Do you have a best friend? How about a BFF (best friend forever?) Well, folks, I’ve got a cBFF- a crafty best friend forever! You probably know Vicki- she writes for CraftsUnleashed, too- and I have to say that when I’m in a creative slump, that gal lifts me right out. And that deserves a scrapbook page, right?
So here’s what you’ll need to make a page like this one:
- Core Amour Core’Dinations Cardstock Stack
- Palette Knife
- Black Diamond Stickles
- Color Me Crazy flowers by Petaloo
- Adirondack inks in Mushroom and Red Pepper
- Nestabilities Labels dies
- Dymo Label Maker
- Glue Glider Pro or other dry adhesive
- Lyrical Letters Cricut Cartridge & Cricut
- Sand It Gadget (Sandpaper)
- Black Soot Distress Ink Pad
So here’s how to make it- and if you don’t have all those exact items, use what you’ve got or make substitutions. No stress, okay?
First, I selected this sheet of cardstock to be the background- I liked the muted colorscheme & knew it would go great with my black and white picture.
Of course, this is Core’Dinations cardstock and it has a colored core- so a quick sand around the edges and a few swipes reveal the embossed texture of the paper!
Next, I’m going to do something counter-intuitive. I added Gesso to the part of the paper where I want to add my photo. It’ll make a lighter area and draw the eye to the picture.
See the area in the upper right? Yeah, that’s where the palette knife fell onto the paper. But I like it! I even added a few more. While that was drying , I used some Ranger Adirondack inks to tint my Color-Me-Crazy flowers to match my page. How much do I love that?? Just a few drops did the trick!
While that was drying, I matted my photo onto the solid (red) side of one of the cardstock pages, and mounted it over the Gesso with my Glue Glider Pro. Then I went to town adding little swirls with stickers. It’s so much cheaper than buying those rhinestone stickers!
So while THAT was drying, I set out to make my “Title Block.” I cut out my letters “cbff” with my Cricut and the Lyrical Letters cart, using the “capital” function key and the size set to 4 inches. (You can use any dark scrap paper for this, because you’ll cover it with Stickles anyway.) To make the mats, I cut the largest and next-to-largest sizes of the Nestabilities Lables with my Cuttlebug. (You can cut plain rectangles, too, if this is too fancy for you. And use up some chipboard letters if you have them on hand.)
I used the ink pad to lightly highlight the edges of the smaller shape, and then on top to bring out the embossed design. Yes, that’s the same piece of cardstock- just front and back sides! Assemble the Title Block with your adhesive, and then cover the “cbff” letters with Stickles. Me and my CBFF love the bling! Place that on the lower left-hand corner.
The last thing I did was a little light journaling with my Dymo Lable Maker. I hate my handwriting, and it really stands out nicely on the page. I popped on a few of my flowers and I was DONE. It only took an hour and a half or so, and now when I see this page hanging in a frame in my studio, I’ll think of my CBFF and smile!
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