Before I got into mixed media, I was a die hard scrapbooker. I did lots and lots of traditional layouts. When Tina and I were at CHA earlier this month we were talking about our "styles" and how hard it is for both of us to define exactly what ours are. I feel like I am all over the place as far as style, although one thing always carries over in my work--I like to use bright and happy colors. I also noticed that my mixed media style and my scrapbooking style do not blend. My scrapbook layouts never utilize mixed media techniques. They exist completely separate from each other. In this project, I wanted to try and blend the two worlds. I haven't done a true scrapbook page in probably about a year. I was feeling a little blocked this morning and I thought maybe trying something new would help.
To start this page, I chose a sheet of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper that had a collage feel to it. Then I used the tissue from the kit and some matte medium to create another layer of background.
Next, I used a Tim Holtz tag stencil and some metallic paint to add some color to the background. I also brushed on a light wash of gesso to tone down the words on the tissue paper. I added some stamping with the exclusive stamp from the kit and sepia archival ink.
I had to use the new Tim Holtz airbrush tool that I got in his class at CHA. This is the coolest tool ever! I think Tina has plans to carry them in the store as soon as they are available. This thing is a MUST HAVE!!! It's a great way to use your markers and add some light texture in your backgrounds.
I added some layers of paper and distressed the edges with the sepia ink and the new Tim Holtz mini applicator. I used a strip of the accordion paper from the kit in the layers, a playing card from the ephemera pack, and washi tape (from my stash). I also added some details like fussy cut butterflies, a chipboard bird and bead from my stash, and a stamped banner using the new Tim Holtz hashtag stamp set (another "must have").