Art-C so kindly sent the Graphic 45 design team their new Groove Tool for a "test drive." It's a great little tool and was so fun to use with inks and paints. I used it on the black cardstock layer of this layout.
I started out with the October Time to Flourish collection which is my favorite of all the months. The image with the pumpkins and crow totally speaks to me, so of course, I had to fussy cut it. That was the beginning of the layout. I dug around in my photo stash and found the two Harvest images and they go so nicely with these October papers so there was the foundation for my layout along with the orange print for my base.
Now there was too much orange going on so I picked up a piece of black cardstock and decided that was just what I needed to give my layout some depth. But oh, and there's always a but, the black was so harsh. Enter Art-C's Groove Tool. It's a battery operated tool that applies media so neatly and evenly. It comes with several applicators useful for applying paint or ink. I used the sponge applicator and applied Mix'd Media Inx in pewter over a stencil. I love the nice even application and it softens the black without being too much of a contrast. I did a quick video demonstration showing you how the Groove Tool works.
Here you can really see the inked pattern that I masked on with the Groove Tool.
I love this image so much! I fussy cut it and popped it up so that it would really catch your attention.
To finish up my layout, I added some fussy cut flowers from the May Flourish and a bat from Steampunk Spells.
Supplies List - Graphic 45
Time to Flourish Collection (12 x 12):
October Flourish 4501048
October Cut Apart 4501047
May Flourish 4501038
March Flourish 4501034
Steampunk Spells Mechanical Marvels
The Groove tool
ColorBox Mix'd Media Inx - pewter
I am Roses Gardenias purple and green
Martha Stewart Cherish punch around the page
Distress ink - black soot, ripe persimmon
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