Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Beautiful Always

I love creating backgrounds. This layout is inspired by Tim Holtz video on using perfect pearls.

Perfect pearls bonds very well with water. Hence, I stamped the images using distress ink, which is very watery ink and put the perfect pearls on top of it while the ink is still wet.

Following Tim Holtz instructions, I spritzed it with some water for the ink to run, before drying using a heat gun. As you can see, the first row of images, stamped using barn door, the ink ran too much. First time doing it, not experienced enough. The other two images, stamped using walnut stain turned out much better.

The background of the paper was then created using a mixture of distress inks, peeled paint, spiced marmalade, stormy sky, vintage photo, walnut stain.
I wanted to dry some mixed media today. So I used the story book paper to create the effect by sticking it down using matt gel medium.
But I guess I need to be more daring and stick more paper and white wash it more.

If you look close enough, the background also have some glimmer paint stamped images. It’s another of my newly bought gadgets.

I like how the background turned out in this layout. I hope you like it too!

Materials Used: Manila cardstock, distress inks, 7 Gypsies pattern paper, tags, G45 tag envelope, metal tags, ribbons, Tim Holtz alpha cards, metal charms and key, Unity Stamps.


  1. Love your layout! The background really is fabulous. Your kiddies are precious too.