Hello everyone! My name is Allison Cope and today I’m going to share some fun tips and techniques to create back gorgeous grounds for your layouts.
For me, starting with a blank piece of cardstock is like a painter starting with a blank canvas. There are so many wondrous directions that you can go! And each time, your creation is different and unique. The possibilities are endless…
I first began my layout with a cream piece of smooth cardstock. I prefer to use smooth cardstock when creating a back ground with stamps so that I don’t lose any details from my stamped images in the texture of the paper.
I began by stamping this Antique Map image from Flourishes on my cardstock. This particular stamp measures approximate 4”x6” so I knew it wasn’t going to cover my paper fully. The image had a circle built into the design so I used it as a rotating point to stamp the area I wanted multiple times to create the almost globe effect.
Since stamping the map image was overlapped and the “land” aspects of the image became fuzzy, I chose to add colour in a random method. I loaded my Copic markers individually into my air brush system and chose at random, “land” versus “sea”. I added tones of the orange and teal to make the colours pop and build in intensity.
Next I wanted a bit of splatter detail. I achieved this by loading my Copic markers with the brush tip into the air end. The brush tip splatters the ink instead of applying it in a more evenly dispersed manner. Such a cool effect!!!
Next, to mimic the stars in the sky around my globe, I chose a star stamp and penciled in a border around my page to help me guide my stars around the edge. I stamped my stars using two different tones of orange to allow for the feeling of depth and dimension and then erased my pencil line.
Finally, before I assembled my patterned papers, photos and embellishments, I stamped some nature images involving scenes of tents and cabins in the woods. I added some simple colouring to only a few of the scene’s details such as to the tent and canoes. I did this to tie the image back into the other colours of my page; to achieve a unity to my layout.
Supplies: cardstock, Bazzill, Flourishes; stamps, Flourshes; patterned papers, washi tapes, We R Memory Keepers; ink, Copic, Memento, Copic, Ranger; die cutting machine & software, Klic n’Kut; die cut shapes, Spellbinders, Flourishes; gems, KaiserCraft; tools, Copic air brush system; adhesive, Scotch; other, thread
I hope you’ve enjoyed the evolution of my layout today! To check out how I created my die cut title block and other die cut embellishments, stay tuned to the blog Wednesday!
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