Hello Friends. Welcome in New Year. Today I want to share with you my first page created in 2021. I was assigned to my favorite “Throwback Thursday” theme, where we revisit older CVS collections. You know I love doing that. It feels so good to put older stuff into good use (and make some room for the new one 🙂 ). This time I was inspired by the photo of my daughter taking bath. She reminded me of little mermaid (minus ginger hair) so my thoughts wandered in this direction. Happy memories deserve happy colors so I added some rainbow too. It resulted in colorful project with mixed media background.

I started with white sheet of paper and scales stencil. I picked 6 colors of Distress Oxide Inks and blended them through the stencil in rainbow order using brushes. They help you create very soft look. Next step was to add photo and composition around it. There is one collection that matches such a colorful background perfectly. It’s called “Happiness” and I already made many rainbow projects using it.

I reached into my ephemera leftovers (I managed to use up almost 3!!! packages) and picked few flowers and tabs and placed them around the photo. I also found this cardboard frame from much older “Wild at heart” line and decorated picture with it. Using my dies and die cutting machine I cut out three rows of “waves” from paper called “Good vibes“. I also cut out two sizes of circles from the same paper. They were meant to look like air bubbles under the water.

I love using white cardstock as a base and alter it with some mixed media. Applying inks over the stencil is so easy and fun and final results are just stunning. For more “underwater” effect I could only focus on shades of blue but I couldn’t help myself to add magical rainbow. Scales pattern was inspired by the mermaid tale but you can also use circles that will “pretend” air bubbles. If you don’t have matching stencil, but you are a proud owner of digital die cutting machine, you can cut temporary stencil using the machine.

My title is a mix of foiled alpha stickers and white stickers from CVS “Colour me happy” line. It’s white with matte finish so you can color it any way you want. I also have a die of mermaid tale and I cut it using silver cardstock to add it to design. My daughter Maja loves all things shiny and fairytale so she will for sure approve it. Adding small hearts fussy cut from “Little things” paper was my final touch to this page.

I hope this rainbow page will be first one of many happy designs this year. Thank you so much for stopping by and see you in two weeks.

XO Anna

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