Hi scrappers! Danni here with another layout for you using the incredible Unforgettable collection. For this layout I gave in to my love of fussy cutting and mixed media – the butterflies were calling to me! I started with white cardstock primed with gesso and used a combination of pink and purple watercolours to create a swirled pattern. I included some shimmery paints and some gold spray ink to add some extra prettiness. I decided on a circle shape for my photo to continue with the shape of the watercolour on the page.
Next, I went to town with my fussy cutting scissors and cut up a storm! I fussy cut a bunch of the butterflies from both the 6×8 and 12×12 Lacewing papers and the large floral clusters and tiny flowers from 12×12 Glorious paper. I bent the butterflies in the centre to create dimension and glued them down in clusters around the watercolour swirl, making sure to just add glue to the centre and keep those wings popped up. They look like they could fly up off the page any second! I sprinkled the teeny tiny flowers in amongst the butterflies – they are so sweet.
I glued my fussy-cut florals in two main clusters either side of my photo, overlapping them to keep it looking natural and add lots of lovely layers. I finished off my floral clusters with some of the branches and flowers from the clear stickers to fill in any gaps. The clear stickers are great for this! The beautiful berry-coloured enamel dots were the perfect touch to round out my floral clusters.
For my title, of course I couldn’t go past the foam title words, but this time I decided to colour them. I used a mint acrylic paint for the base colour, then dry brushed over the top with dusty mauve to tie it in with the florals. I love how this turned out! The titles took the paint with no problems and look amazing.
The edges were looking a little plain and unfinished so I tore the page edges in three places, distressed them and layered the tiny floral pattern from the 6×8 paper pack behind so you can see the pattern peeking out. This is one of my favourite techniques to do on a white background layout.
For the final finishing touch, I added some glass bead gel on top of the watercolour swirl between the butterflies and around my photo. It dries clear and leaves a lovely subtle sparkle, especially on top of watercolour. It’s so much fun to play with different mediums and see the different effects you can achieve.
I hope you love this layout as much as I do! Thank you so much for joining me today, happy scrapping!