This makes my SOUL happy – December Moodboard for Dusty Attic

Welcome to my last Mood board inspirations for 2020. It was definitely a year to reflect on the things that bring joy and these guys are my EVERYTHING. This was at my birthday dinner a few years back… coz my birthday this year was in the middle of Covid! 

So I thought to wrap up the year I’d reflect on the simple things. Hope you guys are all counting your blessings and looking forward to 2021!

Here is a run through of the process. Forgive the shadows… Here I thought that the natural light would look lovely… Doh!!

I used paper from 13@rts collection Summer Days, the wood grain was a little crazy so I used some white gesso to fade it out. I then used my brayer with some chalk paint to add a little colour back in. The cross hatching you can see is done with a store card. Its a fav technique of mine and it just adds a little framework to position the focal point within. Once I knew where my frame was going to be I used some mesh tape on the page this was also a good visual for where I wanted to frame my photo with my chipboard.

I prepared all the chipboard with a coat of white gesso. For this project I wanted to play with my embossing powders. I used my embossing dauber and randomly dabbed at the Broken Bits Wire. I then used Cafe Au Lait from Lindy’s to sprinkle on top. I didn’t want a full coverage to give it a bit of a garden gate kinda feel. You can see this in the close up below. 

For the collage I wanted to add something pointy under it to give it the illusion of a bouquet. I chose the feathers to do this and the little bows as an area of interest. I didn’t want to have green leaves… so I thought I would try out this embossing powder from WOW it has three colours in one and is called Sea Salt – I hated it… It blended into the background and I couldn’t see my feathers anymore. So I grabbed another WOW embossing powders called Sea Turtle. It blended really well with the blue giving it just a bit of lift for colour variation. I must say my WOW moment was when I heated the second layer of powder and watched the first coat blend like lava with the second coat without any burn!

 I used a matt red for my bows like the beautiful chest on the red robin in the picture. Once I had stuck down my collage pieces I used some Distress crayon to rub over the textured areas. I like the way you can leave clumps of colour and also blend it with your fingertip.

 To finish off I added some micro beads around the butterflies and flowers and then added a sprinkle of glass glitter.

If you ever want some tips n hints, you can reach out to me. I love teaching and sharing my love of scrapping. Anyhoo…  Happy Scrapping over Christmas and I look forward to seeing all your creations in our Facebook Group Dusty FANAttics!

Abela Artistry

Chipboard used

Twine Bows #3

Title – This makes my soul happy

Broken bits#5 – Wire

Feathers 

Tropical Foliage #10

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