Monday 1 August 2016

Simply the Best & Precious Moments Together by Amy Prior

Hi there Colour Blast fans! Amy Prior with you here today for my very first blog post as a new Design Team Member for Colour Blast *squeal*.

Today I have a couple of quick scrapbooking layouts to share with you all using a tonne of gorgeous Colour Blast goodies. This first layout that I have to share is titled 'Simply the Best' and was a recent creation for the gorgeous Miss Tracey Henly. I had donated a scrapbook layout original to a charity auction and Tracey was the lucky winner.

This layout was created using lots of gorgeous Prima Marketing products alongside some of my all time favourite Colour Blast products. Among the Prima Marketing products lies a lot of gorgeous Scrappers Garden flowers and some 2Crafty chipboard as well. I love using lots of fantastic Australian manufacturer products!

To create this layout's background, I have simply sprayed a lot of water to create some water puddles on the background paper, before sprinkling some Colour Shimmer Dust in Candy over the water. 

When these puddles were dried, I wanted to dull down the red colour a little by adding some Colour Shimmer Spray in Lipstick colour. I just adore the colour Lipstick as it has a nice pink tone to the red which is so very pretty.

Once the background pink and red colours were dry, I have added some stencilling by simply scraping some Bling Colour Paste over a stencil using a palette knife. My simplest tip for using Colour Paste over a stencil is to simply scrape on and then scrape off. Don't over-work the paste or it will end up leaking through and not giving a nice crisp image display.

The last step before assembling this gorgeous layout was to decorate my chipboard pieces. This chipboard was actually a 6x6 piece that I have cut down into smaller pieces after it was dry to poke here and there throughout my layout. To decorate the chipboard I have simply sprayed the entire piece with some Colour Shimmer Spray in Dusty Charcoal before adding some heat embossing using the gorgeous Colour Embossing Powder in Lipstick colour. To ensure the embossing powder stuck well, I have dried the chipboard thoroughly after spraying with the Shimmer Spray. To emboss, I have simply dabbed the entire chipboard piece with some Versamark before sprinkling embossing powder over the top, tapping  off the excess, then heat drying.  A great tip when heat embossing delicate pieces of chipboard is to adhere the chipboard to a craft mat using double sided tape before heating. This will stop the chipboard from blowing away from the power of a heat tool.

Colour Blast products used for this project include...

This next layout that I have to share with you all today is titled 'Precious Moments Together'. This pretty layout was created using lots of gorgeous products from the Maggie Holmes Bloom Collection alongside some fabulous Colour Blast products.

The background on this layout has been created in a very similar way as the background on the Simply the best layout above. To get started for this layout, I have mixed some white gesso with water and painted it onto the background patterned paper in a diamond type design. 

When I was painting on the watered down gesso, I have sprinkled and splattered the watery gesso around as well to add the subtle opaque splatters that you can see here. 

Once the watered down gesso was dry, I have sprayed some Colour Shimmer Spray in Sunshine colour over the top of the entire gessoed area. 

The Colour Shimmer Spray is very subtle in colour so you might need to spray a good size puddle of colour if you are hoping to get a really bright look. For this layout the subtleness of the shimmer spray was perfect.

Once the Sunshine yellow colour had dried, I have again added some stencilling detail over the top using some Colour Paste this time in Deep Water colour and through a Crafters Workshop stencil. Again, don't forget to simply scrape on and scrape off quickly when using any texture paste through a stencil to ensure quick and efficient movements and to avoid leakage and ruined details.

Colour Blast Products used for this project include...

Well that is it from me this week, be sure to check back regularly to see what the rest of our amazing Design Team has been up to and until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

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