I'm sure you've seen them all around digiland. Every designer has a different name for them, and some scrappers, too :) I've seen "paint," "splats," "grunge," "smears," just recently, and I'm sure there are more. I call mine underlayers, because I've created them to "layer under" a photo or elements to give the scrapper more creative options for grounding the photo or creating better contrast, or even for adding a touch of color to help the eye find the focus of the layout. A little pedestrian term-wise, but a very useful tool!
What, you may ask (see how nice I am now that you know I'm not talking about underwear?) does one do with an underlayer?
I'm so glad you asked!
Here we have a rather bland layout of some elephants chillin' at the zoo using some papers and elements from my Menagerie Collection. Nice enough, a few cute elements. But just a little "blah.
Maybe you like the color of the paper clipped to the mask better than the original, but want a little pizazz. Not screaming yellow zonkers level, just a little pop of sparkle. Here, I've layered another sparkly underlayer over the adjusted mask:
Sometimes a background can prove to be a little dark - in this version, I like the harmonious feel of the greens, but the elements seem a little lost and it's awfully zen.
So I popped a light colored underlayer beneath it all for this look:
OK, now You give it a try! I've packaged up the underlayers I used here and you can put the tricks to work in your own layouts:
You can download them HERE.
Menagerie will be on sale 20% off through Friday, so if you have your own chillin' elephants to scrap, now's a great time to pick it up:
And til next time, happy scrapping!