Welcome to the Clique Kits Art Studio with Gia. This is where we will paint and paste, cut and glue, ink and mist and have fun getting creative with everything messy you might find in an art studio! Get ready to learn how to maximize your paper crafting experience while having a lot of fun with supplies you likely have on hand!
I love the layered look not only for traditional layouts, but also to add my own original DIY flair to journaling and filler cards that fit the different styles of pocket page protectors. Many ephemera packs available today contain a mixture of paper die cuts, along with transparencies and vellum die cuts, and I very often have a lot of left overs. I usually sort ephemera by colors or theme (such as holidays) and keep them handy for layering. Add some sequins or washi tape and you can quickly add a creative touch without adding too much bulk!
In this example, I pulled out my little crate of dies and chose one in a 3 x 4 card shape. If you do not have a die like this, don't fret-you can also use a Silhouette or Cricut or other die cutting machine to achieve the same look. After cutting out my card, I used some Tombo adhesive to tack my sequins down where I wanted them. The last step was simply to use a spare amount of the same adhesive to attach a die cut piece of clear ephemera that was left over from one of last year's Valentine's day lines in my stash over the circle of sequins. And here is my finished card (don't mind the glue still drying-it will dry nice and clear later.)
Valentine's Day (otherwise known as Loneliness Awareness Day according to my teenage son who laments not being old enough to date) is fast approaching so I thought I would play with another card, a small heart punch, and some red and pink washi tapes (Doodlebug Designs)
Last year I bought a little sewing machine determined to try to do some stitching on my projects. Now it is hard for me to imagine how I ever lived without it in my paper crafting. I usually don't feel something is finished until I have zipped at least some part of it through the sewing machine. When I was last at a crop with friends I noticed that there were many people who had never seen or used washi tape. "Seriously?" I thought to myself. Then I remembered how long it took me to try sewing. I hope that you will be encouraged to join in on the trendy fun of using sequins and washi tape on your next project! I think that once you do, you will be hooked! And you can be sure Clique Kits monthly kits will be including washi and sequins often!
Those are red photo corners stitched on the card in an arrow design. Never underestimate your everyday office supplies!
I would love to read your comments and learn about your experiences with these embellishments, layering techniques, or any other topic that comes to mind!