I am a member of the By the Well 4 God Creative Team. This means that the kits are sent to me for free, but my opinions are my own 🙂
The new kit from By the Well 4 God, “Adorned” is officially out and I could not be more excited. The whole premise of this kit is to take a deeper look at the references to jewels and treasure throughout the Bible and how God views us in the same way that we view gorgeous jewels. Plus, the layout and design elements for this kit are beyond gorgeous, using bold colors and patterns that we all know and love. You can see my first entry for this kit over on my YouTube channel:
The most time consuming part of this layout was creating the many jewels that I tucked behind the hexagon shape I cut out to create a “peek-a-boo” affect on the page. To create all of these jewels, I started with a watercolor wash on a scratch piece of paper. Using all the watercolors provided in the kit, I blended cool tones on one half and warmer tones on the other. Nothing fancy, just brushing watercolor across the page and allowing the colors to mix and blend. Once the page was dry, I used Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp a variety of jewel shapes onto the page. I quickly covered the stamping with clear embossing powder, bringing a sheen to the images. To set the embossing powder, you simply use your heat tool and heat it up until it melts thoroughly on the page. Then comes the really hard part…fussy cutting all of those jewels! But, the finished product is totally worth it.
To create the peek-a-boo border, I measured out my Bible page and cut a piece of scrap paper accordingly. I traced on the hexagon image that I wanted, cut it out, and then used Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink to add color to this element. Then, I adhered the element on the page, using adhesive only on the outer edges. I also chose Recollections washi tape from my stash to anchor this element and add a border around the page.
The really fun part was arranging all the jewels to peak out from my border element. I created more than enough jewels and had a great time playing with these elements on the page. After adhering them down, I used a combination of stamping and handwriting to add my title. Once I wrote in the quote from the devotional that I wanted to remember, my page was done!
This page was a bit more involved, but oh-so-satisfying! Let me know below if you enjoy making your own ephemera pieces as well!
Keep it creative,
-The Scrappy Wife