I had to get out my distress inks and play along!
I didn’t have time to do the layout in one sitting. I need to split up the tasks. The other day when I had a few extra minutes I cut out the leaves with my Silhouette and put them out in my scraproom.
The next evening, I did all the heat embossing and inking. I pulled out some old swirl stamps that I haven’t used in a long time, heat embossed all the leaves and then inked with distress inks. Once the inking was done, I gathered up the papers I wanted to use (more Pyrus – I love this collection!) printed my photo and gathered a few more embellishments.
Today, when I had a good hour of creative time, I assembled the layout. You may have already noticed that the leaves were originally cut with a stem. The stem tore off during the inking process. It was too delicate to withstand the sponging. I decided to improvise with some hand stitching that would serve two purposes — 1. to attach the leaves to the background and 2. give the leaves a stem.
I made the hand stitching easier with tools. I used the Design Ruler by Tim Holtz, to mark a line through each leaf as a guide for punching the holes. The design ruler has holes along one edge at 1/8 intervals, allowing me to poke holes exactly where I need them. I pierced the holes quickly and was able to get my hand stitching done in no time.
Now it’s your turn! What are you going to create?
Supplies: Cardstock – White Bazzill. Pattern papers – Basic Grey Pyrus Pomaceous, Bradford and Perry. Ink – Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick and Frayed Burlap. Stamps – AL Rhonna Farrer swirls. Embellishments – Pyrus Small Details, Pyrus Elements stickers, Prima flower, AC letter stickers, thread Aunt Lydia’s in brown, phrase strips K&Co, bling from Michael’s, family token unknown.