Monday, 28 December 2015

A Dusty Photo Shoot

Hello! I hope you're having a wonderful holiday break.Today I want to show you how you can make cool backgrounds with Dusty Attic stencils and chippies plus I have a few other tips and tricks to share.

Here's the layout I made:

I love those poppies!

To make the background, I first swiped behind the photo with gesso then dabbed Dusty Attic paint through a feathers stencil, changing to a green ink every now and then. I then took a leaf chippie, held it with jewellery pliers and dabbed it in black paint. I then stamped the leaf above and beneath my photo, re-applying the paint each time. Using chippies as stamps is a great way to extend the use of your products.

Did you see the heart below the photo? That's actually a waste piece from the Fancy Flourish #2 set. Always look at the pieces you remove from chippies and see if there's anything useful in the waste!

I also used some Metallic Melts on the second word of the title, half of the large heart and the heart on the arrow. This adds a bit of funky glam to the page. Try adding it to just half or a part of a shape for a unique feature.

That Heart Attack panel is great. By popping out the inner hearts you can get three different heart designs from the one panel.

Here are the Dusty Attic products I used:

Leaves #2 DA1342              Poppies DA1289          Mini Captions #7 DA1386   

Heart Attack Panel small #1    Feathers and Arrows Stencil     Fancy Flourish #2
DA1203                                     DA1327                                       DA0415

Heart Arrows #1 DA1016       Foliage #3   Dusty in Colour Paints in Oceania, Jungle green and Soot

Happy scrappin'!



  1. Wow! Great Family LO with wonderful textures and chippies stamping, love how you used the leftover heart too with a glam look! Thanks for sharing your tips and techniques!

  2. Beautiful photo on this layout Heather, colours are just gorgeous. Hope you have a happy new year and a great crafting one my buddy.xx

  3. Fabulous layout! love the back ground details.. love the photo, so glad your doggie is there too!

  4. looks just great Heather. Thanks for sharing

  5. looks just great Heather. Thanks for sharing

  6. Gorgeous! LOVING the feathers and the poppies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  7. Fantastic layout Heather! Great photo! Love the shimmery metallic heart and vibrant poppies!

  8. Especially love the portrait. Happy New Year!

  9. Beautiful family !! This page is absolutely fantastic !!


  10. Absolutely amazing page, Heather! Thank you so much for showing all of us how you made it, too! And I want to wish you a very happy new year and many blessings in 2016! Hugs to you, my friend!

  11. Love this , you have really made your lovely photo shine . The leaves look great how you have used them and also the left over heart piece , looks great. Love everything about this . Happy New Year Heather , may it be a fabulous one

  12. WOw those poppies really pop and loved all the chipboard embellies ! Loved the happy background and the photo full of family Fun !

  13. Really Amazing....I love all your work Heather.

  14. Such an eye catching layout! I love it!

  15. Wonderful Layout Heather !! Really gorgeous!! I love the little hearts and leaves!! The photograph is fabulous!! Nice Family!! I want to wish you a very Happy New Year, full of happyness!! Big hugs, Caty.