I was asked how I made the backgound for this layout that I thought I'd share here. I have a technique that I use a lot that I like to call "painting with styles" that I used here. Perhaps I should do a tutorial on it! Let me try to explain what I've done here, layer by layer.
The base layer is the Chesapeake "Tan" paper - it's the weathered-look one with a little bit of wood showing through. To the paper, I applied the peeling paint style. That style lets your paper or embellishment show through and just adds a peeling paint layer over it. The next layer up is the "Blue" paper with a net pattern. The same style is applied to that paper. I added a layer mask to the blue paper layer and used Brandy's Dynamic Brush Set: Background Blenders to erase away parts of the blue paper to let the tan to show through. It's cool how the paint style lines up and still looks like it's on top.
Now here's the painting with styles part. I added a new blank layer over the papers and applied the "floral" style. Then I used the watercolor brush from Brandy's Action Pack: Ultimate Artist set to paint around the edges. It doesn't matter what color, only the style will show. I did the same thing on top with the "weathered" style.
I hope I've explained it well enough. Let me know if you have any questions!
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