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Using transparencies is one of the easiest ways to add layers to a scrapbook layout without adding bulk. You can use pre- made transparencies or make your own. Let’s walk through how I used layers of transparencies in a recent layout I created for Get It Scrapped.


Step One Use a sponge to dab ink in blotted sections onto the back of a transparency. I used a pre-made 12×12 grid design transparency sheet. Place the transparency on a piece of white cardstock while it’s wet. The ink will spread around and mix in some areas to form an abstract design. This creates the first 2 layers of your layout.


Step Two Stitch random lines to form a box shaped design over the blotted section. This layer of texture forms your third layer on this layout.


Step Three You can skip this step if you want to use a pre-made transparency. Use a solvent ink such as Staz-on to stamp an image onto an office transparency.

IMG_1290Step Four Cut the transparency to fit within a frame and adhere it.   You now have an embellishment to add to your layout.

CSSillycloseup2You can add additional items to the transparency. In this case, I used stamped images and cork shapes. I also created a journal spot by stamping a talk bubble onto a transparency and then cutting it out.

IMG_1345Some companies make words or phrases from the transparency material. You can also make your own. To make it stand out better, ink or paint the back of the letters or adhere the words to cardstock.


 Hello Silly by Christy Strickler |Supplies Cardstock: Colorbok; Transparencies: Studio Calico, Webster’s Pages; Run- ons, Wood Veneer, Cork: Studio Calico; Ink: Hero Arts, Ranger, Tsukinejo; Stamps: Jenni Bowlin, Basic Grey, Studio Calico; Frames: Coffee Break Designs; Stickers, Tape: Freckled Fawn; Jewels: Prima: Metal Clips: Making Memories; Acrylic: PinkFresh Studios; Badge: BlueBird Chic

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