Monday, August 31, 2015


Hi everyone!! I hope you are all well since my last post!!!
 Today I would like to share with you a really fun layout I created. 
I had been playing around making some little hand-painted feathers for my arrows I like to make when I realized that it would look super fantastic as a layout background.
I have also put together a little tutorial for you.

'So Amazing'

I really love how this turned out..... It is probably one of my favorite layouts so far!!!
 The photo is of my Son Jet and I at the zoo earlier this year.

Some Details: 

 The chipboard hearts have been given a coat of White SPLASH! Ink, which gives the chipboard an enamel feel.

 The chipboard frame has been covered in the Natural Mica in Fine Silver.

Here is the tutorial:

Steps 1 and 2: I have chosen to use plain white card for my background, but you could just as easily use a lightly patterned paper. Sketch your feathers onto the background using a lead pencil. When you are happy with them, outline in a black pen and add some detailing.

Steps 3 and 4:Outline all your feathers, add detailing, and draw some stitching around the edges. Then use your palette knife to spread gel medium all over the background. I have done this after drawing the feathers because if I had done it first the pen would just wipe off as soon as it got wet. The Gel Medium will also stop your paints/mists soaking into the paper making them easier to re-work and more vibrant.
Select a range of 13 Arts Paints and Mists and color your feathers, adding some splatters in the background.

Steps 5 and 6: Add some random stamping with archival ink in black and a script stamp. Add some more splatters of mist then stencil some triangles onto your background using Modelling paste and the Triangle Stencil from the Color Basic Collection.

 Steps 7 and 8: Spritz the whole background with Pearl Silver Mist. Cut and distress your papers and layer them towards the bottom of the page with foam tape, adding Calico on top.

Steps 9 and 10: Add some twine and your photo. I have then added some splatters of Fuchsia and Pink Mist to the background to tie in with my photo. Next I have covered a Chipboard heart lattice in White SPLASH! Ink, then cut it into smaller pieces. I have also covered a chipboard frame in Natural Mica in Fine Silver. I have then added my embellishments to my page using Gel medium to secure them, and brushing my flowers with Gesso. 

Step 11: I have finished of by spraying a few of the blue flowers with Chalk Turquoise Light Mist, and brushing some Chalk Ultramarine Mist beneath some of the papers and flowers. I have then added some Silver Mica Flakes randomly around the page beneath my embellishments, and adding some Silver Microspheres to a few of my flowers. I finished off by adding a couple of Clear Decorative Crystals and the butterfly gem at the top.

I hope you like my layout and are inspired to create something unique of your own!!!

 13 Arts products used:
Color Basic Mask - Triangles
Microspheres - Silver 
Natural Mica Flakes - Silver 
Decorative Crystals - Clear
Natural Mica - Fine Silver
Ayeeda Paint - Matte Turquoise; Matte Pea
Ayeeda Pearl Mist - Pink; Black (Graphite); Silver
SPLASH! Ink - White

Thursday, August 20, 2015


Hello Lovely Blog Readers!! I hope this post finds you all well!

Today I would like to share with you some of the different ways you can use a stencil to get different looks. I have used the same stencil, multiple times on each of the tags below, to create different effects each time. 

 Some Details:

 Before we start playing with our stencil we need to prepare our Tags. Start by cutting to some white cardstock to the desired size, then punch a hole in the top using a hole punch.  

Then cut some 13 Arts paper to fit the top and distress the edges.

 I have used my Triangles Stencil from the Color Basics Collection.

First up are 2 very simple ways you can create a different look with your stencil, which i am sure many of you will have already tried.
On the Left I have simply placed the stencil over the tag and sprayed with 2 colors of Mist (Pastel Salmon and Raspberry). I have then lifted the stencil and placed it upside on the Tag on the Right. I have then used a tissue (I find that just using my fingers can smudge the design) to press the stencil against the tag, rubbing off the mist onto the paper, and creating a reverse print of the stencil.

Next up is of course using Modelling Paste with a stencil. You can spread the modelling Paste onto a new tag or place the stencil in a new position and apply over a tag you have just sprayed, building the pattern.

I have then sprayed the modelling Paste with my Mist while it was still wet. 

On the tag below I have stenciled the triangles onto the background using a lead pencil. I have moved the stencil around a few times to overlap the pattern. Next I just wiped some excess mist that was still sitting on the stencil onto the tag.

 Here I have spread a very small amount of Gel Medium through the stencil, then while the Gel was still wet sprinkled it with Light Gold Mica Flakes. I have purposely gone for an imperfect look, however you can still see the shape of the triangles in the mica, particularly on the left.

Once the Modelling Paste and Mists were completely dry on the tag below I have once again placed my stencil on it. I have then taken a stamp and black archival ink, and stamped on top of the stencil in a few places.

 These are only a few of my favorite ideas for using the same stencil in different ways. You could mix Gel Medium with Glitter, Grit, even a little Mist to create a glossy water-resistant pattern and spread through your stencil using a palette knife. You could trace the pattern onto your paper using different colors of watercolor pencil then spray with water to let the color soften. 

There is really no limit to what you can do, so pull out your supplies and stencils and see what you can come up with!!!

Thanks for stopping by! 

13 Arts Products Used:

Monday, August 3, 2015


Hey lovely blog reader's!! I'm just stopping by to share with you my most recent layout for Dusty Attic using lots of awesome products.

I went through all my layouts a few weeks back, when I realized I have not scrapped any photo's of my nephew Riley. I felt so guilty that of course I had to go and scrap a layout of this gorgeous little guy!!!

'Dream Big'

For my background I have used a couple of new and coming soon Dusty Attic products, Texture Paste and a Brick Wall Stencil.  I have applied a very thin layer of the Texture Paste through the Stencil.
When it was dry I have painted it with some of my fave colors of 13 Arts Mist.
 I have then painted the Brick Wall Panel chipboard with Prima's White Crackle Texture Paste, before breaking it up and gluing it randomly over the top.


For the title I have painted the 'Dream Big' from Word Disks #1 black with Dusty Attic's Soot Paint, layering it on the flowers beneath the photo.

You can see the masking a little better here, too!!

I have painted some chipboard Buttons with a very shimmery/glittery paint by Viva Decor, I then threaded some sparkly thread through the holes, tying a messy bow on top. I have scattered a few of the buttons randomly around the page.

 I absolutely love these new Indian Arrows..... I spent a little time with this one as I wanted it to be a feature of my page.
I really liked all the engraved details and didn't want them to disappear beneath a pile of paint so I have used a very small brush to paint along the edges, it is time consuming and fiddly, but the result is so worth it!!!
 I began by painting the feathers with DA paint in Oceania. I then used an even smaller brush to paint the stem of the feathers and the arrowhead with 13 Arts White and Silver Glitter paint. The arrow stem, and the 'string' were painted white with gesso. I have then used a combination of Twinkling H2o's and Viva Decor paints add detail to the feather's and paint the 'beads'. I finished by brushing a little Silver Glitter paint over the tips of the 2 big feathers.

I wrapped some sparkly thread around the base of the feather's and the arrow head before placing the little clock and flower on top.

 I have painted both of the Filmstrips the same as the title, with DA paint in Soot.

I have taken one of the larger Polaroid Frames and completely covered it in Washi Tape, before layering it in behind my photo.

I hope you have enjoyed my post today and found something here to inspire you!!!

 Dusty Attic Products Used:
Texture Paste (Coming Soon!)
Brick Wall Stencil (Coming Soon!)