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This was my first time using the Serendipity Technique on a card. I have used it a few times on mixed media projects and while a little time consuming, the results are well worth the effort. I only used three square here, but my project actually yielded nine.
How I Did What I Did
1. I chose scrap papers that coordinate and tear into pieces and or strips. I later added grey and blue polka dotted papers to the ones shown in this picture. All of my papers were double sided so I got a lot of different colors and patterns. Most will be hidden but the bits and pieces that show through will create a unique mosaic.
2. I cut a piece of kraft cardstock to 5"x 5"(use whatever size and cardstock you wish for your base.) Just make sure it is card and not paper. I glued the beige polka-dotted sheet (which I cut to 4.75" x 4.75" to create an eighth-inch border all around. This is not necessary, I just wanted my squares to have a lip) I stamped two images onto the paper. I used a large background stamp and a smaller text stamp. Once the image was stamped. I colored in random parts of the flowers. Then I began randomly gluing down my scrap papers. I made sure that I left so areas of the flowers uncovered.
3. Once the glue had dried (helped a little by my heat gun) I created a gold glitter wash and brushed it randomly over the paper. I use DecoArt Metallic Paint "Splendid Gold", Glitter "Crystal", and Water to create the wash.
4. I used Ranger "Wilted Violet" Distress Oxide Ink to color portions of my flowers and I knew I wanted to use a Lilac colored cardstock as my base so I decided to create a second wash using Inka-Gold "Violet Violet" Metallic Wax.
5. Next, I repeated the stamping that I used on the first layer. I stamped the small stamp first using black ink. Then I stamped the larger image using embossing Ink. I embossed the image with white embossing powder.
6. Next, I cut my squares (1.50"x1.50"). I ended up with six even squares and three squares that are 1.50" x 2.0". I used a cream card to cut three squares 1-5/8" x 1-5/8" as layers for my squares.
7. I found a scrap piece of green card onto which I stamped my large floral background. Again I heat embossed it using white embossing powder. Using another piece of one of the scraps I used to create my serendipity design, I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with my circle punch. I cut a piece of kraft card and colored it with Rangers Tea Dye Distress Ink. A used my gold wash to give it a sheen. I used the Wilted Violet Ink to distress the edges of a piece of white card and then layered that onto the kraft card. I had a thin strip of serendipity
left over from cutting my squares. I added this to the center of the small layered card and attached my sentiment circle using double-sided foam tape.
8. The final step was to add the elastic gold string and a small brad.
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Stuff I Used
Stamps: Hero Arts™ "Flower Text"; LaBlanche Stamps "Transilvano Dialogo"
Papers: Various scraps from my stash; Neenah® Classic Cream, Kraft Card
Inks: Ranger® Distress Ink™"Tea Dye", Ranger® Distress Oxide Ink™ "Wilted Violet; Inka-Gold® "Violet Violet" Metallic Wax.