To break the page and make a quick, colourful background, I went back to a method which I have used before. I sprinkled orange and yellow Brushos and some Candy Pink Pixie Powder (Cosmic Shimmer) all over the pages and brushed the powders out with Distress collage medium. This creates a random, coloured background and seals the page as well.
I then stamped all over the background using a range of stamps designed by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous (Documented, Ledger Script, Slight Alterations, Classics #6) and the Art of Brett Weldele Drips and Dirt. I used Archival ink in Vibrant Fuchsia, Magenta Hue, Saffron, Venetian Orange and Monarch Orange to create depth and texture.
I had already die cut and embossed the Potions dies and the large test tube from the Experiment dies (Alchemy range, Sheena Douglass) out of Sheena's stamping card. Before stamping them all with the matching stamps from the Strange Brew stamp set using Watering Can archival ink, I stamped the two larger bottles with the labels from the same set (Jet Black archival) and used Pebeo masking fluid to mask them off. Once all the stamping was complete, I coloured them using distress inks in Picked Raspberry, Victorian Velvet, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge, Carved Pumpkin and Spiced Marmalade. I then removed the masking and added 'sunshine' to both labels. After everything had been glued down, I went over the focal elements first with distress glaze, then with collage medium to seal. Once everything was dry, I added extra detail and shadows using a range of Big Brush markers in shades of yellow, orange, pink and Caput Mortuum. To finish, I added sun rays (Saffron Archival ink through the Burst stencil by Sheena Douglass), then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment 'Sunshine is the best medicine' using Versamark ink, the Claritystamp Word Chain Alphabet and detail black embossing powder.