Monday, September 20, 2010

Before and After - She's a Sassy Lady Project

Hi Everyone!  I'm really excited to share this project with you for my first time as a She's a Sassy Lady Guest Designer! I really want to thank Sheila for this opportunity! I thought this was an appropriate project since I'm showing you what I've learned in a few short months.  The first photo is a layout I did for my daughter's bathroom shadow box.  The second is it's replacement after learning and practicing a number of new techniques.  Here's the inspiration I used to make both - her shower curtain.

I had just gotten my Cricut when I made her first one and so I cut out images and put them down on a 12 x 12 piece of paper.  My daughter loved it and I thought it was pretty good.  I then opened a few blogs and a few message boards and couldn't believe all the amazing creations and techniques out there!  I started experimenting and learning about texture, depth and dimension!  Soon, I bought my Gypsy and a few more cartridges and here's what I've learned.
First, I pulled out my Gypsy and paper and laid out exactly what I wanted.
Next, I cut out my images and set them to the side.  I took the left over sheets and used them for a stencil. I started with my background which will be sky and grass.  I wanted to add a lot of depth in this project and creating a background with ink was a good option.  I took the stencils from my cut-outs, ink and a make-up sponge and started creating.  I laid the stencil down on the 12x12 sheet of designer paper.  Rolling the make-up sponge took away the harsh edges that I didn't want to see.  I then inked it up and started dabbing in the clouds with a soft blue.  I then added a bit of moonlight white to soften the blue.  I did the same for the grass but in a green.
Once I finished inking with the stencil I started adding some texture and dimension to a few of my objects.  I ran my clouds upside down on my sticker maker. Then I used a putty knife and ran it over the clouds to adhere the glue better.  I pulled them off and sprinkled glitter on them.
I love the texture and shine it adds to the clouds.  Notice I also inked the edge of the clouds before adding the glitter which makes them stand out a bit better.  Next, I started working on the water and adding a bit of interest to the top of the waves.  I took my embossing ink and inked the top edges with the make-up sponge again.  I added some embossing powder in a white and used my heat gun to fix it.

Then I began working with each individual cut-out.  Layered, doodled, and inked then finished by adding some googly eyes.

To finish up my project I decided to add more depth and dimension.  I used pop dots to have some images coming up off the page. (A quick hint about pop dots - they work much better when a bit cold.  So if it's warm in your house - put them in the fridge for a bit and they won't be SO sticky until after adhered to your objects then they start to warm up and stick much better.)  Each layer of the water is popped out from the one behind it.  One of the clouds is popped and the frog has about three layers popped.  I also bent the grass cuts forward a bit only adhering the bottom to the page.  This gives a nice dimension to the layout and some added depth. 

You can see a huge difference in the layout, yet the one with added depth and dimension really makes my project more impressive and more artistic. 

Here is the final layout - it has more depth, texture and dimension and overall looks a bit more professional.  The little touches really do go a long way in all your projects! 

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and project.  Please check out my She's A Sassy Lady for more fun and tutorials!



  1. WOW, that is an awesome page. I think both of them are cute, but isn't it funny how far we come with experience. Love all the techniques you used.

  2. it is so beautiful! I guess we all have learned a few tricks since we started but even your first one is gorgeous.

  3. I am so glad you learned all of these techniques so you could teach me!! I love all the depth and texture your project has!! An adorable addition to your bathroom!!
    Barb :)

  4. Oh Melissa, this is just breathtakingly beautiful!!! I love both of them. That shower curtain is just tooooo cute! :)

  5. WOW...2 cute projects but what a difference in the 2nd! I bet she loves them both though! bx

  6. Wow... talk about creative! I LOVE this! Would love to know how you made your water! Just jaw dropping!
    Kim H
    rkrharris at comcast dot net

  7. Wowee! Isn't it fun to see how far we've come on our crafting journey? Your first is adorable, but the second is beyond fabulous! Love the added inking of the background and such depth! LOVE it! xxD

  8. Absolutely Incredible!!!! I couldn't possibly try to explain how amazing this is!!!