While i'm away on vacation, i have invited a few guest artist to share some great step by step tutorials with you this week. I hope you enjoy their posts as much as i do! Don't worry, i'll be back with lots of photos, tales, and new blog features. Today's guest is the fabulous Cheiron Brandon.
I am so excited to be a guest here on Ronda's blog today. I love all the supplies that go along with art journaling. The paints, the mists and of course the STENCILS. I have definitely collected a lot of stencils in both 12 X 12 and 6 x 6 sizes. I find that while I like experimenting with stencils in an art journal, I am always going to be a card maker. And why not find a way to use your supplies for all the things you like to create? I have a few cards to share with you today using my favorite of Ronda's stencils-the quatrefoil. I have four cards (two made with each size stencil) using with different techniques. What I like about making things in card form is that they are mini works of art that you can share through the mail. For all of the cards I will show you today, I started out with a 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 panel of watercolor paper.
For the first card and used the trapped emboss resist technique. I stamped the Friend Definition from Hero Arts with dye ink on watercolor paper, then placed my stencil over the piece. I applied Versamark ink and inked it over the stencil. Then I embossed the piece with clear embossing powder (which you can sort of see in the photo).
it was dry, I applied Distress Stains in Picked Raspberry, Evergreen Bough,
Spiced Marmalade and Picket Fence.
Then I used my painting rag to wipe away the excess stain. The clear embossing will "resist" the stains while "trapping"the words underneath so they show through.
it was done, I cut the panel into two pieces (save the leftover piece for
another project!) matted it on a piece of paper and adhered it to my card.
Added a banner from the Simon Says Stamp titled banners set and a few gems to
finish it up.
For the second card with the 12 x 12 I played around with the stencil and some Wendi Vecchi Silver embossing paste. If you have not used this before, it is really easy. I just cut a panel to fit on a card front of a card, taped my stencil down on top of the panel and spread the embossing paste with a palette knife. Make sure to wash your stencil off immediately when using embossing paste!
When you are done spreading the paste, take the stencil off carefully and let the paste dry. If I make something like this that I like, I will make a few of them and save them for future cards. It's much easier than taking the supplies out twice! Once dry, your panel will look like this piece.
It is hard to photograph, but looks so shiny and pretty in real life. It also has great texture and works as an elegant background for so many occasions. I used it to make this pretty bridal shower card.
For the 6 X 6 stencil, I decided to make a "sky" background with some Vibrant Turquoise Dylusions spray. Once it was dry I swiped over it in some places with Picket Fence Distress Stain. The flat bottom clouds & stars (from the Large Holiday Shapes dies) are from Simon Says Stamp. The sentiment is also from Simon Says Stamp and comes in the Pillow Talk stamp set. To complete the card, I adhered the panel to a black base, stamped and embossed the sentiment. I inked the edges of the clouds and colored the stars with a silver Wink of Stella pen. The clouds and stars are attached to the background panel with varying sizes of foam tape to give them some fun dimension.
For my final card I used an inky stencil. This is a great way to make a muted background by pressing a stencil that has just been used and has leftover ink on it. Just take your inky stencil before you clean it and press it onto a clean panel of paper. For this one I used my stencil that had been sprayed with with After Midnight Dylusions...it just looked nautical to me. So I added some gold embossed anchors & a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Come Sail Away Set.
Thank you Ronda for having me today. I love your stencils and had so much fun working with them. Hope you have enjoyed these cards!
Cheiron has been stamping and making cards since she took her first card making class in 2004. She has been published in Paper Crafts magazine and teaches monthly card making classes at The Ink Pad in NYC. Recently she has gotten into art journaling and loves mixing those techniques into her cards. By day, she works in the financial district and loves coming home at night to relax at her craft table. She lives in Bayonne NJ with her husband Paul and their adorable rescue dog Big Boy.