I’m enjoying the Color Theory class by Wilna Furstenberg. I’m learning so much about painting and colors and how they work together. I knew how to match up colors and such before but I didn’t know how to really work with the colors to achieve a certain look which I think I have a better understanding of now.
This layout called for warm colors and brush strokes.
I finally was able to put my Tim Holtz paper distresser to good use as you can see in the last photo where I took a close-up. I also learned how to create a sticker look with the Silhouette Portrait using the Offset. Wilna provides a very good tutorial in her class but she also has the tutorial on her blog. It took a few tries and frustrations to finally get it to work correctly. The whimsical leaves die cuts were from Wilna, the dots were from a FB swap, the acrylic paints are Reeves, and the paper with the white cameras and the paper I’ve distressed are by American Crafts.
I used a rolling pin and bubble wrap to create the stamps. The acrylic paint brand I used is Reeves. They were a little on the darker side so I mixed a little bit of white in. The journaling flower is from an ephemera set from awhile ago so I don’t know the brand. The die cuts are from Wilna Furstenberg, the wood veneers and fawn badge are from Studio Calico.
I created the above paper layout by following the steps from Wilna Furstenberg at Studiocalico.com. She used gel paint in her tutorial but I don’t have gel paint so I used what was available to me, which was, gel matte medium, and acrylic paints. The intricate die cut was created by Wilna as a freebie. I used the Silhouette Portrait to cut it out and then gently removed it from the mat with an exacto knife and a plastic scraper. It’s a little time consuming but it’s one gorgeous piece of die cut.
This layout was so much fun to make. I’ve never used paint on a scrapbook page like this so it was a really great learning experience.
Earlier this year I was looking at the Silhouette Cameo and Portrait to supplement my crafting hobby, especially the Portrait. The Portrait costs $180, which was something I didn’t have. I soon started to see giveaways for the Portrait on my Facebook feed and crafting blogs I follow so I would enter in these giveaways. I never won so I pretty much gave up for awhile. Never winning in these giveaways got depressing and I still wanted the Portrait fairly badly so I made the decision that I’d save up for it and get one on my own.
Then one morning as I was looking through my e-mails, I came across another giveaway for the Portrait. It was through crafter/graphic designer, Lori Whitlock, whom I’ve subscribed to for some time now, and in which I’ve participated in her giveaways before but didn’t win. I told myself that if I didn’t win this time that I’d stop doing them and just save hard. Well, to my surprise, I won the giveaway. A few weeks later, the Portrait arrived at my doorstep.
I am still shocked that I won this. I’ve seriously been wanting this so badly and just knew some day I’d get one. I just didn’t know when. I’m a believer that if you ask the universe for something you truly want, you shall receive. You might have to wait awhile for it but it will come. For me, the Portrait just came sooner than I had expected and I am over the moon about it! I’m very thankful for Lori for having these giveaways (she has them quite often) and for Silhouette for their generosity.
I can’t wait to start playing with this, and when I do, I’ll be sure to share my experience here!