Friday, 26 May 2017

"Poolside Fun" by Melissa Struhs

Hello again Colour Blast Fans!
This year I have spent most of the year in stash busting mode and have rediscovered some small piles of leftover papers set aside after a project. With so many photo's left to scrap of the same occasion, I have found that just a few pieces is all that I have needed to team with some Colour Blast products and the layouts are done.


I did find a resist style 12 x 12 glossy paper that is ideal for blending colours onto. It has unstructured floral pattern that I knew could be really something special with blended colour sprays.


On a piece of leftover white cardstock, I tested a few colour and combinations that I thought might work. The bold colours of the Colour Sprays in Lagoon and Sapphire were exactly what I wanted but to bring a little metallic shimmer in as well, Singin' the Blues and Deep Water Colour Shimmer Cubes were also incorporated.


With specialty papers like these glossy styles, I like to keep some in reserve so I cut mine to size before beginning the blending process. There really is no planning as to where the colours would go, but I spritzed my paper with a little water before applying the colour sprays with a paintbrush. This helps the liquid flow on the page.


The shimmer cubes are activated with water, the more water you add, the more of colour you can make by mixing with a small paintbrush or water pen. You can simply add this in random sections of the paper.


The trick is to work quickly and as the colour pools on the glossy sections of the paper, you can wipe or blot with a baby wipe. This also helped with the blending of the colours.


It creates such a gorgeous watercolour finish with the clean contrast of the white pattern.


I also found some cards from this collection too with fabulous sentiments and used the same colours to highlight the words.


These shimmer cube colours have such a bold intensity of colour packed into those tiny containers and you use next to nothing. The best tip I can give about these brand new products for Colour Blast, leave the lids off. They love to be dried out completely, the lids can be used to protect them as you take the products from crops to home and back again. And then take all the lids off and leave them until next time you use them again.


Some old grey and white chipboard lettering was inked in navy and Just Blue Colour Embossing Powder was heat set.


Lagoon Colour Spray was spritzed over circular chipboard frame to add a dark element for the layout.


Just Blue Colour Paste was applied through a splattered style stencil to replicate a splashed water effect.


The shimmer is stunning on the gloss paper with layers of distressed patterned papers


with transparencies and mini print photo's.


My journaling card was cut with a circular die and overlapped over the stencilled image.


All of the Colour Blast goodness all in one cluster, the colours all look quite stunning together.

Hope this step by step gives you a little inspiration for the coming weekend,
Happy Scrapping!
Mel.


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