Hello, and happy Saturday! Today’s word prompt for the Scrap ‘N Stamp daily challenge is stencils. So today we’re going to have some fun with stencils, using them in different ways. For me, stencils are one of the most versatile products to have in your craft stash. Not only are the versatile, but they’re also very well priced, giving you a great ‘bang for your buck’, so to speak.
STENCILS WITH INKS
This is the ‘usual’ first way we all use stencils. Simply brushing inks through the stencil, to create a background. It’s quick, fun, and you can choose any colour you want to use. For this card, I’ve paired a stencil strip from Taylored Expressions with the Poppystamps ‘Whittle’ dies. (If you haven’t yet enjoyed our recent Whittle Things Blog Hop, be sure to START HERE, and comment along the way!).
Start with a piece of white cardstock, and blend Broken China Distress Oxide all over. Next, choose one of the wave stencil strips from the Taylored Expressions Set The Scene Waves stencil strip set. Brush on Faded Jeans Distress Oxide, to create the two colours of water. Use a stitched square die to cut the panel, and attach it with foam tape to a dark blue card square. Attach this to a light blue card base. Stamp the sentiment in dark blue ink onto the light blue cardstock strip from the Whittle Sealife Sentiments stamp set. Attach the sentiment strip to a strip of dark blue, and glue it to the card front.
Use the Poppystamps Whittle Fish Trio and Whittle Seahorse dies, and die cut the shape. Colour them using Zig markers, and a water brush. Attach the fish and seahorse to the front of the card. For embellishments, I chose the Gina K. Clear Quartz Solid sequins, and Brutus Monroe Acrylic Bubbles, to add the ‘bubble look’.
STENCIL WITH GLITTER GEL
The opening of the stencils is an invitation to use just about any medium! Two of my favourites are Modeling Paste (texture paste) and Glitter Gel. This Tim Holtz Flourish stencil was deserving of some fancy glitter gel, I thought.
The shine & sparkle of this Stickles Glitter Gel is amazing, isn’t it?!
First, tape the stencil to your cardstock; I usually use Purple Tape for this. Next, apply the glitter gel through the stencil, using a palette knife. Be sure to clean off the stencil & palette knife right away with warm soapy water, so it doesn’t permanently stick! Place the stenciled piece aside, to allow the gel to dry.
Stamp the sentiment from the Penny Black Sentiments Collection onto dark blue cardstock in Versamark ink. Cover the stamping with gold embossing powder, and set with a heat tool. Cut banner tails on the right end of the sentiment piece.
Now that your stenciled piece is dry, layer it with a bright green background, on a dark blue cardstock base. Attach the sentiment to the front, using foam tape. No need to add anything else, because the gorgeous shape of the stencil, and shine of the glitter gel, takes care of the rest!
ARE YOU PLAYING ALONG?
I hope that you’re playing along with the daily challenge! Then you can have your own fun with stencils! To join, visit the Facebook challenge page HERE. Share a picture of your project, and use the hashtag #snschallenge. There’s a new word for each day of the month, and you can play along with as many days as you like. At the end of the month, one luck person is randomly chosen, and WINS a $50 Gift Certificate to the Scrap ‘N Stamp store!
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*my apologies – the Flourish stencil is no longer available – but the Ironwork stencil is similar. also, the Waves stencil strips are not available, but the Heffy Doodle Stormy Seas stencil easily substitutes*