Looking to add some detail and dimension to your paper projects? Yes, you say? You have come to the right place. Today new Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador, the Queen of Fussy Cutting, Kristine Woods shares a few tips and tricks on how to make the most of your fussy cut elements. This scrapbook page Kristine has created looks stunning done with our Elegance paper collection, but this technique would work with any Graphic 45 collection. So try it out yourself and when you do be sure to share it with us on our Instagram using the #Graphic45 hashtag.
Kristine Woods – USA
2021-2022 Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador
“I’m so excited to begin my journey as a Brand Ambassador for Graphic 45, and I am honored to be a part of such an amazingly talented team of artists. In 2016, I stumbled across a gorgeous mini album made by Clare Charvill during her time on the Graphic 45 design team, and I was hooked – on mini albums and on Graphic 45! My paper crafting journey was forever changed by my discovery.
I’ve always been interested in art and have dabbled in learning to oil paint like Bob Ross in high school, to quilting and scrapbooking in college, and more recently in home decorating with mixed media projects. My favorite style is shabby chic, with all of the soft pinks, lavenders, and aquas, but I’ve also been inspired more recently by vintage steampunk collections.
Fun fact: “World’s Fair” is the first Graphic 45 collection I bought!
Currently, I live in Akron, Ohio with my teacup Yorkie, Luci. I am a pediatric psychologist by day and a paper crafting enthusiast by night! I dream of the day I can spend all day, every day crafting! Until then, I’ll happily create in the free time I have! My other favorite pastime is traveling, and my travel photos give me so much inspiration for scrapbooking and making mini albums. Life is a journey and I believe papercrafting is the ultimate way to preserve it one moment at a time!
Elegance Dimensional & Layered Layout
For my Graphic 45 self-portrait (#G45Selfie), I knew I wanted to use the Elegance collection. It combines my love of shabby chic and traveling, and what a perfect way to scrap my 2019 trip to Paris!
I started with two sheets of the paper named Elegance and used one as my base layer with the center cut out of the frame at the top right. I will add my photo to the frame once my layout is finished.
One of my favorite techniques is fussy cutting to add dimension to my layouts. I love the simplicity, yet get the dimension and texture that makes my layout stand out. I fussy cut most of the images from the second sheet of Elegance.
I added chipboard to the back of the Eiffel Tower image to pop it up off the page.
Then, I cut into the flower and leaf shapes and curled the papers to give it dimension.
Next, I layered the fussy cut pieces on top of the images on my base page.
TIP: Only glue a small portion of the image to the page so there is more to shape and add dimension.
A few metal keys and a butterfly charm from my stash match the images in my paper. I highlighted some of the metal with pink embellishment mousse.
I tucked one of the chipboard pieces below the frame, added pink flat back pearls. A small black-and-whte photo was added toward the bottom of the layout, and I framed it with pink flat back pearls. A butterfly, popped up on foam squares, adds more dimension to the layout.
Once each fussy cut image and embellishment is glued down, I added some sparkle to the flower petals and leaves using silver and gold Stickles. I love how the light hits them and makes them shine. Finally, I traced Elegance in pink Liquid Pearls so it will stand out.
Once my layout was dry, I framed it in a shadow box so I could hang it on the wall of my craft room. I love the texture you can get from fussy cutting and layering papers, and Graphic 45 papers are perfect for this technique!
This short video really highlights the texture and layers from the fussy cut pieces.” ~Kristine
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