I am getting more comfortable with 12 by 12 layouts. As most of you know, they are a huge challenge to me. But I am slowly finding a love for them. I am realizing how much more impact my cuts, embellishments and details can have. They still take me a long time to do but I will keep trying!
This project started as a 12x12 plain white piece of paper. Here is the transition from Ho-Hum to WOWZERS!
I used my new background stamp in Swirls from Pink By Design. Started with Mustard Seed Distress Ink.
Then I stamped again with Crushed Olive Distress Ink.
Then I stamped with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.
Next I used Glimmer Mist in Apple, Tuscan Sun, and Jack O' Lantern.
Next I used VeraMark and heat embossed with Gold Embossing powder the swirls.
I also used the Script Background from Pink By Design Stamps in Rusty Hinge to stamp the lower right corner lightly. Here's a close up of the heat embossing and the stamping.
Next I distressed the edges with my Zutter Ditrezz It All. I inked with Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, and Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
Next I used my Cricut and Botanicals Cartridge to cut "Laugh" at 1.39 inches. I ran them upside down through my Xyron to make the tops sticky. To make sure my adhesive gets on the top nicely, I use a scrapper to rub it down firmly.
Then I sprinkled some olive green microfine glitter from Martha Stewart.
Next I cut the top note shape from Storybook. I cut it at 8.29 inches. In order to make slide holes for the ribbon, I took a rectangle from Storybook and shrunk it down. I place 4 of these rectangles onto the shape. I did not weld them so they would cut a negative out of the top note shape. I stamped with the Swirls Background Stamp again with Peeled Paint and I threaded the ribbon.
Then I used my favorite swirls shape from Home Decor to add dimension to the side. They were cut at 1.66 inches. I also rolled several spiral flowers with my Imaginisce Petal Roller.
Finally, I adhered "Laugh" to the top note shape and then to the layout with pop dots. I also added some bling!
I adhered all the flowers to the layout.
I love how these swirls compliment the flowers. The rhinestones are from Imaginisce and the I-Rock.
I have entered this layout into a few challenges.
Cricut Circle Blog Weekly Challenge- Use 3 of the same cut and Spray Ink- I used the swirls from Home Decor and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Tim Holtz and Anything But A Card- LOTS of Distress Ink and obviously it's not a card.
Here is the file for download. You will need Storybook, Home Decor, and Botanicals if you want to cut the entire project.
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