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Adding Texture With Stencils – Stretching Stencils, Day 2

October 12, 2017

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Hey, welcome back!  I’m already onto Day 2 of my Stretching Stencils Mini Series.  How did that happen?  My challenge is to get lots of use out of one stencil (I’m using the Swoop Stencil by Catherine Pooler).  And today, I’m using my stencil to add texture to my card.

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I blended Peacock Feather Distress Ink around the edges of the watercolor paper.  My blending isn’t perfect, but it doesn’t have to be, since I’ll be covering up most of it.  Next I added Picked Raspberry to the center of the paper.  I love that they blend into purple – so beautiful!  If you don’t have Distress Ink, use whatever you have.  Just cover the panel with color.

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I taped the stencil to the paper, and then I used more tape to hold it to the craft mat, like I demonstrated here.  Next I added Glass Bead Glitter Gel over the stencil with a palette knife.  This is a pretty thick layer, but the glass beads can drag and make lines in the gel, so I kept adding more until it spread evenly over the whole stencil.  If you don’t have Glass Bead Glitter Gel, embossing paste or texture paste would work great, too.

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I removed the stencil carefully, and I immediately washed it with soap and warm water to get the rest of the gel off before it dried.  You can see that the moisture of the gel made the paper bow up, but it smoothed out as it dried.  I left mine to dry overnight, but it might dry faster if you use less.

Adding Texture With Stencils - Colorful Encouragement

I trimmed down my panel with a paper trimmer, and stamped my sentiment on a strip of vellum before attaching it to the card. Finally I added a pink mat behind it, and attached the panel to a white card base with tape runner.  You could add sequins or other embellishments, but I kept it very simple so the background can really shine.

How do you add texture to your cards?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

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Distress Stencil Card – Stretching Stencils, Day 1

October 11, 2017

Distress Stencil Card - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, glad you’re here for my newest Mini Series about Stretching Stencils.  My challenge is to use the same stencil 3 different ways.  I hope you try this challenge with me, and let me know what you create!

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I laid the stencil on my desk, and laid the watercolor paper over the stencil.  Then I added strips of painter’s tape to hold the paper to the stencil while I’m working on it.  Next I flipped it over and used more tape to adhere it to my work surface.   I’m using a Ranger craft mat today, but any non-pourous surface would work.  By using 4 pieces of tape, you get a stencil that won’t shift, a crisp image, and you can ink up all the way to the edges.

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I added Wilted Violet Distress Ink in the corner with my Mini Ink Blending Tool.  You can also use Gelatos, colored pencils, markers, whatever you have.  Next I added Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers.  I love how the colors blend!

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Bonus Card!  I don’t want to waste all the ink left on the stencil, so I grabbed another piece of watercolor paper.  I misted the stencil with lots of water, and laid it over my paper.  You get a very soft image, a reverse of the stencil.  Gotta love getting two cards at once!  When it dries, I’ll make another card.

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I die cut my panel with the Postage Edge Dies from Simon Says Stamp, and attached it to a black card base with tape runner.  The sentiment is from Catherine Pooler’s Simply The Best stamp set, and I die cut the word best with the matching die.  Finally I added purple sequins from Neat &  Tangled to finish the card.

Do you use stencils on your cards?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon.

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Stamp Of Approval Box

October 9, 2017

Hey, just have a quick update for you:  the next SOA box will be available tomorrow!  This holiday box is filled with dies and stamp sets  designed to go together.  No more buying items here and there, and then wondering what to do with them when you get home!  Some people like a surprise, so I won’t tell you what’s in the box. But . . . if you go to Catherine’s website, you can see for yourself.  There’s even a chance to win your box for free!  And when the last box came out, it sold out quickly, so if you want a chance to get one, make sure you’re on the wait list.  Being a part of StampNation’s even better, because members get the link tonight!  Hope you check out the box, and I’ll be back again soon with another tutorial!

 

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Making Multiple Cards

October 4, 2017

Making Multiple Cards - Colorful Encouragement

Today, I’m making 12 Christmas cards, all at once.  This is easy to change up for any occasion, and it would be a great way to make lots of birthday cards, or a set of note cards for a gift.

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I started with a 9 x 12 piece of watercolor paper, and I misted the front and back of the paper with water to keep it from bowing up.  I sprinkled the paper with Ultramarine Blue Colorburst from Ken Oliver.  As soon as it hits the water, it starts to move.  And when I added more water, it goes crazy!  With pigment powders like Colorburst, a little goes a long way.  And you definitely need a craft mat or something to protect your work surface.  I’m working on a Ranger craft mat.

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When I picked up the paper, lots of color rolled off.  I can’t wait it, right?  So once the paper was dry, I dragged the paper through the puddles and picked up more color.  Then dry and repeat until you have a look you’re happy with.  I did scorch the paper a little at the top, but I’ll work around it.  And if you don’t have Colorburst, use inks, watercolors, whatever you have.

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This is the Postage Edge die from Simon Says Stamp.  I cut my watercolor paper into strips, and die cut as many squares as I could.  I got 12 from my watercolor paper – not bad for one technique piece!  Next I used the largest die to cut card panels from white cardstock, but I forgot to get a picture.  If you don’t have the dies, you can cut the paper into squares with a paper trimmer or scissors.  My squares are 2 1/4 inches, and the white panels are 4 x 5 1/4.

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I temporarily adhered my watercolor paper to my white panel, and placed them in my stamp positioner, in the lower right corner.  Then I grabbed snowflake stamps from my stash, and laid them out so the hung over the sides of the technique piece.  A stamp positioner isn’t necessary, but if you’re making multiple cards, I highly recommend one.   The stamps were getting too close to the side, so I moved my panel away from the corner.  When I had my stamps where I wanted them, I drew a line around the panel so I could easily get each panel into the same spot.

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I stamped the snowflakes and the sentiment all at once with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.  And this is why the stamp positioner is so helpful.  You can see on the left that the snowflakes didn’t stamp evenly, and part of the sentiment didn’t stamp at all.  But I reinked the images, and they stamped much better the second time. No realigning necessary – Yay!

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After I stamped all of my white panels, I cleaned my stamps and centered my technique piece inside the lines I made for my panel.  This time I stamped with Versamark ink, and heat embossed the snowflakes with silver embossing powder.

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Assembly for these cards it very simple.  I attached my white panel to a blue cards base with tape runner.  Then I added foam tape to the technique piece and lined up the snowflakes.  You could add more shimmer or sequins, but I wanted to keep these cards pretty simple, since they’re going a long way.

And now I get to explain why I’m making Christmas cards so early.  I’m volunteering with Operation Christmas Child, and it’s such an awesome opportunity.  You take a shoebox, fill it with toys, clothing and school supplies, and it’s sent to a child somewhere around the world.  Some of these children have never received a gift in their lives.  So I get the honor of sending them a gift, and showing them love, without ever leaving town.  If you pack a box online, you don’t even have to leave your couch!

Have you ever heard of Operation Christmas Child?  Will you be packing boxes?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

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World Card Making Day

October 2, 2017

Well, StampNation is gearing up for one of their biggest events of the year – World Card Making Day!  There will be contests, prizes, special guests, and more inspiration than you’ll find anywhere.  If you’ve never joined StampNation, this is the perfect time to start!  Then you’ll be ready for next week, when the next Stamp of Approval box comes out on October 10.  StampNation members get the link to purchase the box hours before the wait list, so if you want to make sure you don’t miss out, come join us!

And StampNation always has challenges going on, even after this event is over.  I love crafting, but I don’t have too many people I can share this passion with, besides my mom.  StampNation is a whole community of crafters, who support and encourage each other.  This place has become my crafty family, and what a wonderful family it is!  I’ve only been a SN member since March, and it already feels like home.

Are you excited for World Card Making Day?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

 

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