Smile: It’s the little things that matter!10 May 2012 | By Kristin in Uncategorized
Hi Everyone, Kristin here to share another fun layout!
Today I’d like to share a couple of quick tips for dressing up your embellishments to use on a layout (or any other project you see fit).
When creating layouts, I tend to stick to a graphic style — lots of lines, geometric shapes, patterns, etc — so its very important for me to create a little bit of interest with my embellishments.
I wanted to create a neutral layout where my embellishments were the elements that popped off the page. These sheets of patterned paper from The Paper Loft were perfect to start my background. In keeping with the graphic theme of the layout, I added some stamping, washi tape, and a Paper Loft quote along the right hand side, repeating the linear pattern.
On to the embellishments:
The first embellishment we’re going to take a look at today are the awesome felt clouds from the Celestial Shapes Set. I love the soft and fluffy look that the clouds have right out of the package, but I knew I needed to add a little bit of color to make them pop off my page. I didn’t want anything that was going to take away that soft and fluffy texture, so I pulled out my chalk ink. I started adding color to the clouds directly from the ink pad, dabbing around the outside and then working my way inside to build up color.
This is a really easy way to add color to your felt shapes without losing the soft and fluffy texture of the felt itself.
The second embellishment we are going to look at is this little heart and star cluster down at the bottom of the layout.
I started off by painting a chipboard heart from the Hearts Collection with a pink Zig FX Painty marker, but the color and the texture of the heart was a little too harsh against the rest of the softened look. I decided to mute the heart just a bit by adding a sheet of vellum to the top. The sheerness of the vellum allowed the pink to come through, but in a much softer way. I cut the vellum to be just smaller than the heart itself, giving it a nice bordered look.
And from this angle, we can get a better look at the star (Celestial Collection) in the cluster. I also painted the chipboard star with a Zig FX Painty Marker, before embossing it with some dark grey embossing powder. Adding that small detail really helped to make the star an integral part of the embellishment cluster, without just looking like it was stuck on top of the heart.
Small detail work can really make your entire project come together. Adding a little color, some sheer vellum, or embossing are only a few of the ways that you can quickly dress up bare embellishments.
Thank you so much for letting me share this layout with you, I’ll leave you with a closeup of the journaling.