Lately I've been admiring the work of Gloria Froese, and the napkin technique of Kate Mason, so I decided to experiment using both these fantastically talented scrappers as inspiration. The above LO is the result.
SO here's what I did to make this LO.
First I chose a blue bazzil cardstock. I then adhered a white napkin with a check border-You can just see this napkin by the butterfly mask. I used watered down PVA , and in fact this was much too wet, and the napkin almost disintegrated. But that was okay, because when it was dry it gave added texture.
I added some book paper, and graph paper in two corners, and a piece of torn napkin-the brown flowers, (Thanks Kimmy.) At this stage the whole thing looked very unpromising.
I drybrushed some cream and some gold acrylic paint here and there, particularly on the edges of the napkins and book paper.
I then used PVA to adhere some sheer lace down the page (you can see it under the left of the photo.
Next I used painted bubblewrap to print some circles around about.
Then adhered the photo which is an old one of me that I scanned and enlarged. I dipped the edge of an old ruler into paint and printed a border around the photo.
I then used a homemade butterfly mask, sprayed with glimmer mist in the top left hand corner. I added some lace across the photo. The flower embellishment was cut from an old top of mine. It was a bit too clean so I dipped it into walnut ink before adhering it to the page. The words are a mixture of stamping and rub ons.
The butterfly at the bottom is an Autumn Leaves stamp, embossed with copper.
Lastly, I inked the edges of the whole page.
Overall I'm really pleased with the result. Scrapping like this is very forgiving-mistakes can be so easily covered up with paint or collage elements. It's as style that works really well with these old, less than perfect photos. It's a style that has a complexity about it- it invites questions about how different effects were acheived and best of all it's so much fun to do.