I have been loving Jennifer McGuire’s new Holiday Thinking Inking series at Two Peas in a Bucket. I love watching her videos. It really inspired me to get out my distress inks and play along!
Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to create this layout in one sitting. This layout has a lot going on and it took me a few days to get everything set up before I could actually assemble the layout.
The first task was to cut the leaves out with my Silhouette. A few days later, 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 with different patterns and then inked with distress inks.
Today, when I had a good hour of creative time, I put it all together. 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.
With my Design Ruler (from Tim Holtz) I marked 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.
I pinched up the leaves to add some dimension and couldn’t resist adding a little bling.
Now it’s your turn! What are you going to create?