Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Fairy Gardens and Dens- Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia June Challenge

This is my take on Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia's June Challenge. I took my inspiration from and being with nature. June is 'Fairy Garden and Den building' month, a time to reconnect with nature and our creativity and imagination. 

Items used:
  • 12" x 12" white card stock
  • Pieces of scrap black and white card stock.
  • Urban Artist stencil 'Hatched'
  • White modeling paste with Dylusions 'Ground Coffee' ink
  • Die cuts using in my 'Big Shot'- Tim Holtz 'Tattered Pinecone', 'Leaves' , 'Feathers'
  • Selection of earthy and moss papers
  • Distressed ink 'Vintage photo' & 'Bundled Sage'
  • Watercolour paints
  • Black gesso mixed with small amount of water in an empty Glossy accent glue bottle. (a great small nozzle)
  • Plaid Dimensional magic
  • Old book page
  • Arrow chipboard.
  • StazOn black ink
  • White wire thread. 'Prima'
  • Corrugated cardboard from a box
  • Stamping up Multi-letter/number adjustable stamper.
  • Black drawing ink
 How I created my layout:
  1. Mixing white modeling paste with Dylusions 'Ground Coffee' ink I made a pale coffee coloured paste which I spread over the stencil onto my white paper.
  2. When it was dry I replaced the stencil over the paste and sprayed lightly with the 'Ground Coffee' Dylusion ink.
  3. Using my black gesso mix in the glossy accent bottle to swish some black stripes over the stenciling.
  4. While it dried I used my BigShot to cut out some leaves, feathers (which I used for gum leaves) and pine cones and the pin needles. I used the sponge pads with 'Vintage Photo' and 'Bundled Sage' to blend the colours together on the die cuts.  
  5. Also used the same inks to edge the torn old book paper and corrugated cardboard.
  6. The arrows were painted with watercolour paint and then covered with Dimensional Magic and put aside to dry.
  7. I layered the cardboard, paper and photo before positioning it to the page then placed some of the pine needles and the pine cones into the top corner.
  8. The remaining leaves and pine needles were placed under the photo stack before I glued everything down.
  9. Onto a scrap white piece of card I stamped the words 'June is', 'Fairy Garden', 'and', 'Den Building' and 'Month'. I cut them out, used 'Bundled Sage' to colour the background. Before edging them with StazOn ink and backing them onto cardboard or black card.
  10. To finish off, I glued the arrows on, the words, and the white wire thread which I had dipped onto sprayed coffee ink on my craft mat.
 Here are a few closeups:

Hope you enjoyed reading how I made my latest layout, I definitely enjoyed doing it. I hope you are inspired to both join us over at Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia at our amazing challenges and also take the opportunity to build a fairy garden or den in your backyard or out in nature. 
Have fun.