Jul 3, 2016

Free and Brave 4th of July Mixed Media Layout

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I don't know what got into me, but I just had to make a scrapbook layout...  When I first started stamping years ago, it was flat and rigid, unlike my style.  Nowadays layouts are dynamic and just as cool as any other form of art.  My blog buddy, Cindy of Samsama Scrap, is being featured as a guest designer at Scrap Africa and after checking it out I was dying to play along!  What a great sketch!

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As I sat down to work on my DT project for Stamps & Stencils (don't worry - I will get to it!), I ended up doodling out this entire design and thought to myself "if I don't do this now, I never will!"  Here you can see the two (Christmas) papers I used.  I used clear gesso to give them some tooth.  Then went on the stencil paste (stars - Tim Holtz and dots - Prima).  I sprayed and dripped with my DIY spray ink made from one dropper of Dr. PH Martin's liquid watercolor and water in a mini mister.  My favorite part was making "ribbon" from the baby wipe I blotted the ink with!  How fun!  Next I added some tissue tape to give some contrast.  

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I used some bead mix with Mod Podge for the shimmer of fireworks.

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I used inky papers I made to create the tags.  The copper stars are my favorite detail.

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Tim's chit chat stickers for the sentiment.  The wooden frame was painted with watered down Lumiere paints.

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More detail of the baby wipe "ribbon" and the lace and string bundle.

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Every inch of this page is busy busy!

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It all started with this photo I found when digging for something for my next project.  I'm so glad I found it - and just in time for the 4th of July!  I hope to put this in a white frame and use it seasonally.  Have a wonderful forth of July and never forget our soldiers who fight for our freedom!  May God be glorified in America and this world.

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Sharing the scrappy love with:
cement color
I chose BLUE STENCIL CARDBOARD (to build the layers)
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44 comments:

  1. What a perfect patriotic layout this is my friend!! The texture and details are amazing!! I love the layers and design!! The picture is fabulous!! This is spectacular, Autumn!! Love, love it!! I hope you have a safe and happy 4th!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  2. This is such a beautiful layout! The embellishments and colors are awesome. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

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  3. Such a beautiful and well thought out creation Autumn.

    B x

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  4. What a fabulous textural project Autumn - love your colours, the stars and that amazing photo!
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  5. Such a fantastic patriotic layout just perfect for the 4th of July . Terrific idea too to frame it so you can use it seasonally. The explosion of stars behind all the layers of your fab ephemera is wonderful and evokes a real celebratory feeling to your layout . Love it .
    Happy 4th of July! Autumn to you and your family
    hugs x

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  6. Oh, what a great photo that is Autumn!!!! I really like how busy your lo is - it's fabulous!!!! Wonderfully done for your 4th of July celebrations!!!!
    Hugz

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  7. I don't scrap very often but you have made me wish I did - this is outstanding! I love the colours, the layout, the paint splattering and, of course, the occasion, this is a wonderful patriotic display Autumn! Happy 4th July to you. Hugs, Anne xx

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  8. Autumn, this is a fabulous layout!!! I love every bit of it!!!!

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  9. What a wonderful layout autumn. This is fabulous. X

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  10. Wow! Beautiful layout, I love it !!!

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  11. Loving the textures on your stars. Your layout is fantastic and works so well with the photo.
    Julie x

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  12. Love love LOVE this patriotic project, Autumn, and the vintage photo. It's so meaningful to think back about those who came before us, who contributed to our DNA, and our life styles... to those who were before them, 400 years ago, 1,000 years ago, 5,000 years ago, and even before then! How connected we become with them, and how blessed we are with artists such as yourself who remind us of that connectedness and the sacrifices that were made that we may enjoy life. hugs, de

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  13. Fabulous design and details on your mixed media project Autumn. Hope you had a great 4th July xxx

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  14. OMG, Autumn, this is awesome! I love everything about your brilliant patriotic layout! What a fantastic design, my friend! Big hugs! Branka xx

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  15. Autumn, I can not begin to tell you how much I LOVE this patriotic page,and framing it for a seasonal decor piece is brilliant. Would you like my address? I'm just so gaga over this, I might not be able to find words...Ha! Imagine! Love that lace, thread, baby wipe cluster so much, but the copper stars!!!! Be still my heart! Wow! Pardon me for the drool! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Pinned! Hugs!

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  16. I love your layout. That baby wipe ribbon was really cute.

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  17. Very patriotic and full of energy! You managed to make the red/blue/white work together beautifully!

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  18. I am speechless, this LO is to be framed, it is too beautiful and precious!

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  19. Absolutely fabulous layout love all the texture and embellishments and great idea using baby wipes as ribbon love the old photo-don't forget our mixed media challenge-http://ainkymess.blogspot.co.uk/
    Carol x

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  20. Wow! You've created a masterpieces that really fits the challenge so well! Thank you for joining this months challenge at Scrap Africa!

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  21. So Creative...a work of Art! Omg..love the paper towel ribbon...brilliant idea !

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  22. This is so wonderful and perfect for the 4th of July! Than k you for sharing it with us at the Mixed Media Monthly blog! =)

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  23. Simply stunning, love your mixed media and your take on our colour palette. Thank you for playing along with us at The Studio Challenges.

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  24. Dynamic, inspiring and truly original, I love how you made this scrapbook page your very own and incorporated all those yummy mixed media products and techniques to boot! Using bead gel to simulate fireworks is truly inspired. Thank you for joining our this month's Mixed Media Challenge over at ARTplorations.

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  25. Autumn, Wonderful textures and layering on your fab layout! Thanks for taking on the Emerald creek Dare. :)

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  26. Wow, what an incredible page filled with so many amazing details and texture! Thank you for joining the challenge at Emerald Creek!

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  27. Awesome layout! Great colours, too. Thank you for playing with Scrap Africa :)

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  28. I like your take of our colour palette challenge. Great context, too. Thank you for joining us at The Studio Challenges.

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  29. There is a really celebratory feel to your layout - fabulous.

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  30. Absolutely gorgeous, girl! Gosh, I can't say it enough... I just adore all those delicious textures, and what a perfectly festive take on our palette! Thanks so much for playing along with us in The Studio!

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  31. I love your superb and busy page Autumn. Absolutely patriotic and those stars are amazingly stunning and striking. Excellent job! Thank you for joining STAMPlorations July Mixed Media Challenge and hope to see you again next month. Happy Creating!
    Hugs and smiles,
    Asmah
    STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design Team
    Qinaahana Arts & Crafts {My Personal Blog}

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  32. A gorgeous !! work, I love the composition, details and background ...
    Thank you very much for playing with us in Africa Scrap !!

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  33. Your page is absolutely stunning! I love the layers and techniques that all gel to just create a gorgeous piece! ;-) Thanks so much for playing along with us at Scrap Africa! ;-)

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  34. This is GORGEOUS Autumn! I love the yummy texture and patriotic theme. Such a fun layout too. Thank you for joining us at STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge this month and good luck. We sure hope you join us again.

    Amy- DT
    {Lil Cutie Creations}

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  35. this is so beautiful! i loooove mixed media scrapbook pages! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

    -Rachel
    rwkrafts.com

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  36. Very cool layout!! Thanks for joining us at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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  37. Congratulations on your win at Emerald Creek Dares! So well deserved! I hope to get caught up with your lovely work soon, but probably not going to happen today, either! These days are so busy! Hugs!

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  38. This is an amazing work! Thank you for joining us at Scrap Africa!

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  39. Hey there Autumn, I'm back again with a different hat this time. I must say again how much I love the shining stars and your take on the sketch is perfection to me. Thanks a bunch for playing along at Scrap Africa July challenge {thanks also to your friend for the motivation,smile}. I look forward to see you again this month with purplish and bluish mood board challenge. Enjoy your scrappy crafty moments always my friend!
    Hugs and smiles,
    Asmah
    Scrap Africa Design Team
    Qinaahana Arts & Crafts {My Personal Blog}

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  40. Beautiful work! Thanks for joining us at Scrap africa :)

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  41. Totally amazing layout. Thank you for playing along with us at The Studio.

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  42. Yippeee, again, Autumn; this time you are honorably mentioned at Mixed Media Monthly! Happy to share that spotlight with you! Big hugs! Hope all is well!

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  43. OMG! This is such an awesome layout. I love it! Thank you for joining us at the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge. xx Susanne.

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  44. Congrats for your STAMPlorations win!

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