Mixed Media Layout

Hello all. I am back today with a new 12×12 layout using the 7DotsStudios paper collection: Destination Unknown. I love how 7DS almost always includes a wood grain paper in their collections. They are my favorite papers to use.


For this layout, I used the “Walk the Plank” paper from the 12×12 paper pack. I lightly sponged white gesso to cool down the right and left side which will help the colors pop on the dark paper. I added some texture using my homemade texture paste (recipe is at the end of this post) and pushing it through the  7DS “Soulmates” stencil and the 7DS “Destination Unknown” stencil. I also used the “burlap” stencil from Tim Holtz.

Once everything was nice and dry, I added some color to the gesso areas and to the texture paste. I used Lindy’s Stamp Gang Flat Fabio Spray in Tilt-a-Whirl Teal and Sea Mint Green. I also made my own sprays using Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals in Ocean Breeze Blue and Time Travel Teal mixed with water then added to a spray bottle.

I colored the UmWowStudio’s chipboard seahorse and nautical stars with the sprays mentioned above but placed them into a water brush for application.

I cut various strips of paper from the 6×6 paper pack and layered them with die cuts and stickers from the collection pack and mounted my photos.

Here are a few close up views:



Thank you for looking and I hope I have inspired you to think outside the box and utilize those dark papers in a very bright way.

Happy Crafting!

Supplies Used:
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical: Time Travel Teal
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Spray: Sea Mint Green
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Flat Fabio: Tilt-a-Whirl Teal
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical: Ocean Breeze Blue
7 DotStudio- Destination Unknown Collection
UmWowStudio ChipboardNautical Stars, Sand Dollars and Destination Unknown
7DS: Destination Unknown Stencil
7DS: Soulmates Stencil
Water Brush

Texture Paste Recipe:
This recipe can be downsized or increased depending on your need, just make sure the equivalents remain the same. I make small batches at time so I am not wasting and preventing it from drying out. Mix the following in a container and add a little extra powder or glue as needed:
1 TBS Baking Soda
1/2 TBS white gesso
1/4 TBS white glue/ mod podge
Place in air tight container for storage. Should last several months.