Gimme some sugar by Riikka Kovasin


Hello there!
It’s Riikka here today to share a layout with a video with you. The inspiration to this page came from the recent challenge with the pet theme.

The picture is of my dad’s dog. It took a while to learn to beg treats from the table, but thanks to my mom, now the furry friend always goes around the table looking sad and begging for a little something. I mean, look at those eyes! Luckily, it’s only my mom who gives him something from the table, but still the fellow tries his luck at anyone.


Another source of inspiration for the page was the new collections! Each time the new lines are out, I think they are the best yet and I could never love a collection more – and then even more spectacular ones are released! This page has a lot of “Northern Lights” in it, but I mixed in some “Paint Chips” and some older collections, too. If you wish to see how I created the page, please see the video!

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you liked the video and found it inspiring! With this project I wish to send you Holiday greetings and a magnificent start to the New Year!
Until next time, Xoxo Riikka

7 Dots Studio supplies:
Cotton Candy Dreams – Word Stickers 6×12
Northern Lights – Die Cut Elements 6×12
Northern Lights – Board Games
Northern Lights – Tags 12×12
Northern Lights – Starlight
Northern Lights – Pad 6×6
Paint Chips – Clear Stamps
Lost and Found – Pad 6×6

Um Wow Studio supplies:
Dreamscapes – Tell Tall Tales Flair

An ode to triangle by Riikka Kovasin


Hello there 7 Dots Studio fans! It’s Riikka here today with two projects. I again drew the inspiration for these pieces not only from the wonderful 7 Dots Studio products but the theme of the latest challenge theme “Historical figure”.

There’s plenty of historical figures I could have used. When thinking about the theme, a problem developed – I had too many figures to choose from! My love for the Finnish band Turisas led me to Vikings, my adoration to 18th century fashion to Madame Pompadour and so forth. So I took the easy way out and asked my husband to name a historical figure. The first one he suggested was Pythagoras. Pythagoras = a^2+b^2=c^2 = triangles! And as the chipboard sheet of “Dreamscapes” is full of triangles, I had my theme. I made two projects celebrating this lovely shape and the mathematical formula of right triangle, the Pythagorean Theorem.

The first project is an art journal page celebrating the triangle. The earthy tones of the Dreamscapes turned into rusty ones in my mind and I used tea coloured watercolour, earthy inks and rust paste in my make. The background is done using several pieces of patterned papers I had in my stash. I love how the collections are so easy to mix and I love to mix different patterns in my projects.




My other project is a set of ATCs. There’s three cards, like the sides or points in a triangle. And there’s letters a, b and c, representing the letters in the theorem. The cards have a lot of the same elements as the journal page, like the rust paste.



Thank you for stopping by today! And don’t forget to participate to the challenge! Ta ta for now!
Xoxo Riikka

7 Dots Studio supplies:
Dreamscapes – Die-cut Elements 6×12
Dreamscapes – Element Stickers 6×12
Dreamscapes – Triangles Stencil
Dreamscapes – Clear Stamps
Dreamscapes – Tags 12×12
Dreamscapes – Pad 6×6
Hazy Days – Element Stickers 6×12
Hazy Days – Tags 12×12
Writer’s Block – Die-cut Elements 6×12
Writer’s Block – Pad 6×6
Cold Country – Clear Stamps
Yuletide – Pad 6×6
Writer’s Block – Letter Stencil
Hazy Days – Word Stickers 6×12
Dreamscapes – Chipboard

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!
Riikka

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