Wednesday, 5 August 2015


Hello, my Friends!
First of all - some news.
Head on to Prima blog to check out Tiffany's fantastic artwork accompanied by a step by step and... Mica Powders giveaway! Good luck! :)

Secondly - put out this really great video in which you can learn more about at my new release: mica powders, snowflake texture paste and ephemera packs! Cari, thank you so much!

As for today, I'd like to show you a layout I created a while ago for a beautiful French magazine - Histoires de Pages. If you don't know this magazine yet, make sure you do - it's simply packed with amazing scrapbooking inspirations and our Mixed Media Place Team has a regular column there.

This “Hopefully” layout is the expression of my certain 'addiction'...
You see, it so happens that even if I feel I need some 'breathing space', some white background to start, I will inevitably end up layering everything I can find on my desk. :)
Old books, fabric, lace, doilies, paper cut-outs... most of them won't be even visible – but I enjoy the process of constructing, building, changing common objects into unique and artsy pieces.

I really had a lot of fun creating this layout and I thought I'd share a step by step with you too.
Here's how it goes:

1. The background for a layout like “Hopefully” is not complicated. I've started with creating clear resist effect using Emboss It Dabber to apply embossing ink through the stencil with a doily pattern. After sprinkling embossing powder on the top, removing extra back to the jar, I heated the powder and got great paint-resistant, glossy structure.

2. My next step was adding the color – I used liquid watercolors – Ecoline in white, green and blue. I sprayed desired places with water and applied my paint with a very wet paintbrush. I moved the colors to get interesting drippings.

3. I dried the background with a heating tool and made some more splatters – this time I used a bit of homemade tea stain and when it was dry – a hint of black Indian Ink.

4. I started to create texture with selected background stamps and Archival Inks followed with pieces of washi and tissue tape and finally – I created a multi-layered composition of doilies and paper cut-outs and thread. That was meant to be the most dimensional part of my layout.

5. I continued with layers of small papers, strips of canvas, lace, paper elements and the photo. I used some 3D foam squares to get even more dimension.

6. Finally, I added metal embellishments such as Mechanicals and pins and used a soft pencil to add a bit of final touches to my project. 

Have I tempted you to play with layers a little bit? :)

I hope I did.
Here are the materials I used:

Sending you lots of hugs,


talkis23 said...

Love it Again and Again I love Your Work Finn:)

SewPaperPaint said...

I just love seeing how this was made! So beautiful in every detail!

crafty creations said...

Absolutely stunning - so much to look at and very inspirational

Unknown said...

love the layout and love your smile. i wonder what you're looking at so adoringly.

Tiras de Papeles said...

awesome, as always;) besos

Anonymous said...

Anna, thanks for your post. I'll try to play with layers someday. Your step by step tutorial will help greatly.

Marina Syskova said...

Wow! Very beautiful and inspiring!

Kathy Bradley said...

So beautiful and I see the pencil (a similar pencil to the one in class)!! Just wanted to thank you for two most wonderful classes yesterday and today here in Springfield, Illinois. I loved meeting you and taking your classes. I used a pencil more when I got home and thoroughly enjoyed making more designs on my canvas!

Caroline D. said...

Gorgeous layout!! Thank you for sharing the steps! Congratulations on your new products... all will be great to create with!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous the colours and the layers...Thanks for the tutorial!!!

Unknown said...

I love the way you build layers, this is a fantastic LO!

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