Hi Everyone, and thank you so much for hopping along in today’s fun Altenew Educator blog hop! You probably arrived here from the fabulous Nicole Watt and the next stop will be the talented Teri Wilson. I am so excited to be a part of this amazingly talented group of people, and today we are all sharing ideas for using stencils in your artsy projects.
Stencil Technique #1 – Create your own stencil with a die cover
One of my all-time favorite techniques is to create my own stencil using cover dies, and I’ve used the Tangleed Loops Cover Die for today’s card. I began by cutting the die from a piece of cardstock, and then added a little repositionable tape to the back for a little tackiness. I placed the die stencil over an A2 size piece of Bristol Strathmore Smooth cardstock, and ink blended Sunray, Snapdragon, Marigold, and Velvet Crisp Inks through the stencil. After removing the stencil, I softly re-blended the Sunray ink over everything to add the hint of yellow over the masked areas.
Trick: The ink stays wet for a short time on this cardstock. So after removing the stencil and reblending with the buttery yellow, I softly brush Perfect Pearls over the entire panel. Usually, you would use an embossing ink to adhere PP, but it will stick to the damp ink. This gives a gorgeous soft iridescent sheen to the card background!
Stencil Technique #2 – Altenew Layered floral stencils
The newer Beauty Within stamp, die, and stencils set has my heart right now, and I love how these stencils create a soft layered look for the flowers. I first stamped the outline images with Permanent Black ink onto Bristol Strathmore Smooth cardstock, and then I sprayed Pixie Spray onto the back of the coordinating stencils. As you may have noticed, I went with the pretty warm colors of autumn as inspiration for this card, and so I used Blush, Rouge, and Velvet Crisp Inks for the flowers. To gently apply color through the delicate stencils, I used finger daubers, and found that I could dab with more pressure into the smaller areas to achieve the desired depth of ink color. This cardstock is a multi-media paper, and it truly took the ink very well for this technique.
Trick: The finger daubers paired with the BSS cardstock worked fabulously. I tried this with regular 80 lb. cardstock, and the paper looked like the fibers rubbed too much from the pressure of the dabbing ink. BSS did not do this, and the daubers worked well with the delicate stencils.
After inking all of the flowers and leaves, I stamped the little vines in Parrot, Olive, and Moss inks, die cut all of the pieces, added lots of dimensional foam, and adhered everything to a green cardstock background. Finally, I stamped the sentiment in Obsidian Pigment Ink, and added green iridescent pearls for a glimmery touch.
Altenew is giving away a $20 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! Please leave a comment here on the Altenew Card Blog by 9/19/2020 for a chance to win.
We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 9/22/2020.
There’s MORE! We will pick 2 of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party and they will each receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate!
Thank you so much hopping along today, and don’t forget to link all of your own stenciled creations for more chances to win! Love and artsy hugs!
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