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Using Mixed Media to Mute your Backgrounds

 

Hi there!

 

Hope you all had a blessed and peaceful Christmas!  Now, we start the countdown to the end of the year.  Wow, time has flown by!

Today, I wanted to share with you a small idea on how to mute busy backgrounds using a bit of mixed media.  I found it that many times I love the patterned paper i  want to use as a background, but it becomes too busy when I start adding on to it.  One of my solutions for this is to mute the background using gesso or white acrylic paste.  The following video will show you how I go about it.

 

 

 

As you saw in the video,  backgrounds can easily be muted/toned down by adding a bit of mixed media to it.  In this particular page, white acrylic paint was used for this, however white gesso will also work to create a very similar result.

 

 

The key for this technique is to use an acrylic paint brush.   These types of brushes have a harder/sturdier bristle (either plastic or nylon) which helps when stippling/stretching the paint on the page.

 

 

A dry brush was used to spread a very little amount of paint on the background sparingly.   Though it seems the paint covers the background, once it dries it becomes translucent, hence toning down the intensity of the background.

 

 

The background paper from the Winter Meadow collection from Photoplay is quite busy, but the technique makes it possible to add a cut out  -created with a Just Nick Studio cutfile- seamlessly.

 

 

Once the cut out is put in place, the page comes together easily by adding some embellishments from the collection, as well as Crate Paper’s Snow and Cocoa collection.   Here is the completed layout:

 

This technique will easily let you use those busy background papers  seamlessly in your next layout.   Remember to check the Scrapbook Nerd store for all the materials used in this page.   There are so many new things arriving at the store.

Let me know if you have questions on how this came together,  I would love to   help you!

 

Have a Happy New Year!

 

Nathalie D - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

 

Photoplay – Winter Meadow collection – 12×12 kit

Photoplay – WInter Meadow collection – ephemera pack

 

 

 

Free Cut File | 12×12 Layout – H2O PLAY –

Hi there!

Nathalie with you today -it has been a while since my last post!-, bringing you some inspiration using the “All Angles” cut file.   This new cut file was designed by Ashley Horton from the Cut Shoppe exclusively for Scrapbook Nerd, and it is now available for free at the store.

 

 

This cut file is great to document all types of memories.  Since we have had a super packed summer season, there are plenty of pictures to document, so I chose to put a Summer/water spin to the cut file.

 

 

First, I used Distress Oxides to create a watercolor background effect on white cardstock.   While that dried, i created the cut out for the page, by adding an offset to the image, and then just cutting about half of it only.

 

 

I backed every other one of the triangles with papers from Bella Blvd.’s Secrets of the Sea collections, but opted to also glue some of the negative triangle cut outs as open flaps here and there -a bit of foam adhesive was used to create dimension on the page-.

 

 

Once the background was completely dried,  it was trimmed by about 1/4 of an inch on each side, and then it was completely glued  to one of the papers from the Secrets of the Sea girls collectlion.  The cut out was then attached  on an angle on the page.

 

 

To bring the colors of the water to life, the palette on the clusters and titles for this page were kept to blue, yellow and s few green spots.    Since I wanted the picture and background to stand out, I kept the clusters small, and just to the negative spaces on the page.  Here is the final layout:

 

 

The combination of the mixed media, and the angular cut out are just perfect to document this summer/pool memory.  Now that you have seen the cut file in action, it is time to stop by the store to pick up your free copy of the file.   I cannot wait to see what you create with it.  Remember to tag @Scrapbooknerdca on any of the social media outlets whenever you share your creations!

As always, I am a comment away if you have any questions on how this came together.

 

Take care!

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

 

Material used:

AC white cardstock; Bella Blvd. Secrets of the Sea collection (boy and girl); Bella Blvd. Secrets of the Sea collection puffy stickers (girls): Secrets of the Sea collection (boys) die cuts; Bella Blvd. Secrets of the Sea (girls) 6×8 paper pad; Bella Blvd. Acrylic word -Play-; Distress Oxides in Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, Broken China; Pinfresh Studio IN the Mix 1 collection – layered chipboard stickers.

Tuesday Tutorial – Combining techniques with cut files

 

Hello there,

I hope you all are getting ready for the upcoming Spring season.  There are so many beautiful paper collections arriving at the Scrapbook Nerd store.   In addition, the Nerds are offering a new beautiful cut file, designed exclusively by Ashley Horton from the Cut Shoppe, for free.   Just hop to the store to get your free copy of the “Spring Things” cut file.

 

 

As you all know, I love cut files and my Cameo, so I set out to create a layout using the new Spring Things cut file and a few techniques along with it.  Firstly, I  used the “Bloom” image of the cut file to create the title of this layout.   In addition, an offset was created around the image ( this line was perforated by the cameo, so that hand stitching could be added to the layout).    Here is where i went technical in my cameo ( i promise a video tutorial in the near future), but you can achieve the similar result by using a pair of scissors, and trimming the cut file in such way that the bottom half of the letters become the edge of the background.

 

 

I recently picked Maggie Holmes’s Chasing Dreams collection from the store, and the watercolor paper in the collection was the inspiration for the mixed media in this layout,  Using the packaging technique, and a few Heidi Swapp color shine sprays the mixed media background was created.

 

 

The floral image was then used to create a sort of a lace layer on top of the mixed media.  I simply sized the image so that the edges peeked out of the small picture.

 

 

The word title of the image was backed with paper from the collection.  A bit of hand stitching (using the path created with the perforated offset of the image) adds texture to the page.

 

 

To add texture besides the stitching, I added a piece of torn vellum between the cut out and the patterned paper.   Some machine stitching secures the page together, and continues the texture of the stitching on the title.

 

 

The picture of my daughter was trimmed to a 3×3 in square.   Pieces of embellishments from the  Chasing Dreams collection were added to frame the picture.

 

 

The mixed media, hand and machine stitching, as well as the vellum layer add texture and softness to this layout.  Here is the final layout:

 

 

Remember to stop by the Scrapbook Nerd Store to pick up your free copy of the Spring Things cut file – it is truly a beautiful one -.

As always, i am a comment away if you have any questions on how any of this  came together.   I will be more than happy to lend you a hand.

Till next week!

 

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com


 

 

Watercolor Backgrounds for scrapbook layouts

Hello Nerds!

I have loved watercolorus since i took art classes as a little girl.   I especially love how the watercolour dries when splatter on paper, and how it can beautifully can add color to a scrapbook background.

On my last month reveal, I used a watercolor background on one of the layouts, and was asked on how to recreate the look. So i decided to give my Cameo a break for this month, and instead create a video to illustrate one of the ways i create a watercolor background.  Enjoy the video:

My apologies on not adding a voice over on the video, but it was shot a few weeks back while i was battling a bad cold, so i went with captions, instead!

Here are few notes to keep in mind when creating a watercolor background:

  • This particular background was created on heavy cardstock  (i love the Bazzill 12x12in Marshmallow card stock available at the store.  It can handle a large amount of mixed media without buckling or disintegrating) or water color paper that was not gessoed.   It is my personal choice to not gessoed these types of paper, as they can handle water nicely, and i like how watercolor dries on the paper.
  • If you are using regular cardstock or patterned paper as the background, then I will recommend you use gesso on the paper.  Try to use clear gesso, as it won’t dull the colors.  However the look of the background will be different, as the water and color will flood through the area, and the drying time is longer.
  • If possible use different brushes to create the background, this will help avoid muddling the colors.  Watercolor brushes work better for this, as they are softer than acrylic and oil brushes.
  • If you are using one color only, you can always play with the intensity of the color by controlling the amount of water used on the paper.
  • When using multiple colors, let some drying time in between colors, and chose to apply the lightest color at the end.  This will ensure that it does not get lost in the paint layers
  • When creating this background, always  start with water droplets on the page.  You can always change to alternating water and color on the next color layers.
  • Finally, if you are splattering color on a page, the size of the brush will determine the size of the splatters on the page.  A bigger brush will produce larger splatters.
  • Always remember watercolors lose their intensity as they dry, so add extra color if you want a more intense background.  Here is a picture of the fresh background, and you can see the dried background on the  layout.

 

I usually create backgrounds, and then finish the layouts, so i will give you some close ups on how i used the background, and Pink Paislee’s Take Me Away collection to document a picture of some of the women in my life.

i stitched the title using a free cut file from Juliana Michaels -Besties- after the watercolor had completely dried.

 

 

Here is the final layout:

I really hope this encourages you to pick up some watercolors when creating a background for your next layout.  You can always check the selection of palettes the Nerds have stocked in the store shelves ( i am trying the Prima Marketing collections, and loving them!).

As always, let me know if you have any questions.
See you all soon!

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

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