Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Going Round In Circles - inspiration for That’s Crafty!

Hello and welcome back to my little creative corner of the blog world!

Thank you for stopping by! We all seem to be ‘Going Round In Circles’ over at the That’s Crafty! challenge blog and I have some mixed media goodness for you today to hopefully inspire to join the fun and create something special for the challenge too. There’s a £30 online voucher from That's Crafty! waiting for the winner and it could be you! 

I tend to make heaps of cards for magazines and usually have to follow specific criteria and rules, so when I don’t have to follow ANY rules I enjoy a good mixing of media. I took some photos of the process and this post will be quite picture heavy so I'll try not to woffle too much. 

Obviously, there was a couple of things I had to keep in mind when creating this and that is to show you how you can use the lovely products by That’s Crafty! and make something with Circles. I recently purchased a bunch of gorgeous cut files designed by Paige Evans, one of my favourite scrapbookers out there, and this one came to mind. As I mentioned in my LAST POST, I don’t have a cutting machine. But I used the pdf format of the cut file to print it on an A4 cardstock and cut it out by hand. Look, it’s easy...

You could print it onto a copy paper and tape to the cardstock you want to cut. I was going to use this a bit differently before I changed my mind and went with the full on mixed media and heat embossed it three times in gold EP instead. I have many more fun cut files, so I will be playing with more soon. Let's get to the step-by-step... 

Gessoed Cardstock + Stenciled Texture Paste through the Dots Circle stencil and added diluted Bright Magenta, Christmas Red, Orange, Yellow Multi Surface Paints)

Once dry, I sanded the surface with a piece of sand paper

a close up of the texture this creates

I darkened the edges with Jet Black Archival Ink, stamped with Tim Holtz script background stamp, made splatters with Black and Gold Multi Surface Paints

close up 

I heat embossed the Large Greyboard Feather with the Wow EP Black Glint, Lindy's Midnight Violet EP, Lawn Fawn Gold EP,   and the chunky Gold EP by Stampendous 

I added the same EPs into the grooves of the circles...

close up 

close up 

Getting there....

This is where I added all the elements like the heat embossed cut out circle.. 

I added my selfie (I had a few, but decided not to share my kids or catds again, so you got me:))), the feathers...

...the butterflies... 

...die cut Penny Black leaves brushed with VersaMark and heat embossed, black gessoed fabric flowers coloured with Lindy's sprays and heat ambossed with the same EPs... 

I added the large foam sentiment, adhered the black cardstock with punch border (Bubbles by Fiskars)...

close up 

Nearly there... I promise...

close up 

I am not a fan on writing on my scrapbook layouts. I see it more of an artistic outlet
and my handwriting is awful so I like to incorporate a hidden pocket somewhere within the design where I can scribble a few thoughts. Yes, I made the tassle and the vellum envelope too. I used the We R Memory Keepers envelope punch and an Embossing pen on the envelope, the Reinforcer punch by the same company and a simple ruler to make the tassle. 

Aaaand the grand finale! Yes, congratulations! You made it! Here's the final make....from all possible angles. I love shiny things, but my camera doesn't! So you get them all... pick and choose :D 

Well, that was full on! But I hope you can take something from this and have fun with your supplies. Let me know what you think and I shall be back with something new soon! Don't forget to hop over to the challenge blog to see what my lovely teamies created. You won't be disapplointed!

Thank you and have a great day!

Ingrid xxx


  1. Fabulous show Ingrid, I love how it all came to be. Scrumptious use of colour and media, it's great when we get to have those play days. Good to hear about you choosing not to use you kids photo's in you piece (previously working with children and safeguarding for many years I shudder at some pictures people post on social media..)
    Pretty as a picture, Thank you for sharing.. Hugs Tracey xx

  2. This is so beautiful Ingrid. The background is fabulous and love how you've layered up the elements around the photo which is a lovely contrast in black and white.
    Fliss xx

  3. Beautiful woman you are, Ingrid, and so is this gorgeous creation- I love your background, with the sanded down stenciled pattern -and oh a work cutting out the embossed circles , fantastic - the feathers and flowers are amazing, and I love all the effects from embossing both flowers and background !!
    Thank you so much for sharing this .
    Hugs, Dorthe, xx

  4. Lovely spread and I live all the process photos and descriptions and love love the colours too 😍😍😍


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