Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fun and Colorful Background Techniques by Missy Whidden

My Creative Scrapbook design team member Missy Whidden is up today with some fun and colorful tips featuring our April Main Kit!

Here's Missy:


Hey, everyone!  It's Missy here with you today.  This month's Main Kit has a set of white glitter Thickers in it, and when I saw them, I knew I wanted to try something different.  Instead of using them as part of my title, I decided to use them as part of my background design.  Let me show you what I'm talking about.  It's easy and pretty fun!  Here's what I did:

Here's my layout using this technique.  I like that the Thickers are white, so you can do anything to them.  I wanted to create the blue color of pool water since I converted my photos to black and white.  I used simple watercolors here to just paint right over the letters.  I used a paper towel in some spots to blot color, and if it was too light, I just kept painting over it.  This creates some amazing textures, and it's a fun way to jazz up your background with something besides patterned paper.

Here are a few close-ups.

Here are three more layouts I created using the April Main Kit.  It's FULL of bright colors...perfect for Spring or Summer photos!

One note on this first layout here...to create the background, I took the plastic off a 12x12 stencil I had lying around, and I sprayed mist all over it.  I sprayed water next and then used a brush to mix it up all over the plastic.  Next, I laid white cardstock over it and used my hands to smooth it all over.  When I picked it up, this was the result!  A nice watercolor effect in a random pattern & shape...PERFECT for pool photos!  Easy and fast!  (A tip on drying:  I hold my paper upright as I'm using my heating tool.  I also heat the back.  This helps to keep my paper from warping.  I turn the paper different directions as it's drying.)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  We can't wait to see what you create with these beautiful kits!

Have a great day!


Be sure to take a look at Missy's beautiful work in our Design Team Gallery!

Here's the Main Kit:

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Sandra said...

Great technique with the alphas, they look amazing on the layout.

Sandi Clarkson said...

Awesome designs, Missy!

Mycreativescrapbook said...

Missy Wonderful technique..I am a huge fan of your work

lucy B said...

Fantastic idea using the letters. I love the bright colourful papers, brilliant for this time of year.