Hi friends! Dana here today sharing a layout that was inspired by the Black Pumas song Colors. I used the sold out Mesa Base Kit. If you missed this kit you can put together an almost identical version using the Mesa Add-On Kit, the Brave and Bold 12x12 Designer Paper Pack, and the Carefree 12x12 Designer Paper Pack.
The song Colors explores the natural and colorful diversity that can be found in any given moment of our lives. What I loved most about my time living in the Washington, D.C. area was the mix of people and cultures. It was refreshing to have my children attend a school where they were in the minority. We were constantly exposed to people of different backgrounds who spoke other languages. We were so lucky to become fast friends with a wonderful family from Ethiopia with children the same age as mine.
I chose the Heidi Swapp Vista patterned paper as the base of my layout for the beautiful waves of color. I used a stencil from my stash to apply a large face and butterflies to the background of the page. I centered the eye in the middle of the waves of color. I liked the depth created with just a simple black outline, so I left the stenciled image as is.
I layered simple embellishments around the photo and included the song lyrics on the journaling card.
It's a good day to be
A good day for me
A good day to see my favorite colors, colors
My sisters and my brothers
See 'em like no other
All my favorite colors
The Amy Tangerine Monarch patterned paper matched both the stenciled butterflies and the color palette of the base patterned paper so I cut several butterflies out to use as dimensional embellishments.
Clique International Supplies:
Heidi Swapp + American Crafts Mesa Base Kit
Heidi Swapp + American Crafts Mesa Add-On Kit
Heidi Swapp Carefree 12x12 Designer Paper Pack
Amy Tangerine Brave and Bold 12x12 Designer Paper Pack
Other Supplies: Jamie Dougherty 12x12 Bloom Girls Sharon Stencil: Prima Marketing; Black Marker; Song Lyrics: Colors by Black Pumas
Hi friends! Dana here today sharing the layout I created for the Clique International Stamp-tember Event which is happening in The Clique Facebook Group. There is a different stamping challenge posted each weekend of the month. All challenges are open until September 30th with prize winners for each. We'd absolutely love to have you join us! I used the Limited Edition Ciao Bella Wind Beneath My Wings Kit for this project, plus the Catherine Pooler Explore and Learn Series Flutter Bundle Kit and the Flora + Fauna More Stamp-tember Add-On Kit. All of these kits are currently on sale and only available while supplies last from the Clique Shop.
I'm primarily a 12x12 scrapbooker. I have to admit that I don't use stamps and dies as much as I could because they are generally on the small side and are designed more for card making. I was thrilled when I received the Catherine Pooler Wings of Joy Stamp and Die Sets. This butterfly is stamp is over 5 inches across which means that it is a great size for use on 12x12 layouts. I love butterflies and recently snapped a photo of one that flew into my back porch last week. These stamps and dies were the perfect way to complement my photo. I used the stamps and dies together to make a layered butterfly embellishment that I designed after to gorgeous Vicki Boutin stickers in the Wind Beneath My Wings Kit.
Dimensional Butterfly Embellishment Tutorial
Step 1: Spray a piece of watercolor paper with water. Press the Catherine Pooler Minis onto a craft mat to release some ink onto the work surface. Use a water brush to pick up the ink and spread it onto the wet watercolor paper. Blend and splatter the ink onto the paper until it is covered. Let dry.
Step 2: Use the Catherine Pooler Wings of Joy Butterfly Die to cut a butterfly from the watercolor paper. Set aside.
Step 3: Apply Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink onto the Wings of Joy Butterfly Stamp and press onto a piece of vellum. Let dry.
Step 4: Use the Catherine Pooler Wings of Joy Butterfly Die to cut the stamped butterfly from the vellum.
Step 5: Use a permanent gold pen to color the body of the vellum butterfly. Attach the vellum butterfly to the watercolor butterfly base using a piece of 3D Foam.
Bonus Butterfly: Use the Flora + Fauna Delicate Butterfly Die to cut a piece of patterned paper and a piece of vellum. Apply adhesive to the patterned paper butterfly body, line up the vellum butterfly die-cut over the top, and press to attach. Fold the vellum wings up towards the center of the butterfly body to separate the wings, creating a 3D embellishment.
I couldn't resist using the rest of the stamps in the kits. I'm a patterned paper addict and I rarely use cardstock, so I used the stamps from the kits on top of my patterned papers to add additional prints to this page.
The Catherine Pooler Minis work great with stencils! I sponged Fiesta Blue Ink over a stencil to add more butterflies to the background of this layout.
I created my own file folder from patterned paper, cardboard, and washi tape. I used both of the small Flora + Fauna stamp sets to add a pretty bright blue flower print to the paper.
I wanted to add a contrasting color to the background of my layout to offset the blue. I would usually use a stencil and texture paste for this effect, but used the dot cluster stamp from the Catherine Pooler Wings of Joy Stamp Set instead with the Catherine Pooler Minis Rockin' Red Ink. I love the look! I feel like I should make a note here and mention that the red ink is more of a dark pink.
The Wind Beneath My Wings Kit contains paper flowers but doesn't have any leaves. I used two of the small leaf stamps from the Catherine Pooler Wings of Joy Stamp Set with the Catherine Pooler Minis Grass Skirt Ink to add small leaves around each of the paper flowers on this layout.
I used one of the sentiments from the Catherine Pooler Wings of Joy Stamp Set to make a small title for the layout.
I also added a small sentiment along the bottom of the page that I made from the Kesi'art Thanks Die Set.
I hope I have inspired you to use dies and stamps to create large embellishments. And, if you're a cardstock lover, I hope I have opened your eyes to the possibilities of stamping on patterned paper! I'd love to see your take on this challenge so please upload your project in The Clique Facebook Group by the end of the month for your chance to win a prize!
Clique International Supplies:
Limited Edition Ciao Bella Wind Beneath My Wings Kit
Catherine Pooler Explore and Learn Series Flutter Bundle Kit
Flora + Fauna More Stamp-tember Add-On Kit
Little Birdie 8x8 Cold Pressed Heavyweight Watercolour Paper
Other Supplies: Gold DecoColor Calligraphy Pen (Marvy); Cardboard; 6x6 Butterfly Stencil (Heidi Swapp); Adhesive (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L)