I don’t have to tell you how popular stencils are right now. Stencils offer dozens of ways to make creative backgrounds for die cuts, stamped images and sentiments. Penny Black has entered the stencil arena recently with stencils reflecting her incomparable flower images. She has also shown great originality by offering coordinating stamps and stencils which can be used separately or together as a pair. Here are three examples of using the Penny Black Promenade stencil alone:
For this card I secured the stencil to my cardstock with removable tape and working on a piercing mat, I pierced holes all along the open parts of the stencil. Then using a big-eye beading needle and four strands of embroidery floss, I stitched the image using the backstitch which is quick and easy. This image can be sized down by simply piercing just a section of the stencil. The greeting is from Penny Black’s new Friendship Flowers clear stamp set.
The photo here does not do this beauty justice. I secured the cardstock then my stencil over it to my craft sheet using Post-it tape. Next I applied Versamark pigment ink through the openings in the stencil and removed the stencil. Note: Use stamp cleaner like Judikins brand to clean the ink off your stencil. I wanted to add a little more interest to the card so I squirted a little Versamark re-inker on my craft sheet, picked up some with the tip of my paper piercer and dotted the background randomly.Then I heat embossed the card with clear embossing powder. Note: In order to better see where to place your “dots”, I suggest sprinkling on the clear embossing powder over the stencil image first. Then heat emboss everything at once.
Next add Distress inks (picked raspberry and squeezed lemonade) using the new round ink blending tool. The photo doesn’t show it well but the yellow and pink overlap to make a pretty orange. Be sure to make your colors as dark as possible so the white images and dots stand out.
Now you can choose to leave the embossing in place or iron it off. To iron off set your iron on the highest setting with no steam. Place a piece of copy or printer paper on top of the embossed image and iron – I twist the iron side to side and work on my craft sheet which protects the table. You are melting the embossing powder so when you see all image on your copy paper, you’re done. Lift the paper and you should see no shiny areas. If you do see some shiny, just place a clean piece of paper over the area and iron some more.
To add a little shimmer I spritzed the card with Tsukineko Shimmer Spray (Sparkle). The sentiment is from Penny Black’s new Friendship Flowers clear stamp set. The very small scalloped border is part of Impresson Obsession’s Border Duo 2. Just give me a call if you have any questions about this technique.
Tape the cardstock and stencil to craft sheet. Using the round ink blending tool, I applied Peacock Feathers to the flowers and Mowed Lawn to the leaves and stems. The “Smile” is part of Penny Black’s new die set “Hooray.” In order to have the “Smile” match the card colors, I inked a scrap of cardstock with Peacock Feathers then die cut it. I also inked the borders of the card with these two inks so they would match too.
Watch for more samples using the matching stamp soon!