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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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! 

Making Color Burst Cards

I had the privilege of meeting Ken Oliver at the Mixed Media Convention in July of 2017. I got a one on one demo and lesson on how to use Color Burst and have been addicted ever sense! I made these two cards using the new Color Burst for Brutus Monroe !
For this card I used a background stamp and applied the color burst on top of it after I embossed it.I stamped the bow pieces and sentiment. I adhered it all the a glitter card base and topped it off with a few bottle cap sequins.

 The next card I used a stencil to lay the Color Burst on making sure I stuck with colors that would not create a muddy look. I stamped the cute fist and used my Scan and Cut to cut them out. I stamped the sentiment on a circle I had die cut out. I adhered a few acrylic bubbles to finish it off.

This last background I created with this particular image in mind. I used a piece of watercolor paper to lay the Color Burst out on. I wanted the background to resemble a jungle so I used Cabbage and Zest. I sprinkled the color and misted it. At first it was to bright (yes, believe it or not it was brighter than this!), so I immediately dabbed it with a paper towel which picked up the excess color. I slowly sprayed droplets over it and was happy with it. 
Here is a video showcasing different techniques and basic color theory to keep in mind when using Color Burst: 
If you are interested in any of the products I used you can find them all here: Brutus Monroe Shop

Let It Snow!

I know it is not even Halloween yet, but I am trying to get a head start on my Christmas cards. I just can’t resist the snowy fun things out right now — probably because I don’t live in the snow! 

 I used a fun build your own snowman as the base for this card! I added some stickles to look like a pile of snow and some bottle cap sequins. One of my favorite things to do is not only emboss the sentiment, but also the edges. To create the background I applied white pigment ink on a snowflake stencil and embossed it with icicle embossing powder. 

For all the supplies to make this card please visit Brutus Monroe .
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Thanksgiving Name Plates for Table with Deco Foil and Brutus Monroe!

I am super excited because today starts a HUGE kickoff on the Brutus Monroe Blog with Deco Foil! I am over there featuring how to make name plates for your holiday table (or any table). Here is the video tutorial on how I did it:
Make sure you head on over to the blog for tons of inspiration!
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!