Wildflower & Honey Part 2 | Caroline Aston

Hello Magpies, this month I have had so much fun working with the fab Wildflower and Honey collection from Vicki Boutin and her mixed media products. Today I have two more 12×12” layouts to share with you. 

Exploring Liverpool

For my first layout today, I printed out four square photos at roughly 2.5”. Matting them onto black card to create a vertical photo strip. I then used the B sides of three of the patterned papers to layer behind the photo strip. Choosing to use the Sweet Honey, Happy Spirit and Full Bloom papers for this.

I selected a piece of Foundations Mixed Media Paper as my background, as I knew I wanted to add some mixed media behind the photo strip. Picking out the colours from the photo mat. I started by applying some dry art crayon with a stencil brush through the honeycomb stencil from the Icons Stencil Set. Next, I used the stencil brush again to add some Gold Glaze through the same stencil. Giving a lovely shine to the page. I finished my background off by using the honeycomb stamp from the Stamps and Die Set with a burgundy ink to match the paper in the photo mat.

For my title I used an outline alphabet stamp set. Positioning it to the bottom right of my photos, also stamping the date underneath. I used the Dry Powder Paint Pigments mixed with some water and Iridescent Glaze, to add some colour and shimmer to the title.

To finish the page, I added some Ephemera Die Cuts and stickers from the Sticker Book. As well as my journaling below the title.

Oh So Sweet

I started my second layout by using the packaging technique with the pigment powders and iridescent glaze to create a watercoloured background. Which I then used to die cut out a number of circles in three different sizes. 

Next, I decorated each one of these circles further, using a few different techniques. To decorate the majority of the circles I used stamps from the stamp set with black and gold ink. Then I used the flower stencil and applied some gold glaze with a palette knife to give some of the circles some texture and shine.

I used the same technique with the word stencil, to form part of my title. Masking off the word I wanted on the stencil before applying the glaze. To complete my title, I added some Thickers from the Slice of Life collection and a wood veneer heart.

For the final three circles, I cut out some of the butterflies from the Foiled Vellum Speciality Paper. Adhering them with a clear glue, along the centre so that the wings would stand up from the page. I then finished off each circle by adding a doodled border around the edge.

I picked two 3×4” photos of Bella for this page. Which, I matted onto a piece of patterned paper from the 6×8” Paper Pad and then onto black card. For my background I picked the B-side of the Mingle paper. Trimming it slightly to give it a black border to match the photos.

Building up my page, I chose to position my photos in the bottom left corner with a journaling card from the Frames & Journaling Ephemera Die Cuts pack and a word banner. Next I placed the circles around the page, trying to distribute the different sizes and designs evenly. To add a bit more texture I added a few pieces of natural twine and three colours of Nuvo Drops around a few of the circles. Finishing them off with some more doodled borders.

Thank you for taking the time to join me today. You can find Vicki Boutin’s Wildflower and Honey collection in the shop here and her mixed media products here.

I’ll be back again next month, with another gorgeous collection. So until then, Happy Scrapping!! 

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