The idea here is to add very subtle flower and foliage effects blended into the background. If you want, you can also add butterflies, watercolor paint effects and splatters/splashes with this blending effect to enhance your background!
Start with a simple background first. Choose a solid, neutral paper. Now add 2 photo mats (or even one) positioning them in the center of your design. Create 2 white rectangles to clip your pictures with a shadow (see below) OR opt for one or two frames.
Set the layer style to drop shadow for the picture mats with following settings
Then create a border around your page with flowers and foliage. Use only 3-4 items, and duplicate these as many times as you want in order to cover all the page edges. Use the blending mode MULTIPLY and the opacity around 20%.
If you want, add one more element with this semi-transparent effect behind the two photos. Here I added a cluster from the same bundle mentioned above.
Then go ahead and add the same flowers, foliage and other elements as you normally do. Like I did with the Spirit Animal Kit
I did a layout with my new kit/ collection Spring Bliss. This time I used the blend mode “Color Burn” for the foliage. See below:
I’ve created a little border freebie for you. Experiment with your blend mode & opacity to get the effect you want, on your page.
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