New Seed by Riikka Kovasin

Hi there! It’s Riikka here with a layout and a step by step on how I did it. The topic of the page was inspired by the latest challenge about the favourite artist.

My husband is a musician and a recording artist. He works under several names but what I find the most intriguing is his first project under which he has given out two CDs to date. His style is dark ambient so his works might not be everybody’s cup of tea. To be honest, even I need a certain mind set to listen to a whole album, but what I admire is his drive and his passion. I have had the privilege to see him bloom, from an experimenting, hesitant young man he has grown into a performer keeping live shows and organizing events. And he continues to experiment and grow, both artistically and as a performer.

His first album under the name [ówt krì] was called “New Seed” and the layout I created about him and his dear hobby – or a second job – is inspired by the cover of the album. The cover is made by his friend, Mattias Norén, who’s also designed the cover of his second CD. If you wish to see the original cover, please see here. The layout mimics the yellow/gold seed as well as partly the blue background.

Step 1: I started by creating the seed part using a pencil to draw the outline and then thick acrylic paint for the coloring. Instead of using a regular brush to apply the paint I used a silicone brush to give the shape some texture.

Step 2: Then I added the blue segment on the top of the page using watercolors. First, I made the paper wet and then added the color on top to get a hazy, blurred effect. Then I dried the layer and after that added some splashes.

Step 3: Next I added a hint of pattern to the blue part by using a stencil and two inks.

Step 4: Then some stamping to tie the elements together. I used just one stamp and one ink this time and stamped across the blue area as well as the yellow one and the space in between.

Step 5: My next task was to make the actual seedling you can also see in the cover of the CD. I die cut the leaves out of white cardstock and used the piece of cardstock as a stencil. I used both a white marker and embossing pen together with white powder to make the plant. I also added some white “splashes” by sprinkling white embossing powder to the paper and heating it from underneath.

Step 6: I then adhered the die cut leaves or stems to the page and also added the thorns to the seed. I sketched the thorns using a golden pencil but also used a golden acrylic paint to make some of the thorns more visible. I also added some golden splashes using the paint.

Step 7: Next was layering time! I cut some pieces of patterned paper and layered them behind the photo. I attached the layers together using a stapler. I mounted the photo on top of the cluster with foam dots and the whole thing to the page using the same dimensional things.

Step 8: Embellishing time! To mimic the circular shape of the seed I added a lot of circle embellishments to the page, stickers, die cuts and a flair button. I also added a strip like sticker to the other side of the photo and a couple of text stickers as well.

Step 9: The finishing touches to the page came with foam letter stickers, the journaling and a couple of additional golden pencil lines. I drew these to balance the composition out.

I hope you like the step by step and find it inspiring! Thank you for visiting today! Until next time!

7 Dots Studio supplies:
Dreamscapes – Geometry stencil
Dreamscapes – Cloudy
Hazy Days – Die-cut Elements 6×12
Hazy Days – Element Stickers 6×12
Hazy Days – Word Stickers 6×12
Hazy Days – Pad 6×6
Cold Country – Clear Stamps
Writer’s Block – Epilogue

Good Day by Ola Khomenok

Hello dears! Ola here. Today I would like to share with you this optimistic layout, including video tutorial.
To support the optimistic message of the photo, I choose to work with Verano Azul collection. In this collection you’ll find so bright and colorful elements. I also played with a lot of stamps and stencils from many other collections. You welcome to watch the whole process with my explanations.

7 Dots Studio supplies:
Verano Azul – Die-cut Elements 6×12
Verano Azul – White Plank
Verano Azul – Green Time
Verano Azul – Tags 12×12
Verano Azul – Dazzle Me
Cold Country – Clear Stamps
Fortune-teller – Dots Stencil
Dreamscapes – Tags 12×12
Hazy Days – Clear Stamps
Dreamer – Drive All Night

Celtic Lady by Juliya Tirskaya

It’s Juliya Tirskaya with You today.
I want to show you how I make layout using an acrylic sheet.
Here is the page:

So, shall we begin?
My work begins with a photo and selection of materials for it. Starting from paper, and ending with topping. On the photo selected for the page, I have shades of blue and brown. Therefore, I select the basic elements by color from this palette. The paper from the Dreamscapes collection, as well as stickers and die-cuts from it, are very suitable here. I also took the small pad papers cut them down and made them more interesting with embossing.

Now, I take a strip of acrylic measuring 30 * 12 cm. And I decide where the photo will be placed. I want to place it on the right side to bring the decor behind the girl’s back and cover the ends of the wings slightly.

Since the picture is fabulous, reminiscent of Celtic motifs, with an interesting background, then I choose stencils with a gothic, ornate pattern. That’s it, the photo tells us which stencils to use! I want to apply two stencils here. One on paper, the second on a sheet of acrylic. On paper, I use a rough paste with sand, I put the pattern horizontally. On acrylic I use a paste with sand from Finnabair. After drying, the pattern becomes translucent and textured. Don’t place the pattern evenly. Let it “walk”, and not go in a continuous stream.

The paste has dried, now we can paint the background. I lightly spray the background with water and apply a spray. Add lace and tint it with a dry brush. When the gesso dries, I add a little spray to the lace. Here, lace is set the horizontally. This is my “skeleton” on which I will build up the body. And then decorate it

I try on acrylic sheet with a photo. I define verticals with the help of a chipboard. I look at the photo and understand that I want to add gauze. Firstly to smooth the transition of lace to the background, secondly to support the background in the photo.

I select the color suitable to the background in the photo,I moisten the gauze with water and paint it with sprays. When the gauze dries, the colours will not be so bright!

The gauze dried and you can paste it.

The main work with the painting is done, I no longer plan to add water and sprays to the paper. Therefore, you can glue the page to the base. I like to use 2mm thick cardboard for this. I like to do it when the page is flat, and does not bend from moisture. That’s why, I glue all my pages to a base. And then I decorate the walls of the house :)

I stick the photo to the acrylic on a piece of cardboard. On the reverse side of the photo I also added some cardboard.

I paste the decor around the photo, I place it behind the girl’s back.

Now I’ve decorated the page and the acrylic piece. The main idea of the page is to see it through the acrylic. It gives an interesting effect.

That’s the back side.

When the “body” is ready, you can dress it in toppings, tint stamps and shadows. Here in this form the page seems incomplete. We need to help her speak :) I add toppings, start with dark ones and end with light ones. Then I add stamps. In the end, I use a dark sprays.

Done! Here are some pictures of the details.

7 Dots Studio supplies:
Dreamscapes – Die-cut Elements 6×12
Dreamscapes – Pad 6×6
Dreamscapes – 9mm
Cold Country – Clear Stamps
Hazy Days – Clear Stamps
Yuletide – Clear Stamps

UmWowStudio supplies:
Dreamscapes – Tell tall tales flair