thrilled that I decided to keep going until I had something I was happy with! I guess, it doesn’t always have to be pretty in the beginning for us to love the finished design ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here are a few close ups











I hope that you have enjoyed seeing this art journal page come together and if you would like to see the whole lot come together in a process video just click below and enjoy!


As always, thanks for stopping by and have a messy, crafty day!



Melinda

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