Thursday, April 24, 2014

Playing with Gel Medium

I am fortunate enough to have many many photographs of my little girl both posing in her various dance costumes and dancing on stage thanks to the skills of a local photographer who is the official photographer at our local dance eisteddfods - Dancevision.

I wanted to keep the background simple and have the photograph stand out but I had no blue papers or card in my stash which matched her outfit.  I resorted to using a Prima mask of bricks with a gel medium (something I’ve not played with before).  I love the effect of the gel medium – it gave me a subtle texture to my background which allowed the photograph to stand out from the other black but did not overwhelm anything.
Here are some up close shots of the gel medium brick work.  I love the shine it leaves behind

To this I wanted an embellishment which would again blend but add something to the layout -  the stunning Molossi birdcage which I wet embossed with silver embossing powder, was a perfect solution.  I’ve simply tied some organza ribbon around the top of the cage, punched out some branches with a Martha Stewart punch and some scrap green card, added in a few flowers and bling and finally printed off a butterfly from an online kit I purchased somewhere and fussy cut it.

The title are some glittered chipboard lettering from Bella that I’ve had forever and the flowers  and bling are again a mixture from my stash from Kaisercraft and Scrap of Difference.  I twirled the wire of a couple of the flowers around a pencil to have spiralling off in different directions from the cluster and die cut a couple of branches using a Couture Creations die with a piece of scrap silver cardstock.
Thanks for dropping by – see if a birdcage works as a lovely girly accent for your next page – Molossi has a number of different designs to choose from J

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