Wednesday 3 January 2018

"Unforgettable Fun" by Sue Plumb

Hi everyone, happy new year!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas period with family and friends and you are now ready and raring to go for another year filled with Colour Blast fun!
Given that we are still in the midst of summer holidays here in Australia, I thought I would create a layout that is not only simple to put together, but is also perfect for hot summer days.

I started this page by creating my background using a variety of Colour Blast products. First, I wanted to lay down some very subtle colour; so I used Tangareen Dream Colour Shimmer Spray and lightly brushed it onto my page with a wide brush. (I simply poured a small amount into a cup to allow me to dip my brush into it.) Once I had brushed the spray on, I used some of the left overs to splatter around the page.

Next, I wanted to add some contrast and texture, so I used Colour Pastes and used my photo as inspiration for the colours. First I used Fire Engine to echo the dark pink-red; and then used Tangareen Dream to accentuate more of the orange tone. Each of them was applied by smearing the paste thinly around the page using a small palette knife.

At this point I decided the page needed more "mess" factor, so I looked to my photo for further inspiration. I noted the small pops of yellow and the dominance of orange tones, so I  decided to add some more vibrant splatters using the new Colour Artist Inks. First, I splattered around some Barley, then repeated it with Citrus before setting my page aside to dry.

Once my page was dry, I decided I needed to add one final colour for some contrast. As all the ones I had used were warm tones, I decided to add a cool tone for extra visual interest. Again, my photo provided guidance, as there were small pops of green visible in the background. This time I used a Colour Shimmer Cube in Apple of My Eye.

The next step in my process was to create the focal area of my layout where my photo strip was going to be placed. I created a simple layered mat using papers and stickers from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Endless Summer' collection.

I then used a beautiful floral paper from the same collection and fussy cut some of the hibiscus flowers from it to place around my photos to help frame it.

After I had the flowers in place, I added my photo strip on top, using some scrap cardboard to mount it on. 

After the photo strip was in place, I embellished my page using some extra coordinating stickers and die cut pieces.

For my title, I used a combination of a sticker and a die cut, mounting the die cut word fun up with foam tape to give it dimension and help it pop from the page a bit.

To finish off, I added a few stamped phrases and the date and my page was complete.

So for what was a relatively simple process, I am very happy with the result. You could try a similar design. Create your own background by layering up a few Colour Blast products; then choose some coordinating papers and stickers. 
If you do create your own version,I would love to see it! Pop over to the Colour Blast Creative Corner group and you can share it there.
Until next time, happy scrapping! 

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