Aunt Vibes and Sunbursts

This layout started out as something I wanted to keep simple. Those more I got into creating it kept evolving into something not quite so simple. I am completely in love with where this page took me, so much so I have a shadow box ordered so i have display it. My niece and I are very close, and this page turned out perfect to showcase that.

The color palate for this page never changed, however i had planned on simply using this amazing 12×12 Sunburst Stencil from Redefined Kreative, and to Ombré these colors leaving the Cougar White paper to come through as well. The more I looked at this sitting on my desk, I got the grand idea to ink and entire sheet of the cougar white paper in each color, using the stencil as a template, and cut the rays apart and alternate them.

Using my Life Changing Brushes, and my Oxide Ink, attached to my STAY-tion, I ink the Couger White Cardstock. I didn’t overload the ink, I like the marbled look it created, but feel free to layer that color on. I used Chipped Sapphire, Worn Lipstick, and Broken China Oxide Inks.

I left the inks to dry for awhile, Please be careful to keep your workspace dry, the oxide ink, even dry, will react to water or any kind of moisture.
I flipped over each sheet of the inked paper, and using the Starburst Stencil made pencil marks, and using a trimmer, cut at the pencil line, creating the “rays”.

I laid out each “ray” to make sure I liked it, but also to make sure i had enough of them and did need to create more. Then collected them in that order. Placing the photos where I wanted them, Using a pencil to mark where I wanted the center of those “rays” to be. I used Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

Around and Around I went, alternating the colors, trying to keep all the rays centered at the same spot. After I had all the rays glued on, I waited for the glue to completely dry before trimming off any excess paper. Cutting before its dry, can cause the paper to tear.

While waiting for the glue to dry, I pulled out my photos. Using Curious Metallic Poison Ivory cardstock and Classic Crest Ivory Cardstock, I started to layer my photos. I had a good bit of extra inked paper, and thought that I would use those to add a bit of color in between the ivory papers.

After trimming off all the excess paper, I pulled out a Stencil from Scrapbook.com Dandelion, and using just a clean dauber and water, I removed some of the color of the oxides, leaving a watercolor appearance, design of the stencil.

First thing I did was add my photos. I used just a normal adhesive on the left one, and Foam adhesive to add the second picture, overlapping. Now stash diving for all the embellishments that match the color scheme.

I pulled out ColorCast Design title and hearts, Cocoa Vanilla Fussy Cut Butterflies, Prima Flowers that started the color scheme, and some flair from ScrappinHappy Studio. I also used some half pearls, clear bubbles, and sequins form SpiegelMom Scraps.

I used the pearls and sequins to pop out of the photos like a burst… popped in Flair from the Aunt Collection. Used foam tape on some flowers, and the flair. Took a step back and fell in love.
I hope this inspires you to use your stencils in a nontraditional way. And that you found some fun inspiration. Please leave comment, questions, or share your projects!
Happy Crafting!
Melly Art

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  1. Oh wow!!! This turned out absolutely amazing!! Your step by step process is very well written & easy to follow. Beautiful Melly!!!!

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