At Dreamweaver Stencils, we love to make our monthly challenges something for everyone, and not so strict that no one wants to play along. This month our challenge is, "Old, New, Borrowed, Blue," with the obvious thought being a wedding theme...but not necessarily. Add an old embellishment or picture. Use a new stencil design or technique. Borrow, or CASE (copy and say everything) another designers project, and obviously, blue...is blue.
Where will YOUR creative process take you for this month? We'd love to see! And remember, linking your creations with the Inklinkz tool at the end of the team posts, provides you with the opportunity to win the stencil of your choice! Here's what I've created for this week...
Here's what our "B" team has been working on this week:
I finally got to work with the new! Heron stencil (LG757) and the technique I used is Ink Transfer and it is really easy! Ink Transfer is similar to the Letterpress technique, but it is not put through the embossing machine. There are a few ways to apply 'inks' to the stencil and I chose to use Distress inks and applied color directly onto the stencil with the inkpad. I saw this technique done by Tim Holtz and he refers to it as watercolor stamp or monoprint. My technique varies slightly but the results are similar.
Work on a kraft sheet and choose the Distress ink colors. Begin by twisting/tapping color in various areas of the stencil. I had my stencil with the copyright face down. I wanted the colors fairly simple with yellow and orange at the top and blues and green at the bottom.
Next, spritz with water to activate and blend the watercolors.
Before placing the cardstock or watercolor panel over the stencil, either wipe up the kraft sheet or remove it altogether to avoid getting stray ink on to the open areas. Place the stencil onto a cleaned up surface and lay the cardstock panel or watercolor paper panel on top of the stencil. Lay a second sheet of scrap paper over the card panel and proceed to rub it all over with your hands. That's it! Now lift up the scrap paper and card stock panel to reveal he coolness.
Once dry, tape the clean stencil back over the cardstock panel to get it ready to color the heron and tree with Splendor inks, stencil brushes and the Picasso tool. Since I wasn't sure if I was going to apply translucent paste to the inked portions, I taped the stencil on all sides. Unfortunately, I couldn't lift my stencil to check my stencil coloring and was really flying blind while coloring the tree and bird!
To my relief, the colors worked well and I proceeded to apply glitter with a Quickie Glue pen to the water ripples and sun...of course, now I'm wondering if that is a moon!!!! I just kept thinking bright, bright sun with orange highlights.
I felt the image needed anchoring, so I drew over the outlines with a Faber Castell artist pen and that did the trick. Here's the photo before I added the lines and you can see a visual difference on the finished card above once the black outline was added.
The card didn't need much in the way of embellishment (and/or sentiment) and I was happy to add the May Arts mesh ribbon giving the overall card a lagoon-ish feel. I think I just made a Father's Day card for my father in-law!
I hope you enjoyed my 'blue' themed card today. It's time to hop to the next designer's blog but leave me some love before you go!