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TUTORIALSTENCILTECHNIQUE

7/6/20233 min read

Would you like to experiment with a design like this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the stencil I used from A Colorful Life Designs . Follow the link and use discount code ChrisFan10 to save 10% on your entire order! (Master Creator Bundles are excluded as they already have a 20% discount built in.

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Card Base: 4.25 x 8.5. scored and folded at 4.25

Border: 4 x4

Card Face: 3 7/8 x 3 7/8

3 small pieces of vellum

Card Face:

  • I secured the stencil to the card face with Mint tape.

  • I got out my DIY embossing pastes and used a mixture of blues randomly across the stencil, covering the card face completely.

  • I carefully removed the stencil, taking care not to smudge the paste, and put the stencil immediately into water. (I would scrub it later, when I was done working - until then the water would keep the paste from drying on the stencil.)


Other:

  • Using Versamark clear ink I stamped a small flower onto two pieces of vellum, and heat embossed them in white. I used my paper trimmer to cut these down to the same size (approximately 1.25 x 1.25).

  • I stamped "For You" onto the third piece of vellum, and heat embossed this in white as well. I die cut this with a circular die. I also die cut a second circle the same size from this piece.


Assembly:

  • I glued the black border layer to the card base, and then glued the card face onto this, centering everything as I went along.

  • I carefully, sparingly, sponged liquid glue onto the top of the blank circle, and glued the heat embossed circle directly on top of it. I put a weight on this to hold it in place while it set. (I used two layers of vellum here to be certain that the sentiment would stand out on the card face, when it was put in place with the two blossoms.)

  • I also sponged glue (sparingly) onto the back of the two vellum squares and glued them directly to the card face where shown in the image. (As long as the glue covers the entire surface it will not be visible on the vellum. I took care to make sure I had a thorough, thin layer.)

  • I glued the two stacked circles in the center between the squares as shown, using a sponge and liquid glue as detailed above.

  • I glued small silver pearls randomly across the card face.

Technique:

I decided to use embossing paste on this card as I love the sheen and subtle texture that is available with this medium. Tips for using embossing paste can be found under the Technique header.

Final thoughts:


Working with small pieces of vellum is tricky as most adhesives will show through this transluscent material. The method I've used here (sponging on liquid glue) works well, but vellum warps easily when moisture is applied, so I took care to keep it to a minimum.

With all that said, I decided to use vellum because I didn't want to lose either the pattern or the wonderful lustre provided by the embossing paste. (it's so pretty in real life!). The vellum allowed me to achieve that, and I was happy with the result.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

I have listed which products I have used, and where they were purchased. It's a huge marketplace and in most instances there are multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.


Stencil: Pulled In, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps: all by Stampin' Up! (retired)

Ink:Versamark Clear Stampin' Up!

White Embossing Powder, Stampin' Up!

Mint Tape: Scrapbook.com

Blending Brushes: Stampin' Up!

Stamping Platform:: Misti, Spellbinders

the platform I use has been discontinued, but the Misti is very similar

Adhesive:: Tombo Aqua, Michaels

Silver Pearls: Stampin' Up!

Vellum:: Stampin' Up!

Black Card Stock: Stampin' Up!

Card Base & Card Face: Accent 100 lb., Amazon






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