Love This Girl Layout by Missy Whidden

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Hey friends! Missy Whidden here with a new layout featuring Paige’s new Chevrons stencil, her Love This Girl cut file, and a mix of papers and embellishments from four of her collections: Bloom StreetPick-Me-UpTruly Grateful, and Whimsical. I first cut the Love This Girl cut file from Pick-Me-Up Paper 04 using my Silhouette Cameo. Once I had it arranged with the photo, I started working on the background. I used textured white cardstock as my base, and I coated it with clear gesso first. Since the large title was mostly blue shades, I wanted bright contrasting colors on the background. I used Distress Oxides with an ink blending tool over the Chevrons stencil. I used a water brush to blend a lot of the ink, giving it a runny effect. I also splattered some white acrylic paint to give it more interest.
Once I had the background and title complete, I instantly thought of adding lots of flowers in those rich colors. I fussy cut lots of them from the Truly Grateful 6x8 Paper Pad and 12x12 Paper Pad papers. I wanted a few larger ones and even more smaller ones to layer around the title. I popped the title up using adhesive foam to create dimension and also tucked in tangled thread in a few places. I even did a bit of embossing with a piece of wood veneer from the Truly Grateful Mixed Embellishments. I used gold embossing powder to give the “yes” piece some sparkle. I also wound up adding smaller butterflies that I fussy cut from a Whimsical 12x12 Paper Pad paper.

I love the contrast in these colors. You can see the stencil work on the background and how the water allowed the inks to bleed and blend together. I layered lots of the flowers on top of some of the letters. I did cut a few from the Bloom Street 6x8 Paper Pad, too. The multi-colored leaves are from the Truly Grateful 6x8 Paper Pad. I decided to add gold splatters all over the page since I had embossed the wood veneer in gold.

Here’s a close-up of the background. I like using textured cardstock for this technique because it just adds to the awesome effect once it dries. This is a fun way to do “watercolor” without getting too messy. It starts out as ink, but just the tiniest bit of water gives a whole different look. Adding foam under the title really makes a big difference. I love the shadow effect and how it makes everything just pop right off the page.

I hope this gives you some ideas to try on your next layout. Be sure to check out Paige’s stencils and cut files - they are matches made in heaven! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!
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  1. So GORGEOUS!!! I loveeeeeeee that you did the yellow background to pop the yellow in the photo!!!!

  2. The colours, inks, layers and embellishments all brilliantly pulled together make your designs so beautifully artistic! I can float through Pinterest, IG or Facebook and immediately pick out your work. You're one of a kind confections inspire so many but there's only one Missy and you're a star! 😍❤️🥰


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