Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Scraps Of Darkness Reveals The February Kit~A Touch Of Grey

The Scraps Of Darkness February Kit~A Touch Of Grey was revealed a few days ago and WOW is it a gorgeous one!! Melinda always gives us some of the latest and greatest finds and this month is no exception!

With each kit, you get a sketch to provide inspiration, and the one for this kit was created by Sue Pup and provides tons of it for those of us, who sometimes need a little push in the mojo department.
Here is this month's sketch:

And the following is my take on the sketch, featuring some photos of my son, Draven that my sister, Tammy of All About Smiles Photography did of him. The darker paper just begged me for some masculine grunginess~

I used some paper from the Coordinating Paper Add On for the base and then tore, water distressed and painted the edges with some Jacquard Paint that I mixed with  sandblasting sand to get that that really gritty texture. The sand you use in a sand blaster is black so it really adds to the dark color as well. 

For the pieces behind the photo, I fussy cut out one of the film strips from the CAO paper, fringed the ends and rolled them, then layered it in, then topped it with a view master piece that I created using the stencil from the kit. I first painted around the stencil onto a foil paper, then fussy cut it out and distressed the edges.

Next I distessed and inked some more of the kit papers and layered them, then distressed and inked the edges of my photo and added it on. I took some stash, Tim Holtz metal pieces to create the ball chain piece across the photo. then randomly placed dry wall tape for even more texture.

I created mattes for my smaller photos, by distressing and inking some more paper, and then attaching them together by setting eyelets and pushing ball chain through them. I added more dry wall tape, and  then  cut the "Live Life To The Fullest" quote from the paper and attached  the words randomly.

I then took more of my Jacquard paint and sand mixture and painted puddles all over my layout.

To create the bottom look, I took the leftover pieces that I tore off the paper edges and stacked them for a really cool layered look, then tore the large "Everyday Moments" piece from more of the paper, inked the edges and added it on with foam tape for dimension.

Just look at all that dimension!!

I love getting gritty and raw every once in a while, and that is what I love about the Scraps Of Darkness Kits, there is something for everyone. They are always so versatile and allow you to scrap how you like to scrap, and provide you with so much scrappy goodness that you will find yourself reaching into each kit, long after the month has gone by. 

Thank you so much for visiting! Hugs~Renea


Anonymous said...

Wowzer Renea!!! Incredible work here!
Love the grungy guy layers, and the pop of color that Draven's
red shirt adds!~
Some unique techniques I certainly want to try; you inspire me
all the time!

Shanna Shands said...

Amazing job. I love the textures you created!

Aubrieannie UU said...

OMG, Renea! Drywall tape?!?! AWESOME! I specifically stopped by to check out what that "mesh" was. Ingenious. And I bet it probably takes color pretty well too. What a killer page!