I love stencils

Simon Says Wednesday: Use a Stencil

As you saw in yesterdays post, I had cut a paper stencil for this decorative heart. The embossing paste is homemade (1/4 c. tapioca flour, 2 t. white acrylic paint & 2 t. white glue). Once tacky dry I sprinkled liberally with silver tinsel gently shake off excess and then heat set. Bubbles some but I like that effect and I purposely left the extra on the sides for bg. Trimmed down to layer on red cs then white cs base. Added the Silhouette cut love heart with the letters colored in black marker.

I was making my embossing paste out of arrowroot but that was drying quite yellowish. The tapioca is still a little off white colored but not as much as arrowroot. Sure cleans up easy and stays on the paper with some flexibility. Still need to try coloring it something other than black.

More Rust

Simon Says Monday: Rust

For my Simon Say Wednesday I made a heart shaped paper stencil and was working on that card when I realized I had another idea pulling me away. Here is the result of the paper stencil with the embossing paste dried, edges torn, sponged kraft and turquoise ink added in areas then heat set silver embossing powder in others. The rust is cinnamon that was added by dabbing piece in glue on block then dumping on the spice and shaking off excess. I did cover the whole area with clear spray before mounting on a layer of kraft cs that was dry embossed and edges aged with brown ink pad. The turquoise leaf and sentiment are Silhouette cut and glued on. The white sentiment was toned down a bit with a cotton ball in some colored chalk in a sepia shade. Added in a few dots of white and black gel pens to join elements.

With the cinnamon out on the counter, now my husband is adding it to our morning coffee. YUM.

CAS Balloon with Sketch

CAS Colours & Sketches: Sketch
Krafty Chicks: CAS
Double D: Balloons

I used transfer gel to stamp this detailed filled heart. Added red foil and heat set with laminator. Stamped string in black ink. Layered on red cs on white cs base. The sentiment is Silhouette cut and heat embossed with silver tinsel.

Tip: Stamping with transfer gel is a little tricky. What I found worked the best is to use your spatula and smear a very fine coat on stamp and then gently lay the stamp on paper. Press lightly and lift straight up. Too much gel and pressing very hard makes for a splotchy image.

Is it salt, soda, cinnamon or waxed paper?

Simon Says Monday: Rust it Up

The folks over at Simon Says wanted us to create rust on our project. I started with the wonderful die cut that was sent to me from a dear friend (thanks Diana) in white cs. First I sponged turquoise ink very randomly. Then pressed areas into the versa mark and heat set silver tinsel. Where it was still white I pressed into versa mark again but this time added cinnamon and heat set that. Where the cinnamon did not stick I used liquid glue and sprinkled again with the spice. Ran the piece through the Xyron and attached to a bg of turquoise cs I had dry embossed with my homemade linen folder and swiped with the same color of ink pad to create texture. Tag is added with kraft layer and the same turquoise cs that has stamped sentiment in black. All is mounted on white cs base.

Tip: Keep an extra, well marked, versa mark ink pad for grunge work. It will get messy, in this case loose cinnamon, but it won’t hurt messy projects. This way you will have a clean pad for those times you really do want only white embossing powder.

Sunday Stampers Sketch

Sunday Stampers: Sketch
Krafty Chicks: Christmas

I was looking for a white on white with just a little bling. Hope this hits the mark. The bg is white layering weight cs dry embossed then trimmed down to leave a reveal on the A2 white cs base. Cut the white banners behind the vellum by hand and added the flag portion with a 1/2″ round punch. Added the gold twine, gold paperclip and gold ribbon with the white tag and black stamped sentiment. My final element was the Silhouette pine cones and bough in front of the scrape piece of vellum that came embellished with gold design.