Thursday, 20 September 2018

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop: Theme - Favourite Techniques - Make Your Own Stencil / Mask from dies

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Welcome to the monthly Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop.  This month we are sharing our Favourite Techniques.  I love using lots of different techniques so it's hard for me to choose a favourite.  However, at the moment I'd have to say "making my own stencils from my die collection".  I like to make my dies work harder and provide extra value for money!

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A Christmas card featuring baubles made with home made stencils - make your dies work harder!

Although there's quite a lot going on in this Christmas card, my main focus is the decoration on the baubles which I achieved by sponging Shimmer Paint through a home  made stencil.
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Using home made stencils and Shimmer Paint to create baubles for Christmas cards

The first step is to cut the stencil from a piece of Window Sheet with the die of your choice.

TIPS:

  • You may have to run it through your Big Shot several times to get a clean cut, moving it around on the platform each time.  If you have a Precision Base Plate, you'll want to use it.
  • Cut the Window Sheet larger than you need and leave a generous edge all the way around your die.  This will allow you to also use that "negative space" piece for sponging or masking.
  • When using the Blizzard Thinlit, keep all the pieces.  The large piece becomes a stencil and all the smaller pieces that you remove become wonderful masks.

I cut some baubles using the Layering Ovals and Layering Circles dies.

I like to place a glue dot under each of the pieces to keep them from moving around.  I first handle them a bit between my fingers to make them a little less tacky.  The stencil that I made with the Blizzard Thinlit was large enough that I could group three of the oval shapes and stencil them together.

Place your stencil over the piece(s) to be decorated and fasten with a little bit of washi tape (or similar) at the top and bottom - being careful not to cover any of the area you wish to decorate.

I then placed some of the Vegas Gold Shimmer Paint onto a palette (I use one of my large acrylic blocks) and sponged over the stencil with gentle pouncing motions.

TIPS:

  • It's better to be sparing with the paint and do several layers if necessary.  If there's a lot of paint on the sponge, some is likely to find it's way under the stencil resulting in a less crisp image.
  • For a similar reason, pounce the sponge straight up and down to try to avoid getting paint under the stencil.
  • Shimmer Paint is water soluble and cleans up very easily.  I prefer to work directly on my cutting mat but you may wish to cover your work area with a sheet of scrap paper, some Stampin' Up Grid Paper or a non-stick craft mat.
Clean your stencil after use (I find all I need is a little water from the tap) and allow it to dry.  I prefer not to dry them with a towel to avoid catching little details and damaging the stencil.  With this little bit of care, you'll be able to use your stencil over and over again for a very long time.

WHY STOP THERE?
So we've used our stencil with the gorgeous Shimmer Paint, but why stop there?!  Use it with any of your favourite ink colours - simply tap the dry sponge onto the ink pad and then over the stencil.

Or, my particular favourite at Christmas time, use some glitter!

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A Christmas card made with home made stencils and some super fine glitter

Apply Multipurpose Sheet to the front of the cardstock before cutting your shape.

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Preparing to use my home made stencil with glitter
Peel off the protective layer.

Rub a little soap over the back of your stencil (I tend to dampen a small bar of soap with my fingers and then gently rub my soapy fingers over the stencil).  The soap assists with removal of the stencil from the adhesive.

Position the stencil, soap side down, onto the adhesive on the front of your shape.

Tip some super fine glitter on top and press it in with your fingers.

Tap off the excess glitter and burnish by gently rubbing your fingers over the glitter on the project.

Remove the stencil and tap again to remove any remaining excess glitter.

Tip a second colour of glitter onto the shape and press onto the project.  Tap off the excess and repeat the burnishing process.
TIP:
I like to have two sheets of paper, folded in half and then opened up to form a valley in the middle.  One for each colour of glitter.
Once I finish with a glitter, I use the sheet of paper to return the excess glitter to its container.

I hope this card has inspired you and brightened your day.  You are currently visiting Stephanie Fischer.  Please hop through all of the people on the list below to see all of our projects.  You don't want to miss any!

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'Til next time!
Stephanie


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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Beautiful Baubles on Shimmery Basket Weave - A Christmas card

I tried sooo hard to capture the beautiful shine of the Shimmer Paint in this photo but this was the best I could do!
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Christmas card featuring Shimmer Paint and home made stencils
I swiped Frost White Shimmer Paint across the Basket Weave embossing with a sponge for the first layer of lovely shimmer.

Having cut the circle and oval I used the stencils I had made and gently sponged with Vegas Gold Shimmer Paint using a soft pouncing motion.  To make the stencils, I cut Window Sheet with the Blizzard Thinlit and one of the Detailed Baubles dies.

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Home made Window Sheet stencils and Vegas Gold Shimmer Paint

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Sunday, 16 September 2018

Broadway Bound for Foliage Frames

We'll take a little break from Christmas card for a quick birthday card!
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Black & gold is so elegant and sophisticated!  Broadway Bound, Foliage Frames and Darling Label Punch

As a big fan of black and gold, I just love the Broadway Bound Designer Series Paper.  It does have lovely bright colours on the opposite sides - but I can't get past the black and gold!

This card started off, like so many, as a leftover sitting on my desk.  I cut the gold Foliage Frame for this card and rejected it in favour of black.  So for this card I merely did a little gold heat embossing, a little punching and cutting et voila!

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Friday, 14 September 2018

Beautiful Shimmery Bauble

While not necessarily Christmas-y, red and black are a dramatic combination that I love - add a little shimmer and it's irresistible!
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A black & red Christmas card with loads of Champagne Shimmer - not traditional but eye-catching & dramatic!
I think this incredibly simple card packs a lot of punch.  The base card is Real Red to which I've added (experimental) strips of Basic Black that have been dripped and spritzed with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint mixed with some rubbing alcohol.

The greeting from the Beautiful Baubles Bundle is silver heat embossed and then cut with one of the Layering Ovals framelits.  This has been placed on top of a scalloped oval cut from the Champagne Foil Sheet.

The Beautiful Baubles Bundle comprises the Beautiful Baubles stamp set and Detailed Baubles dies with a saving of 10%.

The bauble from the Beautiful Baubles Bundle is also cut from Champagne Foil Sheet (with Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet on the back for easy fixing) and adhered to a small scrap of Basic Black cardstock.  I then cut around the outside with my snips.

I made a bow with the Black Cord and added it to the top of the bauble.

There's a lot of champagne in this card - that's seasonal isn't it?!

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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