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.