No Boys Allowed - The Crafter's Workshop May 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

   Hello!  Playing catch up now that school is out...I wanted to share a scrapbook layout I created using one of The Crafter's Workshop's12×12 stencils, perfect for the photos and theme of my page!
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.
         
I recently hosted a Bachelorette party for my best friend at the Lake and we have a lovely couple days with just the girls!  I printed out several small pictures from the weekend and chose this large scene stencil called ‘Mountain View.’I have tried this technique before where I used Modeling Paste over a stencil and then after it is dry, I watercolor the paste.  It don’t blend the way it would on paper, but created an interesting effect and adds that dimension, perfect for this particular stencil! For this layout I decided to use the Clear Modeling Paste, instead of the White to see if it made any difference.  I taped the stencil down to a non-stick mat over my paper to kit it in place.It took a while for the paste to dry since I applied it rather thick.  I did use my heat tool to finish up at the end, just to make sure it wasn’t tacky before applying paint.
I grabbed my watercolors and started painting over the stenciled areas, alternating various color greens. 
After all the stenciled areas were painted, I added paint in between to make it look like there was water in those areas.  By the time I got to painting the paper with the water areas, the rest of the watercolor was dry. I used a low tact tape to mask over the top of the stenciled areas that is uneven.  I used a pair of decorative scissors to create a random border to somewhat match up the top of the stenciled areas.  I also masked the edges to continue the natural border the stencil created at the bottom of the page.I grabbed several colors of Distress Inks and blended a sunset background at the top of the layout. 
After the ink set, I added my photos with a dimensional adhesive, helping them stick to the textured surfaces of the modeling paste.  I also added a title using Thickers and wrote the location and date.Finally, I wrote some journaling on the back with more details memories of the trip, not wanting to cover any more of the scene than necessary!
I hope this inspires you to use one of the large Scene stencils to really help tell your story!  Thanks so much for stopping by the Blog today!
STENCILS Used:
TCW9008 – Clear Modeling Paste
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Traveler's Journal CHA 2017 - The Crafter's Workshop

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hello there friends!!
Today, I am sharing a traveler’s journal that I used to document my trip to Creativation in Arizona this past January.
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.
               
I was planning to create something special to remember this trip and had always had the cactus/stars stencil in the back of my head to use.  I printed out some of my favorite pictures using my Instax printer.The blank traveler’s journal I used has a kraft cover, which I stenciled the cactus and stars blending several colors of Distress Inks.After the front cover dried, I started adding stencils to the inside pages as backgrounds for my photos and journaling.  I chose stencils that I thought would match the photos & subjects of the pages.I thought this 6×6 would make a good radiant abstract sun.I mostly added the stencils to opposite corners, varying size to add a dynamic visual!Besides the cactus stencil, I thought these succulents would be perfect and tried to add some depth with the inks.I added a loose watercolor rectangle and then stenciled some of these flowers on top in contrasting colors.I used a pink mist with the small stencil as a light background for my journaling on this page.Finally for the last page, I layered the postmark piece of one stencil and the ‘correspondence’ text on top of a bookmark and sticker to compliment the photo and story I had for this page.I tried to keep it simple, adding journaling to one side, and just a couple embellishments to each spread.I used the stickers from the entry into Frank Lloyd Wright’s Talesin West to this page.I added some pink colored pencil to the centers of the stenciled succulents.
I love this washi tape with the colors & ink of the flowers.Although the colors and patterns are subtle in these pages, I think they add a nice texture and scale to compliment the other patterns I used.This turned out to be one of my favorite pages with the ink bottle and feather; I loved the layered look it achieved.
I added some of the Gold Gesso under the cactus for a little shine and title block for my Thickers.
Thanks for stopping by the Blog today and I hope this inspires you to document a special trip or event in your life!
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Cards of Encouragement - The Crafter's Workshop April 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Hello!  Today I am sharing a couple cards that I made using 2 of the 6×6 stencils and media products from The Crafter's Workshop  They are very different but I used the same premise behind each card.The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.            
This hanging light bulb stencil was great inspiration for a card with a sentiment that can be used in lots of ways.
I started by masking off the light bulbs individually, to keep the colors from blending and because I wanted them to hang separately.  I chose primary colors, although muted.

After all the light bulbs were stenciled, I added a light coral background with Distress Inks.  I added some lines for the cords and definition to each of the bulbs.

I added some gold mist splattered around the card.

After all the inks were dry, I used the Gel Medium in ‘Gloss’ and flat brush to paint a layer on top of each bulb to give the glass a sheen.  It is hard to see in the photos, but is very effective in person.
I layered the stenciled piece onto a white card base and added a gold embossed sentiment and a few sequins.
For the second card, I used the 4 feather 6×6 stencil and more Distress inks in pinks and oranges.  I am loving this peach/coral combination with all the gold!
           
I secured my stencil to the paper and mat underneath with washi tape.  It won’t tear the paper and makes a greater repositionable adhesive.




After layering my ink onto the feathers, I cut them each out leaving a tiny border of white around the edges.
I honestly wasn’t sure how this would turn out, but I wanted the feathers to look like they were dipped in gold…the best way to do that was to actually dip them into the Gold Gesso.
It was very thick and although I brushed the paint off on the back of each feather, I was worried about how it would dry.  And how long would it take to dry?
A few hours, and it dried like a dream…without sticking, without cracks, but pliable enough to curve and bend the feather shape.
I stacked the feathers up and tied the tops with gold thread.  I added another layer of white cardstock in an oval shape to frame the feathers with.
I sentiment stamped in a coral ink and a few gold sequins completed the card.
Thanks for stopping by the Blog today and I hope this inspires you to make a card and send it to someone special!!
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