How to Use Layers & Punches to Create a Layout

A tutorial on how to use layers, punches and inks to add interest and texture to a layout, using up smaller pieces of patterned paper to create a beautiful frame to any photo!

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How to Use Layers & Punches to Create a Layout
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Select the coordinated patterned papers to use for the layout and the photo.

Select the coordinated patterned papers to use for the layout and the photo.

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I Chose this paper to be the main background paper. A paler less detailed one is better so the layers stand out.

I Chose this paper to be the main background paper. A paler less detailed one is better so the layers stand out.

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These are the smaller pieces of patterned paper I chose to use.

These are the smaller pieces of patterned paper I chose to use.

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I used a gesso and water mix to brush over the central area of the background paper where my layered feature is going to be. Dry

I used a gesso and water mix to brush over the central area of the background paper where my layered feature is going to be. Dry

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Without fixing together I layered my papers behind my photo until I was happy with the design. I made sure I had matching papers on either side of the photo.

Without fixing together I layered my papers behind my photo until I was happy with the design. I made sure I had matching papers on either side of the photo.

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I then chose my first matching papers from either side of the photo and punched one edge with my first chosen punch.

I then chose my first matching papers from either side of the photo and punched one edge with my first chosen punch.

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Next my second chosen punch and matching papers.

Next my second chosen punch and matching papers.

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And again with my third.

And again with my third.

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Use a corner punch on the Photo.

Use a corner punch on the Photo.

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On some of the papers that hadn't been punched I used a inverted corner punch.

On some of the papers that hadn't been punched I used a inverted corner punch.

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So this is how it looks now.

So this is how it looks now.

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It now needs some ink to make the punched edges 'pop'.

It now needs some ink to make the punched edges 'pop'.

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I used three punches so I chose three inks, one for each type of punch to coordinate with the papers.

I used three punches so I chose three inks, one for each type of punch to coordinate with the papers.

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The second.

The second.

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And the third. And I distressed them.

And the third. And I distressed them.

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See how the layers and punch work now 'pop' out  at you?

See how the layers and punch work now 'pop' out at you?

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 Starting with my photo I started taping my layers onto the back of my photo in the order they come of the designed pile on the right in the photo above. This way I wont forget how they went together.

Starting with my photo I started taping my layers onto the back of my photo in the order they come of the designed pile on the right in the photo above. This way I wont forget how they went together.

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Use a small amount of tape, this way they can be removed or repositioned if needed without doing any damage.

Use a small amount of tape, this way they can be removed or repositioned if needed without doing any damage.

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Keep adding your layers behind your photo until your pile Is gone!

Keep adding your layers behind your photo until your pile Is gone!

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And voila!

And voila!

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Back to the background paper, ink the edge.

Back to the background paper, ink the edge.

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I used a stencil to add some texture paste in areas where it will peep out from behind the layered feature.

I used a stencil to add some texture paste in areas where it will peep out from behind the layered feature.

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Add foam tape to the back of your layered photo.

Add foam tape to the back of your layered photo.

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Stick onto the background paper.

Stick onto the background paper.

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I chose flowers and embellishments to create three clusters to go around the layout using colours picked from the photo and papers.

I chose flowers and embellishments to create three clusters to go around the layout using colours picked from the photo and papers.

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I used a die to cut some pretty leaves for my clusters using left over papers. I inked the edges.

I used a die to cut some pretty leaves for my clusters using left over papers. I inked the edges.

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Arrange the clusters and when happy glue on. Remember the 'Rule of Three' when adding your embellishments/flowers. This draws the eye around the layout.

Arrange the clusters and when happy glue on. Remember the 'Rule of Three' when adding your embellishments/flowers. This draws the eye around the layout.

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And lastly add a title.

And lastly add a title.

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The finished layout.

The finished layout.

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The layers from another angle.

The layers from another angle.

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This Project was made for Swirlydoos KIt Club using products from Swirlydoos monthly kits. For more details on the monthly kits please visit http://swirlydoos.com

This Project was made for Swirlydoos KIt Club using products from Swirlydoos monthly kits. For more details on the monthly kits please visit swirlydoos.com

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