Sunday, July 15, 2012

Vintage Hawaiian Adventure

Aloha everyone.  Barbara here, back with my second design team project for The Robin's Nest.  When I saw the Tropical Flowers Glitter paper, with it's bright orange and golden yellow colors, and plumeria flowers beautifully glittered throughout, I could not help but think of Hawaii.  Everything is so warm and colorful there, and The Robin's Nest papers are perfect for this page layout.

I began with the Tropical Flowers Glitter paper as the backdrop for my page layout.  I wanted to bring in the blue to complement the orange color, but I did not want to cover up the beautiful Tropical Flowers Glitter paper.  So I cut the center from the Glitter Teal card stock to make a frame.  This allowed me to use the center portion of the Glitter Teal card stock for die cutting an ornate frame (pictured below) for my main image, and a few other die cut pieces to use to further embellish the page. 

I love dimension, so I ran the ornate frame through an embossing folder, highlighted the high spots with a dry brush technique using off white acrylic paint mixed with a bit of Sakura Crystal Lacquer.  The Crystal Lacquer made the acrylic paint slightly transparent, which is the look I was going for.  I also added the same paint/Crystal Lacquer highlights all around the blue postage stamp edge frame, as well as the embossed oval backdrop (pictured below) using the same dry brush technique.  I cut out the word "Hawaii" and the Hawaiian totem image from a box of Hawaiian candy packaging.  You can also see in this picture where I added some metallic teal dew drops to the frame using the Dew Dew Glue.  These little glue dots make it especially easy to add your dew drops to your art.  I think it really added that touch of bling.

To make the golden yellow flowers and leaves, I used a bit of the distressed honeycomb paper, die cut the leaves, and folded them as shown.  The Robin's Nest paper is so nice, and it holds its shape so well, that when you unfold the leaves, they do not collapse.  Really terrific!!!!

Folded die cut leaves

The tiny little rolled flowers were made by loosely cutting out a circle, then spiral cutting into the circle.  Then, roll the flower up from the outer point of the spiral to the inside.  Add a touch of glue to the center, and when the glue dries, you can manipulate the tiny petals a bit to "ruffle" them.  

Pictured below, you can see the dimension in the leaves, as well as the tiny rolled flowers.  They are so easy to make, and oh so much fun.  The blue flowers are from the local craft store.

Folded die cut leaves and spiral coiled paper flowers

Robin's Nest Products Used:
Tropical Flowers Glitter 12x12 paper
Distress Honeycomb12x12 paper

Glitter Teal Cardstock
Metallic Teal Dew Drops
Dew Dew Glue
I hope you enjoyed my project for this week.  Please be sure to visit The Robin's Nest for more selection of their beautiful papers and embellishments.  You will not be disappointed.  And you may also want to check out The Robin's Nest Monthly Page Map Challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from their online store.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful week.  


Danie May said...

This page has come together so wonderfully. I love the vintage imagery with the wonderful contrast of papers and gorgeous embellishments! xx

Camille Short said...


Rachel said...

I love your tutorial! Great great layout!!

Pammejo said...

Barbara, a lovely layout, great tutorials. TFS

Marília Lopes said...

I loved the colors and how you distributed the elements.
Great job!!

Robin said...

Very nicly done! Love the texture, and the leaves. Great Job!

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