Cheryl is hosting the SGC Challenge for October and she's given us a wonderful theme: Happiness Is...
I was trying to decide which photos of my grandchildren to use when my daughter-in-law posted these images on Facebook with a one word comment - "Happiness" - and I had my "aha" moment.
I had been hold off using the 12 x 12 plywood sheet that came with the September kit, not sure what to do with it and wondering if moisture from various mediums would warp it. Swirly Designers Jan Penny and Kim Heard answered my question, telling me that acrylic paint and Distress Stain worked fine.
I started experimenting on the back of the sheet and had a bit of a happy accident. First, I spread on some Distress Walnut Stain and the results surprised me. I've had this bottle for a couple of years and so maybe it's the age, but it dried brown with an olive greenish tinge. Next, I applied some Folk Art Chalk Acrylic in White Adirondack that I've probably owed for just as long. Some of the paint landed on the stain and as it dried, it picked up the green, giving it an almost mint hue and I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
As I went over the dried stain, I was careful to spread my paint in one direction, using heavier and lighter strokes here and there to give my background some texture.
Before putting the paint away, I lightly dabbed some with a paper towel on bit of corrugated packaging that I roughly tore down the sides; this is what I used for the matting.
The title was cut with my Cameo from KaiserCard Coffee Bean cardstock, using the Cotton Candy font.
The Mark Richards cluster bling and the Darice Peach Sequin Trim are from the kit; the flowers and twine are from my stash.