Ive always loved Sara Naumann's Eclectica range from PaperArtsy and when she posted this great idea for using the stamps with photo's on the PaperArtsy blog this week I had to give it a go.
I've got quite a few of my photo's already printed, some I've altered using online programmes such as Pixlr, Instagram or Hipstamatic, they all give great filters, borders, sizes and effects. It can be quite addictive!
So the instructions from Sara were really simple and you can read them and watch a great video here. I thought about creating a book, but I'm really enjoying using my 12x12 scrapbook album for creating and storing so a 12x12 (well 11x11" so it fits in the book!) it was.
I started with the photo and the tissue paper. Rather than stamping all the stamps in black I went with ones that I wanted to frame the photo in black and the others in Pale Ochre and Monarch Orange Archival. In hindsight I still find the black to prominent and I wish I'd gone with my gut instinct and used Watering Can for a more softer look - I can always try again cant I!
Picking up the colours from the photo I used London Bus, Tango and then Cheesecake Fresco (in that order) paints on the soft yellow card stock. I used an old credit card to scrap the paint onto give that shabby look.
Using Sienna Archival Ink I added more of the Eclectica stamps. The Sienna looks really bright when wet, but once dried it faded to this lovely soft terracotta colour. I edged the card in Rusty Hinge Distress Stain and stuck it onto some really old paper (I love that I'm starting to use up my paper for this scrapbook) edged in Rusty Hinge.
Stuck the central panel on with foam squares just to raise it up a bit and then around the edges I melted some WOW Gold Satin Pearl embossing powder and some Fran tage ochre colour fragments to add a different texture and tone.
The tag was cut from spare card, inked with Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo Distress stain and then the music stamp and the reflections stamp added. Some hemp string added for yet another texture.
Really pleased with how this turned out and it's definitely a technique I'll try again with more of many photo's. I do wonder whether the middle layer of card stock needed some black stamping to mirror the stamping on the image, but I worry whether it would be too much and distract from the central panel, but at the same time it might anchor it all. We'll see I may add in later after I've lived with it a bit.