Monday, 18 June 2012

Brotherly Love

Here is my latest page created for Sarah's Cards June Challenge. I usually find working with simple sketches quite hard, as i never know how to start, and worry my pages will end up looking too plain. However i dont think that has happened in this case!

I thought it looked like a good sketch to finally try out an idea i have wanted to try for a while using my craft robo. So yesterday evening i designed the heart and circle background file (i think this might work great as a mask with mists will give that a try sometime too), and cut it out on grey paper. I just love the grey/yellow/aqua colour combinations that are so popular right now.

I then stuck small pieces of scraps behind some of the hearts (scraps include BG, MME, OA, Glitter card and Scenic Route). I tried layering this on top of several different colours...and at first i struggle to find a good background colour needed to have enough contrast against the grey (white or dark grey wasnt doing it), i didnt want the page to be on black as i felt that was just too dark, blue or yellow just didnt work as it didnt allow the heart shapes to 'pop'. In the end i think the kraft card works well, and i like the grid print that just adds a little more interest without being overwhelming at all.

I then went back to the sketch and layered up my photo and some of the scraps to form a place to put my title. The photo was taken a few years ago, of my two sons. I think the greyscale photo fits in with the page well, and i like there are no other colours trying to confuse my colour scheme....though in general i prefer to scrap in colour, as i think you often lose some of the captured details etc in black and white.

I sprayed an off cut of paper doily with aqua coloured mist to stick under the photo. Another thing i finally got to try, which i have been meaning to for a while, is to make my own flower with my scallop punch. I really like how that works, it means that it can co-ordinate with the other papers in the layout perfectly! I finished the page off with some alphabet titles and a date stamp, and added some yellow patterned brads and bakers twine for a little more interest and depth.


Tracie said...

Love how you've created the heart background and it really stands out against the kraft card, the little doily is a nice touch too! great layout!

Amy said...
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Emy said...

Love this Amy. I am inspired to go and dig out my old Die-cut cardstock to see if I can put patterned papers behind it!

Jenga said...

Love all the hearts. Thanks for joining in the challenge.

Ifa said...

Gorgeous page Amy. You are right, it has not turned out plain nor simple. I prefer the simpler sketches myself so I can pile on loads of stuff LOL.