Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Creative Background Layout

Hello! Richele here, I'd like you to meet Ty my three year old Grandson.

Today I want to share with you how to use your die cuts in a different way. If you look close you will notice die cut letters built into the background.

Die cut letters using the Word Play die from the Tim Holtz Alteration line. I used Natural Sticky Back Canvas and Metal Foil Tape to die cut my letters from. Because both have an adhesive back it will make it easy to stick the letters down to my background (watercolor paper).

I randomly placed my letters and numbers to a thick piece of watercolor paper that fits my frame. The size of my frame is 9 x 9. Paint the entire surface with Gesso including the letters and numbers. Before it dries wipe off some of the Gesso from the metal letters.

Die cut the Washer Border from manilla card stock and Gesso down small pieces of the border in a few places on your layout. Be sure to coat the top of the Washer border with Gesso too.

Stamp a few images in the background to create interest using a black waterproof ink. Layer Gesso over parts of the stamped images. Dry with a heat tool.

Now for the fun! Be sure to protect the table surface you are working on. Spray the entire piece of watercolor paper with Dylusion Ink Sprays and watch the magic.

Let the ink dry a little then blot off the excess ink with a paper towel roll.

As it dries the color will fade back a little. Dry with a heat tool.

Embellish your page as desired. I used "Chit Chat" words to describe Ty and several other Idea-ology elements for my layout.

Mat your photo with black card stock and pop dot to the background.
Die cut a heart from kraft card stock using the Movers and Shapers Heart die also from the Alterations line.

Think outside the box! How can you use your dies to create something new and different?


Surfaces: Claudine Hellmuth Studio- Sticky Back Canvas Natural; Ranger Ink Metal Foil Tape, Manila Cardstock; Watercolor Paper; Kraft Cardstock
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology- Filmstrip Ribbon, Chit Chat, Locket Keys, Mini Numerals, Alpha Cards, Charms
Ink: Ranger Ink Jet Black Archival, Dylusion Ink Spras- London Blue, Vibrant Turquoise and Pure Sunshine
Mediums: Claudine Helmuth Studio Gesso
Fibers: twine
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  1. What great ideas, it's a fabulous layout, thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Love the way you created the background...fabulous! Beautiful layout!

  3. He's a cutie! Thanks for sharing your great technique! :o)

  4. Your layout is inspiring. Ty is adorable - reminds me of my third son. Would you share which colors of dylusions you used? I love the mix.

    1. Thank you!!!
      The colors are...London Blue, Vibrant Turquoise and Pure Sunshine. I love blue and yellow together it's my go to colors. Such happy colors!

  5. Fabulous LO. Love your inked background and the use of the die cut letters and numbers.

  6. This looks great - thanks so much for sharing your technique. I've wanted to try some Dylusions for a while, now they are a "must buy" for me!

  7. Hi Ty, nice to meet you on a fabulous background your grandma made.
    She is just a wonderful inspiration to us all!

  8. How inspiring. Love it. What a handsome little guy Ty is, and how lucky he has such a creative grandma:)

  9. What a great project! Love how you created the background. Thanks for sharing your technique

  10. Fabulous background and layout!

  11. Beautiful layout and adorable little guy.... Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Wow, wow, wow! Gorgeous colors, fabulous technique and a darling grandson. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

  13. I love everything about this.Great how to-I have just the picture I want to use with this inspiration.
    Thank you!

  14. How beautiful this project is. Richele, u r a creative genius. Love your work. The colors are blasting! I love those Dylusion colors. Gots to get some! Thank you for the tutorial.

  15. This is a very beautiful project. Love how the background was made and the colors. Thanks for sharing, Johanne L.

  16. Wow thanks for the great explanation of how to do this. I am so going to have a go. I have seen these and wondered how it was done. Sandy :)

  17. Love this background, Richele!! Wow!

  18. What a cool background I love it!

    Would luv to know which colors of dylusions you used


  19. Beautiful Richele. I can't believe how big he is! Such a cutie! Love the colors and the technique. Will have to steal it soon!

  20. Fabulous technique and I love the colours!

  21. It looked so much more complicated in person! I love all your art work and have always wished I was as creative as you!! Love you Richele!!

  22. I'm so inspired by this technique Richele! I can't wait to try it out! Thanks so much for sharing your creative mojo with us :)



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