Monday, March 10, 2014

Ivy Lane Display Tray - Post 1 of 3 Post Series

Close To My Heart has quite a few options available for those who'd like to pull some of their pictures out of their scrapbook pages and display them throughout their home.  The Designed Decor line offers several styles and formats which provide a large spectrum of creative options  - so there is something to suit all design tastes.

I have certainly used the Display Tray to create wall art for baby rooms on multiple occasions, but I decided that it was time to put some of my pictures into one and display it in my home.  I chose to work with the Ivy Lane papers and only had to add a few sheets of Colonial White cardstock to complete this project.

These are the basics that were used to complete this home decor project:
I did use a bit of retired products for this project.  CTMH no longer sells these items, but many of them are readily available in the scrapbooking section of most retail craft stores, such as the embossing powder, embossing pad, pearls, etc.  So if you like the look, it can still be achieved, even though CTMH no longer carries some of the products that I used. 

I had a blast being creative with all of the 3x4 slots!  Since there are seven of them, I will briefly describe one on this post and address the other six over the course of two subsequent posts.

For this embellishment I cut two rosette pieces, the <card> shift feature on page 50 in the Artiste Cricut cartridge handbook, at 1.25 inches from the Ivy Lane floral B&T.  I assembled it following the directions in the instruction handbook that accompanies the Artiste cartridge.

I also cut the letter K 5 times from Colonial White cardstock at 3.95 inches. This is where having access to the Cricut makes it easy to create embellishments with depth and texture, with the result looking somewhat like chipboard.  It is the same effect you would get using the Dimensional Elements, found on page 128 of the SS 2014 Idea Book.  However, with this technique, you can make a "dimensional element" using only cardstock and glue from any of the 700 cuts available of each of the 3 Cricut cartridges - that is 2100 "dimensional elements" possiblities, any one of which can be made in just minutes. 

To complete the K embellishment, I just glued each of the 5 layers together using the Bonding Memories Glue.  Once they were assembled, I added a layer of this Bonding Memories Glue to the top of the K and then sprinkled with the Prisma Glitter and shook off the excess.  Viola - my very own chipboard style embellishment!  Gotta love it! 

One final note,  I adhered the K to the rosette and the rosette to the Hollyhock cardstock using Liquid Glass - my preferred glue when I want a lasting, strong bond and when there is minimal surface on which to adhere my pieces (as in the case of the rosette, the surface area at the top of each fold is the only surface area on which to secure my K.)

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