On my blog I have a tradition of sharing a stash-busting idea each month. This month, I'll be talking about the technique of layering. It's fun to do, it's a popular trend at the moment, and it helps you use up your stash of scrap papers. I used layering on this card in order to draw attention to my bat image, which is rather small. The layers behind it help it stand out and look important and interesting. I built up this layered mat using just scraps. This was a great way to use up lots of leftover bits of paper.
I added a heavy coat of black ink to the edges of each of my paper layers. Not only does this play up the nighttime/darkness aspect of the challenge, but it also make the rich colors of the papers really pop.
To add darkness to my card base, I randomly swiped on black gesso to make an interesting background. I also painted a scalloped chipboard frame with the same black gesso.
My paper layers had a lot of green in them, so I felt like the chipboard frame and the background needed a touch of green, for the sake of unity. I added this green by stamping with bubble wrap and green metallic paint. After the paint was dry, I put my card together, first placing the layered papers on the card base, then adhering the chipboard frame, which I had dressed up with bokeh vellum and enamel dots. I topped it all off with the cute stamped bat, and I added a sentiment and a couple of stamped stars as well.
I'll leave you with one last look at the card. If you feel inspired, then go ahead and play along with the "Creatures of the Night" challenge at City Crafter Challenge Blog. The challenge runs for a week. Happy crafting!