Hello! Time for another tutorial from me (Anna-Karin), using dies, embossing folders and paint. It is very popular to use stencils at the moment. With your dies, you can make your own stencils and masks, just perfect for your project.
Cover the canvas with gesso using a palette knife (or a plastic card). Don't cover the text completely and leave the gesso thicker in some areas. Ronda Palazzari often uses embossing folders to add texture to paint and gesso, and I thought I would give that a try. Press a swirl texture fade into the wet gesso here and there. Leave to dry.
Now we are going to make stencils and masks. I used clear Sizzix packaging to make my stencils, since it is a great sturdy plastic. Die cut the Mini Flourish from packaging, or acetate. Now you have one stencil and one mask that you can use over and over again. We are only going to use the stencil here.
Die cut both mini butterflies from packaging. If you want to you can make a large stencil and cut many butterflies out of it. Lots of possibilities!
I also wanted to use this Cobblestones Sizzlits, but since it won't be able to cut through the thick packaging, I used Eclipse Art Masking Tape instead, which is a great repositionable tape. It handles paint and water techniques very well, but won't be as reusable as your plastic stencils. Place the tape sticky side down on the die and cut. Gently peel off your stencil. I made mine in two parts, here you can see one that is peeled off and one that is still on the die.
Place your flourish stencil on the canvas and apply modeling paste through it with a palette knife. Immediately clean your stencil.
Repeat three times. It is a good idea to let the paste dry at least a little bit before continuing since otherwise you might smear the flourish next to it with your stencil. You can cut the plastic of your stencil smaller to avoid this, but I also like having some space around the shape so that I don't need to worry about getting paste where it shouldn't be. Leave to dry completely.
Paint the canvas with yellow and green acrylic paints and let dry.
Repeat on two more places on the canvas.
Tattered Flower Garland die. Sand the Core'dinations pieces.
And now onto the card:
Cargo Stencil Numbers. Place the numbers in your base tray as shown and die cut from a large enough sheet of packaging. Love this stencil, I'll be using it a lot.
Place a Cobblestone stencil over the bottom of the paper.
Mix brown paint into modeling paste and apply through the stencil. Remove the stencil and leave to dry.
You can see the texture of the numbers better on this photo.
Close-up of the butterfly. It was adhered with foam dots.
Tattered Banner from ledger paper and stamped a sentiment on top.
Thank you for looking at this long tutorial! Have fun using your dies to make stencils!
Surfaces: 6x6 in canvas; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grungeboard; 7Gypsies Postale 8x8 paper pad; Canson watercolour cardstock; old book paper; clear packaging
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Simple Sayings, School Desk, Tiny Textures,
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs; Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black, Coffee
Paint: Ranger Adirondack paint dabbers: Aqua, Pool, Gold, Sandal, Espresso, Mushroom, Lemonade, Sunshine Yellow, Snow Cap, Citrus, Lettuce, Pesto
Mediums: Ranger Claudine Hellmuth Multi-Medium, Gesso; Golden Artist Colors: Light Molding Paste
Stickles: Ranger Distress Stickles Rock Candy
Adhesive: Ranger Glossy Accents; Judikins Eclipse Art Masking Tape; hot glue
You will find this project and 1000s of others like it in our die cutting project gallery at Sizzix.com. You won't believe all of the inspiration you will find there!