Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Fork in the Road...

We all have them in our lives. If we run into at least one "fork in the road," we'll run into 100s. Have you had a life changing "fork in the road" moment? Don't forget to scrap it. It will reaffirm your choice and give wonderful insight into yourself for your descendants.

This layout uses the new line of Basic Grey paper - Porcelain.

I used several types of distressing tools and techniques on this layout. Here, I'm dry brushing some acrylic paint onto sanded chipboard letters. If you dabble your dry paint brush into just the smallest bit of paint and tap it on your paper to get rid of the excess, you can swipe it across the letters for a distress effect. I also swiped my background paper too; to draw all the colors in together. Don't forget to dab a little distress ink in the shadow portions of your letters. Here I used Walnut Stain Distress Ink by Ranger.

Here's a fun distress tool...Crackle paint by Ranger & Tim Holtz. But not just regular crackle paint. This is Tarnished Brass added to Corrugated Cardboard. Brass color in a crackle medium...divine!! I also swiped a little acrylic paint here too for a more grungy appearance.

This is a favorite distress technique of mine. Take a stamp (I used a Hero Arts stamp here) and add Versamark Ink to the stamp. After stamping the image, emboss with clear embossing powder. When you rub the distress ink across the area, the embossed image will resist the ink, giving a reversed stamped image effect. And of course distress inks are perfect for making your own weathered or vintage paper (Antique Linen and Walnut Stain used here).

A lot of papers now have many distinct images in them, that are very suitable for cutting out and using as die cuts. Pop them up for some dimension like this bird cage from the Basic Grey Porcelain line.

I just received even more Basic Grey goodies today from Lil' Lambs boutique (see sidebar for link). I will be creating new projects from the Wysteria and Lime Rickey lines. Keep checking back for my latest projects.

1 comment:

  1. Such a beautiful page and beautiful message to all of us to scrap the choices.