Monday, 22 April 2013

Mixed Media Background with Stamp, Stencil & Book Pages

I’m joining two challenges with this layout:

Inkido, where the challenge was to use stenciling and stamping for the background, and Scrap for Help, where book pages were the thing of the month.

This will be a title page for a travel album, so there is no journaling. I printed the photo in black and white to highlight the skyline and the ironwork on the bridge rail.

I also wanted to try making my own embellishments from scratch. I made the book page flower first, starting from this yoghurt foil lid with a pretty flower pattern.

The lid was like this, but a different colour.

I used decorative scissors to cut circles of book pages in different sizes. Then, to accentuate the borders, I coloured them with a pearlescent chalk ink and Promarkers.

I liked the look of the scraps that were left after cutting the circles, so I decided to use these as well. I glued them onto the page and then used similar circles for one more thing: stenciling partial circles. For this, I used first Distress Inks and then acrylic paints for more vivid colours.

The two other flowers I cut from scraps of my mixed media experiments. The puzzle pieces were first gessoed and then painted with acrylics. Lastly, I wrote the year with a white gel pen.


  1. Lovely flowers Sala, although I really LOVe the little jigsaw pieces best, an inspired idea, these ideas can be used for all sorts of mixed media work!! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  2. Thanks so much Morag, you are such a faithful reader and quick to comment. Really glad to have inspired you. I'll visit your blog real soon again, too, just not now as I'm falling asleep after making such a long post!

  3. Voi miten kekseliästä! Itselläni ei ole kärsivällisyyttä - eikä taitoakaan tehdä tuota. Hieno sivu tuli :)

  4. Beautiful work,Thanks for playing whit us at S4H

  5. Hi Salla. What a cute layout you created . Thank you s much for playing along with our challenges at Inkido as well as S4H.
    Good Luck to you! :-)

  6. Pretty layout you've made! Thanks for joining us at our inkido challenge! :)