Friday, August 17, 2012

How Did I Do THAT ?? Just add Water Front Porch Kit

I thought for this post I would share some of the techniques I used on the
 "A Day at The Beach" layout I created from the kit.  First I must say you will be amazed at how much product you will find in this kit.  Make sure you check out the design board at
The Little Blue House or on the website
Here is a picture of the layout

The first technique I will share is for the word "day".  It is actually the chipboard word "Play" from the minialbum in the kit.  I cut it apart and turned the "P" upside down to create the "d". I then used the side of my Glossy Accents bottle and rounded the "A" off.  You lose the "L" by doing this but that was ok with me.  I painted the letters white with the Ranger SnoCap paint dabber.  After that dried I covered them with Diamond Stickles.  That has to dry for about an hour or so.  While the Stickles was drying I took the length of the clear tubing and snipped it into generous 1/4" lengths - no I didn't measure - just snipped away.  Careful you need good scissors - I used my Tonics-and watch it the pieces may fly as you cut them.  Once they were all snipped I separated them into four piles.  I then got four sandwich size baggies and loaded them in.  To color the tubing I used Ranger Alcohol Inks.  I used Sunset Orange, Sunshine Yellow, Bottle (blue) and Citrus (green).  I squirted a few drops of each color in the bags - one color per bag.  I mooshed (technical term) the tubing bits and ink until I reached the right  color intensity.  Dump them out onto a craft mat to dry. and this is what you get - they look like candy don't they??!!

Once the Stickles dries on the letters coat a small section with a generous amount of Glossy accents.  Place the colored tubing in a random pattern.  Once they are all placed I went back and added just a little bit more Glossy Accents around some of the pieces. 
Let this dry for an hour or so.  Isn't it beautiful??
 It reminded me of intertubes. 
The next part of the title is the word "Beach".  I cut the title out with my Cricut just using white cardstock.  You will want to use a font that has some surface area, I used Cuttin' Up.  I then took a swirly patterned stamp and stamped the letters with Sno cap white paint dabbber.  After the paint was dry I spread the title out and starting at the bottom I added the Distress inks.  I used a blending buddy and lightly swirled it on.  It works best if you use just the edge of the foam-you have more control over the amount of ink you apply. The colors from bottom to top are Tumbled Glass or you can use Broken China, Ripe Persimmon or Orange Marmelade would also work and finally Mustard Seed.  Finally apply Glossy accents over the top.
I love the effect of the sunset with  wave pattern on the letters. 
I hope you give these tips a try.  
Just Add Water Front Porch Kits are still available.  Stop be the Little Blue House or go online to the Little Blue House Online and purchase your kit.  There are lots of projects at the LBH for you to see as well as all the projects are posted on the online site in the gallery.
I am headed down to the beach now...I am in Florida with three of my sorority sisters for a girls weekend and the the beginning of next week I will be with my Mom and sister - I can't wait.
Look for inspiration in unusual places.