One of the things I love about 2Crafty is that they have such a versatile collection of chipboard. You can find lovely flourishes and other intricate elements that are perfect for a romantic, girly, nature-y layouts and you can find elements with a more modern vibe that suit masculine layouts.
My step-dad died at Christmas and I'm making a book for my mom. This is one of our favorite pictures of Ed, and the 2Crafty chipboard title was the perfect sentiment for my page. I tried a bunch of different things with the title, first coating it with gesso, and not sure I liked it I inked it with the blue from my papers, but it looked too pastel-ish, so I painted it a dark brown, thinking it would be a nice contrast to the cream paper below it, but I didn't like the way it looked, so I went back to coating it with gesso, and I left it a little rough-looking to go with the masculine feel of my page.
I coated the heart with gesso and then used three different colors of ink to give it an aged look and then stamped with clear ink and heated it with clear embossing powder, which gave it a wonderful texture.
Arrows and chevrons are a perfect accent to highlight something on your page, and what I wanted to highlight was this wonderful face. I used gesso and the same inks as I did on the heart and then I stamped using brown ink and clear embossing powder.