We’re catching up and posting Jackie’s Technique Tuesday today. Life just gets away from me sometimes, but Jackie worked so hard on this and I definitely wanted to show off her great work. So, even though it’s not Tuesday we’re going to pretend it is. Let’s get to it!

The technique for today is “Embellishment Clusters”. Jackie created three clusters with paper cutouts, some 3-dimensional elements, and word strips. I’ll get into that in more detail in a moment, but I really want you to see her scrapbook page first.

“Hollywood Studios’ by Jackie Ashton

It’s a “Magic” photo! You can see all the fun things blowing around their hands. I love the Magic Shot photographs taken by the Disney Photopass photographers. It’s always a surprise!

Okay, back to the cluster technique, but before I get into the details, let’s take a closer look.

I like how Jackie kept everything pretty simple with a few layers of paper and added a little 3-dimensional bling. What makes the paper layers special are the shapes, sizes, and colors. She used some pre-cut elements and cut some shapes with die cuts from Scraps & Ink Crafts.

One of Jackie’s favorite die cuts to use is “Mouse Circles’. They are so versatile and can be used for everything!

The set comes with six circles that range in size from 1” to 4”. 

‘Mouse Circles’ metal cutting die

Another layer was cut using ‘Stitched Mouse’ metal cutting die. This cutting die is one of my favorites because it comes with three sizes – small, medium, and large – so you can have a variety to choose from. Can you see the little “stitching” marks around the edge?

‘Stitched Mouse’ metal cutting die

The tag with ears was cut using ‘Mouse Tag’ metal cutting die and layered underneath the smaller paper pieces. 

‘Mouse Tag’ metal cutting die

Jackie finished the cluster by using some 3-dimensional colored circles, a colored ‘Sparkle Gem’ facet and word strip. Simple and very effective.

‘Sparkle Gems’ facet

Embellishment clusters are a great technique to use for scrapbooks, tags, journals, gift bags, etc.

There are so many ways to do them – you’re only limited by your creativity.!

Let’s brainstorm for a moment…what are some other items you could use to make embellishment clusters? I’m just going to throw some things out there as they pop into my head with no organization whatsoever. Here we go…ticket stubs, buttons, washi tape, ribbons, fabric, paper coasters, silk flowers, brads, paperclips, banners, postage stamps, fussy cut images, flags, words, acrylics, silicone, wood cut outs, chipboard, etc, etc, etc.

I’m sure you could add to this list, but it’s just a start.

What are some of your favorite items to use in Embellishment Clusters?

Just remember, as you create your clusters use layers, different shapes, sizes, colors, textures, and 3-dimensional elements, but most of all, make sure it doesn’t detract from the importance of your main focus.

Well, I hope this was helpful and enjoyable and you’ll utilize the Embellishment Cluster technique in some of your paper projects. When you do, be sure to share them with us on Facebook and Instagram.

From all of us here at DCC, Have a Magical Day!