I get these ideas sometimes… they come from seemingly nowhere and won’t leave me until I’ve made it into a tangible project. This latest idea was to create a watercolour wild meadow with dandelion cut files on top. I searched all the usual places and even asked my favourite designer if she had anything. She had one but it wasn’t what was in my head!
So I doodled my own, took a photo and made it into a cut file. It is not perfect, and it is NOT easy to get off the cutting mat but I got enough off to make it work for me…
I joined 3 together with a simple stitch and then got to work on my background. I used my watercolour palette which is full of Daniel Smith watercolours. A little experimenting told me the Azo Nickel Yellow and Kyanite Genuine mix together to make a wonderful green. I added plenty of splatters – it’s my ‘thing’!
As I was looking through my sequin stash the colour of my cork embellishments caught my eye. The went with the natural creamy-white watercolour paper and the hues of green perfectly. I pulled out Wedding Bells, Strawberry Bubblegum and Cork Confetti in chevrons and butterflies.I get the rest very simple; the dandelion heads and painting were enough for me. I added a simple layer of vellum to the photograph and chose a flair as my title. I added a sprinkle of my sequins and a couple of butterflies. I used the chevrons to direct the eye towards the title.
I love working with sketches. Sometimes I go off on a tangent and the finished layout looks nothing like the sketch, other times I use the sketch very literally. This was a literal copy up to a point…
I got my ruler out and did a little maths to get my patterned paper sections exact. I cut duplicate pieces in vellum so I could layer up with foam pads for added dimension and shadows. They are very subtle layers but, I think, well worth it.
I stuck my glitter spot acetate down with 3d glue gel for even more dimension. I only used the glue behind the glitter and one spot I knew I would be adding an embellishment.
When I had finished my literal copy I felt the bottom needed something extra so added some bunting. I used some yellow baker’s twine to anchor my pennants.
When it came to embellishing I added some Salt of the Earth sequins and Shooting Cork Stars. These stars are quickly becoming a favourite of mine. They are small enough to add to most layouts without overtaking but still adding the gorgeous cork texture and colour. They are also easy to alter with gesso or paint if you fancy the texture but not the colour!
Hey there, Laura here today with a Dazzlerz/sequins combo…
If you are not a fan of sticking sequins on individually I highly recommend this technique! Spread a layer of Dazzlerz (or Pasteez – note to self: must do this with Pasteez soon!) and while it is still wet sprinkle on some sequins. You can choose to gently push them in with your fingertips, but I’ve found these little stars don’t need any encouragement to stick.
I made a photo collage in PicMonkey of the same photo repeated three times, two in black and white and one in colour. Under the black and white photos I added some black acrylic ink and some black sugar paper torn from a sketchbook. Under the coloured photo I added some vellum and Red-iculous Dazzlerz and Gold Stardust.
For a few extra details, I added a couple of labels and short title. Again I kept the colour to one side and black and white on the other. I also added a few gold stardust sequins to the black and white side because I just can’t help myself when it comes to sequins!!
Hi there, Laura here today. I recently got some new toys – namely some tiny LED stickers and copper tape. During my first session playing with them, I knew I wanted to try and light up some sequins…
I cut a few flowers on my Silhouette Cameo and backed them with vellum. I backed the negative of the flower with patterned paper. I lay down my copper tape and LED stickers over the patterned paper. When I offset the flowers slightly I managed to cover the majority of the copper tape and keep the nice aesthetic.
I went for a multi-font title. The pink and yellow would be too much for the whole sentence and I wanted my photo and the lights to remain the focus of the layout.
I placed my battery behind the P of pick and when pressed all three of the flowers light up…
I openly admit I don’t like pink. I often get sequin mixes with pink in nonetheless, and usually struggle to use them to their best. I fell in love with the greens in Strawberry Bubblegum and was determined to use the whole mix rather than just picking out the greens!
I started out with my watercolour palette and painted a branch. I used a Daniel Smith colour called Burnt Tigers Eye Genuine which granulates and gives a great bark effect.
I then set about adding my leaves and blossom. Initially, I tried matte medium to adhere the sequins but quickly reverted to my old favourite of glossy accents.
I fussy cut a few birds from a Dear Lizzy paper and perched them on my branch.
I then set about making a paper frame for my (very unflattering) photo. I wanted it to look like a framed photo that you would hang on a wall so I found some wood grain paper and mitred the edges. I then ‘hung’ my photo from the branch.
You have to record the cute moments even if the photo shows off your extra chins! Here Herbie Budgie was all snuggled up under my chin keeping warm.
Hi Chaps. Laura here today using one of our free cut files. You can find all our cut files here, and tag your Instagram photos with #smscutfile when you use our files – we love to see your work.
I have just got my hands on the latest sequin releases. My favourite (I love them all, but you know!) are the little stars ‘Stargazer‘ but I was also really taken with the yellow mix ‘What’s Up Buttercup‘. Using them as my cue I pulled out some yellow papers and an assortment of black cardstock with different finishes.
I spent some time cutting out pieces and backing the cut file. I tried to spread the colours and patterns out as evenly as I could. Once the hexagons were backed I added some black ink splatters and a sprinkling of sequins. Very clean and simple, but also bold with a big impact.
All that was needed to finish it off were the name and date tucked in, and a final ribbon tab for an extra splash of yellow.
I love the white space and the limited colour palette. How about you?