3 days to go…

3 days to go…

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.
You need
Long white Card
Make-up sponges
Distress Pad Old Paper or Frayed Burlap
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
and petals.
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,

                      

And Bingo!

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…
Aha!
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

57 thoughts on “3 days to go…

  1. Nice one today again . Can't quite get to grips with stencils and brushes but I keep practicing now and then and of course with lessons like this from you it shouldn't be hard to catch on! X

  2. It's so pretty. I haven't tried embossing my stencils yet but I'll definitely give it a go and see what happens 🙂 Setting the record button for next week's shows today so that I can't miss them. D xx

  3. Love this stencil, my new favourite, love what you have done and putting the two ideas together, I think I am going to dry emboss and then colour to make a beautiful card for my 93 year old mum in law, I like to make tactile cards for her because her eyesight is failing , bless her xxx thanks for the inspiration yet again, the beginning of the year is a busy one for family & friends birthdays and thinking up an idea is the hardest bit when your mojo is on holiday after Christmas 🙂 xx

  4. I am just about to play with some stencils and my brushes myself. I love this Stencil but can't play with it until all my projects are done! Good advice by the way, why was I keeping 1 clean brush, for that special colour combo, when I can wash them???

  5. great inspiration as usual – thank you. My New Years Resolution is definitely going to be to spend more time 'playing' with my crafty tools! Happy New Year to you and yours x

  6. I'm going to spend an hour or so playing with the whimsy cottages from yesterday but I love today's blog too – on my list for another day. Looking forward to next Sunday 🙂 Lx

  7. Hello Barb!
    I was half way down the page and wondering if you could emboss this stencil…and then the next image was of course embossing, tada!
    I don't have this one yet…… but it looks so Elizabethan to me, and I love anything Tudor so this will be next on my list .
    Hope you enjoyed all your guests yesterday Barb
    Have a lovely calm evening!
    Love marg

  8. What lovely creations. I wouldn't have dare putting one of the clarity stencils in the embossing machine, but will surely have a try now.
    Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Laurence xx

  9. Oh brilliant this is such a lovely stencil. I bought it when you demonstrated it with the fibres, now I can have a play with both techniques. I expect most of us have the first Sunday of the month firmly fixed in our minds. Even my husband watches and is impressed and he certainly does not give praise easily. Hope you had a lovely day yesterday and enjoy your last bit of relaxing time before you start the mad rush again. Lynne xx

  10. I love this rose-stencil, it is so pretty. And this is a very usefull step-by-step demonstration. Thanks.
    I got to have these brushes 🙂 and some more things from clarity land. xxx

  11. Going to order from Clarity tomorrow and will add this to the list, it looks so delicate. I have your brushes and they have made a massive difference. Thanks again for the inspiration, looking forward to next Sunday – checked C & C website today but couldn't see what we would need for the show. J x

  12. Hi Barb, knowing you, the plan is already in place for next weeks shows. So looking forward to them. Love this stencil, so delicate and pretty, however limited post Christmas funds dictate what is going to be bought! I think stencil brushes are a big possibility. Thank you for all the inspiration and the amazing blog, which I look forward to every day. May 2014 bring more of your delightful insight into life and crafting. Bx

  13. Absolutely beautiful and even better is the fact that I got the Stencil Hamper for Christmas, along with more Distress Inks. I haven't had a chance to play with any of my new 'toys' yet, but this is definitely something for me to try first!

  14. Lovely Barbara. I can't wait until my parcel with the rose stencil arrives in the next few days! As I have a few days off work i hope to have lots of fun playing with all my new stamps and stencils. I have tidied away my craft stuff for the last week so there was space for Christmas and i am now suffering from withdrawal symptoms!!

  15. Lovely Barbara. I can't wait until my parcel with the rose stencil arrives in the next few days! As I have a few days off work i hope to have lots of fun playing with all my new stamps and stencils. I have tidied away my craft stuff for the last week so there was space for Christmas and i am now suffering from withdrawal symptoms!!

  16. Lovely Barbara. I can't wait until my parcel with the rose stencil arrives in the next few days! As I have a few days off work i hope to have lots of fun playing with all my new stamps and stencils. I have tidied away my craft stuff for the last week so there was space for Christmas and i am now suffering from withdrawal symptoms!!

  17. This is lovely Barbara, I must get my stencils out and have a play, shame I don't have any of yours 'cos they are gorgeous but I'm trying not to buy anything new as I've promised myself I will try and use the stash I already have in different ways. Mmmmm wonder how long hits will last lol
    Happy New Year, I've just set the recorder for next Sunday, thanks for the reminder
    Jackie x

  18. I love both these images. I don't have the stencil brushes or this stencil but have got these on my wish list. There are so many items on my list that I am having a hard job to decide what to buy first. Many thanks for the inspiration and look forward to watching the Clarity shows on Create and Craft next Sunday.

  19. Have got this stencil it looks so pretty how you have done it will have to try this ive got the e bosser so will try that also, ive set already to record your shows .waiting for new lessons to start how lucky we are to have your inspiration barbara .
    Big clarity hugs
    Sheila x

  20. I love the soft effect from inking through the stencil – they are my new favourite things to play with! I have got this one and may just have a go at this tonight….wish me luck 🙂

  21. Beautiful stencil and two great ways of using it…looking forward to seeing many more stencils in the New Year…and ofcourse I will be glues to the TV on Sunday….x

  22. Lovely colours to show off this great stencil. I've had my Clatity stencil brushes since the summer and find them fantastic. So much easier to use than any of the others I own.

  23. Hi Barb,
    I love this stencil- got it ages ago but haven't used it yet unfortunately as I was too busy with Christmas cards. Need to get the stencil brushes though. I love what you have shown us today and will definitely be giving this a go. Hope you've got your house sorted out especially the cellar. Love Alison xxx

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