Who doesn’t love rainbows? I started this layout with no photo in mind. All I knew for sure was that I wanted to morph this cut file into a rainbow shaker and I wanted to pop.
I stated with my paper. I used the bright colors of the Pop-Tone Collection. Wild Cherry, Razzleberry, Pink Lemonade, Orange Fizz, Lemon Drop, Gum Drop, Limeade, Dark Teal, Sno Cone, and Grape Jelly. I also pulled out Basis Dark Orange, Light Yellow, Blue, and Black. Using three black for the background made all these colors so bright, they just popped off that paper. With my colors in order I turn to the cut file…
Using a pencil, I outlined the part of the Cut file I wanted that color in. I used the outer edges to this, and cut on the inside of the line so when I was ready to glue them all in I didn’t have to worry about it being too short anywhere. I did need to trim some just a little, but that is so much easier than having to redo a whole piece cause it’s to short.
I continued the tracing and cutting for all the colors. I didnt glue anything just yet, cause I knew this cut file needed something more than just the white outline. I continued with the rainbow, and the easiest way to color a cut file is with Ink…
I pulled out my Oxide ink boxes. I used Candied Apple, Picked Raspberries, Kitsch Flamingo, Ripe Persimmon, Crackling Campfire, Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Tumbled Glass, and Wilted Violet. I used some respositionable adhesive, just enough to keep the cut file in place and started blending.
Blending, and blending, and blending. Once it was all done, I used Antique Linen, very light, you can hardly see it, but it was perfect to go over all the colors with to perfectly blend all the colors together. I waited a few minutes for everything to dry, I don’t know about you, but I hate finger prints in blending!
Viola! This bottom piece can be a whole other background for another layout! For this one, we have the perfect peice to back and make a few shakers out of.
I started backing the cut file, using Acetate sheets to cover the sections I wanted for shakers. Once all that was done, using some foam adhesive strips, I made some shakers, using some awesome sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps to fill them up with. They made it so sparkly. Everyone loves Sparkle!
Now for the hardest part of this layout, the photo and title! It took me awhile to decide on a photo. I finally choose one of myself with my niece. The title was surprisingly more difficult than the photo! But i finally did come up one. and I kept the rainbow going using different thickers. I went through my stash and pulled out embellishments that went with the different colors and the rainbow just kept going. Added my Nuvo Drops and called it Done!
Once of my favorite layouts. The black made those colors brighter, and kept the cut file center stage with my photo. I hope this makes doing something like this a little easier for you, or that it pushes you just a little to create something like it. Maybe a little smaller to start. If you do decide to jump in there and create please share your projects below! I would love to see what you create!