Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunset Sky

This was one of the first pages I began with Scraptastic's The Story Begins kit, and I started it without really knowing where I was going. I had pulled the picture, I had created the banner, and I had cut a strip of that awesome cloud paper, but I was without ideas of how to tie it all together. I tried a white background. I tried a blue background. I tried layering some of the other patterned papers. Nothing seemed to work, so I put it aside while I completed three more pages with the kit.

Meanwhile, I happened upon a little e-magazine, and there it was...just the idea I needed to give my "cloud" page a nudge! Robin Fung's "Creating A Cloudy Background" article in Crafting Ireland's Issue 11 sure looked cool, but could it be adapted for my sunset photos? I decided to try it on a piece of cardstock from the kit, using Studio Calico's Mr. Huey white mist in place of ink. I didn't have white ink and was anxious to try this out, so I forged ahead. In hindsight, I probably should have practiced a bit on a scrap sheet of paper, but after adding a tad of pink smudged ink for shading, it really began to resemble my clouds...if in an abstract sort of way!


The shading idea was carried over to my title letters, cut from white cardstock, and the printed strips which held my quote. Using a little distress ink with my Tim Holtz blending tool, I was able to do that "ombre" thing that is becoming so popular right now. Have you seen all the celebrities dying their hair to get this look? Well...I digress. I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to try this with my hair, but I do like the look it gives to my lettering on this page. I am so happy that this page has finally come together.



What do you think? Was this technique successful? Can you see the clouds on my background?

16 comments:

Erin Bassett said...

I totally love it!

Susan Stringfellow said...

yes, I think its wonderful! I totally thought this was patterned paper at first.

scrapperjen said...
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scrapperjen said...

This is fantastic!!!

scrappymo! said...

This looks so pretty...I can see your clouds so clearly....they look great!

scrapper al said...

Love the look! Great job!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Awesome background! I love it!

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

So cool, Madeline!
It turned out great!!
That was one of my favorite projects in the magazine that month :)
Oh and a gorgeous photo by you as well :)

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

Also, do you mind if I share the link to your blog on the Crafting IReland facebook page?

adele holcomb said...

Your clouds are...magnificent!!!

Monique Liedtke said...

Oh wow!! Love your page! That background is awesome!!

soapHOUSEmama said...

YES, you were totally successful! LOVE this, it is gorgeous!!!

craftingireland said...

I love this layout, it s fab! The clouds turned out fantastic, great job. Thanks for reading our magazine, we are glad it could inspire you!

Heather Landry said...

I can totally see the clouds! I think this layout is amazing in so many ways Madeline, and that photo is STUNNING!

Nirupama said...

Great technique!! Turned out so well and you really incoorporated it into the layout as a whole very well.

Alyssa said...

This is awesome. I love the clouds! I have been running out of ways to scrapbook beautiful sunsets--maybe I'll try this.