Tuesday 17 September 2013

Cherish - Guest Designer - Sue Smyth (with another tutorial)

Cherish the memories Layout 
by Sue Smyth 

Here is a Dusty layout of my daughter, this is my favourite photo of her, I took it many years ago when she was about five, I love rose in her hat, and have used the colours in the hat for my layout.

I have started with a base of texture paste and added two chippie branches and a stencil, once dry, coat the lot with gesso to form a great base for Glimmer mist sprays 

To create the mottled effect on the vine flourish, first paint it with gesso, when dry dab with crushed olive and peeled paint Distress stains.  Allow to dry and cover with dimensional magic. The trick is to swirl around the dimensional magic and scrape the distress stain with the tip of the nozzle.  So when it dries you have this swirled effect.

Dusty flowers are sprayed with glimmer mist, then a small amount of spray adhesive, sprinkle a little white glitter and you have jazzed up your flowers.

The fern leaves I have just barely swiped with gesso and used them as is, this is a great contrast to the heavily altered chip. 

The little bird houses are simply painted with gesso, coloured with Copic makers and covered in Dimensional Magic. The little mushrooms are painted with gesso, red ink is applied to the tops, and I have used a white paint pen to mark out the spots, cover with dimensional magic to seal. 

To make the faux opal, fill a trinket finding with black enamel accents, carefully place chips of glitter and mica shards into the enamel accents. Allow to dry, and cover with Dimensional magic. I love this effect and use it all the time with different colours and glitter glues.

Enjoy some close ups 

Dusty Attic Products used 
Corner Scroll #4Branch #1Branch #2VIne Corner #2mini Butterflies #2Flutterbies #3Window with Shutters large


Hope you are inspired and Happy Crafting 
Sue Smyth


  1. This is so beautiful.. I love it!

  2. such a beautiful photo Sue...and just love the effect you achieved on the vine...looks stunning!!!

  3. Beautiful, super tip for the trinkets!