Monday, January 26, 2015

It's All About the Details!

Pinterest is a treasure-trove of visual eye candy, so this month, my Misc Me layout is a pinterest-inspired creation.

Solstice by Keri Babbitt
Solstice Misc Me by Keri Babbitt using Pearlescents Tutorial

I was inspired by the cascading silver circles in this Pinterest image:


I decided to get this ethereal look with a fun new technique - using BoBunny art mediums on the outside of my page protectors!  Below is a tutorial to achieve this fun look on your own project.

This particular 2-page spread is a bit unique.  Rather than left and right facing pages, the layout uses both sides of the page protector, for a see-through pocket effect.  To get this type of page started, first I chose photos for both sides of the page protector, and then adhered them to each other and put them in their correct pockets.  Then, I started on the mixed media technique.

Solstice Misc Me by Keri Babbitt using Pearlescents Tutorial

I cut an 11.5" circle out of cardstock, and used it to mask off each corner of the page protector, one at a time.
Solstice Misc Me by Keri Babbitt using Pearlescents Tutorial

I used Sugar Pearlescents to fill in the stencil, then flattened out the paste evenly and scraped off the excess.

Solstice Misc Me by Keri Babbitt using Pearlescents Tutorial

The result is a creamy look that is bold and fun against the dark photos.

Solstice Misc Me by Keri Babbitt using Pearlescents Tutorial

After repeating this process for all eight corners (Do four corners, let dry, then flip over and repeat process for four remaining corners), I added more stenciling onto the middle pockets of the page protector.

Solstice Misc Me by Keri Babbitt using Pearlescents Tutorial

To get a multi-tonal effect, I placed the two pearlescent colors in different spots on the stencil, and then spread glitter paste over the whole thing.

Solstice Misc Me by Keri Babbitt using Pearlescents Tutorial


Solstice Misc Me by Keri Babbitt using Pearlescents Tutorial

The less you work the colors with the spreader, the more color variation the final look will have.

Solstice Misc Me by Keri Babbitt using Pearlescents Tutorial

Gorgeous!  Note: the glitter paste will dry clear, giving a more icy, sparkly look.  If you want this opaque white look to stay, you can get this effect by swapping the glitter paste for modeling paste, or sugar pearlescents.

After everything was dry, I added my finishing touches.  If you are adding glitter, sequins, or confetti to your pockets, make sure to seal them shut with a sewing machine or double-sided tape.  Here is the final result:

Solstice Misc Me by Keri Babbitt using Pearlescents Tutorial

I love the peek-a-boo feature of this page, and the circle of dots around each photo edge creates a fun shaping to the layout.  See-through elements are great for winter/snow/ice themes, like this page about us spreading bird seed around our yard on Winter Solstice.

Solstice Misc Me by Keri Babbitt using Pearlescents Tutorial 

Solstice Misc Me by Keri Babbitt using Pearlescents Tutorial



Solstice Misc Me by Keri Babbitt using Pearlescents Tutorial

BoBunny Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Altitude/Bundled
Stickers:  Altitude Combo Sticker
Chipboard: Altitude Chipboard, Layered Chipboard
Misc Me Binder:  12x12" Black
Pearlescents: Brilliant Blue, Island Mist, Sugar
Glitter Paste: Silver
Stickable Stencils: Brocade

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