"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blue Fern Studios Design Team Work

I used the pretty rose pattern from the Blue Fern Garden "Signature" paper to create the basis of the composition of the layout.  No, your monitor is not blurry, that photo of the kids is blurry, a defect from the camera or the photographer in those days.  Sadly, the shoes are more in focus, and unfortunately, a lot of these old pics I inherited are blurry.   But on to the best part… those Blue Fern Studios chipboard dangles! This one is the Flutter Page Dangle.  I cut off the butterfly portion of the dangle and placed it on the other side of the layout on top of the rose pattern paper.  It looks more like a “flutter fly” than a “butterfly” because I applied mists of water to separate the cardboard to make the wings look like they are in motion. I love the dangle chipboard pieces because they are so versatile and you can cut them up too.

Treatment of the Dangle: The dangle was created by first applying white dauber, light green mist, and a darker mist.  To add depth, you sporadically cover the chipboard with the two mists (allow to dry between applications) and carefully allow some overlapping but not too much or you’ll only create one color. After the applications of mists dry, add some detail with a black marker, or water color pencil around various areas.  Try to create larger sweeps of the application of the marker, or watercolor pencil, in some areas and go over them with a white gel pen to add little dots to create further detail.  A simple treatment with lovely results.

Thank you for stopping by and allowing me to share my design team work with you.  Check in a few days from now, and I'll share my latest artist trading card collection.  You'll also want to stop by Blue Fern Studios to see all the new chipboard pieces too.

Keep creating...


  1. The way you alter the chip board is just dazzling girl! they really look like jewels, so pretty.... xo