18 March 2015

Kraft+ March Challenge ~ All that Glitters

~BeYOUtiful girls!!

I'll come right out and say that sketches are rarely easy for me.  Strange, I know!  However, I'm loving working with a Kraft base at the moment, and I'm super-keen to support the wonderful fledgling blog, Kraft+.  And yes, they have a sketch challenge this month over on the blog: "the Kraft+ March Challenge ~ All That Glitters".  Here it is!
This one has been a work-in-progress for about a week-and-a-half, trying to sort out what I wanted to achieve with this layout.  In the end I'm actually pretty stoked with the page I've created, but it took a lot of brain space!!
I started by mixing some modelling paste with some purple ink and then added some Tinby Designs Metallic Melts in 'Royal Purple' to the mixture.  I then stencilled this using an old swirl stencil I found.  After it was stencilled, I gave it a blast with the heat gun so the Melts could set.  It gave a fantastic texture to the swirls!  (I snaffled this idea directly from Sandra's blog post for Scrappy Chat Designs!)

I wanted to keep having fun with the Metallic Melts, so I employed a trick I saw on Pinterest:  heat up metal brads with the heat gun, dip them into the Metallic Melts (or embossing powder) and then set with the heat gun...  So very effective!  I used this technique (with 'Royal Purple' again) on my ribbon glider brads (they were already a shade of purple underneath), and on some small silver heart brads and a couple of pale purple brads.  Here is a close-up showing one of the heart brads and a couple of the purple ones...
The embossed circles on the page are also using Tinby Designs Metallic Melts.
I put down a couple of lengths of washi tape in line with the stencilled swirls, and there my page sat for about a week.  I wasn't even sure at that stage what photos I would use, and that really is backwards for me.

I fussy-cut some butterflies out of some purple patterned paper from Kaisercraft - and the idea of butterflies got me thinking about Kaitlyn's Shimmer Party two years ago where most of the girls had their facepainting done as butterflies.  An idea was starting to form...

I put more purple into the background using Twinkling H2O's, as well as some silver embossing and silver ink smudging with my fingertip.  I grabbed some chipboard butterflies and embossed them with silver as well, and started to pull the whole page together.  The chipboard circles (Crazy Circles from ScrapFX) have been heat embossed with 'Royal Purple' Metallic Melts. 

I used a Kaisercraft die for the title, and cut it out of 'Blackberry Bliss' Stampin' Up! cardstock.  The fussy-cut butterflies and the title have had clear Wink of Stella applied to them and I added some 'Plum' Sprinkles from Annabelle Stamps as well.

Lots of glittery goodness and I've followed the sketch (for the most part).



  1. Such a sweet layout and it's perfect for these photos! 'backwards' seems like a fun way to create and I love that you just went with it Deb!

  2. It turned out fabulously! Love the way you've used the melts [I don't have any, but they look VERY tempting!!] & the brads....VERY clever dipping them, too:) Loooove all your bg work.....thanks so much for sharing with us at K+ this month:):)

  3. Lovely layout, very glittery! Thanks for joining us over @ Kraft+ this month :)

  4. Hi Deb!!
    Yay at you using the Tinby Metallic Melts with a stencil... (and thanks for the link xx)
    your layout is fabulous.. such gorgeous work
    Thank you for playing along with K+

  5. What a great tip with the brads and heat gun, thanks Deb! Great to have you play along with us again :) Take care!


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