Saturday, February 25, 2017

LOVE - Cork ATC Tutorial by Dana

Hi! I'm sharing a set of artist trading cards I created for Scraps of Darkness using the February "Our Story" Kit. My favorite element from the Creativity Add-On is the cork sheet. I used cork for the base of my cards and then added stamping, both with ink and a hot tool, foil rub-ons, Distress Marker coloring, and acrylic paint. This versatile material took all these mediums well and adds a really fun texture to my cards.

If you haven't tried incorporating cork into your artwork it is really fun to work with! I hope you enjoy the video tutorial I have prepared.


Scraps of Darkness February 2017 "Our Story" Main Kit

Prima 3x4" Love Clippings Journaling Notecards

Ruby Rock-It Bella! Champagne Bubbles Clear Stamp

Kaisercraft Chipboard Alphabet #1

Scraps of Darkness February 2017 "Our Story" Floral Add-On

49 and Market Vintage Shades Yellow Blossoms

Scraps of Darkness February 2017 "Our Story" Color Add-On

Prima Chocolat Color Philosophy Stackable Magnetic Ink Pad

Art-C Metallic Antique Copper Heavy Body Acrylic Paint Tube

Scraps of Darkness February 2017 "Our Story" Creativity Add-On

Kaisercraft 12x12" Cork Sheet

Prima Love Clippings 6x6" Collection Kit

Dina Wakley Meda Blushing Heavy Body Acrylic Paint

Blue Fern Studios Garnet Embossing Powder

Scraps of Darkness February 2017 "Our Story" Elements Add-On

BoBunny Copper Accents Foil Transfers Rub-Ons

Blue Fern Studios Charred Bricks Glitter

Tim Holtz Festive Berries Distress Marker

Other Supplies and Tools: Walnut Hollow HotMarks Tool, Hot Glue Gun, Heat Tool, Paper Trimmer, Scissors, Craft Mat, Paintbrush, Tweezers, Liquid Glue, Watermark Ink

If you don't have a Scraps of Darkness subscription, the extra kits aregoing fast. You can pick up yours, and find out more about the club, at We'd love to see your take on this kit. Share your work with us in the Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance Mixed Media Scrapbooking Community on Facebook


Friday, February 24, 2017

Two amazing layouts from Kathy!

My dear friends, Kathy here!!!  I truly hope this week has been a good one.  We have had several minor snowfalls, just enough to make it wonderful!  Today I am sharing my last layout using the Scraps of Darkness (SOD) January kit "Botanique".

This layout features Cameron, my 2nd grandson, with his bag of raspberries that he picked in his hand.  He is standing at the front door of his house with all of his Momma's plants surrounding him. So let's get started!!

I started with 3 layout mats, the top is from Simple Stories.  I gessoed where I wanted the picture and embellishments.  Then I used modeling paste through a stencil to create some texture.  I applied joint tape in various places for more texture.  I used a combination of inks and mists to color the background (silver grey, yellow, green).  I applied black splatters.

Next I created the photo mats and used various papers from the Graphic 45 collection.  I ripped some cardboard to use in the middle.  I created a circle out of green wrapped wire to apply around the photo.  I fussy cut various ferns to frame the photo and cascade along the left side.  I applied some bronze micro beads to simulate spores on the plants. 

At the bottom of the photo I cut some tags and used Graphic 45 die cuts and chipboard to create a collage.  I also used the yellow daisy from the Main Kit.  I fussy cut butterflies from various papers in the kit.  I tucked in some little blue flowers from a previous Scraps Of Darkness kit. 

I used a small chain circle chipboard from my stash and heat embossed some green glitter embossing powder from a previous Scraps Of Darkness kit. 

The title chipboard is from my stash.  I paint it black with acrylic paint from another SOD kit. 
This was an easy layout, but took a lot of time to create the little details. 

Would you believe that me and the Hubby 35 years ago?  Gosh we look young.

I used a GORGEOUS Blue Fern Studio paper from the Main Kit for my background.  On the other side are 4 printed mat images, which I used to mat my photo.  I started with a brown cardstock for the main mat and added some lace from my stash and inserted pearls from my stash.

I added more lace and pearls along the sides of the photo, from a previous Scraps Of Darkness kit.  I waited to add the lace on the bottom under the flowers until I had the placement of the flowers the way I wanted them.

The rest was so easy.  At the bottom of the photo I went wild with the luscious Market 49 salmon and gold flowers included in the Main Kit and Floral Add On.  I tucked in some flowers from previous kits.  Then I adhered the yummy lace at the bottom of the flower cluster.

At the top of the photo I created another flower cluster using more Market 49 flowers and other goodies from my stash.  I tucked in the gold flourishes (also from my stash).

Usually you would add the color to the background paper first, but I waited till the end so that I could get it just right.  I used Tim Holtz's Distress Ink "Tea Dye".  It sure came out gold.  And, last I added little sentiments and hearts tucked into the bottom of the photo.

That's all for me!  Have a great weekend!

Big Alaska Bear Hugs!!!


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Kerstin's beautiful heritage layout

Hello everyone!
Kerstin here....

I decided to make a vintage layout with 'Our Story February Kit'.
It's a wonderful memory on my childhood  at the tender age of 3 years with my grandparents, who are died far too early. 
They always took me to her garden in a little wooden handcart, 
where I was able to observe all the little nature things, florets, bugs, ants and butterflies.

I used a paper from the wonderful Blue Fern Studios' Memoirs collection as background.
 The colors were perfect for my vintage layout. 
They work with the milk chocolate powder from Lindy's stamp gang was really 'Magical' unexpected color effects occur, fascinating!!
Main Kit

Floral Add On


some details


 I used the Magical powder also for gauze

 wonderful flowers from the Floral Add On, 
flowers, leaves and the suitable butterfly are from 49 Market
I love this smart color

 background effects with ink splatters 

two chipboard hearts with embossing pearl powder

You can find our kits to purchase here,
and we have also a very inspiring  Facebook group here,
where we love to see everyone's work with our kits.

Thanks for your visit!
Happy crafting!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Mixed media layout tutorial by Annie

Good morning!
How often do you make a layout that is really special and that you love?
Annie created this amazing layout that she really loves using the Scraps Of Elegance 'Be Mine' kit and she did a step by step tutorial with photos!

First she mixed Gesso with water for the background and added Heavy Gesso with a stencil.

In the kit there are these white Papermania heart tags that she used as a stencil to cut out hearts from a paper from the kit (Blue Fern), and she added some Distress ink from a past kit.

She added Turquoise spray....

She mixed green paint with water, then added splashes of the 2 colors.

She did some stamping, one with Black Ink and the other one with White Gesso, then started to add embellishments.

She thought it would be interesting to add touches of contrasting colors, but just a little bit, and she likes the result.

Her second layout is so sweet and lovely.....

And here are her amazing details.....

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sandi's Amazing Canvas

Hello, hello! 

It's time to share DT project #4 created with my January Be Mine Kit from Scraps of Elegance.
Since I have already done 3 layouts, I decided to go with a canvas board which was included in the add-on Creativity Kit. 

My photo is another "wind shot" from our NYC girl's trip in December. I loved this display of shoes and handbags in black, red, gold and rhinestones.  My finished canvas will be perfect for setting on my display shelf to keep those fun memories alive. I've used the Main Kit, Creativity Kit, Flower add-on, the Elements Add-on and the Color add-on. 

I had fun preparing my background with mists and stamps from my stash along with a stencil and the CM Iridescent Creative Medium from the Creativity Kit. From that same Kit, I've use the Prills for texture and sacrificed a Love mask to use as my title. It was painted with the Art Alchemy paint in the Color add-on. 

I created layers with a few of the papers from the Main Kit (Blue Fern Studios Heartland Sweet on You, Red Rose Ball, Love Notes and XOXO) along with a simple white paper doily. I fussy cut the large floral heart from the Sweet on You paper and used it to add paper florals to my page. Of course, I added lots of flowers from the Main Kit and from the Floral Add-on. Here you can see those Prills and also the Kaisecraft rhinestones from the Elements add-on. I also loved included the metal X and O paper clips from the Elements add-on. 

You can see that I strategically cut the "hem" from the BFS Heartland Red Rose Ball paper to add as a focal layer under my photo. I enhanced it with lace from the Main Kit and other elements as already noted. I've also added kaisercraft ephemera from the Elements add-on. 

I used one of the white paper hearts in the Main Kit. I stamped it in black but it looks gray here. I tucked in under the black "happy" heart. 

More of the printed heart and some of the embellishments added to the upper right, including another one of the red rhinestone hearts and more gold clips. 
Note the texture paste here which created texture but also worked as a reverse resist and pulled colors from the background. 

More fussy cutting for the bottom of the canvas … which I kept fairly simple. 
Some splattered paint and gold mist rounded off my canvas. 

Fun close-ups! 

Truly love those Prills from the Creativity Kit. 

So, that's all from the Janaury Scraps of Elegance Kit. The Main Kit is sold out but there are still some add-ons available when I checked last. Please visit The SOD/SOE Store to see what is still available! 
You can also see everything that is in the already introduced February Kit! 
Although I still have tons left from my January Kit, it's time to move on to the next Kit! 

Thanks for coming by! 
~ Sandi