Challenge #2 made it a lot of fun to dig through some old supplies. Creating my own embellishments was also a great part of the challenge! In this, “Got Mail?”, layout I used several different techniques which made it hard to decide which one to share my tutorial on. To start off, however, I’ll share with you how I stretched my supplies.
I had this sheet of die cut paper by Making Memories. I really wanted to make use of the stamp cut border as it went with my postal theme, but I didn’t want to lose the center of the paper by covering it up with what else I had planned for my layout. I cut out the center of my patterned paper so that I just had the die cut stamp border. I used the center piece I cut out to mat my photos, and I cut out the little flowery vines.
I placed a piece of vellum that I never thought I’d use in the center of the frame and I then used a plain piece of kraft colored cardstock which I tore the edges of. The torn edges of that cardstock were to become one of my handmade embellishments, although I didn’t know it at the time. As I played around with my scrap strips of paper I thought they sort of looked like rosebuds if I rolled them up and then squashed them. Add some ink, paint, and stickles and I’ve got pretty cool embellishments out of something I’d normally throw away!
Next I chose to use an envelope on my layout which was very much on the cheap since who doesn’t have one of those on hand! To make my own wax seal, I melted a piece of crayon with my embossing gun and then immediately pressed a metal embellishment into the wax. I don’t know why I had these metal embellishments. I don’t really like to use them since they can be rather heavy, but this was a great way to get some use out of them! After the wax had cooled, I put a bit of paint on my seal and then wiped it off and I was left with just paint in the crevices to add extra definition.