Using Your Foundation Paper As Your Elements!

I love beautifully designed paper.  I often try to work around it so it can show off the intricate designs.   I will add a few elements that work with the theme.  This time it was different.

Earth Day with Little

I worked with the intention of using the design as elements.  The paper from Blue Fern Studios had several designs and one in particular that I wanted to work into.  Printed on the paper are two dangle designs.  I added Blue Fern Studios chipboard dangles painted with Gesso into the existing design.  I love how they compliment each other and enhance the overall design of the page. 

Secondly I wanted to work with the whole lower left corner with the flowers, and spring work.  I wanted continue the flowing movement so I added Prima's crystals, and Basic Grey rub-ons.  I added the flowers from Prima along with the little element "care" to add to the theme of the layout. 

Of course Spring cries of new green leaves on the trees.
  • I painted the chipboard (Blue Fern Studios) with Gesso.  
  • Then I painted the branches and leaves with Distress Inks from Tim Holtz.  I just squeezed some out on my mat and used a fine tip brush and painted it on.  
  • After it dried I added embossing ink with a sponge in small areas and added Tim's Distress Embossing Powder to highlight the leaves. 

The last touch comes from 7Gypsies with the bird.  One thing I kept in mind while added all these elements was to work within the design especially the circle with "Timeless Beauty."  I was really pleased with the end results.

As you can tell I'm dreaming of Spring!

Have A Crafty Day!


  1. Oh wow! That is just amazing!! I love everything about it but my favs are the elements going down the left side and the branch going up over the photo. Absolutely beautiful! Great photo too.

  2. This is soooo beautiful, Debby! I love how you added dimension to the elements already on the paper!

  3. You taught me to use embossing powder way back when. Now I've bought my first gesso. May this old dog can still learn new tricks! TY!

  4. Such wonderful details! LOVE your cluster!

  5. you should be:):) It is gorgeous!!!


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