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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Soar and Dream Big!

The following are two layouts I created for the Canvas Corp website featuring Tattered Angels and 7gypsies. It is so wonderful to combine my work assignments with my passion — scrap booking!

Dream Big

We headed up north to catch my oldest play basketball and made a stop at the lake. This picture of the lake and sunset is gorgeous! The layout needed to add to it. I used a few different sheets of papers that I painted as the base and finished them off with Architexture stickers.

Soar

We found the wings painted on the wall of a local mall. Unfortunately when I took the picture it ended up being tiny. So, I decided to play on it and really build up a pair of wings on the layout!

Additional Material

Here is a list of other material I used in addition to Tattered Angels and 7 gypsies.

Until nex time ~ Happy Crafting!

Challenging Canvas

In July the Canvas Corp Brands crew was challenged to do something with a blank sheet of canvas and we could use a pouch too. I created this:

 I glimmer misted a piece of raw canvas in blues and greens and then cut them into strips. I tied a knot in the bottom of each strip and adhered it to a circle that I had cut from double sided adhesive. I twisted the canvas strip and placed it on the circle. I also did this same technique with some pretty twine.

 For the leaves I hand cut them out of the green portion of the canvas, added some veins with a black water color brush pen and spritzed it  with a little water to soften the lines.

 I adhered it all to the pouch and added a few gems to fill it out.

When I was first presented with this challenge I was totally clueless on what to do. I just started painting and then got to this. What have you created that was unexpected?
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Denim and Diamonds

I recently have started swapping pocket letters with a great group of online ladies. When I was asked to join the “Denim and Diamond” swap I did not hesitate. Once I realized what I signed up for I was a little scared. I kept thinking of cowgirls, but did not want to incorporate that into it. I then realized that I had an old pair of my daughter’s jeans that had bling on the leg. She wore them all the time when she was 6 (ten years ago) and I found them for her at Walmart for $6. I decided to use those as the base. I first cut them down to ATC size (2.5 by 3.5) and mod podged them with extreme glitter Mod Podge to a baseball card for stability. As they dried I added my signature stamp to the back of nine ATC blue cardstock cut bases. Once they were dry I attacked them to the blue cardstock. I inked up one of Rita Barakat’s stamps with white paint and stamped it in a random order on the denim. I decided on this particular stamp because the circles in the hair looked like places for bling. Once it dried I added gems and bling items from my stash and stuffed a baseball sleeve to create the pocket letter. It was missing something so I created a layered heart embellishment and a shabby chic flower from the leftover denim. I added a butterfly charm and attached it to the sleeve.

I never dreamed that my scraps (literally!) would create something beautiful. To make the two embellishments check out this video:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Using Scribble Sticks and Watercolor Pencils

If you did not see my three minute video on how to use Rita Barakat stencils, please find it here:

This is the follow up of coloring in my girl! I took a ton of pictures of each step that are self explanatory. This is the stencil I used on the video and what she looked like after I connected all the lines:

 I used these to color in her face:

 I added several shades and I colored in her eyes with Scribble Sticks:

 I used a wet paint brush to smooth out the texture. I traced around her face with a darker color:

 I filled in her eyebrows with one of the darker pencils. I used the black pencil to give her eyelashes (I love a lot of eyelashes!):

 I used scribble sticks to fill in her lips by tracing around the edges and pulling the color into her lips with a wet paint brush.

 I colored in the stars:

 Now it got fun! The hair! I absolutely love to create hair! I used scribble sticks and a wet paint brush to color.

 I finished her with a little bit of glitter streaks in her hair and white dots on the purple strand:

I can not draw, but this stencil made it super easy! I can’t wait to create more in my art journal with Rita Barakat Stencils! 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!