Embellish Your Christmas Scrap Page With Glittering Stamped Images.
A Christmas Scrap Page is a wonderful way to preserve those special memories each year.
This year was my grandson's very first Christmas, and therefore a time to be remembered by us all, so I thought I'd share another technique with you, and perhaps you can use the ideas on your own Scrap Page.
You can choose the same or a similar layout, change the size and number of photos, and even substitute different stamps - Scrapping is so personal, so make it what you want!
Let's start with a photo of the page, and a list of the Stampin' Up Products that I used.
Stamps - Season of Joy - Spring Mini Catalogue
Inks - Real Red, Glorious Green.
Card Stock - Whisper White (this is the very best card stock to stamp on as it it so smooth and you can be sure the images will be sharp.
Accessories - 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Rhinestone Brad - Fire, Dimensionals, Wide Grosgrain Ribbon - Red, Paper Snips and Snail Adhesive.
Patterned Papers - found in my old Stampin' Up! stash.
I have to admit this turned out quite differently to the way I originally envisioned the finished Scrap Page. As I've mentioned on other web pages, I find the "squinting" technique to be very helpful when trying to balance a composition - this time the more I squinted the more I moved away from my original concept! However I'm happy with the final result and hope it provides some inspiration for you.
Making The Stamped Embellishments
This really is a very easy technique - you simply choose 2 ink colours for a bit of variety on your scrap page, and stamp the trees and poinsettia flowers onto Whisper White card stock. They will dry instantly if you use Stampin Up Classic Ink, and you can be sure the inks will co-ordinate with Stampin Up patterned papers.
If you struggle to get a nice even coverage of ink onto the stamps you can try firmly pressing the stamp into the ink pad, squish it a little - moving the stamp a little - then tap it onto the pad to even out the ink coverage. If that still doesn't work for you and you are NOT using Stampin' Up Whisper White or Very Vanilla card stock - give them a try. They are the smoothest card that I know of and are perfect for stamping solid images.
Next I like to cut the images out before adding the glue and glitter, as it just seems easier and neater that way. You'll see in the detail shot that I've left a narrow white border around each of the images. This is optional and can be as wide or narrow as your layout design dictates.
Take your 2 way glue pen, and lightly follow the white designs on the tree stamps. (HINT: use the edge of the tip of the pen so that the glue line is finer.) Sprinkle with the dazzling diamonds glitter and set aside for a couple of minutes to dry. Repeat the process with the Poinsettias.
Create layers by slightly overlapping the tree and flower images, raising some up on dimensionals. Notice how I've used the tops of the trees and the stars to hold the base of the vellum in place. This not only saves you having to find glue that wont show up under vellum, it helps to bring the elements of the page together. I've used a little torn paper with Dazzling Diamonds as a "topper" to the vellum, and love the way that the white spots on the background are seen in varying degrees of sharpness when overlaid by the semi transparent vellum.
I used some vibrant Red 1.6cm wide Grosgrain ribbon to tie the bottom of the Scrap page together and to create a base for the design. The "Joy" is a Rub On (also from Stampin' Up!), and is easily applied to the ribbon by following the instructions in the pack.
Once you have all your elements and embellishments complete, arrange them on the page and squint to see if it "balances". If not try rearranging, adding or taking elements away. Also try different numbers in the groupings- maybe 4 trees would fit in your design better, or 2 Poinsettias at the top of the vellum. As I said earlier it doesn't matter as long as you are happy with your page.
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