We’ve been to this church in Santa Fe so many times but never has it been so beautiful with the snow. We were only able to stay the day due to many hours of driving and it was already late afternoon and the snowstorm was getting worse where we were headed. Being it was Christmas time the whole church was decorated with lights and we were told “just wait until dark, it’s so beautiful” so we were really bummed we couldn’t do that.
Creating lines using a grid is what I want to share with you today. I’ve seen so many pages or papers that are so cool with stripes of all kinds on them. How about making your own line patterned page or paper. This technique using Artisan’s grid cutter makes this super easy. Don’t worry if you don’t use Artisan I’m sure you can do this same technique in other software but maybe not as easy. If you try this technique in something other than Artisan please let me know how it works for you.
Insert a rectangle on your page, doesn’t really matter how tall but make it about 3 1/2″ wide. Now choose the grid cutter and cut a full line across the top, make it zero spacing between grid pieces. Select cut. You’ll end up with your rectangle cut in many different strips and all of them are selected. Remove every other one and you’ll end up with a piece like this. Regroup the strips.
Adjust the length to be a full 12″ long while they are grouped together, you can play with the thickness of each line as they are grouped so PLAY and see what you like. I wanted mine to be fairly skinny.
I copied and pasted the first group several times and moved them around on my blank pages. Now comes a fun part – you create your own stripes on your page. Since you have all these lines you can make a full page of stripes going any angle you want or only use some of the lines and create your own magic. I would recommend keeping sections grouped so spacing will be exact each time until you’ve decided on a design. I have 8 stripe sections.
I put a heavy shadow on each individual stripe and to get a realistic layered look of the stripes, ungroup all sections then you can move one strip to the front, next back, next front, next back, continue with each one and they’ll all look woven. Group them again to be sure they are all spaced like you want and they won’t get skewed when you’re working on your page. Once they are grouped you can fill with colour or paper of your choice and “PLAY” around with different looks to really see what you like. When my “mojo” is going I love to play and that’s what we all need to do – kids get a recess to play and just because we’re adults we still NEED recess!!
Another fun tip is to ungroup all the lines and changed the opacity on one of each two stripe sections both vertical and horizontal. This will give it even more depth for layers. Regroup them all again so they won’t move in alignment. Time to finish up the page.
I wanted to really focus on the church itself with snow-topped trees and a little bit of the courtyard showing the benches in the snow.
I changed the shape to an oval and moved it around to just where I wanted. To mat this photo I used an 8pt stroke instead of a mat layer, way easier. Filled the stroke with paper and Voila!
For my other embellishments, I chose some that I liked but not the exact colour. I changed the colour hue and opacity and they matched beautifully. Final cluster!
I’m really pleased with how this turned out and it really is a FUN PLAYTIME if you want to try it yourself. Go for it, you can do it!
Happy crafting til’ next time, ♥