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Monday, 27 October 2014
Stencil Tutorial - Scrolled Background
Topic: Stencils

I’m back with another stencil tutorial from the My Favorite Things order.

The stencil I am using today is the Scrolled Background . It really reminds me of wrought iron.

I've been able to use other stencils in the Cuttlebug to make raised impressions and I've used ink on embossing folders to make a 'letterpress' effect. I wanted to try to combine these techniques using this stencil.

I started with three light colors of Distress Ink pads.

These were pressed onto the surface of the stencil, overlapping some intersections for good coverage.

I loaded the Cuttlebug with the A plate, the B plate, a rubber mat, and the plain white paper.

Over this went the wet inked stencil, face down over the paper.


Then came the B plate along with a shim of chipboard.

NOTE: this would be easier with a larger machine like the Big Shot as the stencil is really tight in the opening of the Cuttlebug. If I were going to do this again I might trim off 1/8 inch from the edge of the stencil.

And look what you get after cranking it through!

Yummy, yes?

I trimmed it down and combined it with some floral stickers and a popped up stamped greeting to create this card:


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 26 October 2014
On the Dot - a Stencil Tutorial
Topic: Stencils

I have some fabulous new stencils from My Favorite Things that I have been playing around with. So over the next several days I will show a wide variety of techniques with my five new toys!

As soon as my order was in I started brainstorming a list of techniques I wanted to try - some generic and some inspired by the stencils themselves!

Once I had the these stencils in hand I was very satisfied with my order because they are heavy enough to lay flat but still flexible so they can manouver around lumpy things on projects. They do not crease easily and there are a good variety of designs to choose from.

The stencil I'm using today is graduated dots which has three sizes of dots on one sheet.

The technique is alcohol ink print-making and the supplies I used are:

Ranger alcohol inks in three colors

and a blending tool with a felt pad.

I taped the stencil to a glossy cardstock with tissue tape.

Then I inked up the felt pad with multiple drops of each alcohol ink and pounced over the stencil.

Nice rich color fills all the holes.

Then I put some rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle:

I used this to spray the stencil which acrivates the color left on the surface. By pressing this to the cardstock I got a lighter impression to use as a fill.

Like this

I repeated this on additional clean glossy cardstock:

Love the way the edges of the holes made nice clean lines.

I was able to get three prints, spraying alcohol between each impression.

From the initial print (directly tapping the ink through the stencil) I made this card:

From the spritzed stencil prints I made these two cards:

The trims were stickers, stamped sentiments and rhinestones from my stash of supplies and colored card bases for bordering.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:11 PM PDT
Saturday, 15 March 2014
A Layered Birdhouse
Topic: Stencils

For a February swap we were to make a card using birds or birdhouses. I immediately thought of the stencil I have of birdcages hanging in a tree.

I only wanted one birdcage so I blocked out all the others with removeable tape. I used daubers and Distress Ink to color the open areas of the stencil: green for the leaves, brown for the branches, teal for the birds and grey for the birdcage.

Then I removed this stencil and replaced it with a chevron stencil. This time I used glimmer sprays in blue and pink to spritz the card. This required a heat gun drying step.

I followed this by running the piece through the Cuttlebug with the script folder. Then I used a foam pad to sponge on some Distress Ink in old paper to the raised portions except inside the birdcage.

Then I trimmed down the panel and mounted it on teal and brown cardstock.

I added a string of rhinestones across the base of the birdhouse and some matching individual ones at the base of some of the leaves.

This came out precisely as I envisioned it. How often does THAT happen?


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 14 April 2013
Frosty Woods
Topic: Stencils

Another new stencil for me is of birch trees. Love these.

I chose a waxed paper background with a crackled appearance and taped the stencil down. By blocking off the trunks I was able to ink in the sky background and the snowbanks. Then I removed the blackout paper and carefully inked just the tree trunks with brown.

After removing the stencil there was not enough definition of the trees aso I used a fine line brown pen to line along the left of them all.

I mounted on dark blue-gray and stamped a sentiment on light blue-gray. The latter got a flag end and three brown rhinestones.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 13 April 2013
Night In The City
Topic: Stencils

I picked up a new stencil that has solid and patterned areas for a cityscape. Not as successful using it as I would have liked but I'm willing to show what I got.

I started with some waxed paper background and used distress ink to color a big moon Then I laid on the stencil with the open pattern exposed and used more of the yellow ink. So where is it? Um, I'll tell you later.

I used Starry Sky distress ink to carefully color the sky without coloring over the buildings. Then I got the bright idea to use black distress marker to color in the patterned stencil over the buildings. WAY to juicy and the ink leaked under the stencil leaving a big mess. Rescue? Use a rag to swipe the ink straight down, coloring the buildings black. Then I wnt back in with a black Copic marker and freehanded in some building details. I stamped the Hello in the moon with Staz-On black ink and mounted the trimed artwork to a bright yellow card base.

Interlude where I scrub the stencil clean of all the ink....

So, I started over with the moon, sky and yellow building blocks on two more waxed paper backgrounds. The first time I didn't get the stencil lined up very well for the details (which are now being inked with 'black soot' dicstress) but the last one worked better. It did get more smearing of the building details so I need to learn to be more patient for the drying before buffing. I mounted one to bright yellow and one to light yellow.

With the buildings and the pattern in the sky I think these have a very industrial look.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
Ups and Downs of Zig Zags
Topic: Stencils

The other new stencil I picked up is this zig zag

I started with a floral waxed paper cardstock and laid on the stencil. Then I sprayed with two colors of shimmer sprays. I dried it but the color did not burnish off the pattern. I thought I would use Distress ink to make the background pattern visible. This actually made the simmer mists migrate, too, so I began to see the background pattern over the whole thing. It made the zig zag very subtle.

I chose some table scraps that went well with the colors of shimmer spray. These were layered and an orange card base added. The stamped greeting was on yellow so I added soem light blue Distress ink to bring it into the right green range.

Next I went with a herringbone waxed paper background and used a dark purple simmer spray. A light blue Distress ink over the top keeps the pattern visible and reinforces the herringbone.

I added a strip of violet under a blue ColorMe strip and dropped on some diecut swirls. One of those stamped hearts (yes, another one) is popped up on foam tape.

I turned the still-wet stencil over and pressed it to another herringbone background. After drying it I used a sage Distress ink to bring out the background. Not very exciting.

I had a sheet of stickers in the right color range so I really went to town with them and created a little scene, along with the sticker text.

Much better as a card than as a blank background.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 13 September 2012 11:08 PM PDT
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
White Out
Topic: Stencils

I picked up another couple of stencils and just had a chance to use them. Today I'll feature the butterfly stencil. Unlike the others I have used this one makes the feature item the blocked out area, leaving the background open to take coloring. It covers a 6 x 6 area.

I got out some of the waxed paper Cuttlebug cardstock I had left over from the first session I used it for. First I tried using Distress ink on one and then laid the stencil on and sprayed with shimmery mists. It did not make enough contrast for me so, after drying it, I outlined the stencil with a brown fine-line Sharpie.

To turn it into a card I just rounded the corners and added it to a tan card base. Then I selected a pre-stamped greeting, rounded the corners and popped it up on foam tape. I added bodies of 'nail head' stickers.

While the spray was still on the stencil I turned it over and pressed it to another background covered with Distress inks. This was missing some of the outline so I used a red Sharpie to freshen the lines a bit

I used the corner rounder on the front as well as the red card base and added a stamped banner along with three red half-pearls.

Then I switched up methods and laid the stencil on the background and held it in place while rubbing Distress ink over and through it. I love the white pattern this leaves!

For the card I used the corner rounder again on both the front and the brown card base. The finishing touch is nothing more than a stamped greeting, cut out and mounted on the card face.

This one is done exactly like the last one with the stencil moved to create more background color

Like the last one this got a brown card base and rounded corners. I gave these butterflies nail head bodies and craeted a banner from a pre-stamped greeting.

I like this new stencil!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 13 September 2012 11:13 PM PDT
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
Over Spray
Topic: Stencils

The stencil I used the other day with birds in the branches is actually a 6 x 6 piece that also includes some birdcages hanging from the branches. For those cards I blocked out all the birdcages. Today, however, I left one of the cages exposed. I also used three color sprays instead of the sponging like before and I used watercolor paper to control the bleeding and buckling of the paper.

I used a bit of a red, a blue and a green - trying to control where the color sprayed to give it a painterly look. I then pierced at the top and bottom of the hanging chain and threaded scrappers floss through to tape on the back. I added a bow of the same at the top of the cage.

I made a color blocked background to represent the sky and the ground and cut a pre-stamped sentiment. The center of the strip is popped up on foam but the ends are flat to the paper.

I added a clear sticker to the bottom edge.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 9 August 2012 9:56 AM PDT
Sunday, 19 August 2012
Out On a Limb
Topic: Stencils

NEW CATEGORY! A while back I bought a couple of stencils to use on cards and just got around to trying one out. This is one of the mini stencils from The Crafters Store called Birds of a Feather.

I gathered a bunch of wide printed paper strips from the table scraps bin and selected Distress Inks to coordinate with each one. Then, using washi tape, I blocked off a portion of the stencil (hanging birdhouses) that I did not want to transfer to the paper. I used foam daubers to pick up ink from the pad and sponged it through the stencil onto the patterned paper.

When these were done I selected more table scraps for each one and then chose a card base. Each one then got a sentiment from the pre-stamped bin plus some paper flowers with either pearl or rhinestone centers. In some cases, where the contrast was not high between  a couple of papers, I used a colored or black fine line marker to draw in some faux stitching.

I made 7 of these cards with three being vertical and four on the horizontal.

Many more techniques to try using the stencil (including using the birdhouses portion of them). So, expect to see this again.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT

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