Here is the last of the November layouts! Dorothy’s creation for this month features distressed paper layering and gold accents (plus a bit of fussy-cutting!). With the muted pinks and blues in the paper, and the rustic accents, Dorothy’s page reminds me of my childhood fairy-tale books.
Dorothy used a couple different techniques to add gold accents to her layout this month. One way was die cutting the gold foil paper that was included in the kit. She used this for the large gear, the clock, and to mat her word block. On the smaller gear in the top right-hand side of the photo, she used the Emerald Creek Fossilized Amber Baked Textures Embossing Powder. (She used the Emerald Creek Chunky Rust and Rocky Road embossing powders on the rest of the gears). The solid, enamel-like effect on the gold gear is done by applying multiple layers of the embossing powder. She also used embossing powder around the edges of the layout. The sand-like effect is achieved by applying the watermark ink straight from the ink pad, and then applying a light, random sprinkle of embossing powder (and then heat set).
One thing Dorothy did that really adds to the rustic style of her layout is distressing the paper. Her second layer (you can see just the edges of it framed by the black) is actually the cream cardstock from the kit inked brown. I love how it looks like a page from an old book and sets the tone for the layout. Dorothy has also ripped the paper at the edges for all of her other layering. While just ripping the paper does add texture, to add a more rustic feel Dorothy has made sure to ink around all the ripping to hide the white edges. For the inking in the layout she used Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap and Ground Espresso distress inks.
It is a bit difficult to see in the photos, but Dorothy also used a stylus to dry-emboss the images in the patterned paper to make them pop and add some dimension.
If you would like to copy Dorothy’s layout, here is a draft you can work off of. The dies she used on the layout are Tim Holtz’s Weathered Clock, Postage Stamp Frames, and Gadget Gears dies.