I am in love with the techniques used in this layout, but have to apologize again for the poor photos (will spring ever get here...... I need the sunlight)! And, if Trudy is reading this post, she'll be glad that I've found a use for my 3-D adhesive dots, otherwise known as Snot Dots. I'll tell you more about that later. Let's see the project!
Ok, onto the snot dot story. As some of you know, or have guessed, I am not a great scrapbooker! In fact, I did not scrapbook until after we started Cosmo Cricket. So, I am not informed on all the products (unless they're ones I manufacture), lingo and techniques. I was teaching a make and take at Memories Wholesale in Canada about 6 weeks ago and needed glue dots for the project. I ran to my local store and picked up a box quickly. When I showed up in the morning for the make and take I pulled out my glue dots and couldn't believe what I saw. They were huge and super-thick. I said to Trudy, "Have you ever seen a glue dot like this?" Needless to say, everyone had a good laugh at my expense and Trudy found me some regular glue dots.
But, now I'm glad I bought those dimensional, super-thick ones because Dawn Ofner from Memories in Motion up in Canada taught me how to use them to make cute flower centers.
Here's what to do:
1. Cut off a glue dot still attached to it's backing paper. Take some string or yarn and wrap it around the glue dot working toward the center. I used a varigated string, which gives a really nice effect. When you get to the center, clip the string.
Then you need petals. I used ones that looked like this.
You'll notice that the paper is from Lil Man, except that blue floral from Everafter (my favorite paper from that line!). I molded the petals a bit and distressed the edges before assembling. Also, I cut my petals too large for the little snot dot center, so I cut bigger center to layer under it, this time from Snorkel paper.
Now, for the layout!
I placed everything on the layout, without glue, for placement and then rubbed on all the rub-ons. I used the Girl Friday rub-on booklet. After the rub-ons are adhered, take off everything.
This is a little scary, but it's awesome, so don't be afraid to try it! Take some watercolors. I have artist quality watercolors in the house, but I used Crayolas for this project and they're not half bad! Just don't try the other kid brands, Crayolas have the most pigment! I know from experience, I am not getting paid by Crayola!! Don't use the kid brush. My kids don't even tolerate them. I like to use them for glue or sidewalk painting. Anyway, with a nice fairly large brush, dip into some water and mix into the blue paint until you have a nice, dark blue color loaded into the brush. Now, take the brush and starting at the top of you page (skies are darker the further they get from the ground) run the brush side to side. As you go down the page, you will run out of paint, don't re-dip into the paint, instead, dip into the water. Continue this way down the page and you will have a sky that gets lighter gradually just like the real sky.
By the way, the rub-ons will resist water color. Just paint right over the top of them. If you see little beads of paint form on the rub-on, simply wipe off with your finger or a tissue. This is a fun technique that is great on cards too!