Hi, Rikki here and I am excited as this is my first post for Stix2 Anything and my first tutorial I have ever done hope you enjoy it.
With the heat over here in the West seeming like it will never end I thought that it would be great to do a layout about Summer, and when I saw the Stix2 A4 Masking sheets I knew what I wanted to do and hoped that it wouldn’t get lost in translation (and you will be pleased to know it didn’t).
For this you will need to decide what your background colours will be I would recommend 2 to 3 colours at the most. Once you have done that, grab your Stix2 non-stick crafting sheet and here we go….
Grab a piece of cardstock and texture paste and apply it all over your cardstock as your working add some texture, for this one as you can see I used a kitchen spatula.
Once you complete this step set it aside to dry this could take a couple of hours and its best to leave it to dry naturally so the cardstock doesnt buckle. Once it is dry you need to paint the entire background with White Gesso and leave it to dry overnight. While you’re waiting for it to dry grab your Craft sheet and go and give it a bit of a scrub in the kitchen sink as you will need it for the inking……
For this layout I wanted to make a large Chevron background so grab your masking sheets and measure out your strips ( you will need to divide the 12×12 layout into 2 so you can use the A4 sheets), the gaps are around 5 cm apart and equal. Because the layout has the texture paste you will need to use a scraper or something like that to push the sticky side of the Masking sheet down – pay attention to the edges. Complete your whole page…..
Now to get the Chevron pattern, I start with a triangle (as seen above), work with any size triangle that you would like as long as the base is longer than the two sides, cut it out and stick it on the page as long as the top tip is in the centre of the page, this is important as it sets the tone of the Chevron pattern……
Lay your masking sheet on the centre line and follow the side of the triangle to get your first strip then measure 5cm along the masking sheet to get your next line and follow that along making sure that the line is perpendicular to the last, once you have completed the whole sheet use your cutter and cut them out…..
Once you have cut them out stick them on the page missing ever second strip so you have something like this below…..
Now you have your whole page masked off its time for the fun stuff, for this layout I used Tim Holtz Distress inks Peacock and Salty Ocean. Starting off with Salty ocean work your way around the page where you haven’t masked off, start off light and as you build it up add-on more ink to make it darker. Once you are happy with the blue start adding in the peacock colour doing the same technique by adding in darker patches so you will end up with something like the photo below…..
Also at this point you can add in some little mists of your favourite brands I used Dylusions mist as it co ordinates with the inks.
So once you have let the ink dry you can remove the Masking sheet ( if you need to do another layout with a similar background pull them off and stick them to back of your craft sheet so they are ready to go). You should end up with like something below……
Now with your blue ink work over the top of the white chevron pattern making sure you the inking nice and pale……. so you end up with something like this…..
This is your background completed now we move to the layering part. So grab all your embellishments and pattern papers cut them to the sides you need. The key is to position all your elements and not stick it down.
Once you have you layout take a quick picture with your phone or camera so you remember where to stick everything. The key to layering is figuring out what you what to highlight and use your Stix2 A4 Double Sided Foam mount sheet cut up what you need into strips or like in the stars case I just stuck it on one of the sticky sides and cut around the star.
So once you have figured out all your layers and foam mounted all your embellishments and papers and photo its time to construct…..
For your first layer use the foam mount in strips remembering to add one in middle so as you add the other embellishments it won’t collapse in the middle…. use your Stix 2 Double Sided tape and stick your next layer down.
To add more height to your photo layer use two layers of the foam mount and you can do that with all the other embellishments like the banner in this layout.
Using a Quilling tool glue stick or Stix2 Hobby and Craft PVA Glue with a metal nib pen add your twine and all the finer things on your layout.
The Finished Layout:
And for a close up……
Hope this inspires you to get creative with some of the great products from Stix2 Anything…..
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