Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Challenge YOUrself Negative Space "FRIENDS"

Talk about a challenge!!  When I first saw this one - I thought - OH BOY, I'm in trouble - Negative Space? Really? Me? "She who needs to step away from the layout" as my friends say - before I put 5 pounds of embellishments on it!! ??  YIKES!!

But, since I "love me a good challenge" - I stepped right up to the plate, uh, I mean scrap desk, and decided to just "GO FOR IT!"

You can find out all of the challenge details, and PRIZE info at the Challenge YOUrself Blog - but basically - you need to be in a photo on your layout, and this month - use "negative space!"

Here is my Inspiration Layout for you!  I have to say - I LOVE LOVE LOVE how it came out!! - ( if you continue to the end of this blog post - I'll show you how I made that torn background!)
This photo is of me and my BFF, Janice - at a scrapbook weekend event, back in 2013.  We always have a BLAST at these weekends  with our friends and with each other!  Even though there is lots of "Negative" Space, I am happy with how I layered the pattern papers and the embellishments I chose.

The torn, tie dyed looking background was once a piece of textured plain white cardstock! - Not anymore!!
I cut out the larger feathers with the Tim Holtz Die, and saved the inside of the cut / the actual feathers, for another day - I then cut around the "negative" of the feather and used that on my layout. I also outlined them with a black fine point marker.
We had lots of fun counting down to the New Year, a few days early!  Loving the smile on our faces, and all the torn, inked layers of different patterned papers in this close up.  I outlined the stickers and the enamel dots from the collection too!  The rosette was also made from a Tim Holtz Die.
Here is another close up of the embellishments and the torn edges of the white base paper, that I inked and spritzed with water.

So - if you are wondering how I made that white cardstock "tie-dyed" I'd be happy to share:
First - I took the 3 colors of Ranger Distress Stain that I wanted to use, and "pounced" or dabbed them here and there on a 

Ranger Inkssentials Craft Sheet.  I then spritzed them with a little water from a spray bottle.

Below you can see a close up of the Stain and the Water on the matt.

I then took the torn paper - and placed it textured side down, on top of the stains on my matt, and pressed gently.  I held it up so that there would be a bit of "drippage" from the top to the bottom. 

Here is a close up of all of the colors - cool huh?!! 

I inked all of the torn edges with the stains, and spritzed them with a bit of water to spread the color around - I have to say, I LOVE how this came out, and will be trying it again for sure. 

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope I've inspired you to play along and get a little "inky" with it too!  I hope to see your creation on the MARCH NEGATIVE SPACES Challenge over at the Challenge YOUrself Blog!  You could WIN a PRIZE!!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri
Items Used:
Photo Play - "Fun with Friends" Collection
Element Stickers
4x6 Cards
Tim Holtz Feather Die
Tim Holtz Rosette Die
Ranger Distress Stains - Peacock Feathers, Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberries
Recollections Enamel Dot Stickers
My Mind's Eye Enamel Dot Stickers


  1. WOW!! Gorgeous!! Love the colors and the background!! And those feathers!!

  2. Sherri, your layout is absolutely gorgeous! I love how you used negative space here! And I love the tutorial about how you made your amazing background. Thank you!!!!

  3. Love love love love this! LOVING that colorful background you created and loving the feathers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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