I don’t usually get very messy with my crafts – either my scrapbooking or my cards – (except maybe where ink blending is concerned!) – mostly because my style leans towards patterned paper backgrounds and showing them off. But using mixed media techniques is a great way to add dimension to pages.
Here’s a layout I made lately that’s really packed with texture!
I started off with plain white cardstock, and tried out the wet-and-dry stencil technique. It was a method that a friend shared at a crop I go to, and I wanted to give it a go. This woodgrain layering stencil by Tim Holtz is one of my go-tos… remember my passion for anything woodgrain, haha?!
The method of wet-and-dry stencilling I went for involves first ‘smooshing’ a wet medium on the reverse of the stencil. So I scribbled some aqua Vicki Boutin Art Pastel on my craft mat, spritzed it with water to ‘loosen’ the colour, then picked it up on the reverse of the stencil. It can help to blot with a paper towel if the liquid comes up through the apertures of the stencil.
I secured the stencil (still wet underneath!) to my cardstock with washi, and then I applied the dry element, through the ‘proper’ top face of the stencil. This time in lilac, using another one of the Art Pastels, and stippling with a soft stencil brush to get the woodgrain pattern. It’s a fun double-layer effect!
Now for even more texture on this background, I added some pieces of ribbon, machine sewn in stripes and chosen to coordinate with my background and my photo. I adore ribbon, I always have, and this is a really fab way to use it on a page in a new way!
Plus then I carried on the stitching theme, with a machine sewn border all around the page to bring a subtle textural element, in white.
Now I could layer up my photo, and go for it with a layered embellishment cluster. Layering is definitely my ‘cup of tea’ and clustering is really fun!
There’s die cutting… dry embossing… a ticket ephemera piece… a stamped-fussycut-and-watercolored hydrangea tucked in there… plus that elegant diecut butterfly.
A good smattering of stickers around the place, and the whole page is finished off with a simple title of Thickers and plenty of dots made with Nuvo Drops in ‘Bottle Green’ and ‘Violet Galaxy’.
I do usually add some journaling to my pages, after I took this last photo I went back to include some. It’s no bad thing to sometimes go back and ‘revisit’ a page after you think it’s done, right?!
I loved the subject of the photo – the border of planting in a garden we visited last summer. So I went back to look up what plants the gardeners had combined to such great effect, and journaled that on a note-style tag. You can see it in my first photo, of the whole page.
Hope you enjoyed seeing my page, and how I created the wet-and-dry-stencil background elements.
Thanks for stopping by, Ruth x