It’s the last Sunday of 2013, so in Clarityland that means two things.
Firstly, the December Stencil of the month needs airing one more time. It’s the lovely Rose Panel.
So I thought I would do a very simple step-by-step stencil card, for those who are still not sure how a stencil actually works.
Long white Card
Position and mask off the Stencil with low-tack stencil tape,
paying attention to detail.
When you have taped it down and masked it off,
dust over the whole area with an undercoat colour, like Old Paper or Frayed Burlap.
Load the brushes directly from the ink pads.
Then we will start adding colour to the leafy areas, using a fresh brush. You can wash our Clarity Stencil brushes in warm soapy water afterwards, but while you are in the middle of a job, use them all!
I’m much the same in the kitchen, aren’t you? Every bowl, every pan and every spoon is in use while I’m being creative!
Anyway, so add green where the leaves are
and pink where the roses are. If you hold the brushes further down the bristles, towards the point, you will have more control where you are applying the colour. Literally use the brush like a paintbrush.
Build up the depth of colour gradually. This is where
make-up sponges come in handy.
You can really get into the leaves
But make sure you are done with colour
BEFORE you remove the stencil;
it’s quite tricky putting it back in exactly the same place.
But if we get in closer, you will see now why we did an undercoat colour of Old Paper first.
See how it breaks up and dilutes the greens and pinks?
Nice. I like the softness of it.
So then, being an old stamper by nature, I got to wondering how to get the colour on the stencil, instead of in the gaps. So I laid the stencil on a piece of copy paper and literally coated it with ink.
I figured out that I needed a lot of pressure to transfer the ink, so out the the E-Bosser (Love it!).
I sandwiched the inky stencil between two pieces of long white card and all the necessary plates,
ran it through the embossing machine,
I like this look, too. I am sure there are better ways of doing this, but it worked for me! And what I like is that the card is properly embossed now; the colour is embedded in the design, if you like.
So there we are.
It’s the last opportunity to buy the Rose Panel stencil at a discounted price before January.
And there was something else…
Last Sunday of the month today…
First Sunday of the month next Sunday!
Which means I’m back on TV! 9-11am and 2-3pm.
Oh my, oh my. It’s time to make a plan again…
with love from