Hover Hummingbird Layout

Hi everyone, it's Jan here with today's tutorial. A couple of weeks ago, Anna-Karin featured this stencil technique, using your dies as stencils. I love using my dies as stencils too, especially the background or design type ones as I used in my layout below:

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I started off by die-cutting Sizzix's Jen Long Damask Thinlit die from transparency film. Because this is a thinlit die, heavier plastic would be too thick, so I went with the thinner transparency film.

Next, I mixed Tim Holtz Distress Paint into my modeling paste on a non-stick craft mat. I used the colors, Sage Green, Mustard Yellow, and Broken China.

I didn't mix them together completely, I like the variations of color when I apply the mixture.

Taking my stencil and holding it down on the background paper, I applied my modeling paste. I applied some areas a little heavier than others. Set aside to dry. Wash off your stencil immediately.

The patterned papers I used were from Basic Grey's "Serenade" Collection.

While waiting for my paste to dry, I die-cut the embellishments for my layout. I used the Sizzix Movers and Shapers Postage Stamp Frame Bigz die behind my journaling paper. The chipboard and patterned paper bird and two flourishes are from Sizzix's Brenda Walton Bird & Scroll Bigz die. My flowers were cut out using the Sizzix Flower Blooms & Leaves Sizzlit die by Scrappy Cat and the Sizzix Flower Layers & Leaf Framelits die by Stephanie Barnard.

Adhere the patterned paper to your chipboard pieces (bird & flourishes), ink and sand the edges. With the flowers, shape the petals, ink the edges, and attach the layers with brads.

I printed my hummingbird legend piece(from Papyrus) on a piece of patterned paper 4 1/2" x 3 1/2, taking care not to print on the left side which is tucked behind my photos. This was pop-dotted onto my inked postage stamp. The postage stamp was adhered to the background paper approximately 3" from the top and about 4 1/2' from the right, at a slant. The three 2 1/2" square photos were double matted and adhered partially on top of the stamp, leaving about 2 1/2" showing. I adhered the flourishes on the bottom left and right of the photos.

For the bird, I applied Tim Holtz Rock Candy Crackle paint to the patterned paper that was glued to the chipboard. When that dried, I inked the edges with Broken China Distress Ink. The wings were three pieces of die-cut patterned paper, inked and stapled to the bird. Adhere this to the top of your matted photos.

For the final step, I die-cut a large banner from Sizzix's Tim Holtz Tattered Banners Decorative strip die, and inked the edges. I pop-dotted letters die-cut from Sizzix's Tim Holtz Word Play XL Bigz die on top and adhered to my page. I also added in an embellishment from Basic Grey's Serenade collection. Your layout is finished!

I was sitting on my mother-in-law's deck when this hummingbird showed up, so I quickly reached for my camera. Not quick enough, I missed him the first time, but waited patiently for him to come back. He made quite a few trips back to the feeder, so I managed to snap some fast photos!

Until next time,


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