spring layout (in hopes of spring)

hello all! I hope you have had a great Friday!
Yesterday, I was kinda in a down mood.... I was stress about several things, and to make everything worse, I woke up to a thin layer of snow covering everything and more falling from the sky. It's almost MAY for goodness sake! I want spring!!! While in this not-so-great mood, I braved the snow and walked down to the mailbox, and what should I find??? A box of happy glittering yumminess! So my library of Creative Inspirations paint has grown, and I am so loving it! If you don't know what these little jars of amazement are, check out here and here.
*sigh* Aren't they just gorgeous colors?!!!
Now onto today's project. I was given a Gypsy for my birthday *squeal*, and have been loving it!!!
Paper: Bazzill, Coredinations, My Minds eye, cheap white cardstock
Stamps: SEI "Mimosa"
Fancy Pants "Pollen Dust", "From the Garden", "Fresh Mod"
Ink: Distress, Powder Puff, Designer Ink, VersaMark, Staz-on, Archival, acrylic paint
Cricut: Gypsy Wandering, Preserves
Cuttlebug: Swiss Dots
CI paint: Winter Frost, Tutu Pink
Other: Perfect Pearl w/water, Clear Embossing Powder
The flower was cut out of plain white cardstock, inked around the edges with dye ink, then covered with Tutu Pink CI. By using dye ink, and working quickly, the waterbase paint blends the color of the ink out and into paint giving some soft beautiful effects.
For the grass, I cut strips of paper in different widths with shaped scissors, then inked with distress ink. On the bottom layer, I stamped an image with VersaMark and embossed with clear embossing powder. This acts as a resist, so when I covered the piece with distress ink, it let the original color of the paper show through. Cool, huh?
My very fave. Cuttlebug folder... Swiss Dots. It seriously works for everything!
The sun was stamped with acrylic paint. It gives a different feel than stamping with ink. Simply pounce some paint on the stamp in a thin layer (I use a make up sponge) then stamp like normal. *wash stamp IMMEDIATELY* If you put too much paint on your stamp, you will lose detail in your stamp, but I think it looks kinda cool that way. You also need to work fast. The paint dries quickly when in thin layers.

As I have been typing, my dinner has been sitting untouched on the table... I think I will go eat now. Have a fabulous weekend everyone!


kim.mom said…
GORGEOUS LO!! Love all the details!
ownhomedog said…
very pretty page ~ love the acrylic paint technique!
Shelly Schmidt said…
Beautiful project- love the layout and shimmery flowers! And, lucky you- enjoy the Gypsy!
Anonymous said…
absolutely fantastic LO!