Hi friends, it's Theresa Moxley here and I am so excited to share my very first Clique Kits layout here with you! I could not wait to get my first kit, the April Winter Park kit, and was delighted to find all the magical Maggie Holmes products included in the kit. The Flourish collection just calls out to me to create a layout about some beautiful flowers or a garden, so I pulled some of my favorite mixed media products and got to work! This is the layout I will be sharing with you today.
My favorite mixed media product has to be gesso, hands down! I love mixing up different patterns, colors and textures, and then adding gesso to blend it all together. Gesso is this beautiful medium that is designed to prepare your surface for any kind of paint or treatment, and it is also slightly opaque so whatever is underneath will show through!
For this layout I started with some white cardstock and layered a bit of the black and white polka dot packaging that came with my kit right over top. First I used matte medium as my adhesive for the tissue paper, and then I layered gesso with the layers of tissue paper for the very subtle background effect.
Once the background was completely dry, I decided the background needed just a tiny bit of color to tie it into the rest of the layout, so I added bits of Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Seafoam. This gave the background a tiny bit of shimmer (amazing!) and works beautifully with the greens in the kit!
My photo is of one of the geraniums we had on our front porch last year, so I printed it and cut it out to fit inside the wood veneer frame that was included in my kit. In the spirit of mixed media, I also gesso'd the frame with several beautiful coats, enough to still allow the details of the frame to show through. I added torn strips of patterned paper across the top of the layout, and then began adding my lovely embellishments!
The vellum title from Maggie Holmes fit my layout perfectly, so I've sewn it across the bottom of the photo along with tags, one of the market tickets, and other stickers. Most everything I chose has either black and white, or green, fitting with the background I created, and a few touches of pink because the flowers themselves are pink. The beauty of this kit, and of the black and white, is that you can't go wrong with any color. Simply pick your favorites.
Since I used one of the black tags from the kit on the left hand side, I wanted to balance that visually on the right hand side, so I made space for my journaling. It reads: "I seriously never considered myself a gardener or a green thumb (ha!) but our small yard is perfect for us and every time something blooms we celebrate!"
To finish off my layout I added a bit of green twine around the frame and stitched it in place with my sewing machine. Such a lovely, spring layout and I hope you have been inspired to try gesso in your process too! Happy crafting!