All the papers are from the We R Memory Keepers 'White Out' collection. They are a great line of double sided papers so that of course doubled the pattern choices!! :) I picked them up at Michael's just before Christmas.
I have been wanting to try painting on a layout, but after two very failed attempts at painting swirls with a brush freehand I decided it just isn't for me! Then I saw a tutorial on stamping on layouts with acrylic paint to give it a thicker look. The letters 'sister' and 'brother' are from a stamp set I bought clearanced out at Walmart months ago.
I think the key to this technique is spreading the acrylic paint out thin on a paper plate. If you gooped it up too thickly, the detail on the stamp was lost. Also, they are pretty big letters (but so fun right?) they held up to acrylic paint better than a smaller stamp did.