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Thursday, 12 September 2013

Playing with Stencils and Masks

Recently I have been playing with masks and stencils, which are currently my favourite crafting tool, and have come up with 5 different cards for a the class I am teaching Saturday at Stampers Grove in Edinburgh. I had an absolute ball playing and making these cards and the hardest thing about this topic was knowing when to stop! Lol.  If you would to join us or just have a browse through what they sell pop over to the their website at
The first card above is, I think one of my favourite card, it's so striking yet at the same time super simple.
This technique is stamping with a stencil, so ink up your stencils with your preferred colours, layer it up onto white card, the same size as the stencil, and with the appropriate sandwich for your die-cutting machine and run it through.  Before removing the stencil spritz the card with blue ink spray for the sky. Stamp the quote on white card, cut out and glue to the card as shown.  Then mat and layer the image with black card and attach to white card blank.
The next car is double embossed, that is, it's heat and dry embossed. I inked up the mask with embossing ink and ran it through the die-cutting machine in an embossing sandwich on white card 6"x6" with rounded corners, once that is done I sprinkle it with embossing powder and heat emboss.  I run the mask through to emboss it onto white card again, colour the hearts red, cut them out and attach to the wreath and coat in glossy accents.  Stamp the sentiment in the centre of the wreath and embellish the wreath with crystal gems. Matt and layer onto green card with rounded corners and glue to white card base. Finish by embellishing all the corners with crystal gems.
This card has to be my other favourite card! This is so simple but I just love the effect you get from it. I made my own stencil by die-cutting the shape from a sheet of ink blending mat.  I then used 3 Distress Inks through the stencil aperture, onto white card just slightly larger than the stencil, to get a blended background and then around the edges of the edges of the stencil in the same colour scheme.  Keeping the stencil in place I used black embossing paste through a flower stencil laid over the top of the aperture stencil. Then attach it to a white card base just slightly lager than the topper, and embellish with black star gems in the bottom left corner and top right corner.  The page tab was a chipboard shape coloured with the same inks and stamped with the word smile, glue to the top left corner.

This card is double embossed again, but using the embossed side rather than the de-bossed side.  Put the stencil on the patterned side of the paper (the same size as the mask) and run it through the machine in an embossing sandwich.  Keeping the mask is place rub embossing ink over the raised areas, remove the mask and sprinkle a dark embossing powder and heat embossed it.  Then rather rub embossing ink over small bits of the already heat embossed area and heat again to achieve a two-tone result. Rather heat emboss the edges and then layer onto brown card and then a cream card blank.  Finish by embellishing the edges with gold Creative Expressions pearl PVA glue.
The final card uses a number of stencils and masks.  Place the stencil of the lady onto 6"x6" white card and ink through it with the different colours, then place the swirly mask over the top of the lady stencil and ink with black ink which will leave you with the colourful pattern on the black background.  Once that is done take away the swirly, put the lady mask in the stencil aperture, then holding the mask remove the stencil and put the splodge stencil over the mask.  Ink through the splodge holes with your choice of coloured inks and you're done.  Remove the stencils, using some watered down ink make a few ink splatters, stamp the sentiment onto card and cut out and glue to card and embellish with black gems. Layer onto black card slightly larger than the topper and a slightly larger white card blank.
Now that is all the cards finished and I hope that we mange to finish them all in the class.  I'm sure if we put our heads down we can as they are all so simple and straightforward.. I hope you like them and give your stencil another go.

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