Saturday, June 30, 2012

Cousin photo: CSI case file #26

Happy Saturday! The colour combo of this week’s CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration case file is stunning, and the DT layouts are all so gorgeous, don’t miss checking them out. I hope you'll play along with us. Here’s the case file:
I wanted to use black and white photos with these colours and decided to do a layout about two not very successful attempts at getting posed photos of the three cousins together. There are some reflections in the photo of the layout that are not there in real life, even though I retook them another day. I've been taking photos of my projects at a different time of the day than normally, so the light has been different.

From the evidence items I used: metal, flowers, crown accents, something transparent, scallops. And from the testimony: 'icing on the cake' (write several things about your subject and then finish with the most important one.

A crackle stamp was white embossed here and there all over the background, for texture. I mixed the two shades of yellow in watercolour paint, and first painted strips of the lighter yellow, let it dry completely (you get ugly runbacks if you skip this step) and then painted strips of the darker yellow. A bingo, dot and number stamp was stamped repeatedly with Versafine Smokey Grey and I stitched extra lines with my sewing machine and white thread. I almost didn’t want to cover the background up. The black stamping was done with Archival Jet Black.

The focal photo was layered on scrap patterned papers and I also stamped on it.

 I stitched the background to a piece of grey patterned paper, tearing the upper corner first.

  The photo collage ATC stamp was stamped on acetate twice and cut out.

The flowers are really old metallic flowers I found in my stash, coloured with alcohol inks (Sunshine Yellow and Butterscotch) and then stamped with a script stamp. I shaped them a bit and added a paper flower and a brad to the centers. I have had those flowers for years, so I was happy to use them.

The title letters were die-cut with one of my new favorite dies, Word Play. I’ve been waiting for such a die for a long time, great sized letters and since it is a Bigz die, it can cut through almost anything. I taped strips of tissue tape on scrap cardstock and cut the letters from that, inking the edges a bit. It is a fun way of using tape.

Journaling: Cousin photos aren’t easy to take. The top one is the best one from one visit and the one to the bottom right, the best one from a whole summer. Text strips: ‘Do you want to join me for a cousin photo? Yes, cousin photo in the sofa!’, ‘Well, I am not sure, it seems a bit scary, maybe if daddy is also in the photo’, ‘Flee, flee, mommy, he is coming, take us away from here’, ‘No, stay, stay, cousin photo’.

And: ‘At least they were all three in the one photo at the same time’.

Thank you for looking!!


Supplies: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz stamps Attic Treasures, Ultimate Grunge, Warehouse District, Mini Muse, Words for Thought, ATC Photograph stamp: Oxford Impressions number stamps; Making Memories crown stamps; Sizzix: Word Play Bigz XL, Filmstrip Frames Sizzlits; Archival Ink Jet Black; Versafine Onyx Black; Alcohol ink: Sunshine Yellow, Butterscotch; Ranger Seafoam White embossing powder; Tim Holtz idea-ology tissue tape, film strip and patterned paper; Maya Road sheers; Core’dinations kraft core cardstock; Panduro velvet hearts and metallic flowers ; BasicGrey and MME patterned papers; acetate; Daler & Rowney watercolours and watercolour paper; twine.


  1. This layout is just glorious. I'm a scrapper rather than a scrapbooker, but this makes me want to delve in to this whole new area. Thanks for the inspiration... and I'm off to investigate CSI!

  2. GORGEOUS... The details are phenomenal!

  3. This is stunning! You did such a amazing job with this color combo...seamlessly mixed!

  4. Lovely lovely page, so much to look at & enjoy. I really liked your journalling too, I so feel your pain!! Well done on your appt to SSS&S, Richly deserved! xx


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