Hey friends! Brianna Lepper here today for Cut File Tuesday! I hope y’all had a great Holiday Season! We sure did and I’m ready to get back to our normal routines again. Let’s get to my new layout using the amazing December 2020 Kits. My prompt for today was to cut the cut file on white cardstock with another piece set aside for my base. I also needed to add a mixed media element to show through the cut file. Here’s what I came up with!
To start, I cut one of the exclusive December cut files (it will be available in the shop soon) out on a piece of white cardstock from the Cardstock Kit. To access this cut file, simply login to your account here. Don’t worry! If you’re not a subscriber, you can still login and access the free cut files that are available. While I was still in my Silhouette Software, I duplicated the ‘2021’ portion of the cut file and offset the positive pieces since I knew I wanted to add mixed media to them. This will make backing the cut file so much easier! Once everything was finished cutting, I took the stencil from the Color Kit and applied white modeling paste to it. After it was dry, I painted the Shimmerz Christmas Cheer from the Color Kit right on top of the paste on each letter. I love how it turned out!
Once the painted backing pieces were finished drying. I added thin foam strips to the back of the cut file and backed it with the painted pieces. Look at that gorgeous texture! I love backing cut files with mixed media! If you’re trying this technique, you don’t have to pop the cut file up on foam, you can always back it as is and it will still look amazing. I just love dimension so I usually pop everything up on foam!
For my background, I took another piece of white cardstock and prepped it with clear gesso. I then took the other colors from the Color Kit and loosely painted them on making sure to add some water for everything to blend nicely. I added some white acrylic paint splatters as well. Next, I popped up the ‘Hello’ part of the cut file on thin foam strips and adhered both cut files down to the page. I love how everything pops right on top of that mixed media background.
Then I created some layers under my photo using a few Pocket Life cards from the Pocket Life Kit. I distressed some of the edges to give that cluster a bit more texture. I tucked it right in the empty space to the right of the cut files.
I created a few clusters using the exclusive die cuts in this months kit. I also sprinkled in some enamel dots from the Main Kit and some puffy star stickers (one of my favorites), from the Pocket Life Kit.
I love adding layers and dimension to all of my embellishment clusters! In this cluster, I added an acetate tag and tied some ribbon from my stash through it. It’s so fun to layer up acetate pieces! I pulled these pieces from the Pocket Life Kit.
Here’s one more up close shot of my page:
Thank you so much for stopping by! If you haven’t picked up any of the December 2020 Kits yet, there are some still available in the shop so head on over there and snag a few! I hope that I’ve inspired you in some way today. I love finding creative ways to back a cut file and backing a cut file with mixed media has always been one of my faves! I hope that you’ll give it a try and make sure to tag me in your social media posts, I would love to see what you make. Thank you again for being here and I’ll see you in my next post!