Thursday 9 April 2015

'Smile'- Mixed media layout with a tutorial.

Hello everyone !

This is Jaya here today. Hope you all are doing great. 
This is my very first post for Crafters Corner and I am really excited for this. Hope to inspire you all during my term here.
So ,today I have a mixed media layout to share with you all and I hope you like it.
So here it is

I got some gorgeous Pion design papers in my DT package and looking at the papers I at once decided I had to make a soft feminine layout.
I started with Pion design paper- Paris Flea market- Rose du jardin. It has a wonderful script on one side and a beautiful pattern with roses on the other .I decided to go with the script side as my base.

Next I cut the paper in half along one side using my We R memory keepers trim and scoreboard and distressed all the edges of both halves of paper with my Prima Comfort craft Distressing tool. 
This is one of my most favourite tools any day. The Prima Comfort Craft Distressing tool comes with four different distressing attachments and all of these give different effects. I used the blade on the side to distress my page edges.

Next I gave a generous cost of Sakura gesso on my entire paper.  Gesso is basically a primer and prevents the soaking of inks and mists into paper thereby giving gorgeous vibrant results.

 I dried this using my Rangers heat it tool- a must have for mixed media projects!

I also punched out a strip of12 inch X 1 inch size using the Martha Stewart -Doily lace border punch and  the Pion design-Paris flea market Pink fabric paper and reattached my base paper with this border in between.

Next I took out my Lindys stamp gang starburst sprays in Cape cod coral, Hottie patottie hot pink,Sea mint green and Sweet Violet purple teal and sprayed randomly on the paper. I dried this using Rangers heat tool again

Next in process was taking out my stamps and stencils. I using the Kaisercraft Dictionary meanings texture stamp and Magnolias stencil from Prima. This is a new stencil in the shop and has these lovely flower and rose patterns. I am so in love with the design that I am thinking of making it the star of my project next time. Love it totally! 

I used black Archival ink for stamping. Archival ink does not bleed on application of inks/mists or water and this is what I wanted for my project.

I used the Pion design-Paris Flea Market- Pink fabric paper , Tags paper  and Post cards paper to make some layers behind my photo.

I used the crackle paste by Prima with the Magnolia stencil and gave some textures on the page randomly using the C-Gull spatula.

This is how I prepared my background basically.  I also did some stencilling with Prima flourish stencil later once my layout was almost done to add more texture.
I embellished my layout with some mulberry flowers and Leaves & Mushrooms- laser cut wood veneers from Prima. Also used a resin embellishment and clear glass cabochons.
My title- 'Smile' is a Heidi swapp acrylic word.I am so in love with the font! 
Hope it helps!

Here  are a few close ups of the layout-

Supplies used-

Pion design- Rose du jardin- Paris flea market
Pion design- Pink fabric-Paris flea market
Pion design- Post cards -Paris flea market
Pion design- Tags- Paris flea market
Prima stencil- Flourish
Prima stencil- Magnolias
Rangers heat it tool
Kaisercraft texture stamp- Dictionary meanings
                                                           Sea mint Green
                                                           Cotton Candy Pink
                                                           Sweet violet purple teal
 We R Memory Keppers- Trim and scoreboard                         
               Poppy flowers
                Micro mulberry roses
               Mulberry roses

Thanks for visiting!
Have a great crafty week


  1. Wow...this is it...xx

  2. WOW, Jaya! I have always loved your designs. I am glad to learn about the process too. That stencil looks awesome...adding to my wishlist. <3

    1. Thank you so much Neha ! Yes you will love the stencil.

  3. I loved this pretty patterned papers and lovely sublt colors in this layout! Gorgeous. :)

    1. Thank you Suchi! I totally agree. These fact the entire range of Pion designs is gorgeous! Must buy :)

  4. Wow.. this is a beautiful layout Jaya.. I first thought that you used pastel gelatos but the use of lindy's sprays was absolutely brilliant. :) Thank you for this detailed tutorial.

    1. Thanks Halak :) Although I used sprays but you can definitely try this using gelatoes. They will work equally well.

  5. WOWWW! I lovee it! The colours are so Gorgeous! And you've explained it so well. Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Congrats on your very first GD post for Crafters Corner Jaya ! Your Lo is absolutely gorgeous,,filled with soft feminine beauty n gentleness !

  7. Amazing.. :) So beautiful
    What if i dont have a heat gun..can i use hair dryer to dry gesso
    and if i air dry it how much time it would take to dry completely ?

    1. Hello Krina! Yes you can try drying up gesso and sprays with a hair dryer although it might take longer as compared to heat gun. Heat gun is a good investment if you want to try out various techniques as mixed media, embossing,sospeso etc as heat gun attains very high temperatures in a very short time unlike hair dryer. Hope that helps :)
      Thank you so much for the appreciation. Glad you liked it :)

  8. This looks so gorgeous!! Stunning LO jaya

  9. Wow Jaya..beautiful.... It inspires me to learn something new from you... Gorgeous!!!


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