Beautiful Layout by Brianna Lepper

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Hi crafty friends! Brianna Lepper here with another fun layout for you today! I hope you all enjoyed all of the iNSD challenges that were in Paige's Happy Scrappy Place FB group! I loved seeing all of your submitted projects! There is so much inspiration and positivity in our group and it makes me so happy! So let's get into my layout shall we? I'm a big fan of mixed media and I love working with stencils and modeling paste. I wanted to use both of them with a cut file but wanted to be able to highlight the mixed media. So I went through all of Paige's cut files and chose the Beautiful cut file since it would be perfect for what I was going for. Here's my final layout using Paige's Bloom Street collection:
To start, I cut the Beautiful cut file on white cardstock with a Silhouette Cameo. After it was finished cutting, I removed the inner letters and prepped them all with white gesso. While they were drying, I went through my Distress Oxides and pulled a few colors out in rainbow order that matched Bloom Street. I set those aside and continued to my next step. I pulled one of my favorite stencils by Paige, the Doily stencil, and then applied white modeling paste through it on each letter. When I set the stencil down on each one, I made sure that the center of the doily was present on each one, changing the location of it each time. Once dried, I then started applying all of the Distress Oxides, in rainbow order.

I smooshed the Distress Oxides onto my glass mat and added water. Then I sprayed a little water onto each letter and painted on the color. I love seeing all of that modeling paste show through! So much texture and color! Initially I was going to use a few different stencils and was going to alternate between those on my letters, but in the end I decided using only one stencil would keep it uniform and not get too crazy busy. I love the outcome! After all the letters were dry, I went back into my Silhouette software and offset the cut file. I cut it a second time and backed each letter with those pieces, making sure to add foam tape to the backs of each one. This made them all pop and stand out even more. For the base of my layout, I used a patterned paper from the 12x12 Paper Pad and fussy cut some florals from the another paper in that pad. In single papers, they are Paper 02 and Paper 04.

I decided to embellish tone-on-tone and grabbed a few different pieces from the Bloom Street collection and applied them accordingly. I used some leaf pieces from the Floral Die Cuts, a Flower Charm, some stickers from the 4-Page Sticker Book, a few bits from the Puffy Vinyl Stickers, a few Layered Butterfly Stickers, and some Ephemera Die Cuts. I love the Acrylic Stamps in this collection so I stamped out a few butterflies using inks from my stash and fussy cut them out. So cute! I also added a few bits of tangled thread and applied hearts from the Enamel Dots around my page. To complete the layout, I splattered white acrylic paint and that was it!

I absolutely love how this layout turned out! I hope you'll give stenciling and mixed media on a cut file a try! If you don't do the technique that I did here, try applying the mixed media to the negative parts of your cut file and back your cut file with those finished pieces. You will love how it turns out! I'll share another layout using that technique soon! Thanks so much for stopping by, see you in my next post!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, charm, stamps, stickers, die cuts, enamel dots, embellishments: BLOOM STREET; Stencil: Doily by Paige Evans; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Cut file: Beautiful by Paige Evans
Location: Louisiana, USA / Blog: I Love Paper Blog / Instagram: @briannalepper / Facebook: Brianna Nichole
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  1. This IS beautiful!! LOVING the colors, the textures on each letter, and how you added little goodies to each one!!!

  2. The stenciling and painting of each letter rather than paper backing is super original and creative Bri!! I just love how it looks all together. One stencil worked so well, you made a good call on that! Impossibly cute photo too !! 💕🥰xK

  3. Stunning layout and a fab technique using a cut file, stencil and paste. I haven't seen that done before. Great inspiration. Thank you.

  4. This is SO gorgeous, it’s making me want to play with stencils+modeling paste and paint. I don’t have a die cut machine but occasionally I hand cut letters for a large title


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