Our 10 Favorite Techniques

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1. Painting

You don't have to be an artist to use paint on your layouts. Dana Smith applied paint to a transparency to achieve this fun look.

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  • Hit the highlights. Dana printed her text on the front of the transparency and then added paint on the back to highlight certain words, making it look as if they were printed on the paint.
  • Forget freehand painting. If you're unsure of your artistic ability, avoid freehand techniques. Both the title and the orange hearts were created with foam stamps, which offer a great way to get the painted look without a steady hand.

SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white, aqua), Prism Papers (orange). Patterned paper, stickers, chipboard accents: Heidi Grace Designs. Font: Chalk by Two Peas in a Bucket. Foam stamps, paint: Making Memories. Transparency: 3M. Design: Dana Smith.

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