Rise Above It – dt layout for SWAT drill #17

Creative Embellishments is sponsoring the SWAT Drill #17 which is to use something that’s been fussy cut on your project.  Fussy cutting (sometimes called detailed cutting or fancy cutting) is one of my all time favorite techniques! Anything goes; a layout, card, tag, altered project, art journal page, etc. as long as you incorporate this technique on your project. 😀

For my example, I combined this technique with the sketch and suggested journaling theme (the journey) at Once Upon a Sketch. Here’s what I came up with:

Rise Above It

Here’s a close up of the Creative Embellishments Steampunk Hot Air balloon I used on my page. I altered it by applying a coat of Tim Holtz distress paint, then going over it with distress stain in a slightly darker shade. I then highlighted select areas with Smooch Ink in “cape cod” which is a lovely shade of blue:

Rise Above It detail

Materials:

Creative Embellishments laser cut chipboard Steampunk hot air balloon
Graphic 45 Secret Garden papers
American Crafts cardstock
Tim Holtz distress stain, ink, paint and stencil
TCW stencil
gesso
Shimmerz Texturez
Smooch Ink
Martha Stewart Punches
Want2Scrap self-adhesive pearls
Webster’s Pages alpha stickers

The awesome OUAS sketch I used for this page:

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SPONSOR INFO:

“Creative Embellishments is a new family owned company that was created by Michael and Nicolle Kramer. We are a husband and wife team who design and manufacture unique, high quality chipboard and wood products. It is our mission is to offer fun and inspiring products to bring out your inner creativity that you can add to any project. In the near future we will be expanding into other mediums such as rubber/acrylic stamps and acrylic embellishments. Please stop over to the Creative Embellishments store and have a look around.

Store – http://creativeembellishments.com/
Blog – http://creativeembellishments.com/blog
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/CreativeEmbellishment

This is what they are giving away as a prize:

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TFL! If you’d like to play along w/the SWAT Drill #17 fussy cutting challenge, CLICK HERE.

If you’d like to play along with the Once Upon a Sketch October Challenge, CLICK HERE.

Flying Unicorn is also having a fussy cutting challenge. To play along there as well, CLICK HERE.

Also, a reminder that the Creative Embellishments (the sponsor for the SWAT challenge) October challenge is to use anything with a steampunk theme on your project and you do not need to use CE products on your entry in order to win. So, if you’d like more info on that or would like to enter that challenge, CLICK HERE! 😀

One Layout Two Ways

Okay, this is what happens when you try to combine too many challenges in a single project! I started with 2 sketches that I was torn between for the photos that I’d selected (it’s going to be a 2 page spread, and this is the first page of it). Then Nicolle came up with a great challenge on Sketches4All that required a black background and 2 different dry embossed papers. Okay…an image started to form in my mind, then Webster’s Pages offered a digi/hybrid challenge on InspireMe that requires the use of their digital brushes. At this point, I was still thinking that I could make this work.

I started with the PageMaps sketch since it was due first, and planned to add an embossed section on the left where you see the patterned paper in the sketch and at the bottom instead of the punched strip. I started fussy cutting some Webster’s Pages images and resized and printed the brushes I was planning to use. Then I remembered that it was supposed to have a black background for the S4All challenge. So then I added the G45 Core Impressions paper (which I love). Sanded the embossed areas to make them pop and placed the elements onto the paper.

Hmm…doesn’t seem right to have it say You Shine a Light, when it’s so dark? So, using a plate, I traced a circle onto the “wrong side” of a sheet of white washed core’dinations that has yellow as the core color. Scored the “sun rays” to emboss it, sanded every other wedge to expose the yellow, then applied shimmer mist to the yellow sections to enhance them. Now it looked more appropriate for the pencillines sketch instead. So I switched gears and created a layout using the Pencillines sketch that met the criteria for Nicolle’s challenge….but then it wasn’t mainly Webster’s Pages products!

This first one is based on the Pencillines sketch:

Here’s the sketch:

So, back to the drawing board. I took photos then took it apart and remade it using a white background that I masked and misted to create the same sunray affect and rearranged some of the elements according to the PageMaps sketch. Now the only non-WP item is the one white bg paper. I kept it with the white background since that’s what I’ll need in order to make the 2 pager I’d initially intended.

This is the layout based on the PageMaps sketch:

Here’s the PageMaps sketch:

TFL!

Materials (combined for the 2 projects):

Webster’s Pages Yacht Club 12×12 paper
WP trim
WP Ladies and Gents digi brushes
WP Ladies and Gents motifs
Core’dinations whitewash cardstock
Core’dinations G45 Core Impressions
American Crafts white cardstock
Shimmerz

Adhesives:

Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac

Birthday Card (hybrid) – The Paper Variety challenge entry

This is a hybrid card made using Webster’s Pages Wonderfall digital paper. Using editing software, I resized the file I wanted and copied then pasted it 3 times onto one page. After printing, I then cut out the elements in the upper left and lower right of the image on 2 of the copies and layered the cutouts onto the copy that was left intact using zapdots (made by Helmar, they’re like foam dots, except they’re clear and thinner). “Matthew” and the frame around the printed image are handstitched.

I created this card for three challenges. For the challenge on The Paper Variety, you just need a paper crafted project that incorporates stitching (hand, machine or even faux). Scrap Whispers (challenge 89) is using The Smurfs for inspiration, so I went with a blue and white card. 🙂 I’m also entering it into the digital/hybrid challenge on Webster’s Pages’ site.

Tip: When creating my own dimensional elements, I like to leave the bottom layer larger and cut away a little more of each image I layer on top with the last layer having a lot more of the background imaging cut out. I feel this creates more depth than if all the layers are the same. I tried to take a picture to help you see what I mean, but couldn’t really capture it. This is the best I could do:

TFL!

Materials:

Webster’s Page Digital Paper
American Crafts white cardstock
Webster’s Pages Storytellers alphas
DMC embroidery floss
Shimmerz Spritz

Adhesives:

Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro PermaTac
Helmar clear zapdots

Tools:

Martha Stewart Corner Punch
Matching MS edge/border punch

To take a look at or purchase Webster’s Pages digital papers or motifs, CLICK HERE.

If you’d like to enter the The Paper Variety challenge, CLICK HERE.

To enter a WP challenge, CLICK HERE.

To enter a challenge on Scrap Whispers, CLICK HERE.