Sandi Clarkson – our Guest Designer


Hi, my name is Sandi Clarkson. I am beyond thrilled to be Guest Designing here at 7 Dots Studio! My awesome husband and I live in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area in the USA. We have 3 wonderful, grown daughters, 3 much loved son-in-laws and lots of precious grandkids! I still work part-time as an Audiologist and need the creative outlet scrapbooking provides! Although I have been a crafter of some sort almost all my life, my sister-in-law introduced me to this wonderful hobby in 2006 and I’ve never looked back! It is truly a passion and I enjoy every minute of it. The artistic journey is essential to me and I am a huge fan of mixed media, texture in particular.

I’ve had the pleasure of being on a wide variety of Design Teams: an online scrapbook store, several challenge blogs, a couple of manufacturers as well as several kit clubs. I’ve also had some fabulous Guest Designer opportunities and been published both in print and online. I hope to bring you some inspiration this month. 


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 ”Be Amazed”

I am so in love with 7 Dots Studio products, that it was difficult to decide where to begin. Tusia sent me a generous package full of Thoughts Keeper and Soulmates papers and embellishments.

 This lovely black and gray floral really spoke to me and acts as my base. I prepared the paper with a coat of white gesso and then added some texture with molding paste and a stencil.  Unfortunately, part of it was layered over but that it quite alright. I know it’s there. 


Next, I added my layers, florals and embellishments. A small amount of inking and distressing was done to the vertical paper strips prioring to adhering them. Then the main body of work was accented with lime-green Gelato. 

You can see that bits of black thread were added in for texture.

Some punchinella ribbon for interest along with various pieces from the Elements sheet.

I love that the paper already looks stamped.
This is my “title” corner. And a good close-up of some of the white paint splattered over the page as a finishing touch.

My center accent is from the Elements Sticker sheet, so perfect for directing your thoughts towards the story told in the photo itself.

7 Dots Studio Products used:
Thoughts Keeper 3
Thoughts Keeper 4
Thoughts Keeper 5
Thoughts Keeper Element Stickers 6×12
Thoughts Keeper Elements 6×12
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“You and Me”

For my second project, I decided to do something more vintage, romantic. So, I started with random punch work and distressing, then followed with adding texture using a stencil and molding paste. I highlighted these areas with white acrylic paint, then spitzed them with teal mists. I love to let the mist run down the page and then use a wet towel to sponge off. 

A close-up of some of the stenciling and color. These papers take media so well.

Lots of yummy 7 Dots layers!

And a Word Sticker to serve as my title.
Just a little corner cluster with florals, a Tag and Element sticker. Gauze tucked in here and there adds to the romantic feel.

7 Dots Studio Products used:
Thoughts Keeper 1
Thoughts Keeper 2
Thoughts Keeper 6
Thoughts Keeper Word Stickers 6×12
Soulmates Tags 12×12

It is such an honor to Guest Design for 7 Dots Studio. I can’t say enough good things about them and their fabulous products! And I thank them so much for having me here this month. I’ll be back soon with a tutorial for you. 

Sandi