Thursday, August 11, 2011

Adding depth

Hi everyone, Andrea MacDonald here with you today to show you and ocean adventure layout using chipboard and paint for depth.
Living on the west coast, we get to see all sorts of creatures. A few weeks ago we just came in from paddling on the water and one of the local fishermen had found an octopus in his net. We got to touch it and watch it get released back into the water. The crazy thing is I've never seen an octopus up close and personal until now. They are so fascinating. So I decided to do a layout about this great experience.
I wanted to add some depth to my page but have an ocean theme. So I cut up a bunch of plain chipboard. You know the ones that come with your fabulous papers when you order through the mail? I just free hand cut some waves and glued them onto plain white cardstock.
I then painted the waves in 3 steps. I started with a light green to match my Urban Lily papers. Let it dry completely and then paint the second colour which I chose a turquoise colour. Again let dry completely and then finish with a third colour.
Once all the paint is dry I tool my Tim Holtz sandpaper and sanded away until the colours underneath started showing through.

Don't be afraid if you sand all the way through to the chipboard because you can go back and touch up with whatever colour you want.
I love the different colours and texture this technique provides.

Andrea MacDonald

Supplies Used:
Urban Lily Sugar Line- Breeze and Apple
Bazzill cardstock
PSA Essential Stamp
Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints
Martha Stewart boarder punch
AC Thickers
Pink Paislee chipboard letters


  1. What a cool technique! Awesome page!

  2. thanks for sharing the cool technique!! great page Andrea!