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Friday, June 28, 2013

More June Dusty Attic and Swirlydoos

I decided to try something a little different and extend the "collage" Dusty Attic theme that we used on our ATC projects this month - to create a manly layout in honour of Father's day that just passed. I used the last bits of my June Swirlydoos "Brass Shilling" kit. This kit features some glorious Kaisercraft papers.

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The picture is of my husband from our trip to Europe 11 years ago. I used the brand new DA small filmstrips chipboard set and joined them together to create a railroad effect at the top of my page and tucked a piece of the large skeleton clock under the corrugated cardboard from the kit. Next, I cut the chipboard title in half and placed it in two parts on my layout. I used a mini lamp post too and placed it right onto my picture (simply covered it with black DA "soot" paint and clear crackle varnish).

To finish the chipboard, I used inks on the filmstrips and clock and then used gesso and DA "Navajo" white paint on the title. I also dry brushed the paint on the corrugated cardboard. Behind the kit Petaloo flowers are some DA paper rose leaves too (love these!).

I used the awesome June DA sketch, created by Mistra, as an inspiration point for this layout. Don't forget to enter the monthly sketch challenge for a chance to win some chipboard goodness! See details on the Dusty Attic NING.

This month's Dusty Attic ATC theme is COLLAGE: An artistic composition of materials and objects pasted over a surface, often with unifying lines and color. I used my June Swirlydoos "Brass Shilling" kit scraps glued to a piece of corrugated cardboard (also in the kit) and a flower to compliment several DA chipboard casings (the parts surrounding the actual laser cut pieces), plus a pair of the mini wings.

TIP: Shabby chic "seashell" effect
How did I get that look on my chipboard? SO Easy! I simply stippled on thick gesso to create peaks. Once dry, I then used some semi-translucent mists (like Tattered Angels and Shimmerz) spraying lightly, letting it naturally resist the gesso peaks created and pool in the "valleys". Kinda looks like a cool seashell effect and it gleams beautifully in sunlight too.

I ended up turning this ATC into a Father's day card for my dad (with more of the pretty papers in the June Swirlydoos kit). White paint was randomly sponged onto the paper layers too.

Here is a peek at the "Brass Shilling" main kit and add-ons. To become a subscriber and never miss a gorgeous Swirlydoos kit click here.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

10% off the NEW Dusty Attic Releases!!!

10% off sale in my Etsy Shop at:
I have brand new Dusty Attic chipboard releases as well as many of the popular items - and everything is 10% off all orders over $20 (before shipping). Happy Shopping!

When you spend over $20.00 in my Etsy, you will receive 10% off your purchase. Enter the coupon code SUMMER2013 upon checkout (in the area provided for it) to receive the 10% discount off your ENTIRE order. This offer expires on July 15th so hurry before it's all gone! 

Once you've added items to your cart, click the blue Apply shop coupon code located above Item total BEFORE you checkout. Then enter the coupon code SUMMER2013 and click Apply. The coupon discount will adjust your total before you submit the order (this only works on orders over $20.00). Here is an Etsy screen shot (as an example only) to show you the where the blue link is that you need to click (to enter the code):

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