Friday, June 20, 2014

Shabby Chic - Vintage style layouts

Good morning! I have a few layouts to share with you today. I've been playing around with some techniques I've discovered lately. Gesso has become my new best scrappy tool! It seems it can go with just about any style , but it especially looks great with shabby chic - vintage styles.

Here's a couple of layouts I made in that style;

This page features papers from a Crate Paper collection ... I have 180 sheets of funky prints and beautiful florals to create with!!! I added some ephermera from Fancy Pants and pretty velevet flowers from Petaloo. I made my own hexagon mask with my Silhouette spritzed the page corners with a Heidi Swapp spray. I used another homemade circle stencil and added some more texture with a little Harvest Gold acrylic glaze and finally,I smudged Gesso all around the papers and on some of the elements.I just used my finger and dabbed tub and it directly in the gesso tub and then added it wherever!!! So simple! The bling is Prima and the pretty butterfly is a dollar store find!!
On to my next layout.......
I still have tons of pics from my European vacation last year , so I decided to add a bunch this layout. I know, you can only see two, the rest are in that cool BoBunny kraft bag! My touch of gesso here is a stencil from The Crafters Workshop - a chevron stencil. I used a few epoxy words/stars from Heidi Swapp and the word Trip was made with some fun chaulkboard Thickers. The cool retro-looking button is from October Afternoon. I made the flower from a cutfile I purchased at the Silhouette online store. The odds and ends of paper are from my overflowing stash of paper scraps. The key is a metal sticker from Walmart.
Finally, my last layout....
This one has lots and lots of stuff from my stash.... a K& Company  butterfly, Petaloo  and Wild Orchid flowers , a flourish made on my Silhouette, and Thickers. My favorite aspect of this layout is the mixed media tag. I just got a Gelatos kit in the mail this week and I couldn't wait to use them! After browsing Pinterest and YouTube I felt ready to try my hand at mixed media using these really cool color sticks . They were so much to use and easy, too!! I used gold, peach, pinks and yellows and blended them with a spray of water and my fingers!!!I then stamped a friendship quote ( CTMH set called You Are My Happy)with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then I used gesso, again, to adhere it to the tag and directly over the words to soften the look and blend it in with the rest of the elements on the tag, which also has gesso daubed on them. A few pieces of bling , more flowers ,a punched bird (SU bird punch) and a ticket and a custom colored seam binding ribbon ( gelatos and water) for the finishing touch and this tag is complete!!
So that's a few more layouts I wanted to share with you- hope you enjoyed them! Until next time..... happy crafting!