We've got a few movers and shakers on the team at present and the loooooong school holidays aren't helping much so we're actually going to have a summer break and will be back in september all refreshed!
Our new theme today has been set by Gill who has sadly stepped down from the team as has Cazro so wishing them both good luck in the future and don't be strangers!
Gill has wrote a lovely tutorial for us on various forms of stencils so thank you for that! You can use any kind of stencils, if in doubt just ask!
I have chosen stencils for my challenge this week you can use your stencils in any way you wish but as using embossing paste is my favourite method of using brass stencils i thought i would do a walkthrough demo for any newbies just in case any one fancies having a go, it is quite easy to do and can produce gorgeous results.
You can buy pastes in many different colours but if you are just starting out and are planning on colouring your design with chalks or mica or using metal leaf etc just invest in either a white or a translucent to start with as you are going to change the colour anyway. then you can add the gorgeous silvers golds and colours blacks reds etc as you build up your collection of pastes. I have used dreamweaver paste and stencils
Here is a pic of the general tools you would need to use embossing paste with a stencil, choice of paste-pallet knife-tub of soapy water to drop stencils into-low tack tape-card-stencil
first thing to do is to position your stencil on your chosen card and tape it down with low tack tape
next scoop a large blob of paste and spread along the top edge
now spread out the paste like icing a cake so whole stencil is covered
now using the side edge of your knife remove excess paste in as fewer sweeps as possible
clean off knife straight away with damp cloth peel off tape from around the stencil and carefully lift it off card drop stencil into tub of water so paste doesn't dry on
now you have your design stenciled onto your card leave to dry for at least an hour i like to leave mine overnight
i tend to do several designs in one go and leave them all to dry so i have a few to play with without getting all the kit out everytime i want to add colour or as in this case i am going to add gold leaf
here is the kit you would need to add gold leaf to the above design
gold leaf-heat gun- stamp and stick glue pad- stencil-craft sponge or nailbrush
right put the stencil back onto the design and tape into place so it won't move
use the glue pad and dab it all over the stenciled area so you have a good covering its quite a spongy pad so press down well so the glue gets in good contact with the paste underneath
now remove the stencil and heat the stenciled area gently until the glue is tacky to touch
when cooled place card over your tub of metal leaf i choose a mixed one for this project press plenty of the leaf onto the design and press on so it sticks to the tacky surface underneath you wont waste it as
you will now use your sponge or nailbrush to remove the excess leaf and brush it back into your storage box it does fly all over the place so make sure you are not in a draughty area and do it over a tub to collect all the excess to use again
when all the metal leaf is removed you will have a beautiful design as below. this techinique can be so effective and is quite easy to do with a bit of practice
this is the finished card
hope you like the effect, if you do, have a go at it and join in our challenge this week
another way to colour your image is with perfect pearls or mica to do this you would follow the method above but instead of using the glue pad use a veramark pad (no need to heat this) and add your colours with fine brush .when all colours are added remove the stencil and use a fluffy brush to remove any excess powder. i used this method with my feather stencil and matted it up and made a bookmark
here is a pic of it
you could use chalks with this method too
i also made a card using mat black paste using just the first stages above which were taping stencil to card spreading paste on removing stencil and leaving to dry. then used the image just as it was mat black.
here is the finished card
hope you like them
and hope it will inspire you to have a go with embossing paste and join us at crafty cardmakers this fortnight come over and have a play
I've never really done anything with stencils but thought I would have a go with this. I have used sequin waste as a stencil plus a brass one which I drew with white gelly roll pen then dusted over with mica powders. It was very difficult to get this to photograph clearly so I hope you can make it out!
I have used Distress ink with my stencil, using some cut & dry foam to apply the ink. I have kept it all very simple to try to make the stencilled image the focus of the card however the brightness of the ribbon is kind of defeating that purpose and I think I should maybe have used something a little less vibrant!