Hey, Bella fans! I’m so excited to be one of the Video Contributors for Bella Blvd this year! I love filming my process, and I hope you will enjoy watching as I create fun layouts throughout this term. If you’ve seen any of my work, then you know I loved using mixed media products on my layouts. I love getting a bit messy, and I think that products like watercolors, acrylics and gelatos can enhance the beauty of the papers and embellishments you’re working with. I also love incorporating die cuts onto my projects. For my layout today, I combine both of these techniques. I used papers from the Illustrated Faith She Blooms collection to back the open spots of these pretty die cut flowers. I used white gesso and some spray inks to create the watercolor look on my background. This was especially fun to do on this orange cardstock! I think it really brings out the gorgeous colors of the Bella papers.
Here is a good close-up of one of the flowers. Backing a die cut with lots of papers like this is a great way to get lots of color & pattern on your page in small doses. If you were to use all of these pieces in bigger pieces, your layout might get a little too busy. Once my flowers were all backed, I arranged them on my background and added pop dots to raise them up. The dimension really makes a big difference. You can also see some of the background work here - the pink turned out really pretty against the orange cardstock.
Another fun thing about using mixed media on your background is that it creates a nice layered look. Here you can see the pink underneath that red flower and then the blue “love” chipboard on top of that. It’s a really neat effect. I love the Bella chipboard! I used some blue spray ink and a gelato to color this piece. I made it part of my title and combined it with some of the Tiny Text alphas. I tend to use a lot of colored thread on my pages, too. This is a great (and cheap) way to add pops of color and texture to your pages.
Here’s a nice close-up of the background work. You can see how the white gesso sort of fades away some of the color. You can make this a lot darker if you wanted to by just adding more paint or spray ink. It all depends on the look you want. I love this faded look; you can see different shades of the same pink color. There really is no wrong way to do this type of technique. I also added in some scattered enamel dots here and there, and I fussy cut some of those gorgeous flowers from the She Blooms paper.
Here’s one more close-up of the other flower. How gorgeous are these colors?! I seriously can’t get enough of them. I love seeing them all together like this. These colors would look amazing on any coordinating cardstock, or even white!
Here’s the process video for this layout. I hope you all enjoy my first video for Bella. It was really fun to create this layout and the video. Thanks so much for watching, and I hope you gain lots of inspiration!
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