Friday, November 2, 2012

Ghost Flowers

It's a ghostly time of year in many cultures, with Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, and All Souls Day occurring within the last few days.  But don't worry, there is nothing frightening about this layout, even though it does include "ghost flowers."  :)

Supplies: woodgrain frame paper by Fancy Pants; birdcage paper by Lily Bee Design; pink paper by Authentique; tag by My Mind's Eye; alphabet stickers by Lawn Fawn; foam stickers by Darice; ink by Stewart Superior; Distress Stain and Liquid Pearls paint by Ranger; household sandpaper.

The title of the page is "Love & Patience," and the photo is from my husband's childhood.  He is holding his grandmother's cat.  Scott is demonstrating the "love" part of the title, while the cat is demonstrating the "patience" part of the title.  :)


I'm entering this layout in the November Berry71Bleu challenge, where the theme is "Forget about moderation and go crazy."  So, how did I go crazy?  Several ways:
  1. I cut the big heart freehand, instead of using a template.  I also used Distress Stain freehand to create the lattice pattern on the heart.
  2. I combined many techniques, including sanding, staining, and inking.
  3. While the paper was still damp from the ink and stain, I rubbed some white foam flowers over it.  The flowers picked up some black and purple from the ink and stain, and some teal from the wet paper.  I used these grunged-up flower stickers as embellishments.
  4. I used a smaller foam flower sticker as a stamp to add lots of "ghost flowers" to the layout.  I achieved this "ghostly" look by coating the foam flower with Liquid Pearls paint in "white opal," wiping away excess paint, and then stamping repeatedly.


This was a fun layout to create, and I will definitely use these techniques, especially that of the "ghost flowers," again in the future...not just during "ghostly" times of the year.  :)

15 comments:

tatiana_osipova said...

Wow, It's so creative!! I like your new style )

Lean de Ruiter said...

Cool work love the big pink heart and a sweet photo to.
byebye,Lean

Norma G. said...

Love the ghost flower technique, very creative! I love the fun bright feel of this layout, it makes me happy!!

Patricia Roebuck said...

Love the way you did the flowers and love that big heart!

Denise van Deventer said...

Super project Denise! You certainly put a lot of work into it...really great and the picture is still emphasised with everything around it! I love your creativity! Super!

Patricia said...

very beautiful flowers...

Bellaidea said...

Very cool project, thanks for playing with Berry 71 Bleu!

Lynette said...

This is beautiful Denise...and I love it that you are using an "old" photo. The second blog I visit today featuring an "old" photo. It has me wanting to dig out my old photos and scrap them.

Helen Tilbury said...

What a fun layout Denise! I can see you had a blast!!

Helen Tilbury said...

oOOOoooops I forgot to say THANK YOU for playing along so enthusiastically with our GET CRAZY challenge at Berry7Bleu this month!

Carol L said...

What a fabulous layout! The colors are so striking as is the ghost flower technique, and I love that adorable photo too! What an extremely patient cat!

Svetlana Austin said...

Denise this is so cool! that picture you scraped is so precious! and I love that over sized heart!

~Tammy~ said...

What beautiful memories and you have preserved it so well! Amazing layout and I love the ghost flower!

Keren Tamir said...

Love the LO and the title. Well thought out thanks for playing at B71B

Channa said...

Hi denise!! Love your layout, love the different techniques you used. Thank you so much for joining us at B71B. Channa