By Sue Smyth
Today I am sharing a gentle little layout using Butterfly Garden papers
The soft blues work perfectly with a red or orange as a contrast.
But first I wanted to alter the paper, not much but just
to add icing to the cake!
After randomly punching the edges,
the first step is to dry brush gesso over a stencil around the paper
and create 3 tears in the sides of the paper.
When dry spray over a turquoise and Denim blue spray ink. and dry off
with a heat gun.
Curl the tears with your fingers to give a good shape.
Flick over white, turquoise and black spray inks
for a random splatted look.
Next whip out that gesso brush and add some more, add it to the trinkets and flowers.
Gesso gives a flat white substance for any water based spray to
soak into and colour.
To do my butterflies, I always like to glue them to scrap
cardstock first. Then fussy cut them. This gives the
wings a bit of strength.
I have then carefully outlined the wings of the butterflies
and dipped them in fine black glitter.
To glam up the silver trim, first coat with gesso to lessen
the brassy shine. I have then placed a drop of good
gel glue in each and popped in a turquoise glass bead.
One way to use up those seed beads!
When dry it looks nicely antique and great!
The over all effect is cool, with a shabby chic look.
Add a cluster of flowers. I have layered up my flowers
with trinkets and smaller blooms.
You might also notice I have cut a trinket in half and placed it
either side of the photo, this gives a cohesive look and is
one way to make embellishments go further.
Tuck glass beads and a generous bow from seam binding.
Take ordinary white binding and spritz with water, when damp
spray over the colour ink you like to match the layout.
This metal trinket is vamped up by adding gesso to the wings, then
spray with a soft pale blue ink.
Then apply a line of Dimensional magic to the centre
and apply black pearl seed beads, for a textured
Add a small title, you don't have to have a large title
to have impact. Because there are words already
on the paper, it dosn't need many more
and this small metallic blue title stands out