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I created this layout using Radiant Neon inks, along with a few other supplies. The rich, bright colors found in this pigment ink instantly made me think of the flowers that are just beginning to bloom out in the garden and around my yard so I decided that I wanted to capture this year’s Spring in full bloom with this layout.
Begin by trimming down a sheet of white cardstock to 11½˝ x 11½˝ in size. Stamp the butterfly image in the bottom right corner, inking the stamp with Radiant Neon Electric Green, Electric Blue and Electric Purple. To add color and texture to the background, spray with irRESISTible Dandelion as desired; allow to dry completely. Highlight areas of the background lightly with Electric Orange and Electric Coral, wiping off excess color with a damp paper towel. Mount onto a piece of 12˝ x 12˝ sky blue cardstock to create the base for the layout.
To create the flowers, die cut two each of the Medallion 9 flowers – one of the solid background, and one of the flower frame. Color each with different colors or Radiant Neon pigment inks then adhere together.
For the larger flower layer piece, die cut one piece of Vertigo Taffeta with the French Harmony die, using the Junior Metal Plate to cleanly cut the Vertigo through the Grand Calibur machine. Color the back (matte) side of the Vertigo with Electric Green around the leaves with an InkBlusher. Ink a Sponge Dauber with Electric Yellow and “stamp” a dot in the middle portion of the flower petals with the Sponge Dauber. Use the same method to color around the petals using Electric Orange. Once dried completely, adhere to the layout base. Note: I’ve found using a spray adhesive works best for holding down Vertigo for this application.
Adhere the completed flowers onto the corners of the Vertigo flower layer with dimensional tape. Die cut “SPRING” with the Font One Uppercase die from white cardstock, then color the letters with Electric Yellow. Use Scor-It double sided tape to add the orange ribbon and letters to the layout.
Die cut one #2 butterfly from Vertigo Taffeta using the Junior Metal Plate and one #2 butterfly shadow from white cardstock. Place a piece of Scor-It tape on the backside (matte) of the butterfly in the middle before coloring lightly with Electric pink. Color the butterfly shadow with Electric Pink, then highlight and blend with Electric purple. Adhere Vertigo butterfly onto the butterfly shadow then mount onto the layout with dimensional tape over the stamped butterfly image.
To create the flower embellishment, place a rhinestone jewel inside of the hatpin. With round nose pliers, curl the end of the hatpin. Double knot tie a piece of coordinating ribbon onto the stem of the hatpin and trim to create leaves for the flower embellishment.
For layering the photographs, edge each picture with Radiant Neon ink. Cut a piece of Taffeta Vertigo slightly larger and color the back (matte) side of Vertigo with Radiant Neon along the edges. Use this piece as a guide to size the base layering piece slightly larger and cut from white cardstock. Color this piece on the edges with Radiant Neon as well then adhere the layers together. Repeat for all photographs and mount to the layout.
The Monterey Pine wood embellishments were colored with Radiant Neon on the front, then colored with a different color on the sides using InkBlushers to apply the colors. Heat set the colored shapes with clear embossing powder to seal before adding these to the layout as well.
I hope that this project has given you some inspiration to create your own SPRING themed project using Radiant Neon inks!
IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko Radiant Neon: Electric Yellow, Electric Orange, Electric Coral, Electric Pink, Electric Purple, Electric Green, Electric Blue; Vertigo: Tilted, Prism, Taffeta; Monterey Pine: Dragonfly, Flower; irRESISTible Texture Spray Dandelion, InkBlushers, Sponge Daubers, Embossing Powder Clear
Stamp-It Australia “Birds and Butterflies” EX Mount Stamp Set 67
Spellbinders S2-039 Shapeabilities Medallion 9, S4-395 Shapeabilities Les Papillions Two, S5-222 French Harmony Expandable Pattern Die, S6-009 Shapeabilities Font One Uppercase, MB3-001 Circle Hatpins, Junior Metal Plate, Grand Calibur machine
Ribbon May Arts
DCWV rhinestone jewel
Beadsmith round nose pliers
Miscellaneous cardstock (white, sky blue), spray adhesive, dimensional tape, Scor-It tape