Saturday, July 7, 2012

What a wonderful world: CSI #27

Happy Saturday! The colour combo at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration this week is very summery and happy. Here’s the yummy case file:
When seeing the inspiration photo and reading the evidence items, I knew I wanted to build a cute little scene, here it is:

From the evidence items I used: fence, trees, grass, flowers, clouds, and a long title. And from the testimony items: write about ‘a taste of a wonderful world’. I used mainly die-cuts to build the scene and My BigShot was working hard. I had so much fun making this layout.

The background was made by painting a simple watercolour landscape similar to the one in the inspiration photo. I used watercolour cardstock for this, and started with the sky, only doing the grassy hill after the sky was dry. When the grass was dry, I added some texture with dry-brushing, distressed the edges and stitched the paper to a sheet of white cardstock.

The sun just had to be a rosette flower, die-cut from yellow patterned paper and coated with glossy accents in the centre. The clouds were cut from white cardstock, painted with Rock Candy Crackle Paint, and a bit of cloud shadow added with Tumbled Glass Distress Stain when they were dry.

The fence was die-cut from mat board, and painted with Rock Candy Crackle Paint. When dry, I added some blue with Tumbled Glass Distress Stain.

The flowers were die-cut from two patterned papers and two Core’dinations papers using the Tattered Flower Garland die, which gives a lot of flowers in different sizes. The Core’dinations ones were sanded and then I layered the flowers together. The leaves behind the flowers were die-cut from two different green patterned papers.

The tree was cut from mat board, inked with Walnut Stain and then coated with Rock Candy Crackle Paint (pour some of it out from the bottle, since if you dip the paint brush back into the bottle, some Walnut Stain will come along and stain your paint). The way the crackle paint moves the ink around gives the tree a kind of organic look. The circles were cut from patterned paper and distressed about around the edges.

The little tree was cut from mat board and inked with the new Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. The layout was finished off with three sticker quotes about families.

The journaling is on the back and is about how lucky my son is to have been born into such a great family, with a little bit of info about everyone on the photo. For him still just a small taste of something wonderful.

Thank you for looking!! Have a great weekend!


Supplies: Sizzix: Branch Tree, On the Edge Fence, Mini Paper Rosettes Sizzlits, Tattered Flower Garland Sizzlits, Mini Pine Tree Movers & Shapers, Circle Framelits, Bird Set #2 Sizzlits, Kites Framelits set, mat board; Hero Arts Wonderful World 331068; Stampscapes Migrating Birds 152D; Distress Crackle Paint Rock Candy; Distress Stain: Tumbled Glass; Distress Ink: Walnut Stain, Mowed Grass, Stormy Sky; Daler & Rowney watercolours; 7Gypsies word stickers; Core’dinations cardstock.


  1. This is jaw dropping brilliant!!! One of my favorite pages of yours next to the butterfly one!!!

  2. Amazing detail and fantastic textures. So happy I got to see the close-ups! Gorgeous page, as always, Anna-Karin!

  3. OH what an absolutely beautiful scene you've created! Fantastic job with the watercolors and your "nature" embellies!

  4. this is a great layout, love all the texture on your embellishments, wonderful colors, hugs


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