Bakers - GDT Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hi there! How has your week started? Can you believe it's already October and Christmas is coming in about two months? Neither can I. But let's still enjoy the autumn and the colorful leaves and not jump into things.

I made this layout for a guest post over at Elizabeth Craft Designs. You can see the original post in the company blog here (link). This time I used the Peel-Off Stickers as masks with the watercolors. You can find a step by step tutorial for the project at the end of this post. I did it a bit differently this time than usual.

The layout is about my two girls baking in my family's summer house. They are really eager always to help when I'm cooking but baking is their great joy. In the picture they are making buns with their grandmother - who's actually just doing the baking part in the oven, the girls rolled the buns.

I used warm colors to get that homey, warm feeling to the page. I also included the stenciled pattern and sprayed some water to make it hazy trying to mimic an old, over-used fabric. The white batches which came from removing the stickers create a nice worn texture in the page as well.

But without a further ado, here's the steps which I used to create the page! Naturally you can use the same idea to make cards, art journal pages or other paper crafts! I'm sharing a couple of simple cards tomorrow if you want to see the same idea in card form.

Thank you for stopping by today! Tomorrow I shall be doing some demos in Leimailutaivas and there's also several workshops coming - please check the sidebar for links and more info!


Step 1. Start by coating your paper with gesso. If you are using a white background, white gesso is good, but with colored backgrounds go for the clear one. I used a sheet of Dove Grey Soft Finish Cardstock as my background. Dry the layer carefully.

Step 2. After the gesso layer is bone dry, adhere your stickers in place. As they are really sticky, which normally is a good thing, dab them first to your shirt or sweater to get the adhesive a bit milder. Think about your design and lay the stickers so that after you add the photo they are still showing. I used the flowers and the circles from the Crystal Flowers set in my page.


Step 3. Time to add the colors. You can use mists, inks or watercolors, like I did. Let the colors dry before removing the stickers. If you want to use a heat tool, don't heat the stickers as they will melt and possibly stick to the paper even more. The best way is to let them air dry.

Step 4. When the background is completely dry, remove the stickers carefully. In some places the sticker might still remove the top coat of the paper, but that for me is just fine and adds to the shabby, worn look of the finished layout. After getting the stickers off, add some Distress Ink through the Flower stencil.


Step 5. Add some water to your stenciled design. Spray a couple of times to make the design disappear almost completely and just a light mist in places where you still want the flowers to show. Also add some color splashes with a paintbrush and watercolors.

Step 6. Time to add some contrast to the background. Choose a stamp that goes to your page and stamp the design a couple of times near your main focal point. Use black or grey ink to really make an effect. I chose to go with the "Happy CakeDay" and the cupcake stamps from the Just a Note set.


Step 7. Time to start building the layers underneath the photo. To mat the photo in place to the background I used the new Speech Bubble Edgy Options die together with the Through the Lens - Wood papers. I cut two pieces to draw the pieces further apart of each other but you can also cut both sides of the paper with the same die without cutting it in half. I used the Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to attach the pieces to my page as well as a stapler.

Step 8. Build some patterned paper layers underneath your photo. Then cut some flowers out of the same Through the Lens papers using the Bunch of Flowers 4 die. Layer some of the flowers on top of each other and glue them together. Then find the right stop for the flower in your page and adhere it in place.


Step 9. Use a piece of craft foam and cut a set of alphabets from it using the Alphabet 2 Lower Case die. Then take a piece from the Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet and attach it to a piece of corrugated cardboard. Then lay your title on top - don't forget to make it a mirror image! Use this stamp to make your title - or if you are making a card, your greeting!

Step 10. Finish your page with some Peel-Off stickers, other embellishments and the journaling.

Materials from Elizabeth Craft Designs:


Prima Marketing - Clear Gesso
Prima Marketing - Watercolor Confections Tropicals and Classics
Ranger - Distress Ink Pad Spiced Marmelade
Ranger - Archival Ink Jet Black
Prima Marketing - Delight Delicious 12x12
A Flair for Buttons - Wood Words flair
Doodlebug Design - Matte Sprinkles

Materials: Elizabeth Craft Designs, Prima Marketing, Ranger, A Flair for Buttons, Doodlebug Designs

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