Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Betsy's Couture collection Shines Bright!!!!

Where has the year gone????
Cannot believe it is the end of February almost!!

I have been lucky enough to be able to play with the Shine-Bright collection of papers this month.
When I first saw the paper, I was a bit dubious about the bright yellow of the collection. ( Yellow is not my go to colour by any stretch of the imagination) Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised at how easily these pages came together, and also the punch that lovely bright yellow gives to the pages.

I was working mainly with the 6x6 pad, which worked well with the designs of my layouts.

Every year, I take a photo of my daughter after her first ski for the season. Loved the yellow elements which matched well with the lifejacket, and complementary with the blue water.
I used a mask and texture paste to create a background initially, then added some spray ink and splattered acrylic ink, before adding the papers and die cuts to the background.

 Another skiing photo!!! This time with my son. In this page I used the grey elements from the pad, and accented the page with pops of yellow.
( The die cut actually reads "SHE believed SHE could......" and obviously this was not going to work. I used my sharpie to black out the "S" to create a more appropriate quote)
Also lots of texture paste through a bubble mask, and black ink through a ledger stencil, to add dimension to the background.

 Last page of the Shine Bright collection I used layers of black gesso through a stencil, and added the prima glass beads while still wet. The paint acts like a glue and the beads have embedded into the black gesso. I also used a little silver embossing powder in places as well, to accentuate the stenciled layer. Layered up papers and string to form a photo mat, and call it done!

The other collection I was lucky enough to play with was the Betsys Couture designed of course, for our very own Miss Betsy!!

I found this paper was perfect for heritage style photos. I layered the papers to make a photo mat, and used a mask to add some texture in the upper half of the layout.
 The second page, saw me take a photo from over 20 years ago, and make a simple layout ( Hard to see on the photo, but the photo and quote cards are liufted up quite high with chipboard. I doodled a barb wire frame around the edge of the layout, to give it an edge, and to allude to the kiwi no. 8 wire mentality
 Last but not least a layout which I have not added my photos to as yet. I have some of my mothers family photos destined for this page, but have to get them from another family member to scan first!!
For something a little different, I added texture paste to the brown cardstock, then used distress inks to rub over the top to colour it a little. I used several different shades to do this.

This page is also a little different, in that the page mat flips up to show another layer underneath, and a wee envelope to hide extra photos/memorabilia in.

That's it for me this month!
See you next time with some more new releases from Kaiser soom!


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