Living the Dream – Rosalie Duke-Stanley – Mood Board Inspiration

The mood board was a wonderful collection of dark greens, rich earthy tones and warmth. It was perfect for my love of grungy textured pages and dark browns and greens. 

The textured background was created by adding a base of clear gesso. Once dried, add a layer of clear crackle and Tim Holtz’s vintage medium. It adds to the overall texture and also takes off some of the bright white of the paper. To help blend in the different texutres, sprinkle Lindy Stamp Gang (LSG) Sandra Dee Sepia around the edges and spray lightly with water. Using a Dusty Attic chicken wire stencil, randomly add around the edge of the main layout with Finnabair Graphite texture paste. To help define the stencilled texture, spray with LSG Opal Sea Oats ( a favourite colour of mine). 

To lighten up the  texture, a thick scrap of Finnabair White Crackle paste – dry carefully to make sure you get plenty of crackly on the surface. Once dry use  LSG magicals ‘greased lightin’ green’ and sprinkled over the surface add a green tone in contrast with brown/black colour of the page. 

The chip boards were painted with browns, textured Prima pastes ‘dark olive’ and Tim Holtz Distress oxide inks. Put together by adding the chip boards on top with foam tape underneath to raise up the pieces. The ‘living the dream’ frame is cut so that it can be slid under the make photo. Use the large filmstrip as the starting point. 

To finish off, add fussy cut butterflies (covered with clear crackle paste), glue Prima Art Stones (large and mini) for definition of the large film strip. This also helps add contrast with the darker colours and chip boards. The final step is to flick white gesso flicked over the page.