Having successfully completed one creative stamping layout, I am ready to tackle a more ambitious one. Instead of going with my usual pattern paper background I will attempt to create my own stamped background. The linen colour ink and grey cardstock in this month's Citrus Twist Main Kit are my starting points for this project.
I ink up some fine mesh wire screen and stamp in a stepped pattern across the cardstock. Next I gather all the Citrus Twist exclusive word stamps on an acrylic block and roughly apply it on top of the grid pattern. The result is that of an uneven texture with none of the words being visible to distract the viewer.
With the background in place I turn to the main design which is based on this sketch by French designer Maska. It comprises two embellished clusters : one around the photo, the other around the journaling. To link these two elements together I use Wycinanka chipboard film strips.
To soften the layout I use embroidery floss to stitch two semi-circles and then put some white gauze around each slide frame. The last step is to apply splatter paint effect to tie everything together. A shakey hand means there is a bit more black than I would like on this tag but I am OK with it. Playing with ink, mist and paint should look a little messy.
Citrus Twist June Kit : Studio Calico (Atlantic Plymouth, Sundrifter Die-Cut Shapes), Crate Paper The Pier (Slide Frames, Splash), Basic Grey Basics Candy Buttons, Sticker Stop Washi Tape, Prima Pastel Brown Chalk Ink, Citrus Twist Exclusive Stamp, white gauze, grey cardstock,
Others : Wycinanka chipboard words & film strip, buttons, embroidery floss