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!

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Geo Metric Card Set

When I received this box I was drawn to the chipboard pieces. I had so much fun creating stained glass effects out of them that I wanted to make sure they got on cards. I have rainbow DecoFoil in my stash and knew it needed to go with the unicorn. The rest just kinda happened.

The January 2019 Hedgehog Hollow box has to be my favorite so far! As a mixed media artist I was a little intimidated by it at first. Everything in it was amazing, but I did not know how I would use all if it, but I did! Sometimes getting out of our comfort zone stretches our creative muscle. We grow as artist and end up creating amazing things. That is what happened with this card set.

I wanted to utilize the stencil in the box. To do so I created several backgrounds with DecoFoil Transfer gel. Transfer gel is easy to use, but it does require time to dry. Therefore, I create several backgrounds at once. My original thought was to create five cards, but I thought it would be fun to clean the palette knife I was using to lay the gel out on a piece of paper. The effect was stunning! Each card was foiled with a different color. I also wanted to use the embellishments I created through out the month. To see how I made them please check out these video tutorials:

Stain Glass Effect with Chipboard

3D Geometric Animal Shapes

Heart Card

Butterfly Card

Unicorn Card

Lion Card

Deer Card:

Owl Card

If you have not played with the January 2019 Hedgehog Hollow kit give it a go!

Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden

Halloween ATCs

Happy Halloween! I am sharing with you three sets of ATCs! gypsies makes these incredible file folders that are the perfect size to hold ATCs. Not much is needed on enhance their beauty. 

 I just added a few things from my stash to make them personal, yet still respecting the gorgeous art already present on them.

 I first started with a piece of kraft pattern paper from CCB that had a bunch of great images perfect for ATC (an ATC is a 2.5 by 3.5 piece of paper that you decorate and trade).

 As you can tell, these images are spectacular alone and nothing really is needed. I opted to enhance with foiling.

 I placed the foil with the shiny side up. This is the backside.

 This is the top.

 I placed it in a folded piece of copy paper.

 ….and ran it through my lamination machine.

 The finished cards have just enough sparkle, but not too much.

Here is set one with the file folder:

 Set two:

 Set Three:

 I tied them up with waxed twine and added a sweet charm to each.

These were part of a few Halloween cards I sent out to my crafty friends. I hope they had fun opening them 🙂
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Be Brave Foiled Card!

 he Peacock Stencil is gorgeous foiled! To foil the stencil simply apply transfer gel over the stencil on your favorite cardstock. Remove it right away and wash the stencil in warm soapy water or the gel will dry and run it. Wait until the gel is dry. It turns clear when it is ready! Follow the instructions on the deco foil packaging to foil your image. I ran mine through a hot laminator between two pieces of copy paper. I used embossing ink and sterling embossing powder on the sentiment and around the edges. I placed the circle on top of fiber to finish off the card. 

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Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Halloween Witching Card

This is my favorite Halloween card I have made this season and it is featured on the Brutus Monroe Blog Please go check it out. There is a lot of fun stuff happening there this week with tons of inspiration! Here is the video tutorial I created making this card:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!