I decided to enter the White With 1 challenge for the first time this month. The August challenge is to use White + Pastels + Masking. Looking at the DT layouts I can see that stenciling classifies as masking - I've noticed that the words 'stenciling' and 'masking' are often used to mean the same thing in scrapping, much like 'stencil' and 'template'.
Anyway, I was re-organising my flowers stash the other day and I realised that I have a ridiculously large hoard of them. I was thinking about how I could use them up and thought of the idea that I've used on this layout. The pastels theme worked perfectly for it.
Here's my layout. Warning - it's very different for me!
The background papers are old Kaisercraft and The Scrapcake and I gessoed over them. I then got out heaps of flowers, glued them to the page and painted each one with gesso. I also used white Dylusions on some of the flowers that had lots of shape to them as it was hard to get in to all the crevices with a paintbrush. The great thing about the gesso is that it allowed the original colours of the flowers to still slightly show through to create a beautiful soft pastel look.
Here's a close up of the flowers. They bottom layers are horrible old flowers that I will never otherwise use but the top ones are mostly gorgeous Manor House Creations flowers plus some basic flatter ones.
Once I knew where the flowers would sit, I used texture paste through a The Crafters Workshop vine stencil to create the flourishes around the flowers. I coloured the white glitter letters with a Tria Marker and added them to a banner made from the same ribbon that I wrapped around the layout.
Thanks for looking!