Posts Tagged ‘stencils’

One Stencil, Three Ways

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

ONE STENCIL, THREE WAYS

Boy, do I love getting a lot of use from my crafting supplies! Hello there – it’s Deb here, and I’m posting today for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team.  I really hope you enjoy today’s project, because it’s not just 1 project, but 3 different techniques for using one stencil. In this case, it’s one stencil, three ways – three different techniques to be precise.  I love using stencils, because of their versatility. Depending on the stencil, it can be the focal point, or a background. It can be subtle, or in your face. You can use the entire stencil, or just part of it. So enough talk – let’s get on with the fun! I have kept the pictures in this post to the most important ones, but if you’d like to see more of the steps involved, you can head over to my blog post for more visuals.

STENCIL WITH INK & BLENDER BRUSHES

This is probably the quickest, and most common way to use your stencil. I chose the beautiful Wisteria stencil from The Crafters Workshop. It’s a full 6″ X 6″, so you have the choice of what type of project to create. I chose to use the full stencil, but then cut down the panel to create a card front.

To do the stenciling, first cut a panel of white cardstock to the same size as the stencil. Hold the stencil in place with some Thermo Web Purple Tape around the edges. Next, apply the ink with the Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes.

One Stencil, Three Ways

Above, you can see the card front finished, with a die cut added. I shared this card on my own blog last week; you can read more about it in this post.

STENCIL WITH NUVO SHIMMER POWDERS

Now this technique is lots of fun – and a bit messy! There’s more pictures for this technique on my own blog, so you get more of an idea how to do it. First, because the Nuvo Shimmer Powders are highly pigmented powders that are activated by water, you need to get your work space set up. Put down a craft mat, or something to protect your work surface. Because  you’ll be adding water, you don’t want the water to seep under the stencil. Follow the directions on a temporary re-positionable spray adhesive; spray it on the back of the stencil, and wait until it is tacky.

Cut a panel of watercolour paper to size, and then lay the stencil, tacky side down, over the paper. (just for good measure, I also put Purple Tape around the edges, but it wasn’t necessary). Next, sprinkle the Nuvo Shimmer Powders over the stencil. I used two different colours; Lilac Waterfall and Violet Brocade. Alternate placement of the powders, to mix up the colours.  Once you’re sprinkled on some powders, lightly spray with water. The photo below shows the powders reacting to the sprayed water. I know – it looks like a hot mess at this stage!

Stencil with Nuvo Shimmer Powders

You can see in the photo above that the shimmer powders are a mixture of colours; not just a flat one shade. You can add more powder, and then more water, to areas where you may have missed, or where you want more colour. The photo below shows the powders now dried, and the stencil removed. Note – you don’t have to wait for the image to be dry, before removing the stencil. And the great part is that the temporary adhesive has blocked the water from seeping under the stencil, so you can still see the individual petals.

One Stencil, Three Ways

In case you’re wondering where the shimmer is – I took this next close up photo, just so you can see it! Even so, the photo doesn’t really do it justice. In person, it’s gorgeous!

Gorgeous Nuvo Shimmer Powders

STENCIL WITH EMBOSSING PASTE & NUVO SHIMMER POWDERS

I guess technically, this is a 3rd and 4th way to use the stencils! You can use embossing paste as it is, but I wanted to add colour to mine, so I added the same Nuvo Shimmer Paste as I did in the technique above.

This is another technique that can be a bit messy; I try my best to set up my area to control any out of control paste! First, I got out two large pieces of wax paper – yup, from the kitchen cupboard! Next, I used my palette knife to put some of the white embossing paste on each piece of wax paper. The reason I used 2 pieces is that I wanted to use both the Lilac Waterfall and the Violet Brocade Shimmer Powders, without getting them mixed together.

Sprinkle one of the shimmer powders onto one of the pastes, and the other one onto the other paste. Use your palette knife to mix them up.  ( I have a photo of this step in my blog post).

Once you have your powder and paste mixed up, apply them one at a time on top of the stencil. Hold your palette knife like a regular knife, and apply it like you’re buttering toast. It’s that easy!  Apply the paste in different areas, so that you can see the two different colours. If you want extra ‘high’ texture, build up the paste. For a lower profile texture, skim the palette knife over the paste, skimming off any excess sitting on top of the stencil.

I was so excited to see the results that I forgot to take a picture before removing the stencil! So sorry about that! But below, you can see the result, with the stencil removed.

Stencil with Embossing paste

FINAL CARD

I decided to create a card front using the embossing paste panel that I created. I trimmed it down just a bit, and added a panel of light purple cardstock behind it.

One Stencil, Three Ways

The sentiments are from the Concord & 9th Everyday Bouquet set. They are stamped in Seedless Preserves Distress ink; one onto a scrap of white cardstock, the other directly onto the bottom of the panel. The top sentiment is die cut using the matching Everyday Bouquet Dies; they include the cute double frame, which is die cut in the same cardstock as the panel behind.

I do hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post, and are inspired to look at your crafting supplies with new eyes! By using different products, you can stretch your supplies and your crafting dollars. Not to mention, coming up with amazing new projects to share with your friends!

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Getting Messy with Mixed Media ( Art Journalling)

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Hello and Happy Monday,

I am back already with a new blog post forScrap’n Stamp Canada, but its not a card.. Whaaat…

That’s right I am sharing something different today, I am sharing my new found love of Art journalling and getting really messy.

I hope you enjoy.

So I happened to take a class a few weeks ago with the one and onlyDina Wakley.  She is amazing, funny, passionate and has the best way of encouraging you to just GO FOR IT.

 Since that Class I have been hooked on all things art journaling and mixed media. I mean I always loved and love playing with different mediums but this just sent me on down a big never ending rabbit whole of fun.

I have to admit I have been binge watching all the youtube videos I can on art journaling and mixed media techniques I can find.

I don’t know about you but as a card maker it has been a bit of a challenge to get out of my head and just “DO” and “Create” I sometimes find myself with that great old condition of paralysis by analysis, always needing a plan. But with art journaling its just about slapping something on the page and going from there.

  So here it is me just slapping some paint on to the page and having some fun.  I started in my Dylsuions and added Gesso to the pages . Once that was dry I  pulled out some random colours I felt drawn to.  I added  tangerine, elephant gray and Lemon Yellow, to the page with a pallet knife, just randomly going to town.  eek here you can see what one of the pages looks like a “hot mess” but that’s me trying to control the out come lol. So I let it be, and I have to be honest I came back and forth to this page over a few days to get it to where I really liked it.

I did go back and for with more paint added layers as they dried, even added more gesso.

I pulled out some stencils from my stash that I had not actually ever used. Love this type of art as I will be able to use up a lot of products just collecting dust! Who is like me and has a stash or two or three of things they haven’t touched in a long time or every even opened. Lol  Inquiring minds want to know 🙂

 Anyhow, I added some black acrylic paint to the stencil using a blending tool, as you can see with my lovely hands.  I just stenciled with no rhyme or reason, just adding in places I thought would look good.

 I cleaned off the stencil by pressing it on to the other pages of the book seeing if I could get some imprints on it. (I did but you will see in another post that it total gets covered up) Once the black was dry I pulled out a circle stencil from Tim holts and used some white gesso and stenciled it on.   Too be honest after this step I didn’t have a flying clue as to What I was going to do next..

So  I looked into my stash from the class I took and I had some stamped sentiments left so I layered it on to some green cardstock from her mixed media book (Its linked below)   I felt it needed so much more, so I pulled out these face tissues from Jane Davenport, and cut apart faces and collaged it on to the page. I really like how this turned out.

For the sentiment I went with what I was thinking, CREATE, DO, BE. This was a reminder to me to get out of my own way and just slap paint to paper and not worry. I used some leftover Sparkley alpha chipboard from my stash to create those words. I used Arleens thick tack glue for this as I needed something strong.

I know its not my usual how to step by step card blog but I do hope you find some inspiration to just CREATE.

Don’t forget to come over and check out our “This Puns for you”blog hop

Have. Beautiful week a head.

Nancy

 

 


Tuesday with Tara {take 132}

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Today’s card is a simple one I created to showcase the beautiful blending you can achieve with Distress Oxide Inks through a stencil… it’s so pretty!  I used a Tim Holtz music stencil and selected three colors of Distress Oxide, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China & Wilted Violet.  I started by taping the stencil to my paper with washi tape and began with the blue, which would be my middle color.  My blend was most intense in the center, then I lightened it slightly where the colors would overlap.  I love the variety of shades you can create as you blend these vibrant colors together!  Here’s a peek at what I saw before I lifted the stencil…

I wanted this background to be the focal point of my card, and these tiny die cut birds by Memory box seemed like a perfect addition, cut from glittery paper.

I added a few spotss of Nuvo Glitter Drops to the music notes for some extra texture… and tied everything together with a bit more blue- a strip of glitter paper and a simple sentiment (love this one by Impression Obsession!) on a die cut panel stamped in the same Distress Oxide Ink.  A simple wrap of thin jute finished off the card with a touch of purple.

I love the gradient of colors through this stencil and am inspired to create a series of them with a variety of color combinations.  Hope you like it too 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

Kraft Cardstock (5.5 card base)

Blue Glitter Paper (from this variety pack)

Tim Holtz Concerto Stencil

Memory Box mini birds die set

Impression Obsession ‘what if you fly’ stamp

Distress Oxide Ink in Cracked Pistachio, Broken China & Wilted Violet

Ink Blending tool

Nuvo Glitter Drops White Blizzard

purple thin jute