Sunday 7 August 2016

Treasured Moment by Elisa Ablett

Happy Sunday Crafter's,

I hope your week or weekend has been filled with crafty endeavours!!

My turn up on the Colour Blast Blog today with a masculine mixed media layout, absolutely full of colour, metallics and grungy watercolours...

I wanted to test drive the new Shimmer Dusts, really love these little pots of 'awesome', the colours I used are Navy and Midnight and can be found at Colour Blast Australia Shop.

Now if you have a Dad like mine who is extremely hard to pin down for a photo, pages about him are few and far between, so when I managed to get a photo, I wanted to scrap it straight away and because I love mixed media....well the you can see how it all unfolds below.

Step 1. Grab a pipette or a dropper and after mixing up a small amount of 'Midnight' shimmer dust with water in a palette (you only need a very small amount), drag it across your page in a cross shape, then using a water bottle lightly spritz water over the cross to disperse your colour. Do the same with the 'Navy' Shimmer Dust, add to the cross and also around the cross, spritz to move your colour around the page as per the below photo.

Step 2. While the page was wet I sprinkled salt over the wet areas and waited til it had completely dried and brushed off the salt leaving a gorgeous textured background. Also I used a small amount of 'Bling' Colour Blast Shimmer Spray, I took the top off the bottle and using a thin paintbrush grabbed the gooey stuff off the bottom of the bottle and dragged it  over the cross shape and then splattered it across my page.

Step 3. Its stamping time.... I used a kaisercraft 'clock' texture stamp and a Prima background stamp set and a black versafine ink pad. Keeping the stamping in and around the cross shape.

Step 4. Emboss your Chipboard elements in my case a lovely set of cogs and a word title from Memory Maze Lasercuts with Bling and Dusty Charcoal Colour Embossing Powder. Close up photos of the embossing below! I used a combination of both colours on some of the pieces and then just a single colour on the other, it gives a great dimension to your page while staying in your colour scheme.

Step 5. Here is a close up of the stencilling I did after my embossing. Using a great mixed media stencil from Memory Maze Lasercuts and Bling and Dusty Charcoal Colour Paste, I added a small amount of paste with a palette knife over my stencil, sometimes even combining the two together.

Once dry it is time to put your layout together, I matted my photo, added a few black tags and gold vellum, and a few scraps of paper to pop under photo to create a cluster. A bit of black thread and then tuck your embossed chipboard pieces under and around your photo along with your title and phrase. 


That's it for me today! hope you have enjoyed the tutorial and if you haven't tried the Shimmer Dusts as yet PUT THEM ON YOUR LIST!! I can perhaps give you the scoop now and say that there are even more colours in the Shimmer Dusts coming soon!!!

Thanks for stopping by.

Elisa Ablett xx


  1. This is super lovely, very manly and I love the colours, that gold just pops...

  2. Thank you for your lovely comment :-)

  3. Loving that gold with the grunge background..xx

  4. Thank you Anita, the gold is one of my favourite all round Pastes to work with.


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