Monday, February 15, 2016

An Octopus Garden with Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea.

I think it's really interesting how inspiration strikes at the strangest times.  I was cleaning my 
work table and listening to music when The Beatles song,  Octopus Garden, came on.  I had also just received my shipment of papers from Graphic 45 for CHA creations.  BAM!  Inspriation strikes.  I quickly snatched a pencil and wrote down "Octopus Garden-Voyage Beneath the Sea".  

I knew I would need some sea creatures and foliage so I went to the  Creative Embellishments store and got some octopuses, seaweed, and seashells.  I knew those pieces  along with fussy cut images from the Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea design papers would make a great octopus garden!

 I started with a 13 x 13 paper storage box and painted the inside white.  Then I tore strips of the design paper and glued down with matte medium.  Then I did some stenciling over the paper strips.  When that was dry, I sprayed on 2 colors of mist to give it a deep sea look.  Then it was a matter of adding the fussy cut images from the design papers and layering them in with the Creative Embellishments chipboard pieces.  I used foam tape to give the images different heights to create depth in my diorama.  Instead of an ink pad, I used  Faber Castell Big Brush Pens to ink my edges.  It is so much easier to ink all those tiny spots with a pen.

Here's a closeup of the Creative Embellishments octopus (there's a Steampunk octopus available now!)  and seaweed.  of course I added Petaloo Botanica teal blooms because they match this collection perfectly!

Love love love this fussy cut image from the G45 design papers!

A fussy cut octopus and a Creative Embellishments octopus.

Graphic 45's Voyage Beneath the Sea is such a wonderful collection, it's a perfect blend of Steampunk and tropical colors!  It will be available in your favorite scrapbook store soon!


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