It’s Saturday and it’s a new technique! For who? For me? For you? Definitely for me! I have to admit, I did wonder what would happen when I started ironing the stencil. Would it just disintegrate? Would it curl up? Would it smell vile? Well, unless you try it, you will never find out the answer to those questions Barbie! So, in the name of Crafting Science, and being prepared to ruin a perfectly lovely and BRAND NEW STENCIL, I had a go. Check out the brand new beautiful Rose Panel stencil which was duly offered up to the experiment!
I decided to use the stencil to mould some Angelina Fibres…
Here’s what I used:
NEW Rose Panel ClarityStencil
Mix of Angelina Fibres: Green, White and Peacock
Black Archival Ink Pad
A hot travel iron
Embossing mat or Mouse pad
Embossing tool or the lid of a pen.
You’ll just have to trust me when I tell you that
Claritystencils can take the heat!
Ink up the stencil with Black Archival ink. Place a sheet of copy paper underneath it when you do so.
Replace with a clean piece before you add fibre.
Loosen up and apply a layer of Angeline fusible fibres
Add a sheet of baking parchment and then iron hot.
If you like, you can emboss parts of the stencil pattern with the pointed end of a Promarker while the fibres are still warm. Easy to mould, just like the Claritystamps, but not so deep.
I found it was better to place an embossing mat underneath the work whilst moulding, to get better depth. You just have to remember to remove the embossing mat if you go back in with the iron! (How does she know these things???)
The good news is that the black felt does rub off. Eventually…
You can see here how you can press the leaves up through the stencil.
Then just peel off the stencil, and cut out as desired.
If the stencil is a little bowed, just sandwich it between 2 sheets of copy paper and iron flat. Cool flat. Back to normal x
Well, what can I say? Once I figured out that the stencil wasn’t going to melt into the top of the table, I had a blast all afternoon!
Out came the fabulous Fibre colours, Pastel Green, Hyacinth, Peacock Blue.
I tried half a stencil with one edge fading out. Really liked that look.
Then I tried blending 3 different colours. The Stencil was absolutely fine.
The pieces looked good raw or cut.
This Hyacinth piece looked particularly good. Used a lot of fibre? Well, the top layer, the layer closest to the stencil had to be fresh fibres, but the bulk, the polster, was recycled offcuts.
How classy is this?! And to be able to make a panel this size, too!
Here were the fruits of my labour.
Blended and fused together. You can either do sections and fuse them together as one at the end, or do the lot in one hit. The latter just requires some speed before the black ink dries.
The Peacock Blue turns into incredible browns and greens when heat is applied.
And white? Well, white is just perfect. If you find it easier to handle, you can always lightly bond the fibres between 2 sheets of baking parchment before you lay them down on the inky stencil.
So there we have it. A new stencil and a new technique. If you enjoy fusible fibres and film, you will love this one!
I was recently accused of being an obsessive blogger; well if obsessive blogging steers me into discoveries like this, then long may the obsession continue!
Have a lovely Saturday!
And one practical question I would like you to answer for me in a comment. Do you think the writing in these blogs is better larger, like here? Or smaller? If I write this size, I don’t need glasses!