Saturday, September 1, 2012

At the edge of the lake: CSI case file 35

Hi everyone! Time for CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration challenge #35. If you missed my post yesterday, CSI is having a design team call. You can find my post about it here. This is the case file for this week:

I had fun playing around with the random theme of the case file and literary placed my layout on the floor and tossed some of the items on it, adhering them basically where they fell. This included the photos. I made a double pager:

From the evidence items I used: beads, paint, hearts, wood, tilt your photo. From the testimony items: document something about summer. Here are each of the pages, so you can get a better look:

I used kraft cardstock for the background, which has a sandy sort of look. Heavy texture paste was mixed with paint and microbeads and applied pretty randomly to the background with a spatula. I scratched the surface of the paste to create even more texture and scratched out my son's name on the left-hand side, as you would in ordinary sand. It is pretty thick and took quite a while to dry.

Then the background was stamped with dot, star and bird stamps using green, black and teal ink. I didn’t use an acrylic block when stamping, but just held the cling stamp in my hand and sort of rolled it on the layout, creating a more random look. Then the background was misted a bit with Dylusions teal mist. The black birds were die cut from black modeling film, heated up and shaped a bit (that scrap comes from this card).

A close-up of the texture paste.

The name scratched into the paste.

The three hearts are die cut from mat board and painted yellow and teal (love the shape of that heart). The yellow ones were coated with Crackle Accents and sprinkled with clear and turquoise microbeads.

The second yellow heart.

The teal heart was coated with Glossy Accents, and then covered with clear microbeads. Love the look of the hearts (and ended up with microbeads all over the floor…).

The little boy was stamped on watercolour paper and watercoloured with Distress Inks.

The same was done with the Huck stamp.

The branch was cut from kraft core cardstock and the bird was a scrap cut from mat board covered with sticky-back canvas.

I went through my box of scraps and pulled out some in the right colours, and used them here and there on the layout, also adding to the random theme. The branches, all the birds, the gauze, die cut strips, vellum piece, button, ticket, and negative strip were all in my scraps.

The journaling was printed on kraft cardstock and cut into strips, it reads: ‘There aren’t many better things then a quiet and warm summer afternoon at the edge of a lake, with one (or two) spades in your hand and a lot to discover. Most people have left, the lake is still and glitters. Forest and trees all around. The smells of nature. Here you are with your spade in the water and the sand, much more fun than to swim. So cute in the blue swimsuit.’

Thank you for stopping by!


Stamps: Hero Arts: Carbonated Background CG454; Artistic Outpost: Huck Finn, Playtime, Typograhy, Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Ornates, Impression Obsession Stars; Beeswax boy stamp
Dies: Sizzix: Heart, Stem & LeavesBirds on a Wire, Branch Tree, Mini Bird & Birdcage, Vintage Lace, Filmstrip Frames, Washer Border
Ink and paint: Hero Arts chalk ink Grass, Cerulean; Distress Ink: Shabby Shutters, Broken China, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw; Versafine Onyx Black; Adirondack paint dabbers: Stream, Lemonade, Juniper
Papers and surfaces: Sizzix mat board; kraft cardstock; Core’dinations Ranger Distress and Adirondack cardstock; Stamper’s Anonymous black modeling film
Other: Ranger Crackle Accents, Glossy Accents; Provo craft microbeads; Studio Calico wood veneer shapes


  1. Oh delicious, such life and spontaneity - the stamps look delicious coloured on watercolour paper, and that texture paste adds such a fun element! Absolutely love what you've done with the case file (and the photos are very cute too!)...
    Alison x

  2. My dear, you are so very talented - you have found your niche! This is wonderful, words escape me!

  3. Great double layout Anna-Karin, I love how you have created layers and dimension in your background. And thank you for sharing close-ups of what you did.

  4. Fabulous layout! What a wonderful story you create!


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