Hello friends! Welcome to my 200th post! I made this card for this week's CardMaker Challenge Corner hosted by Lora. This week's challenge was to use scraps. I decided to use some of my scraps to make serendipity squares. I also used scraps to make the card base and white and blue mats. I totally CASEd this card, but I can't remember where I saw the original design.
I have made serendipity squares many times, but I really love the way these turned out. After I glued down the random pieces of paper, I painted over the entire piece with a thin coat of gesso. I then stamped paisley and script patterns randomly over the whole piece using Faded Jeans Distress Ink. Finally I used decoupage glue to glue white tissue paper over the entire piece to bring it together and add a little texture. The first piece of tissue paper I stamped with a swirl pattern using Crushed Olive Distress Ink. After I put it over the background piece, I didn't like the way it looked so I peeled it off. It left the random splotches of green behind, but I really liked the way it looked. I may do that on purpose next time.
That's about it. I have tons of scraps and I plan to do more of the serendipity technique. I love the squares, but I also like the way it looks as a background for mixed media. It's so easy. It's something I can do to be creative when I don't have the energy to work on a big project.