Christmas in July — Use a Stencil

Sometimes I get overwhelmed with all the options in the craft industry. Options of the same type product are everywhere! Trying to figure out what is best or right for you can be a challenge. A product that has a lot of options and every company claims their’s is the best is ink! I must confess, I have fallen into the “I must have it all” marketing game. A few years ago I vowed to stop buying ink pads unless something really wonderful came along.

Catherine Pooler

In 2018 at Creativation I met Catherine Pooler and was introduced to her ink. I am not going to lie — I rolled me eyes in my head and thought “here we go again!” After I politely tuned the demo out I walked away — happy to escape the pitch. Over that year I slowly started to see what people were creating with her ink and I was impressed.

In 2019 I went back to the booth (willingly) and filmed a demo. There was a table in her booth in which people could play with the ink — which I did. I was impressed and saw the value of it in the craft room. The next five months I spent trying to talk myself out of purchasing it. In the spring Catherine Pooler released mini pads. That was it — I was sold. I went out and bought the Life of the Party collection and have been hooked ever sense.

Happy Holidays Stencil Card

Using a Brutus Monroe Stencil, Catherine Pooler ink pads, blending tool and a black fine tip pen I created this card for Christmas in July!

Using washi tape that I fuzzed on my shirt, I adhered the stencil to cardstock.

I selected three colors of ink and carefully shaded in the stencil. I would be trimming this down and did not care if I went over the edge of the stencil.

Once I removed the stencil I noticed the images did not pop as much as I wanted them too. I placed the stencil back on the cardstock and traced a fine line around each image. I then added threads to the top of each decoration.

To assemble the card, I layered the stenciled cardstock on a glittered black sheet and adhered it to the card base. For the sentiment, I placed it on a piece of tissue paper I had from packaging and placed it on top.

Though the card is relatively clean and simple it is striking! The important thing is it was fun to make and I am one step closer to completing my Christmas cards!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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1 Stencil 5 Different Ways!

Lately, I have been trying to get as much use out of my supplies as possible! I am embarrassed to admit this, but the first time I saw a stencil I did not know what to do with it. Was I suppose to trace it? Dab paint through it? After receiving one in a kit over two decades ago I just tossed it aside and moved on with my crafty life. Three years ago I became fascinated with them. Stencils look cool, but I was still intimidated by them. I started to buy them. Finally, I set out to learn how to use them!

Video Tutorial

The May 2019 Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart is darling! It pairs well with a Prima stencil I had. I set out to create some cards using it as the background. Here is a video I created on five different ways a stencil can be used:

Up Close Pictures

The set was suppose to be pinks and grays. However, I forgot that as I colored in the images. Thankfully, they turned out lovely. Cards sets that flow and not perfectly matched are my style!

Foiled Background
Tinted Modeling Paste
Paint
Spray
Stamped
The Complete Set

The next time you play in your craft room with stamps, challenge yourself to use the set at least five times. Do the same with your stencils! You will be amazed at what you create.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Deepest Sympathies

Probably the least favorite thing for me to make is a Sympathy card, but they are the most meaningful to the recipient. During times of loss a hand made card can warm the heart like nothing else. Since death is often no predictable it is best to make a few to have on hand. I used the Hedgehog Hollow September 2018 to create a Deepest Sympathy card.

 I stamped the flowers with Catherine Pooler’s Coral Cabana ink pad. I stamped the stems and sentiment with a black detailed ink. Using the Marvy Uchida brush tip pens I colored in the flowers and stems.

 I sprinkled Color Burst on a piece of white cardstock and misted with gold glimmer mist. Once it dried I used an oval die cut to trim it out and inked the edges.

I pop dotted the flowers and sentiment over the stems I adhered with a liquid adhesive. To finish if off I added a few pearls.

I find it easier to create these cards with no specific person in mind. If I am creating a sympathy card for a loved one I tend to break down and unable to complete it. By working on several sympathy cards at a time it makes it easier.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Bloom Where You are Planted

Sometimes to create a stunning card it really is best to keep it simple. The script for “Bloom” is one of my favorites. I like the size of the word too. I really wanted to create a card that could showcase that one word — Bloom.

 To create this card stamp the sentiment with Catherine Pooper Coral Cabana Ink pad. Next line the stem of the Bountiful Floral up under the sentiment making sure there is enough room for the flower. Color the stem in with the green brush tip marker. On a separate piece of white card stock, stamp the flower image and color with blue brush tip marker. Using a pop dot adhere the flower to the stem and add a little glitter glue to the center. Stamp “Where you are Planted” along the bottom. Adhere card stock with images to a mat and place on card front. Finish off with a few Nuvo Dew Drops.

I usually am not a clean and simple crafter, but I love this card! Sometimes getting out of your usual style is fun!
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!