Hi CK friends!
It's Jodie here with you today! Working with the January 2019 Heart Eyes kits that feature Paige Evans' Whimsical collection has really inspired me to try some techniques that Paige is known to use. Today the technique I'm trying is a rainbow themed spread.
I'm loving stitching on my projects so much at the moment and that's how I started off my background. I marked a point where the centre of my circular photo would sit, and then marked around the edge of my spread at 1" intervals. I drew a really light pencil line from the centre point to each mark around the edge and then stitched holes along those lines with my sewing machine (with no thread in it). I used an eraser to remove the pencil lines, and backstitched each line in embroidery thread to make up a 360 degree rainbow.
So yes the stitching took a while, but I put together a little pencil case with my layout, all my chosen threads and a needle and scissors and carted it around with me over a few days, and every time I had a few spare moments, like in my lunch break at work, or while my hubby was driving the car and I was in the passenger seat, I pulled it out and did a little bit more, and do you know what? It was completely finished before I knew it!
The next step was to add a little mixed media to my background with some watercolour splatters to match each colour of the rainbow. Each colour overlaps just a little bit and I love how they blend into each other.
I die cut a scalloped circle in white cardstock and my photo in a smaller regular circle. For some texture I chain stitched around the photo in white embroidery thread. The cluster to frame my photo stays true to the rainbow colours in that section of the spread, with blues at the top and greens to the lower left.
To finish up my spread I pulled a bunch of small pieces from the sticker book and rub on sheets in the kit. The phrase and stitching rub ons were placed directly onto my spread, and the butterflies were placed on some scrap white cardstock and fussy cut. Then it was easy peasy to place each little ephemera piece in its colour section.
I also used the Thankful cut file from the Clique Kits store for my title, cut it in white cardstock and heat embossed it twice with gold embossing powder. You might notice that this piece is missing some squiggly bits on each end. I really love them but if I had left them on this piece would have been too big for my page. So I used the eraser tool in Silhouette Studio to erase those parts before I sent the file to cut.
I hope I've inspired you to try a rainbow project today, and thanks so much for stopping by!