Thursday, August 13, 2009

sights of summer...

This week's challenge for Dixie Pieces Sense-ational Summer Contest is handcutting. The colors are blue, green and white. The theme is SIGHTS of summer. And as is the case every week, there are points given for secret items on your layout. Now I'm normally a pretty clean, linear scrapper so this little twist is a toughie for me. I think this may be the busiest layout I've made yet, but I'm kinda liking it.

I love handcutting designs from paper! I've gotten a bit lazy since getting the Cricut, but still love handcutting just as much. To create the dolphin design, I found free clipart online. Printed it out. And adhered it with a gluestick to the backside of the cardstock. Working on the intricate center cuts first I started cutting with my exacto knife.

Since I would only have room for one dolphin, I inked in pen lines to continue to the water pattern through the water, getting rid of the other dolphins.


This is the finished piece, but I decided it looked a bit boring, so......


i got to work adding pattern paper. I wanted to go for a stained glass look. Using the dolphin piece, I laid it down over my pattern paper and traced the pieces. When cutting it out I left a bit of a border so to make it easier to adhere down. Doesn't look so pretty from the back, but kinda cool effect from the front.

closeup of chipboard bubbles....


supplies used:
KI Memories (text pp)
Scenic Route (blue polka dots pp)
Creative Imaginations (green leaves pp)
KMA (dk green pp with wave stamp clear embossed on it)
Autumn Leaves ? (blue flower paper. I layered it with a piece of natural fiber handmade paper )
Junkitz (blue pp)
Flair (baby blue pp on the belly)
Around the Block (starburst blue/greenpp)
Bazzill (dk blue cardstock-embossed with Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder)
stamps: Lizzie Anne Designs (the Great Outdoors-wave)
Versamark
Clear embossing powder
Black brad (eye)
American Craft (stickers on bubbles)
Making Memories (title stickers)
Cherry Arte (chipboard bubbles)
American Crafts (aqua rubons on bubbles)
Tattered Ink & watercolors (to color title stickers with)
Hope everyone is having a fantastic week. Only one more day to the weekend....woo hoo!!!!

22 comments:

Jen said...

super cute wendy!! those dolphins and paper...beautiful!! a really beautiful page!!

ali said...

great job....I never even thought about the hues of water...

K said...

You did a really great job...love the look of it!

cindy said...

Holy cow! You are awesome. I would never have been able to cut that out. U go girl!

April said...

This is amazing Wendy!! Just stunning!

Cathy Bautista said...

awesome hand cutting talent! what an ingenious idea! :)

Tiffany said...

All that cutting was just amazing! I love how you used all the different papers behind the dolphin and water. Super layout!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Awesome technique for a page!!! Thanks for the details!!

broni (waterchild12) said...

Wendy, this is amazing! You must have a lot of patience to do all that cutting! It turned out beautifully!

Anthonette said...

Ah....gorgeous! So many wonderful details. Good job, Wendy!

Tiffany said...

You really do wonderful work with scrapping...so looking forward to seeing more LO's from you, this is just superb with the stenciling and trimming!!

Emily Leiphart said...

That's incredible and so gorgeous!

Annette said...

Wow Wendy, this is absolutely stunning! What a great technique and so creative, I love the stained glass look of it and the finished page is gorgeous! Looks like it took alot of time but so worth it in the end, I just love it!

Calia Yang said...

OH WOWZA!!!!! you are the GURU of cut-work!!!! That's so awesome!

Patti said...

My hand would be so cramped after all that cutting!!! Kudos to you ~ I am in awe!

Elena said...

Wow! You are so good with your craft knife! It looks gorgeous! Real masterpiece!!!

Adela said...

AWESOME... you've got great patience.

Sarah said...

this is FABULOUS! I just LOVE all the hand cutting and detail! amazing!

Life Made Creations said...

I know I said it over at Dixie, but I have to say it again. This technique is AMAZING! Your page is gorgeous!!

Heather Lough said...

This layout is so amazing. I'm in awe of the cutting.

Kendra said...

OH MY WORD! What a GORGEOUS page! This is spectacular Wendy!

Susie Bentz said...

Just found this in a random google search. Have to tell you I love it!