Friday, May 17

SYS: Selfies (and a tutorial)

Hey everyone.  Sorry I'm behind on today's posts...  my littlest fell on the playground at preschool last month and broke her nose and this morning she had a checkup to see how healing is going.  A checkup that I only remembered 30 minutes before it was scheduled...and we live 20minutes away...and we were still in PJs.  Whoops!!!!  So I didn't have time to get all my posts finalized in the race out of door.  On the bright side, however...healing is going BEAUTIFULLY!  ♥

Thanks for the patience.  The layout below is all My Mind's Eye papers and embellies, with the exception of the buttons which were Studio G and the blue letters that are Thickers.  It is my DT project for this week's stamping challenge at Scrap Your Story.  I've done this stamping technique a few times and had comments on how I got it done so below I'll share.  I also followed along with S.W.A.T. Drill #7 by following the top row of the bingo board stamping, doodling and 3 buttons.  My doodling (there are hearts doodled along the top, the right, and the top corner as well as inside of a few hexagons with a white gel pen) goes along with this week's Paper Girls challenge as well.

Now for the promised how-to.  You will notice in several of my recent layouts I had a thick white stamped pattern on the background.  Such as these:

Well on my layout this week there is a hexagon stamped with the same technique on some of the patterned paper squares.  How did I do it?  Easy peasy.....  Start with these supplies: 
acrylic paint
foam brush
embossing folder

I like to add glitter in the paint sometimes.  Doesn't show up well in photos, but in person it's a subtle, but awesome touch.  I also like to use paper plates to spread the paint out on if I am adding glitter.  If I'm not, then you can just put a dab directly on the foam brush.  Then you sponge (dab not wipe) the paint onto the embossing folder of your choice.  Just one side.  Keep in mind that whether you choose the embossed or debossed side will decide if you get the outline of the pattern or the solid shape of the pattern.  After dabbing it on, you can turn it over and use it to stamp your pattern on.  If you sponge it on thicker in some places and try to be a little sloppy with your edges it will only add to the distressed look...which I totally dig.  And no worries...if you wash your folder under the faucet in warm dish-soapy comes perfectly clean.  If you leave it for more than half and hour you may need to scrub a little, but if you hop up as soon as you are literally just rinsing right away...even in the little crevices.  :)

If you give it a try, shoot me a link in the comments...I'd love to come see!!!!  :) :) :) 

Thanks for visiting!


  1. Great layout Christy and I love the thick stamping. I love my hex stencil and have also used glitter in it... I also love to put in interference powders. They are all white but have a coloured glimmer to them which is so subtle and so awesome works really well with gel medium which then dries clear.

  2. Super cute layout! Great job with the challenge! Thank you for joining us at S.W.A.T.!

  3. Those hearts are a sweet touch! Perfect for the doodling challenge. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Girls Challenge!

  4. Love your tutorial. I added glitter to a painted back ground recently and loved it too. You're right though, it doesn't photograph well - oh well, at least we know it's there, right?! :)
    Love your grid design - very tic-tac-toe!! LOL! Thanks for joining in on the fun at SWAT!

  5. Thanks for the tutorial! I definitely have to try this with glitter :) I think your page is awesome! It's fun seeing a page about you! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, girl.

  6. This is so darling!!! :) Thanks for playing along with SWAT!

  7. Cute pages. That's horrible that your little girl broke her nose. Hope she's feeling better.

  8. Such a pretty LO!! Great tips! Thank you so much for playing along with us at S.W.A.T!

  9. Love your layout with the squares and all your added embellishments. Found you on the SWAT page link up. I am your new follower via GFC. Love connecting with other scrappers. Stop by and say hi.

  10. Very cute page! Thanks for the tutorial...I am always horrible about sharing my techniques on my blog. Thanks for playing along with us at SWAT!

  11. Such a great technique, Christy! TFS! LOVE the bright colors on that gorgeous, woodgrain background! And so, so glad to hear your sweet Allie is doing okay. Big hugs!

  12. Great subject for a layout, good for you for scrapping yourself!! Thanks for joining our S.W.A.T. tic-tac-toe challenge!


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