Friday, December 9, 2011

Spellbinders Series: Stenciling

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping in today, for my fourth post in my Spellbinders series. If you missed the others, you can find them here, here and here. So...on the packaging on Spellbinders dies it reads "Cut, Emboss, Stencil." Today I am trying my hand at stenciling (and of course I did add some elements that were cut too). I have a very limited amount of dies, so I apologize that all my projects are using the same dies. My layout today uses the Wonderful Wings dies and the Grand Labels One dies.

But first let's start with the technique.

For my background, I decided to use my butterflies and some ink to create my own fun background. I simply laid the butterfly die on my paper and sponged ink around it, like so:


And repeated this several times with different colors, to create this:

Next I softened it a little by spraying my paper with water. It's kinda hard to see it in my pictures, but it did blend it better and give it more of a watercolor look.

Another thing I love to do with stencils is to use them for my stitching (have you noticed that I like to stitch?) So I first cut using my large label, and then I used the next size down as a stencil. I simply took a pencil and drew around the inside of the die.

I left it like that until I completed my layout, then my final touch was to go back and add stitching to where the pencil lines were visible. This way I didn't take time to stitch where it was going to be covered up.

So you want to see my completed layout using both of these techniques?

Here it is:

I thought it would be cool to add my journaling on the butterflies. :) The products I used are a mix, so I will add my supplies at the bottom of the post. One thing I did want to mention was that I was out of y's for my title, so I used upside down h's instead. You probably wouldn't have even known if I hadn't mentioned it. :)

Here are some close up's of my layout:




So it looks like I may be having surgery on my knee. :( I see my doctor again today and meet with a surgeon next to discuss it all, but my doctor recommends the surgery for my case (he says he doesn't for all). Any thoughts? A few of you have already commented on facebook...just wondering if anyone has any strong opinions on knee surgery?

And since you all know I am a reality tv show junkie...I just want to say that this has been a very disappointing week in "reality" world (and you know I've been laying on the couch a lot due to my knee so I've seen a lot of tv). I was very disappointed with America's Next Top Model and with X Factor. Anybody else agree?

Again, thanks for stopping in! Have a FANTASTIC day! :)








Supplies for "My Oh My" layout:
Papers--Pink Paislee, My Mind's Eye, Crate Paper. Dies and Die Cutting Machine--Spellbinders. Cardstock--American Crafts. Ink--Stampin' Up!. Butterfly Brads: Creative Charms, Chipboard Letters--My Little Shoebox, Lace--Hobby Lobby Stores, Floss--DMC, Pen--Sharpie.

24 comments:

Lydia said...

Ok that is totally awesome, I love the grid created. I am looking at my dies in a whole new way!!!

Deb said...

Another awfully stunning layout Pamela - thanks for the inspiration

Deb ♥

Mary Pat Siehl said...

this is just so cute! love it!

Connie said...

So sorry about your knee~praying you won't have to have surgery! The Lo is amazing would have never thought to use my spellbinders that way!! and no comment on the tv comment:):):) LOL

Lynn said...

What a beautiful page and awesome techniques. I never thought aboout spellbinders that way either. wow!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Great techniques and a beautiful LO, as always! :)

Becky said...

Such a cool layout! Love the journaling in the butterflies!

Jingle said...

Well, that is just cool! And the finished layout is fabulous!

Sudha - Art Admirer said...

Wow lovely creative creation. Like the stencil effect.

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Lisa Dorsey said...

Oh so very sweet Pamela!!!! Love those butterflies and great technique!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

You simply AMAZE me!! I love love love love love that background, the photo, the stitching...and loving the additional butterflies!!! Just GORGEOUS!!! And I was at a book signing last night, so I didn't get to watch Xfactor yet... but sorry... I can say I am VERY happy with who went home! She irritated me! LOL!! I know a lot of peeps liked her.. but I never liked her singing :):):):):):):):):):):):)

Tanya Ham said...

This is just wonderful - love that I just learned two new ways to use my Spellbinders! Thank you!!! :)

GLOANN said...

Love it! So clever to do the journaling inside the butterfly. Very neat idea.

Sue Althouse said...

You really got lots of mileage out of that butterfly! Love all the ways it appears on your layout. Sorry, no experience with knee surgery. Had a friend who went through it and is very glad he did. Best wishes to you in that area.

Margie H said...

First of all, so sorry about your knee - sending healing vibes to you!

Second, MAN!! LOVE this tutorial today. I was excited to visit your blog today :) WONDERFUL job!!! Also, I purchase my Spellbinders dies at Scrap-mart.com (40% monthly coupons and most are free ship!!! Shhhh~! lol!).

Good luck with the dr appt!! xo

Emeraldvalkyrie said...

Very cool! I have now added spellbinders dies to my wishlist.

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

Wow I love how creative you are, that is amazing!

Beth Pingry said...

Try stenciling on the die cut - leave the paper in the die cut and apply ink over the die, it works with Nestabilities, leaving a clean rim where the die was, and it works with all the others too, allowing you to apply ink through the holes in the dies to the embossed areas.

Great job on the series, I look forward to seeing more!

Johanna said...

I just have two words: "too cute"!

Carmen said...

OMG! This is wonderful! TFS!
Carmen

blsd2scrp said...

awesome LO! can't wait to try it out!

{Eka} said...

Genius! I could never think of using my dies this way! Wonderful,Pamela! TFS.

csewy said...

So very cute...love the jouranling areas, neat idea!! Another one to add to my favorite list!!

Amelia Clark said...

Wow it's really nice...Beautiful layout. Excellent work you did. I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post. Keep sharing more.
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