Hi there! I’m Lea Kimmel, one of the newest members of Dreamweaver Stencils’ Dream Team. This is my first on-line tutorial and I welcome your feedback but do ask that you keep it constructive. Before I show you my fun technique, I want to congratulate the winner from the post two weeks ago, Miriam Prantner. If you, too, would love the opportunity to win the stencil of your choice, please leave a comment on my post with the name of the stencil that you hope to win. You can find the complete selection at Stencil with Style. Now, onto the tutorial for this week... I created this card back in July and had several people ask me how I was able to get the inked background lined up so perfectly with the stencil, LL 379, Tall Palm Trees. Today I’m going to show you exactly how I did it!
Here are my supplies for this project. Notice that I have sponges here, however, I decided against using them in favor of using a stenciling brush which has much better color control! The first thing I did is lay the stencil down and draw in most of the design with a pencil, these became my reference lines. Here’s a picture that shows the completed penciling of the lines. Next I began stippling the ink on the paper in all the right places. Notice that I’ve added some yellow to the water area as well since there would be a reflection of the sunset in the water. You will also notice that I ink right over the lines as it doesn’t matter since they will soon be covered in paste!
Here you can see I’ve continued building on my colors!
Once I have all my color added, I tape the stencil down and prepare to add my black embossing paste. I know you can’t really see the tape on the paper but you can see it on the edges of the stencil.
Here I’ve added my paste and then carefully removed the stencil (be sure to put it in water right away for cleaning) and set it aside to dry.
I happen to prefer a sun that isn’t black so to remedy this, I’ve pulled out my trusty white PITT pen and I’ve colored the sun white. I plan to add yellow glitter to the sun for some sparkle, however, most glitters will show the black through the glitter. By painting the sun white, it eliminates that problem. A white Sharpie pen will also do the trick.
While waiting for the white to dry (which doesn’t take long), I went ahead and trimmed my piece down to the size I wanted. Once the white was dry, I added some Stampendous micro glitter in Sunflower. If you’re wondering what I’m using to add the glitter, it’s a piece of straw I’ve cut to about 1½” and cut a notch out to use it like a spoon of sorts. It’s a great way to control where and how much glitter you put down.
Here’s my completed piece ready to layer and add to a card front. It’s super easy, as you can see, and guarantees perfect placement for your ink and stencil! Thanks for checking out my very first tutorial and I hope you picked up a hint or two!
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