Stencils & Metallic Foil - The Crafter's Workshop

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Hello everyone!  I am excited to share a new experiment I tried with 4 of the smaller stencils, from both the previous Summer collection and the newly released ones from The Crafter’s Workshop..
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.

 I was inspired by watching a video earlier in the week that I replicated using the stencils above.  I picked out several stencils and cut some plain white cardstock.
I used the art screen ink that is made to react with the Minc machine  and metallic foil.  I applied it fairly quickly, using a palette knife and wasn’t too careful around the edges, wanting some imperfections.  The ink I used is silver and does have a sheen to it, but doesn’t compare to the look of silver foil.
After letting the ink completely dry, I ran it through the machine, laminating the foil to the reactive ink.
This was an experiment, so I guessed about the heat setting, but it worked perfectly!
After pulling off the foil, you can see the negative of the stencil so well.  I will definitely be using it in another project!
Meanwhile, I added Distress Inks to a laminated piece cardstock, that I use as a slick surface.  After misting it with water, I dipped watercolor paper into it adding puddles of ink.
Using the Mini Art Deco Numbers stencil, I added a ’15’ to the paper using silver stamp ink.

I punched out the number and mounted it to another punched piece of glittered paper.  I trimmed the card face and decided to mount it onto another piece of patterned paper.
 I thought it needed a but more color and it helped bring out the blues and greens in the ink.  I added a little bit of silver paint around the circle edge with my finger.
Now, on to the second card!  I used this stunning 6×6 Mini Doodle Bloom stencil and the same silver reactive ink.  This time, I took a chance and used a copper/gold foil, not knowing if the silver would prevent it from staying copper.
It turned out beautifully and I was so impressed because of the intricacy of the stencil.  Once again, the negative of the stencil is almost prettier to me!
This time, I used several pinks and purple Distress Inks to color a background piece.
Using a dark grey stamp ink and dauber, I added the ‘LOVE’ from this tiny ‘Remnant’ stencil.  I trimmed the word out to a small banner shape and added gold paint around the edges.
I also cut down the foiled stencil and mounted it onto a patterned kraft paper.  I added some twine under the banner with hot glue to add some extra color.
I am so excited at the final product, mostly because I found a new way to use my stencils and combine them with the foil trend that is so hot now!  These made lovely cards for my 15th wedding anniversary and to celebrate our Goddaughter’s engagement.  My mother always said there is no greater gift, than one that is handmade!
Thanks for stopping by today!  You can follow the link below to the stencils I used:

feed YOUR heart & SOUL (& video) - The Crafter's Workshop

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Hello everyone! I am super excited to be asked to continue my journey as a Creative Team member with The Crafter's Workshop! I am truly blessed to be a part of this amazing group of talent!

I am sharing a little home decor project, actually a gift, from my post last week. I also made a process video that you find follow below!

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.

These are the stencils I used above and the link to the video HERE below.

I bought a pre-painted piece of wood that resembled bead board panel or siding. I painted the wood with a mix of light colored acrylic paints and let it dry really well.

I mixed white paint with a turquoise acrylic to create several varying shades of blue/teal. I used the 4x4 Repeat Tile Remnant stencil and a lighter teal paint as the first layer of my project.

After that layer dried, I used parts of the large Sea Turtle stencil to create a scroll frame along the bottom of the piece.

I also bought this pre-distressed wooden heart and used this stencil bit and mist in a sun pattern on top of the heart. To provide some contrast & definition, I added some more acrylic around the edges of the wood embellishment.

While the heart dried, I painted a heart in white acrylic on top on the background, sizing it to be larger than the wood heart.

Using my last stencil, pink modeling paint and the heart on the Rustic Portal stencil, I add a thick layer onto the painted white heart. I used a blue, white and red India ink pen to add definition to the details of the stenciled marks.

Last, but not least, I wrote my sentiment onto the painted wood background. I added extra doodles around the letters and some pink paint splatters too.

Thanks for stopping by today! You can follow the link below to the stencils I used:


HAPPY. NSD Sketch & Video - Scrapbook Circle

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I am a little later than I had planned to share this LO after NSD, but life with children seems extra crazy this time of year.  Everyone seems to try to squeeze in one last...everything.  I did this page for National Scrapbook Day and made a video of my process using the Scrapbook Circle May kit, 'Here & Now.'
This is the sketch from our talented designer and Blog coordinator, Tessa Buys!

You can click on the link below of HERE to find my YouTube channel and the start to finish video.

I decided to use the paint like lines in this gorgeous paper from the Fancy Free collection to create an implied division, like the sketch.  I cut out a piece of the Pinkfresh Studio paper that is predominantly black and white and watercolored several of the leaves and flowers.  I used it along that line of pattern change shown in the sketch.

I layered lots of the Fancy Free vellum die cuts, other Pink Pailsee die cuts and fussy cut pieces of the Amy Tan acrylic sheet underneath a photo cluster.

Using black thread, I stitched thru that entire layered line of embellishments.  I also stitched across some of the vellum letter shapes for my title.  I cut two pieces of patterned paper and places them at the bottom the layout exactly like the sketch.  One piece I painted with black chalkboard paint and then added some journaling with a white gel pen.

I love all the bright colors in the May collection and they were perfect to highlight this photo of our oldest child, Lola!  I hope you check out the video and have an amazing day!

love this - Scrapbook Circle April Add-On

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

  Today, I am sharing a layout I made using the April ‘Stay Cool’ Add-on, which is so yummy, it should be edible!  I realize it is May, but still wanted to post it!

The beautiful fringe hearts from Maggie Holmes & Crate Paper are one of my favorite embellishments in a long while!  It took every bit of my self restraint to NOT hoard these lovelies and use them all on one layout.  I started with a light wash using color shine onto the white paper with tiny black dots.  I didn’t trim off the hot pink branding strip, instead keeping it as a border between 2 patterned papers.

The mint corrugated paper that is part of the main kit is a perfect accompaniment to the texture in the hearts.  I cut tiny slits along the corrugated lines to add even more texture.  I also added a few pieces of washi from Pinkfresh Studio, also part of the Add-on under each of the hearts.  These adhesive brads from Simple Stories made a perfect accent with black, white and a hot pink heart.

I hope you are lucky enough to snag this Add-on…it is chock full of goodies!! :)
Thanks for stopping by the Blog today!  I hope you have an amazing day!

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