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Special by Annie Carignan

49 and Market, The Garden Kit, FabScrapsTracie ShumanComment

Hello again !

I'm here to share a photo tutorial today with all of you with beautiful "A Rustic Spring" Garden kit.

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I chose 49 and Market paper #TG-87315 Tattered Clock for the background. I put a coat of Clear Gesso on all the surface. Once that was dry I put Texture Paste from my stash and used KaiserCraft Stamp on the Paste before it dried.  Next I used TCW 6x6 Stencil with Modeling Paste. Following with Sprays, Chalk and Watercolor from the kit.

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Here is what it looks like with more stamping :)

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Here are pieces from 49 and Market Laser Cut Shapes Archival Board and the word Special from Creative Embellishments that I painted with different products as shown on the photo.

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I cut these beautiful flowers from FabScraps paper C106-001 Making Memories.

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Here is the result !

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and some close-ups :

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other products used :

Scrapberry's Stamp Butterflies, FabScraps Life is Beautiful Stickers, Prima Ingvild Bolme Chalk Ink, Prima Relics and Artifacts Flower Embellishments Blushing Bouquet, Prima Lavender Flowers Ophelia (butterflies), Prima Say it in Pearls Flowers Cream

Thank you !!

Annie

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'Moments' by Lisa Griffith

49 and Market, The Garden KitTracie ShumanComment

Hello crafty friends!
Lisa here with my second layout designed with the lovely kit 'A Rustic Spring'.

'Moments'

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This paper from the 'Tattered Garden' collection is called 'Tattered Leaves' and I really love the details in these papers and the rich dark colors. I created a small step by step of how I  create my backgrounds, it just involves a lot of layers of gessoes and paints, in this case I used the two Shimmerz Inklings in Steely Blue Eyes and Coral Reef from the Mixed Media kit.  I added some stamping with the Kaisercraft stamp and used the Crafter's Workshop stencil, both of these from the Bonus Embellishment kit.

After my background was finished, I layered on some vintage book paper, some torn up pieces from another 49 & Market paper, the 49 & Market chipboard circle and honeycomb from the Embellishment Bonus kit, some fussy cut leaves and clocks from two 13arts papers from the Bonus Paper kit and some 49 & Market flowers from the Extra Blooms kit.

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A simple tutorial on how to create a mixed media background:

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Step 1: I always choose my paper, cover it with a coat of clear gesso to prep it for all the mediums I will use, and then gather and arrange my elements so I can decide on the design, where I am going to use my paints and create the focus of my background. This helps me form a mental image in my mind that I can follow as I'm creating my page and also helps me from 'overthinking' things as I'm creating; it just allows my process to flow a lot smoother and be really enjoyable as opposed to frustrating.

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Step 2: I like to apply heavy white gesso very randomly and very messily. I love my pages to have an aged worn look, sort of like a peeling wall, and this gesso makes great textures, especially when I overheat it with my heat tool. I like to heat it up so the gesso bubbles up and cracks.

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Step 3: This step of creating the background can take a while, as I'm using my paints, more gesso and also finally stamps and a stencil to create the look I'm going for.  It can take several different layers to get to this look, so just play with it and have fun!  I apply the Inklings here with a soft round brush, letting the paint seep into the cracked gesso, and also just splashing the paint around (my favourite part). I really love those little pots of paint, you can use them with very little water to get the saturated colors or dilute them more for a more watercolor effect. I use a stamp all around the page, and then finally use some more white gesso through a stencil to add some more textures.

The last steps are glueing down my elements, the photo and the flowers, and then after that is all done I go around the page with some more paint to blend everything together. I hope this sparks some ideas in you all! My style is quite deconstructed and messy, but you could still try these steps on your background just perhaps in a bit more delicate way to get some cool mixed media textures on your background.

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See you next time,

Lisa xo

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Bliss at 52 with Kim

49 and Market, The Toolshed KitTracie ShumanComment

Hey everyone, today I'm sharing another layout I created it using the April Toolshed kit: Colorburst from The International Scrapbook Garden. This kit is filled with papers from 7 Dots and 49 &Market.

Here is my layout:

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Even though this is supposed to be a masculine kit, you can do feminine layouts with it as well. I went with a recent photo taken of me while on vacation this past March.

 This kit is has lots of different embellishments to use.  I used items from the main kit, the mediums kit, the bonus paper kit and the embellishment kit. I pulled in a few things from my stash to add as well.

Here are some close up:

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 The flowers in this kit are wonderful. They come with these leaves and berries and wire swirlys. I die cut a doily and cut it up to layer all over my layout. I love the metal saying that's tucked into the floral cluster.  l also layered some die cut pieces under my photo.  The background paper and die cuts are from 49 & Market. The cheesecloth and butterfly are from my stash

There are a couple of great stencils to create tons of texture included in the kit. I used the stencil and some modeling to create the background texture. Then I used the mediums kit to create the color.  Once it was done, I had an amazing textured background.

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Here you can see more of my layers behind my photo. I also used another one of the metal pieces. I added some pearls to it from my stash. You can also see another piece from the amazing flowers that are in the kit. There is also another piece of the doily and cheese cloth.

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 Here are the kits I used for this layout:

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That's all I have for today, thanks for stopping by.

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