As soon as my new Heart Confetti 6×6″ Stencil from Paige Evans arrived, I knew I had to make something with it, but I wanted to challenge myself to not use white for my background. And Whimsical is the perfect collection for using ALL THE COLORS!
To create my mixed media background, I started with a 12×12 red cardstock base and added clear gesso to the entire sheet before allowing it to dry completely. Then I covered the entire sheet with hearts using white modeling paste and the stencil. You can repeat the stencil four times in a grid pattern to cover the whole 12×12 page, allowing each pass to dry in between. Once all the hearts were completely dry, I used liquid watercolors in pink, red, and peach to tint the hearts pink and add a subtle texture to the cardstock.
I trimmed down my stenciled cardstock to 10×10″ and then layered it with two different patterned papers from the collection. Adding a smaller border of a lighter pattern (Paper 21) allows the vibrancy of the mixed media to really shine and not get lost amongst the rainbow colors of the second pattern (Paper 10). A border of machine stitching added extra texture.
I added some craft foam to the back of my photo before adhering it to a piece of white cardstock to mat it. Adding the foam gives a bit of height and dimension and the white border helps the photo to stand out from the busy background. I decided to place my photo towards the bottom left of the page to allow the most amount of my background to be seen.
After layering floral die cuts under my photo on three sides, I adhered it to the background. Then I trimmed out several banners from Paper 08 to use as embellishments around my three floral clusters, adding foam to a few of them before adhering. Then I added a few more craft-themed die cuts and stickers to complete the three clusters.
Keeping with the colorful theme of the page, I placed my title underneath my photo, using randomly colored foam alphas. The words nestled nicely in between my floral clusters.
To create my little journaling spot, I trimmed the same banner shape out of the ‘B’ side of Paper 10 after to typed out my journaling on my typewriter. Then I used a gel pen to add a little border in the same style as the trimmed out banners.
Color really is one of my favorite things to play with and this layout was no exception. Have you ever challenged yourself to use a particular color? How about trying not to use a color? Sometimes the results are worth trying something a bit different!