purple layout

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

March Stamp of the Month Project Tutorial 2

This part of the tutorial will be about the home made pattern paper! This is one of my favorite things to do especially with a stamp set like this. The color combinations are endless!

A quick note: When I make my own pattern paper I typically use Daisy White or Colonial White cardstock as my base; on special occasions I will use Kraft or Tan. I want the true color of the ink to stand out the most and depending on what tones of ink I am using will also depend on the paper. Example, if I am using soft or bright colors (like the purple and yellow roses for the layout) I will use the Daisy White. If I am using warmer, more neutral earthy tones like a Brick Red or Olive I use the Colonial White because the Daisy White can be a little overpowering against those tones.

Here it is! I love the way it came out and I still have a 1x12 in strip of the pattern paper left! The set holds 6 photos and has coordinating lattice panels. A tutorial on the lattice panels will be coming right after this if anyone is interested in making them. I chose 2 layouts from the Reflections Scarpbooking Program book. They are slightly altered to accommodate to only having one sheet of pattern paper.

Lets get started. Here is what I used to complete the layout with the brands if known:
2 12x12 sheets of Daisy White Cardstock-CTMH
1 12x12 sheet of Kraft Cardstock-Recollections
1 12x12 sheet of Light Purple Cardstock-unknown
1 12x12 sheet of Light Yellow cardstock-unknown
Amethyst Exclusive Ink Pad-CTMH
Gypsy Exclusive Ink Pad-CTMH
Sunkiss Yellow Exclusive Ink Pad-CTMH
Buttercup Exclusive Ink Pad-CTMH
Gargden Green Exclusive Ink Pad-CTMH
New Englad Ivy Exclusive Ink Pad-CTMH
Acrylic Blocks-CTMH
Tombo tape runner
Foam Squares-Recollections
Paper trimmer
Detail Scissors
Stamp Scrubber and Spray-CTMH
Reflections Scrapbooking Program Book-CTMH

Here we go. First set your work station up.

1. Starting with your lightes color, stamp your base image. I stamp all of my base images first, then move on to the layering stamp. Clean your stamp after each color and place it back on the storage sheet.

I usually set my first stamp in the top left corner. I don't know why, It just feels comfortable.
Then I move on to place 5 images like a die (offset, uneven die)
Next I add the second (and third) colors.
Now start filling in white spaces with your medium rose base. Stop when you feel there are enough. You can always add more but you cant erase them.
Here is the first round of stamping. I have used all 3 sizes of rose bases. I leave the leaves for last.
Let some of the images overlap a bit. This will give your pattern paper a more natural feel.
2. Now stamp your layer stamp with the darker color. Clean your stamps after each color and place it back on the storage sheet.
This is where I stopped. Stand back from your page every now and then and just look at it. See if a space catches your eye and then ask why. Does it need another rose bud? Or a leaf??? Try to keep in mind though, less is more. You want some of the natural white to show to help the colors pop and stand out.
And your done! You can do this with ANY stamp set! I cant wait to see what you all do with it. Sharing is strongly encouraged!
 Left side close up. Reflections Scrapbooking Program Pg 89 Master Pattern. I followed the pattern exactly.
Right side close up. Reflections Scrapbooking Program Pg 78 Master Pattern. I altered the pattern. Instead of using the pattern paper as my base, I cut the top and bottom strips at 2.5x12in and added 1/2x12in strips of Kraft underneath them.
 Please feel free to leave comments or link your projects! I would love to see what you all do. Always remember to have fun Crafters. Talk to you all soon!

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