Thursday, 27 February 2014

Wild & Free

Hi, it's Heather here and I've been playing with the new Soaking It Up kit. Wow! I love this kit! It has papers from the stunning Wild & Free range along with coloured wire, a stencil, sequins and a new Metallic Melt made especially for this kit. Plus the most wonderful set of stamps ever! I used all four stamps on my first two layouts and I will be using these HEAPS in the future.

I'm the lucky one who gets to make three layouts with the kit this month so here is my first one:

--This layout is out for publication-- 

This page was lots of fun to make. To start, I laid the stencil over the background cardstock and sprayed it with acrylic paint mixed with water. I used Dusty in Colour paint but any water-based paint will do. I moved the stencil around the page to spray the areas I wanted and covered the areas I didn't want sprayed. I then selected random stenciled shapes, place the stencil back over them and applied Versa Mark ink in one section only. I then sprinkled over some Metallic Melts, removed the stencil and melted them. The colour of the Metallic Melts in the kit didn't suit this page so I used Lagoon from the 'Magical Adventure kit' instead. This was a great way to add some interest and texture to the page.

Here's a close up:

I then started stitching those crazy circles. I placed a sheet of paper on the page then just stitched the circles on. I didn't measure anything. I'm too impatient for that! For the solid circles, I stitched a single circle then carefully ripped the paper away from it. For the hollow circles I stitched two circles, one just inside the other, then tore away the paper from the outside and inside. I overlapped them fairly randomly and added a few hand-stitched crosses to some areas. I very rarely hand stitch so I was really pleased that this gave exactly the result I was after.

I used one of the stamps around the edges of the page and the photo then heavily inked the edges. I love this look! I used the triangle shapes from the sticker sheet to make a banner and simply added cotton for the banner 'string'. The sequins were a great touch - I'm so glad they were in the kit. They are so simple yet effective.

Some more close-ups:

This kit is available for $39 plus postage to anywhere in Australia. Email

Remember all kits come with three videos to teach you various techniques and how to complete the pages created by Beck if you wish. Or if you like my takes on the kit, you can go that way as well!  

Check on this blog again on Sunday for Renee's turn to share another technique using the same kit along with an inspiring layout.  


  1. Love this layout! The colors, and that super cool stitch and tear technique! Love it :)