I’ve got another tutorial to share with you, the final installment in my Mini Series about stretching stencils. If you haven’t seen it before, you can see the first two cards here and here. My challenge is to get lots of different looks from one stencil.
I’m starting with a piece of Bristol cardstock cut to 6 x 4 1/2. You can use whatever paper you have, but I like how well Distress Inks blend on this paper. Whatever you use, make sure it’s strong enough to handle all the color and heat you’ll be adding to it.
I used a ruler and a pencil to mark the center of each side of the panel. You can just eyeball it, but I wanted to be a little more precise this time. I used this same coloring technique on this card, but you can add color any way you want to. And if you don’t have Distress Ink, you can use watercolor or markers.
I added Picked Raspberry Distress Ink to the first section of the paper with a Mini Ink Blending tool, going outside the lines a little. Then I came in with Carved Pumpkin, and blended the two colors where they met. I continued with Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, and Wilted Violet. I left the center a little bit light so all the colors wouldn’t mix and make mud. Let it dry completely, or speed up the process with a heat tool.
Next I taped the stencil over the panel with painter’s tape, and I covered up the center so the white area wouldn’t show.
I pressed my Versamark pad directly to the paper through the stencil. Then I removed the stencil and added clear embossing powder. It doesn’t show up very well on camera, but you can kind of see it on the right. Then I pressed my Black Soot Distress Ink pad directly to the panel. The clear heat embossing protects the paper underneath, and lets the color show through. I moved the color around with the blending tool to fill in all the tiny areas.
After I covered the whole piece, it looked like the picture on the left. I used a slightly damp paper towel to remove the black ink on the embossing powder, and it brightened up the whole image. Now the colors really pop!
I attached a pink mat to my card base with tape runner, and added the colorful panel over top. The sentiment is from The Ton, and I stamped it with more Black Soot Distress Ink. I added a few Clear Droplets from Pretty Pink Posh, and that completes the last card in my series!
I hope you enjoyed my Mini Series about Stretching Stencils. Do you have any other ideas for a series? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back later this week.