Monday, July 16, 2012

Technique Blog Hop- Perfect Clusters

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month we are highlighting the use of Perfect clusters,like the Sparkles flourishes product this Technique is shown on page 96 in the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book!  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.

 If you are coming from Joy'sBlog, you are on the right track! 

We would love to see what you’ve created using this month’s technique, please visit our challenge blog at where you can share your project and be entered in a chance to win great prizes.  You will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way.  Let’s get started!

My look at the Perfect Clusters!

While I love the Sparkles flourishes and did a few things with it, I wanted to show how you can use so many things to make clusters to accent or move the eye through your work. 

This is the front and the back of a bag I made for one of my son's many teachers. These perfect clusters flow so nicely like movement they went perfect with the butterflies to give that feeling like they are fluttering.

 Other clusters

I started off taking a desert sand peice of cardstock and used my spray pen to speckle it with white spots.

I attacked in the corers 4 pieces of Stella Paper that was 4 1/4" x 4 14" giving a 1/3" from the edges. in the center is 3d foam tape. I used those 4 peices as matting for 4x4 instagram pictuers.

on one of the images I put this dandelion peice stamp on it by painting it in pearl paint. Then I lightly sprinkled pearl embossing powder over to make the image fuller.(then heated the powder)

Finished dandelion stamped image.

This is the whole Piece which is going to be hung in a frame in my house. AS you can see I did a flowing cluster with brads of different sizes. and then a cluster of various embellishments and finally I used stamped images to move the eye up from the bottom.

Here is a close up of of the brads, they change in size randomly and the flow I did with them was from randomly poking holes in my paper. The clock I used Coca ink to stamp it's face, then covered it in a clear coat of crackle paint because i didn't want to bend it or wait for it to freeze with liquid glass. However liquid glass gives a similar end image if you lightly coat it over the paper like i did which will allow for the yellowing, then take it and put it in the freezer for enough time that it freezes. You smash it, bend it ect to get it to get the cracked look. I like the uniqueness of this method and prefer it especially if I want a thick coating over the image.
 Supply List:
**all ordering codes are linked to my website for the convenience of shopping, and/or to look at the item with price.** 

Desert Sand card stock:1273
Pewter Brads:Z1366
Embossing powder:Z669
Pearl Paint: Z1039
Chipboard: Z1683
Stamp Set- Key Moments: B1392
Cocoa ink pad- Z2114
Pin Clips- Z1612
Filigree Charms- Z1269

**I apologize when I made this I go so in to the project there were 2ish items I used that were not close to my heart, they were items that are interchangeable and like i said with the liquid glass there was a convenience thing. So for the cog accessories that would be a result of shiny things by my hand and them being left over from a project I did recently.**

 Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto Rachel's Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation. Happy hopping!


  1. Coooool!! Love all your cluster creations!!

  2. love the bradalicious layout cluster and the tutorial!