Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Kathy's Mixed media and grunge layouts!

Grungy Goodness

Welcome to the Scraps of Darkness Blog!!!
I'm Kathy Mosher and am sharing another fun layout (lo) using the&nbsp March Kit "Boys Will Be Boys" I am featuring my son Patrick in this lo, isn't he a handsome young man??

I wanted to create a masculine, Clean and Simple (CAS), layout with the focus on texture and not embellishments and since I made the layout for him, and that's what he likes!!!  The "Chesterville" papers from Blue Fern Studios (BFS) that come in the Main Kit are just the ticket for this type of layout.  I used 2 sheets for the background and added some leftover pieces from from Kaisercraft's "Junkyard" collection in a previous kit.  This rust color is Pat's favorite.  I used black modeling paste and a stencil from Dylusions to create a cool textured arrangement around the photo.  Using black on a background can be a little scary, it doesn't come off very well if you don't like it.  I did some paint splatters in black and Prima's "Gilded" Bloom spray.  

I got a new honeycomb die from Memory Box that I thought would work really well to add more texture.  I used the Bo Bunny paper in the Coordinating Paper Add On.  It gives just enough color.  Love that die, and think I will probably be using it more on future layouts.

Pat is a Mechanical Engineer, so the chipboard gears and cogs are the perfect embellishment.  I have been to trying different ways to create a rusted effect, so I used the Rust Paste from Prima.  Wow!!  So cool!!!  I used it on all the chipboard, which came in previous kits, as well as my stash.  

All of the sentiments, but the title, are diecuts from previous kits that I have been saving for the perfect layout.  That's the beauty of subscribing to our kits, you always have lots of leftovers to use on future projects.  You should see my stash of goodies!

Finally, I used chipboard for my title.  I embossed it with white powder to add a finishing touch.  

Even though there are no flowers or many layers, I like this layout focused on texture.  To me, it symbolizes all the variations of life! 

This is my son, Patrick at the top of the mountain.  He is a member of the National Ski Patrol on Mt. Alyeska, so he is out saving people when they crash and burn.  In this photo he is in the "ski shack", which I understand is about ready to fall down the mountain it is so rickety.  

Once again I wanted the layout to be about texture, not embellishments.  I started by using the Blue Fern Studios "Chesterfield" papers for the background.  I stenciled, stamped, and splattered lots around the page.  

The best part about being a Scraps of Darkness kit club member is that you accumulate lots of leftovers that can be used for other kits.  That's what I did for this layout.  With the exception of the chipboard, all the sentiments, papers, tags, etc., are from older kits.  It's so much fun to use up your scraps.  

The corrugated colored cardboard that is running across the middle I purchased at least 8 years ago.  I fussy cut the zig-zag paper to emulate mountains.  I used my favorite new die from Memory Box along the top to add texture.  

I used Lindy's Ink to paint the triangle chipboard (from my stash).  I wanted them to look like mountains.  I used little wooden triangles to break up the color and texture.  

The chipboard title on the photo came from my stash.  And, to add frosting to the cake, I added cheesecloth around the top and bottom of the photo to look like clouds and snow.  

I thought you would like to see a photo showing all the layers from the side.  

Tip of the Day:  If you cut your cheesecloth on the bias (sideways, not straight across the grain) it will fray more and give you a wonderful stringy look.  

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope to see you real soon!


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