Saturday, September 29, 2012

Learn: CSI case file #39

Hello! We have such a gorgeous case file this week at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration. It is our last week of teaming up with Once Upon a Sketch.I hope you will be able to play along and don't miss the stunning layouts of the DT and guests. Here's the case file and sketch:
And my layout:

From the evidence items I used: birds, frame, stars, bits and pieces, globe, book print, and I was inspired by the 'learn' theme of the testimony items. As you can see, I was very inspired by the inspiration photo and did something similar, but with stamps and watercolour.

I first stamped a mix of images on watercolour paper using Archival Jet Black ink, I picked stamps that had to do with nature, play and learning. I was planning to first paint all the images with masking fluid, but forgot to do it before I started to paint. I wanted a soft wet-on-wet look in how the paints mixed on the layout, but to get that you need to work fast and there was no way I would be able to work so fast around all the stamped images. I painted the images with masking fluid, let it dry, then rewet the whole sheet and added paint on the remaining parts. All the paints were mixed beforehand to fit the colour combo. I didn't get the nice blending that I wanted to have -compare the bottom part of the layout where the paint flowed together, to the harsher lines at the top.

When the paint was dry, I removed the masking fluid and painted all the stamped images in the colours of the colour combo. The heart was doodled with a waterproof pen.

After the paint dried, I added some shading to the images with a black coloured pencil. Then I added some Platinum Stickles here and there for a bit of shine and it fitted with the whimsical feeling of the layout.

A piece of old dictionary paper was glued to white mat board and then the little globe was cut from that. I inked it with Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass and Scattered Straw, using a craft nib for the small spaces.

The light bulb was stamped on modeling film with Stazon ink and the title was stamped inside it. When the ink was dry, I heated the film with my heat gun and shaped it a bit. Modeling film keeps its shape when it cools down. The ruler was stamped three times on manila cardstock and inked with Scattered Straw.
I love the yellow and blue flying cow and the fun little wagon.I matted the watercolour cardstock on white cardstock and stitched a frame with my sewing machine.

The journaling is typed on a tag tucked behind the photo. It reads: 'There are so many fun and interesting things that you will learn in life. Every day something new. Hardly any place is better for that than among grass and flowers on a beautiful summer's day. You can learn lots of things in books (and not only in schoolbooks), but so much more is to learn from nature, in play, in the world and the everyday.'

Love this Birch leaf from the new Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous Mini Blueprints.

Thank you for visiting!


Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Blueprints; Stamper's Anonymous Folded Paper Background; Artistic Outpost Playtime; TJ Designs Vintage School Days; Odd Bird Planet bird stamps; Beeswax branch and owl stamp; Oxford Impressions star stamps; InkyWings swirl stamps; Graphic 45 Typewriter letters
Dies: Sizzix Vintage Fan & Globe set, Tag & Tie
Ink: Archival Ink Jet Black; Distress Ink: Shabby Shutters, Scattered Straw, Tumbled Glass
Stickles: Platinum
Paint: Daler & Rowney watercolours
Surfaces: Stamper's Anonymous clear modeling film; Sizzix Little Sizzles mat board; Ranger manila cardstock; Daler & Rowney watercolour cardstock


  1. Wow! This is great! You have done some wonderful projects lately! I have enjoyed looking at all of them.

  2. Wonderful layout framing a great photograph... love the globe, rulers and lightbulb, and of course your beautiful watercolour background!
    Alison x


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