Wednesday 15 March 2017

Shine Bright by Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! 
It's Sue here again to share my latest creation using Colour Blast products. Today's layout was inspired by a beautiful candid photograph I snapped of my daughter and niece recently. It was taken during the Matilda musical intermission while the girls were eating an icecream overlooking Brisbane city. I absolutely LOVE the colours in this photograph and wanted to try and replicate them through my background.

Before I added any colour, I wanted to start by adding some texture to my page. I used my Snow White Colour Paste, which I applied through a Dusty Attic stencil using a palette knife. (I chose this stencil as the pattern reminded me of the building lights we could see across the river.)

Once the Colour Paste was dry, I chose 3 colours I wanted to use for my background. I used two Colour Shimmer Sprays (Deep Water and Apple of my Eye) as well as Violet Colour Spray. I was aiming for a muted, pastel look to replicate the colours in the photo, so I first spritzed the background with water. Then, as I applied each colour where I wanted it to go, I spritzed with a little more water and mopped up some of the excess with paper towel. (I did allow some parts to remain quite fluid and run together slightly where they overlapped.) I then set it aside to dry.

Whilst my background was drying, I took some wood veneer pieces (these were from Cocoa Vanilla Studio and Flutterby Designs) that I was going to be using to embellish my page and gave them a coat of White Heavy Gesso using a brush.

Once the gesso was dry, I used the gorgeous Cool Mint Mica Powder to colour them. To do this, I used one of my water brushes, which I simply dipped directly into the pot, and brushed it straight on. I ended up brushing over them a couple of times each as I wanted the colour and shine to show strongly. (You can see for yourself how beautiful the results were in the close-ups of my project below.)

Once all the mediums were dry, it was time to construct my layout. I used a paper doily, as well some as Flutterby Designs filler cards for the layers under my photo. 

The title words, die cut ephemera pieces, puffy stickers and enamel dots were all from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. (Look at how beautifully all those Australian products work together - go the Aussies!)

I love how I was able to achieve the subtle colours of the background I was after simply by adding a little additional water before and after applying the Colour Shimmer Spray.

I also splattered a few drops the the Deep Water Colour Shimmer Spray around my page.

As for the Colour Mica Powder when applied to the wood veneer - wow! You will find that once the water you have used as a carrier to apply the powder completely dries, that the shimmer left behind is simply stunning!

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I hope I have given you some inspiring ideas for ways of using the Colour Blast products (and that you are now running off to get your hands dirty!)
Until next time, happy scrapping! 

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