Tuesday 23 February 2016

My Brother by Krisy Podolak

Hi, today it's my turn to share what I have been up to lately and this one is hot off the press - literally I don't even think the glue is dry.

In my collection of Colour Blast goodies, I have a lot of the darker - more masculine colours - you know the ones -  Leather, Steel and Dusty Charcoal so I wanted to make the most of them and create a masculine layout.  One of my brothers is very into dressing up - Cosplay and Steampunk are his favourites so I managed to get this black and white photo of him from a Steampunk festival he went to a few years ago.  It was perfect for these colours.

I've used the Colour Paste in Steel and Dusty Charcoal to build a background of layers over a base of tea bags.  I am not a tea and coffee drinker so I asked my mum and nana to save their "bags" for me.  I think that they must have thought I was crazy but it does add another texture to the background. I also used the embossing powder on the background - I just applied the ink randomly with a dauber and then sprinkled on the powder.  The background is busy and messy but perfect for the Steampunk look.  I've also added some texture with some texture stamps - using the stamps freely without mounting them on an acrylic block allows you to stamp over the chunkier background more evenly.  Be sure to use a more permanently ink that drys quickly to avoid smudging - my favourite is Stayzon.

I used some WOW chipboard that I coloured with the Leather embossing powder, I only did one coat as I wanted the finish to be uneven. But the gold "Bling" cogs, I embossed twice to get a nice smooth shiny finish.  Here are a few close ups...

I also used the Leather Shimmer Spray to colour this Charms Creations DIY tab.  You just lay your chipboard over it and spray away.  The chipboard acts like a mask and matches the layout perfectly.

I have also put together a video so you can watch me build this layout with all the different layers on the background.  Head over to POPLEOPOD on YouTube and check it out.


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