Saturday, February 25, 2012

CSI case file #8: Run fast

Time for the eight CSI:Color, Stories, Inspiration challenge. I absolutely loved the colours and the inspiration photo for this week. Here’s the case file:

Of the evidence items I used: stars, liquid medium, something that sparkles. Of the testimony I used: list the cast of the show. The inspiration photo made me think of watercolours immediately, so I made a watercolour background. Here’s my layout:

I mixed up watercolour paint in the three lighter colours of the palette. Watercolour paper was used for the background and I first wet the whole surface with a paint brush and clean water. I wanted soft edges of the bigger circles and painting wet-on-wet gives soft edges and a somewhat unpredictable result. The smaller circles were added when the background was dry, giving them a more defined edge. I used Daler & Rowney watercolours, but you could get the same effect with Distress Inks and water.

After the background was completely dry, it was dressed up with stamping, using the two darker colours of the palette (olive green and teal), as well as a bit of black I used a bunch of different star and circle stamps, as well as some word stamps.

The photos are of my son and his little friend where we stay. They have known each other since they were babies and play almost every afternoon and their favorite is to run fast and to preferably scream loudly at the same time.

I had a scrap piece of canvas which had been coloured yellow and misted with Perfect Pearls. Round tags were die cut from the canvas, stamped with a star stamp and then the title was placed on top.

I used chalk inks to get a nice opaque contrast to the transperant watercolours.

Don’t forget to check out the CSI site to see the work of the rest of the DT. It is amazing such a variety you get from one case file.

Thank you for visiting! Have a lovely weekend!

Supplies: Hero Arts stamps: Musical Walk F5468, Untitled Word Shadow AC005 Galaxy of Stars CL318, Many Dots CL519, Starry Sky, Playful Lowercase LL764, Basic Lowercase Letters LL188, Treasure the Moment; Inky Wings circle journaling and circle date stamps; October Afternoon text stamps; 7Gypsies circle stamps; Technique Tuesday Back Rounds medium; Tim Holtz Sizzix Tiny tabs & Tags: Daler & Rowney watercolours; Versamagic Spanish Olive, Agean Blue; Versafine Onyx Black; Core’dinations Peeled Paint cardstock; MM jewel and star brads; canvas; yellow acrylic paint; Perfect Pearls; twine, watercolour paper, star brads.


  1. A lot of lovely details, so nice to look at! Beautiful layout! I like the way you put the title in that awesome garland!

  2. Darling pictures, wonderful layout! I love these colors, too!


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