Joy 25 Reasons by Louise Nelson

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Today I would like to share with you a step-out for my easy and fun ‘Selfie’ layout. I have called it ‘Joy 25 Reasons’, but in reality I haven’t used that many word stickers; the title is a just fun play on words because I really wanted to focus on making the fabulous 7 Dots Studio word stickers the rock stars of this layout.

I first began by trimming the 12 x 12 background paper to approximately A4 size however that is a personal choice; otherwise leave it as a 12 x 12.

Select desire ‘Selfie’ photo and 3 tags from the tag sheet, I have used 1 large and 2 small. Ink the edges of the photo, tags and background paper with black ink.

I clustered and layered my photo and tags as depicted in above photo. I adhered this to background but with a small piece of double-sided tape, as I will need to remove it in a later step.

Select an assortment of die-cuts and ink the edges with black ink.

Protect photo with some scraps of paper and apply some random black paint splats over the top half of the layout, then allow to dry.

I then adhered an assortment of word stickers to the layout background, around the photo. I selected word stickers that had a personal meaning to me. I also tried to alternate the colouring of the word stickers; white, grey and black.

Once the word stickers are in place, then arrange and adhere selected die-cut elements, as depicted in above photo. Some of the elements are adhered using adhesive dimensional foam to add interest and dimension.

Gently peel off photo/tags, artfully arrange some cotton thread so that loops peek out from the edges. Add extra double sided tape or glue to back of photo/tags and then place back in position, over cotton thread.

Also arrange a small amount of looped cotton thread under die-cut element on left had side of photo.

I had some rejected chipboard flower shapes from another project on my desk that had been painted gold with a black pearl in the middle, so I used these on my layout.

To make the word stickers stand out a little more I outlined them using a fine black felt tip pen.

I thought I had finished but when I looked at my layout it looked a little bland so added a flair button to the centre of the large chipboard flower LOL

Well Cheers for now, I do hope you have enjoyed this fun and easy layout step-out!

7 Dots Studio supplies:
Yuletide – Chestnuts
Yuletide – Tags 12×12
Homegrown – Word Stickers 6×12
Verano Azul – Word Stickers 6×12
Illumination – Word Stickers 6×12
Yuletide – Flair Button

Dandelion Wishes by Keren Tamir

I created a set of 6 ATC’s using the Cotton Candy Dreams collection.

I added layers of texture in the background using inks, gel, stencils and stamps. The focal point on each card was created with the chipboard pieces from the same collection. The stalks for the dandelions were created with the poppy stencil from the Homegrown collection. Watch the video below to see how I created these Artist Trading Cards.

Thanks so much for visiting the 7 Dot Studios Blog
Have a wonderful day

7 Dots Studio supplies:
Cotton Candy Dreams – Word stickers 6×12
Cotton Candy Dreams – Pad 6×6
Cotton Candy Dreams – Star stencil
Cotton Candy Dreams – Clear Stamps
Cotton Candy Dreams – Chipboard
Homegrown – Poppy stencil

Paper Dolls by Louise Nelson

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Today I would like to share with you a quick little step out on how I create my Paper Dolls’ I love creating these little paper dolls, mostly just for creative fun, but I have used them on my scrapbooking layouts and art journal pages.

First begin by hand drawing the basic shape and facial features of your paper doll on the water colour paper with the gel pen.

Using scraps of paper mask out the areas of the arms and the legs [this is to prevent the stamped image from being stamped on the arms and legs.

Select your favourite patterned 7 Dots Studio Cling stamp and proceed to stamp a patterned image on the clothing portion of your hand drawn doll. It doesn’t matter if it goes over the outline of the clothing as they will be cut out.

Below are 2 images of the 2nd and 3rd paper doll image before being coloured. I just loved using the paint splatter stamp on the 2nd dolls overalls, as it just looks like they are covered in paint splatters.

Next is the fun part. Select your paints or markers of choice, [I used water colour paints] and ‘colour in’ your paper dolls to suit your taste. I used a medium sized soft bristle mop brush for the body and a small detail brush for the face and hair. Allow to dry.

When these are dry proceed on to cutting out your paper dolls.

And these a are just a couple of close up images so you can see how I detailed the faces and clothing with the colouring in.

Cheers for now and I do hope you enjoyed this quick little step out :) xox.


7 Dots Studio supplies:
Homegrown – Clear Stamps
Lost and Found – Clear Stamps
Cotton Candy Dreams – Clear Stamps