Friday, July 5, 2013

Experiment {CSI Case File No. 79}

We have a new Case File open for investigation at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration:


I have to confess..the page I made wasn't originally intended for this Case File. It accidentally evolved. Or maybe it was fate or destiny.

You probably know that my friend Tracee Provis visited me last month--a dream come true to meet her in real life. We spent several of her days here in my scrap room. We had vowed to spend some time experimenting with techniques we'd been admiring on other's pages--you know, those "messy" techniques--ones that I'm too chicken to try on my own.

Here's the page I created. Clues for this page: Evidence: leaves, stripes, polka dots, rub-ons, something transparent; Testimony: Another confession: I haven't yet written journaling, but I plan to use all three inspiration words.


Here are some details. Tracee and I decided we'd experiment on some old ugly paper, and being the hoarder that I am, I have plenty. This American Crafts paper can be classified as a "What Was I Thinking?" paper or "It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time" paper. No offense, American Crafts, but this is some fugly paper--the garish turquoise on top of that brown? What were YOU thinking?


So I started out by brushing on several layers of watered-down gesso, Tracee leading the way--she's a much braver soul than I (and which is also why our pages have a similar vibe--we were also using scraps and bits leftover on my table--you can see Tracee's page here). I stuck on some bits of  leftover doily and some leafy die-cuts that were also leftover and brushed more gesso over them. I used glitter glue to glue down the doily. 

Everything on my page is just leftover bits and pieces. Some scraps I glued on, some I stapled onto the page. I added some texture paste with a Crafter's Workshop template. Those birds are a Martha Stewart punch. 



My mom has given up scrapping, so she let Tracee and me "shop" in her basement. One of the things we picked out were these rub-ons--the one with the angel and the letters. Well, Tracee picked out the good words, and I was leftover with all the dorky ones--the one I used was "bow head" (see--I told you it was dorky). Tracee gave me the idea of cutting apart the words and just using the letters. I later added some more green letters (can't remember what that said). The angel was dorky too, but I covered her with lots of gesso and tracee had the idea of plopping a piece of plastic on top of her and then when we lifted it off, it had a sort of crackly look.

I then proceeded to use some random stamps I had on my scrap desk and some dark blue ink that I wanted to use up. Some of  it got a little smeary as I kept adding gesso, but I decided it was okay. The white stitching is also a rub-on. 


By this time, we started to realize we were using the colors of the next CSI palette,  That's when I started adding some green and more red. I had this "details" stamp sitting on my table, so I just stamped it out several times. Tracee had used a Studio Calico circular grid template with some green ink, and I thought that looked cool, so I did the same thing. She also had used this harlequin diamond rub-on, and there was some left, so I added that. Tracee is so smart and creative!

I was trying to decide where to put those "details" stamps and one landed upside down and I liked the way it looked kind of random and artsy, so that's how I adhered them. 

Not sure if you can tell, but I used a striped template with texture paste on the bottom.


The black checks were made with a pen and a Prima template. The heart was just something leftover from something I cut out with my Silhouette Cameo that I didn't use.. I stamped it (accidentally upside down).  I added some navy pearls and some little arrows form an Echo Park chevron paper to add more of the dark blue to match the Case File. Finally, I added some pewter liquid pearls.


I wound up making a second page that was more true to the palette, which I will share in a couple of days. I'll also share my journaling when I have a little more brain power.

You'll have to go check out the rest of the work by our team and guest designers. And you must play. We have TWO main sponsors, plus our permanent sponsors this month. So excited to have Tina's new company, Frog Dog Studio as a sponsor, and we have Berry21Bleu, which has some really cool stuff in their shop up for grabs.

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15 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Gorgeous! LOVING the colors and love love love the black squares!!!

Lynn Murphy said...

LOL! What a fun fun page. Goes with all the fun you 2 had. Love love love it.!

Jasmine S said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful time together and I love your "experimental" page. Superb.

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Love this!!! :D

Lizzy Hill said...

Look at you GOOOO With all that amazing 'mixed media' stuff...all that's missing is a good misty spray in the corners!!!! No, joking...love it, especially the upside down details....sooo my 'thing':):):)

Sandie Edwards said...

Love this, and your beautiful texture....

Adriana B said...

wow, your page looks amazing, glad you had some fun time together scrapping :)

Karen said...

I love it Debbi!! Good on you for letting Tracee lead you out of your comfort zone!
And you are right, that American Crafts paper was very ugly!!

Bente Fagerberg said...

Wow, I love the result of your experiments :-)Gorgeous page and quite different from the way you normally scrap.
It must have been such a blast meeting up with Tracee like that.Looks like you had a lot of fun! I love it when I get to meet 'scrappy friends' IRL

Chantal Vandenberg said...

This looks so arty! I love it!!!

Helen Tilbury said...

Beautiful Summery palette Debbi! Loved reading about your time with Tracee - looks like you girls had a blast & very adventurous page as a result ;-p

Lynette said...

Oh my goodness, how great that turned out. A happy accident;-)

You did awesome with mixed mediums.

mel m. m. mccarthy said...

Ohhh Gorgeous! All those yummy "messy" layers of gesso and stencil and doily. Such a fabulous experiment you & Tracee got up to. LOVE it!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fabulous mixed media page. Love what you did with the background paper to make it softer... great textures and images... the dolily and the row of birds look great.

Audrey Pettit said...

Very, very fun, and an amazing transformation of that fugly paper! ;)

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