Stencil Fun…

…is what we had all afternoon on Friday, a week ago, when we got together for the Stencilology class!  We played with stencils and masks and distress inks and Inka Gold, and so much more!

Here are some of the cards we made…

We started with a leaf shape die cut from card stock (with a Silhouette, but any sort of die cutting machine will work), and we rubbed some fall colors with foam tools and distress inks to fill in the shape.  Then we stamped and heat embossed a flourish design.

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These next two cards we made with a circle shaped die cut opening in card stock, and layered that over stencils of various patterned shapes.  We inked distress colors with foam tools over the two stencils, and then outlined the designs with fine tip drawing pens.  And finished with an assortment of embellishments and stamped and die cut sentiments.

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This next card was done using a die cut negative, that is to say, the piece that provides you with a mask to ink your colors around.  I love this leafy die from Memory Box!  After applying color around the mask, we stamped the images and sentiments and heat embossed them.

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Finally, it was time to get messy!  We used old, cut up credit cards to “smear” Inka Gold over the openings in some stencils.  SUCH a fun way to add a cool, dynamic background to layer some embellishments over!  (And let me just tell you, Lori has a GREAT selection of new colors of Inka Gold in the store, so DON’T miss out!)   The “thanks” on this first card was die cut from adhesive backed cork paper and the leaf die cuts were cut from copper foil paper and vellum.

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For the last card, we layered up some stencils.  First we lightly stenciled a graphic background design with Tim Holtz distress inks and foam tools.  Then we positioned a floral, leaf design over top, and using a finger dauber, we inked colors over top the bottom layer.  The addition of a sentiment and a strip of coordinating paper is all it took for this card to be complete.

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There were another couple of cards we made that were featured in this blog post here.

We had a super fun day, the ladies did amazingly well to get all these cards done in the time we had, and I hope, went home with an arsenal of ideas to use with their stencils!  Even I found a few new stencils in Lori’s store to add to my ever growing collection!

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you get a chance to get creative today too!

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Happy Birthday Card Using Stencils

Hi everyone!

Today, I’m just doing a simple card.  But I wanted to show a quick and easy way on how to work with a stencil.  I had a spray in a light pink color that I love and haven’t had a chance to really play with it yet.  When you’re using a mister with a stencil, it’s not always going to be perfect.  I’m all about vintage and distressing, so I didn’t want it to be precise.  The spray and the cotton candy color would make it look more vintage.  Now that I had a plan,  I grabbed my supplies and got started.

Here’s the stencil that I used..

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This is the spray that I used…

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I chose a white cardstock for the card base.  I placed the stencil in the bottom, left hand corner of the card.  Then I grabbed the mist and gave it some quick spritzes over the stencil.  Like this…

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I spritzed the stencil until all the butterflies were covered in paint.  Using the mist, I let it go beyond the stencil so it was also spraying parts of the card.  Remember, I wanted vintage so it’s not to be crisp and clean.  It ended up looking like this…

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As you can see, it’s smudged in spots.  Just what I wanted.  If you want it more clean, then make sure the stencil is placed flat against your paper and doesn’t move.  After spritzing, let it dry a bit before you move the stencil, so it won’t smudge as you’re lifting it off.  You’ll see the image is more precise then.

Next I used these Lasered Edge watercolor words found here and added some pink with my Tim Holtz markers, then adhered it to the front of the card.  I tore a strip of patterned paper and inked the edges and glued it down to the right hand side of the card.  I, then picked out a couple of vintage looking flowers and added a feather, distressed the edges of the card and this is the final product.

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The bit of smudging from the stencil goes well with the torn page of the patterned paper, so it ties in nicely.  I hope you enjoy this post and if you’re new to using stencils that this helps a bit and reassures you that it always doesn’t have to be clean and crisp.  Don’t be afraid to play with it a few times to get the hang of it.  Have fun!!

Thanks for looking and happy creating!

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This post was written by Jodi on September 24, 2014

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