Monday, 21 May 2012

Scrapmatts Blind Challenge

I have never done a Blind Challenge before.  In fact I hadn't heard of a Blind Challenge before.

Here's the bumph from Scrapmatts:

"What you will need
All papers need to coordinate it is ideal for your scraps
1 x 30.5cm x 30.5cm page
1 x 24cm x 22.5cm paper 1
1 x 18.5cm x 15.5cm paper 2
1 x 13cm x 8.5cm paper 3
1 x 8cm x 24cm paper 4
1 x 2.5cm x 1.5cm paper 5
Scrapmatts of your choice
6 x 4 Landscape
You may ink or distress as you like
1 take paper 1 and adhere it to you 30.5 x 30.5 page it will need to be 3.5cm from the top of your page and 2mm from the left hand side so 24cm is height
2 Take paper 2 and adhere this 7.5cm from the top and 5mm from the left hand side of the page so 18.5cm is height
3 take paper 3 and adhere it 10.5cm from the top of the page and 2cm from the left hand side so 8.5cm is the height
4 Take paper 4 and adhere it 18.5cm from the top of the page and 7mm from the left hand side of the page so 8cm is height
5 Take paper 5 and adhere it 24cm from the top of the page and 1cm from the left hand side of the page so 1.5cm is height
6 Photo placement your photo will go 13cm from the top and 3.5cm from the left
6 now add you Scrapmatts embellishments as well as any other you would like as well as your title
7 you are now finished your LO"

And that was it, just follow the instructions without knowing what it will look like.

I admit I did sketch it out to work out which papers I wanted to use for which bit.  Then I decided to go out of my comfort zone and use more patterned paper than I usually would.  ( I've noticed I like to use plain quite a lot!)

So here it is:

I've used the BoBunny Forever Fall collection, Scrapmatts CB5056 and CB1115, gold and bronze interference paint and a photo of Brock, my Grandfather's dog.

I half cut around the dragonfly on the big spot paper and slid the next layer of paper underneath so it didn't get covered up a lost.

A close up of the messy painty work on the background.  Because I was using so much pattern it needed something between the base layer and the first layer to give a little contrast.  Didn't bother using a brush... I like getting messy!

I inked the chippies with versamark and heat embossed them with bronze powder.  I used a few layers but was careful to only get it on the top and not the sides.

I simply used the letter stickers in the kit for the title.

'Planted' the twig behind the smallest layer.  I read the instructions for this about ten times convinced I had it wrong!

For the photo and the turquoise layer I inked around the edges with versamark, dipped in to the bronze embossing powder and heated the edges.  I was pleased with the turquoise layer but discovered you need to be careful heating photos or they bubble and warp!  I nearly ruined the photo... lesson learnt!

As I'm typing this no one else has uploaded their LO to the scrapmatts gallery and I am debating in my head whether to go first or chicken out and wait until someone else uploads first!!


  1. Hello!

    This turned out great! I have never heard of a blind challenge either! Your creation is so colorful and pretty! Wishing you a happy day!


    Barbara Diane

  2. Fabulous layout, I love all the extra embellishments you have added and he is such a cute doggie.


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