on the second monday of each month we have a little challenge for those interested within the SCACD design team called Make A Mess Monday. well boy did i make a mess........but first the end result:
You may remember Hollyn had requested Valentine decor after we had to take our christmas stuff down - well i waited until the last minute but i came up with something to add to our wreath i made last year!
Our challenge was to make our own background paper using 4 or more SCACD products. so i began with white paper and figured i might as well begin with some of the fabulous all white flowers susana carries as well.
I chose a variety of products to work with. First - two different shimmer mists. I used Metallic Gold Maya Mist and then I mixed my own red so it was somewhat less intense than the pre-mixed versions. I used Perfect Red Perfect Pearls, water and 5-6 drops of red dye reinker in a mister.
I made two sheets of paper. For the first layer i misted one sheet with the gold and one with the red and let them dry. Next i stamped over the entire page with the Recital Prima Stamp and black ink. next i laid the Distressed Diamonds Crafter's Workshop Stencil over the red page and misted with gold. I made sure to use paper towels to mask along the edges of the stencil since it is smaller than the page to catch overspray.
I continued moving the stencil and spraying so the diamond shape covered the page. On the gold page i misted the stencil shape with red. Now what to do with it? I really like the block words i have been seeing lately so i wanted to make a set of my own.
Ahh the blocks....and this is where my adventure started. I asked hubby if he had some spare 4x4 wood in his garage i could have and he did - YAY! first off - 4x4 does NOT mean 4" - i don't know why but it doesn't. I started by cutting my letters on the Cricut so i could give hubby the measurements. i wanted the blocks to be different sizes for interest. I sanded them down and painted them - 3 off white and 3 red. You can use any acrylic paint but i suggest using a primer/sealer first so you are not needing 14 coats of paint!
Once the blocks were dry i gave them a spray with gold webbing spray for a marbled look.
Next i cut my papers slightly smaller than each block and attached the letters. I edged them with a fingertip dabber and gold Lumiere paint. I gathered the all-white flowers and sprayed half gold and half red and then stamped the red ones with the same Recital background stamp. i gathered bits of ribbon to use also and made a couple of bows with my Bow Easy to use as well. i layered the ribbons and flowers to accent each block. They look perfect up on my mantle!
I may have to make a few more of these! and i encourage you to try YOUR hand at making your own background papers! Susana has loads of products perfect for this - what are you waiting for?