I'm so honored to be a Guest Blogger here while Ronda's away. When Ronda asked me, my only trouble was deciding which stencils to use as I have nearly all of hers... I love her designs! Working in my large art journal, I used a combination of Ronda's stencils with Tim Holtz's (Sizzix) dies, paints, and Ranger archival inks.
I started out with acrylic paints and a bit of light stenciling with Ranger archival inks. After cutting several vines from the Sizzix Garden Greens die using Tim Holtz's Tissue Wrap, I adhered them to the page with matte medium and once dry, added some more paint.
Last year I spied a wonderful tutorial video here on Ronda's blog showing how to use stencils with a Sizzix machine to add texture to papers. I followed the technique with my diecut vines above, using Ronda's 6X6 Honeycomb stencil.
It may be easier to see the texture here on this tag. Now every stencil also has the capacity of an embossing folder. How cool is that!?!?
I used the same technique on my diecut letters. After adhering all my black diecut pieces I stamped the "Wonderful Life" sentiment from Stampers Anonymous' Random Quotes set. Working quickly I covered the wet ink with clear embossing powder and heat set it.
Here it is, halfway embossed. I'm still like a little kid when I watch embossing powder melt... love that visual "pop" it makes on a page!
Ronda's 6X6 Well Rounded stencil is one of my favorites... nine designs to add texture and interest in small spaces (or large ones, if you move your stencil and repeat a pattern). The new rounded ink blending tool from Ranger seems made for this size stencil.
I wanted to hand write the word life so I pulled a piece of clear packaging and wrote on it, then moved it around to decide where on the page I wanted the handwriting. I save all my packaging in a folder on my desk and 'audition' stamped words and sentiments regularly before committing.
Here's a close up of some of the stenciling. I used that first (Honeycomb) stencil here, as well as several of the designs in the Well Rounded one.
Well thanks for reading through this long post, and thank you Ronda, for inviting me. I hope you'll come visit me when time allows.
Marjie spends her days creating and maintaining an active blog. She's a Certified Ranger Educator and frequently teaches mixed media classes at retail stores and art retreats. Marjie loves working in art journals and on canvas. She has a small Etsy shop and has been published in several major stamping and mixed media magazines. Marjie welcomes you to connect via social media. Website, Blog, Facebook, Etsy Shop, Pinterest, Flickr, Twitter, and/or YouTube.