17 - Mommy sing cars

I loved the transparent images on the text background in the case file and knew I wanted to do something similar. Of the evidence items I used: circles, map, transparent element where the background shows through, stars, birds, And from the testimony: I placed my title in half a circle and the layout is about a song I made up for my son, not really a free poem, but something similar.

I used watercolour paper for the background. It was first misted with water and dipped into a pool of Antique Linen Distress Stain, giving it a nice cream colour. When dry, a music stamp was stamped repeatedly across the page using Archival Ink Cobalt, and first to third generation stamping. The images were stamped on top with Jet Black ink and coloured with watercolours. It is a bit tricky to match watercolours to the colour palette since they dry lighter, but I hope they are close enough.

My sister made up a short little song about cars which I have been singing to my son a lot. Because he loves all vehicles, I started adding other vehicles to the song, and especially those he has seen during the day. So the song is a bit different all the time. It includes a favourite part of him going in a little wagon pulled by a tractor, but I didn’t have any tractor stamps (or bus stamps). I know have to sing this song every evening, often many times (and sometimes in the middle of the night), and the title of the layout is him asking for the song. I placed the story about the song and the song itself (one of its many versions) behind the photo, which opens up. TFL!!

Blogpost with close-ups: http://layersofink.blogspot.com/2012/04/mamma-sing-cars-csi-case-file-17.html

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Comment by Sylvia Mellander Ekman - DT on May 7, 2012 at 3:14am

Oh, that is such a wonderful story! He's gonna cherish that song all his life -you seem such a sweet mom. :-* And then you're my stamping Godess! Love to read how your LOs are made -all the different stages. Could you not please make a little something for the Lab about stamping a background like this? I have stamps I could use, but use them far too seldom -I would really appreciate some guidance! Underbar LO A-K! Anton är underbart söt och den där sången hade min son oxå älskat! kram!

Comment by giglypg on May 6, 2012 at 8:51am

I love the stamping techniques you used for the background. The photo is so sweet!

Comment by Annette Gearside - DT on May 2, 2012 at 9:29pm

wow I love your techniques used,awesome !!!! beautiful imagery, your little boy is a cutie!!! 

Comment by Debbi Tehrani - DT on May 2, 2012 at 1:00pm

Awww...I love reading your sweet stories, and I love reading your descriptions about all the cool stamping techniques you use. That is just the cutest picture of Anton! How perfect to use all those vehicle images on your page to help tell your sweet story! Love your work so much, Anna-Karin!

Comment by Brit Sviggum on May 1, 2012 at 2:07am

This is a gorgeous page! And the photo is SO cute! Love your journaling and all the funny things to look at :)

Comment by Eila Sandberg on April 30, 2012 at 7:20am

Gosh! I could have sworn that was shop bought paper, but you actually made it! that's really awesome Ankan, you rock! So cute with the song you sing to Master A, just the thing little boys love. Amazing page as always!

Comment by Michele Singh on April 29, 2012 at 1:06pm

WOW, this page is just so neat!  I love how you made your own patterned paper. Fantastic work, totally cute photo, too!

Comment by Patrice on April 29, 2012 at 8:29am

So much to take in - love it!

Comment by Sarah White on April 29, 2012 at 12:26am

Wonderful creative page. I love what you do with stamps and water colours it is truly amazing.

Comment by Jacynthe Loubier on April 28, 2012 at 11:58am

What a fun design you have created here, Anna-Karin! It's just perfect for a little boy page.I love all of the transportation themed stamps and how you've coloured each of them.  The title work looks great, as does everything else. Love it! TFS :)

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