Wednesday, May 4, 2016

DIY Patterned papers (May Counterfeit Kit)

Here's what the Counterfeiters are inspired by this month from Crafty Templates  . . .

Very pretty, but the thing is, I don't have anything in my stash that resembles my favourite elements of this kit.  What's a respectable Counterfeiter to do but DIY some papers of her own?

Can you guess which ones my favourites were?

Let's go through them one by one, starting on the left with my vellums . . .

I picked a couple of stamps and stamped away on plain vellum, which I embossed with gold powder.  The one on the right is a bit 90's weddingish perhaps?   That's OK, I went to plenty of weddings in the 90's!

For the bokeh-inspired paper, I started by watching this video here:,

My process ended up being similar, but I used gelatos and the packaging technique for my background, before making up a quick stencil on my Silhouette and sponging white ink through that.

A close up of the texture.
 I could have done the turquoise paper the same way, but this time I stamped circles all over my cardstock using white ink and clear embossing powder, before adding my gelatos over the top.

Finally the black and white striped paper.

Using my cutting mat as a guide, I marked off one inch stripes with a washi tape I don't love.  I then transferred my cardstock to my teflon craft mat before painting the stripes.  I did two coats for good measure . . .

After the paint was dry, it was just a matter of carefully peeling the washi tape away!

So what do you think?  None of these techniques were difficult and all of them were fun!
Let me know which one is your fave? Or do you have some other DIY tricks up your sleeve?
Talk to you soon!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Road less travelled . . .

This Robert Frost poem was important to my son when he was going through a rough time last year.
This weekend, I've recorded that for his album, with the help of this lovely inspiration from ColourQ:

Here's the completed page:

Thanks for visiting!