Monday Monday! Trees and Flowers.
Thought I would introduce you to a lovely set of brand new Clarity flower stencils today.
Especially since there’s a Stencil Sale on ALL stencils until midnight tonight!
I took the Seed Heads Stencil and played with it.
Here are my findings.
Seed Head Stencil 7″ x 7″
Embossing Machine (E-Bosser)
Ink up the stencil with Black Soot Distress Pad. The result was better and less blotchy when I used a Speedball Brayer to distribute the ink.
Check out the difference.
Lay a piece of square white card on the inky stencil.
Now here we can decide how dark we want the black to be by how much pressure we add to the Embossing machine.
I am going to go down two routes for you: one dark, one lighter.
I control this by how much copy paper I add to the sandwich I put through the embosser.
More copy paper, more pressure on artwork = darker
Less copy paper, less pressure on artwork = lighter
Pretend you want to cut a die. You won’t use a soft mat. You are not embossing the card; you are simply using the machine like a mangle.
This example here shows a darker example which is quite blotchy, because I didn’t use a Brayer to spread the ink out evenly.
But let’s go with that for a while.
Wash and dry the Stencil.
Position it over the top with masking tape.
Use our fantastic Stencil Brushes and Make-up Sponges to colour the background with Distress pads and Adirondacks.
Both work well.
Spiced Marmalade Distress pad
Milled Lavender Distress pad
Use the make-up sponges to add depth of colour to the
So you can see here, when I removed the stencil,
I wasn’t thrilled with the black blotchy frame.
What did I learn? To spread the ink on the stencil with a brayer.
What can I do? Cut off the blotchy frame!
If you like, you can spend a pleasant hour doodling, filling the flowerheads, too. Mine is a work in progress…
Or we can go down a different creative path.
Rewind to the start
using a brayer to spread the ink out evenly,
less copy paper = less pressure = grey.
I LOVED this effect.
It reminds me of a fantastic Fabric design by Sanderson!
At this point, I was so delighted with the work, I really wondered whether I shouldn’t just leave it alone…
But curiosity got the better of me, and I got out my lovely box of Faber Castell Colouring pencils
My, how time flies when
you are lost in a world of shading and blending…
Avoiding the pin-line white of the flowers,
I proceeded to shade in the seed heads with
Light Flesh, Dark Flesh,
Pink Madder and Rose Madder.
I toned down the white backdrop with Ivory.
I added shade with
Warm Grey, Cold Grey
and finally, a 5b Pencil
I could spend another hour, gradually adding more shade…
but I’m already running late!
So, there we are. Same stencil, completely different look.
Which one do you prefer? I know which one I like better!
Now apply those ideas to the other new Flower Stencils
in your mind’s eye…
with much love from