Friday, April 15, 2016

Mixed Media and the Manatee

Today I am sharing a mixed media layout I created for photos from my recent manatee encounter!  In March of this year we took a trip down to Florida to visit with the manatees in Crystal River.  We had a fabulous time and I could not wait to scrapbook the pictures!  This is my first Design Team project for Rebecca Baer Designs and I have to say I absolutely love her collage style stencils!
I started this layout with the small sized Mosaic stencil from Rebecca Baer Designs because the swirls incorporated in the design reminded me of water currents!  I centered the stencil along one edge of pastel aqua cardstock and used washi tape to hold it in place.

I applied Faber Castell Whipped Spackle through the middle of the stencil, allowing the application to fade away along the edges.  I moved the stencil to the opposite edge and repeated the process...
...and then let it dry!

I pulled out my inks and blended blues and greens over and around the stenciled area.

I spritzed a couple shades of Glimmer Mist across the layout to add a little shimmer and shine.

I placed the stencil back on top of the design at this point and used a paint brush to apply Liquid Adhesive through some of the swirls in the stencil.  After a couple of hours it had dried to a tacky finish and I applied 2 different colors of Deco Foil, burnishing with my fingertips.

I love how the foil reveals the gorgeous details from the stencil!    At this point I added my photos and the title.  The finishing touch was a sprinkling of green, turquoise and irridescent rhinestones in 3 different sizes.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

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  1. This is so cool. I have seen this technique but have never tried it myself. Everything you do looks so amazing!

  2. Hello Susie!!!! Hope you are well! I LOVE Manatees! Fab layout, and great texture too!