Friday, May 19, 2017

WaterColor with Lee Anne!

Hello friends! Today I would like to share a tutorial with the May Creative Kit on how to create an extra large title on a layout using an electronic die cutting machine, watercolor paints and paper strips.
My Creative Scrapbook May 2017 Creative Kit

You will need the following supplies:

Basic Supplies

12X12 sheet of white card stock
Black fine line marker
Clear gesso
Electronic die cutting machine (I have a Silhouette Cameo)
Foam adhesive tape
Paper trimmer
Sewing machine (optional)
Small glue dots
Tape runner adhesive (I used my Scotch ATG gun)
Photos (I used two)
Watercolor paint set (mine is a very inexpensive set from Michael's)
White acrylic paint
Wide bristle paintbrush

Kit Supplies - (from the May Creative Kit)

Easter buttons 
Patterned papers
Phrase stickers 
Pink alpha stickers 
Puffy stickers 
Stickers (from the sticker sheet)

Download the May cut file, that is included with the kit, and trace it on your die cutting machine software. Type out the words "Easter Memories" and enlarge the words making sure to add some space between the word "Easter" and the word "Memories" so that two small photos can be added later. Cut it out on white card stock with the electronic die cutting machine. 

With the cut out title is still on the cutting mat, take the wide bristle paintbrush, and the clear gesso and paint the gesso around each letter and let dry. 

Take the watercolors, dipped with water,  and paint around each letter alternating colors. For my layout I used green, blue, yellow, pink and peach. Let dry.

Take the white acrylic paint and a little water to thin out the paint and dip the paint onto the paint brush and flick some of the paint onto the watercolored background. Let dry.

Turn the white card stock background over so it is wrong side up.

Cut several paper strips, with a paper trimmer, from the scraps of patterned paper in the May Creative Kit about 1/2 inch wide by about 3 inches long making sure that the paper strips are long enough to cover the back side of each letter and still have enough space to adhere the paper strips to the wrong side of the white card stock. Be sure to alternate colors.

When all the paper strips are adhered to the wrong side, flip the white card stock right side up and with the black fine line marker and a ruler, draw around each letter. This will make the letters stand out more.

Add photos to the space in between the word "Easter" and the word "Memories". Adhere.

Add the pink alpha stickers in between the two photos making the word "family". Add a flower puffy sticker to dot the "i" and a pink heart sticker. Machine stitch through the pink alpha stickers to ensure they stay in place.

Place the dark pink "happy" phrase sticker to the top left hand corner of the layout above the letter 

Place the mint green phrase sticker "blessed" below the left photo and center it.

Place the light pink phrase sticker "happy day" under the right photo and center it.

Cut a 1/2 inch wide by 12 inches wide paper strip from the multi-colored striped paper. Machine stitch.

From the sticker sheet of the May Creative Kit, use one of the egg stickers as a template, trace around it with a pencil and fussy cut out two more egg shapes.

Fussy cut a small pink egg from the egg patterned paper.

Fussy cut three butterflies from the butterfly patterned paper. One will be placed near the bottom right hand corner, one will be on the left side of the left photo and one will be on the right side of the right photo.

Cluster the two large fussy cut eggs and the small fussy cut eggs and pop up the small egg with foam adhesive. Add to the bottom right side of the page and tuck into the multicolored striped paper strip. 

Add the date with the black fine line marker.

Add the bunny, egg and chick shaped buttons to the center of the A, O and both R's in the title. Adhere with glue dots.

The layout is now complete.

The paper strip technique is a great way to use up the scraps of paper from the kit and the watercolors accentuate the title even more.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you give this technique a try with your paper scraps.

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