Friday, August 23, 2013

Friday Focus - Stencils

Hi everyone. Buttons here to share this week's Friday Focus products - stencils (this Friday Focus discount does not apply to the new Tim Holtz Layering Stencils that are currently in a pre-order status).  Oh yes, Linda has given these items an extra 15% discount on top of their already low prices for one week only. And STOP PRESS! There are new stencils arriving at the Boutique all the time, including the new Dyan Reaveley ones!! You can find them by clicking on The Funkie Junkie Boutique. My job? To give you some inspiration for using these items (and of course stocking up on your supplies, including those new stencils).

Normally I avoid making any form of Christmas project for as long as possible, but this year the inspiration from the Create n Connect (CHA) show so was overwhelming it had me itching to get started. I noticed that many of the pieces on show featured a red/white colour scheme and have echoed this here, with 3"x 5" panels (known as ICAD's - see Astrid's explanation HERE). These are an ideal size to use on their own or to add to cards, tags and boxes.

The first panel features a Dyan Reaveley stencil used with Picket Fence Distress Paint as a resist to Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks. Dry embossing the central section with a folder and diffuser focuses the eye towards the kraft tag.

This time the Wendy Vecchi stencil was used with the same Distress Paint, but I then added her white embossing paste to every alternate stripe to add extra texture. This draws some of the base Distress Ink colour through to give a more vintage feel.

A combination of Distress Paint spots and that same Distress Paint/embossing paste layering for the stripes using another Wendy Vecchi stencil created the base for this window scene.

Having used the Distress Paint resist technique again I used a snowman stencil from my stash (a freebie from a magazine some time ago) and applied embossing paste on top. The paste was then painted with Picket Fence and Black Soot Distress Paints. Remember, you can cut your own stencils using your dies and reasonably thick acetate if you have a shape like this in mind.

For the final panel I coloured the embossing paste with another Wendy Vecchi stencil, a mix of Fired Brick Distress Paint and a couple of drops of Red Pepper Alcohol Ink. Once dry I used the wrinkle free technique with Picket Fence Distress Stain over the top.

Obviously there are lots more details to share on each of these panels, and rather than keep you reading for another half an hour I will share these on my blog HERE during the coming week. However you should now feel inspired to reach for your stencils and embossing paste. Don't forget, the The Funkie Junkie Boutique stocks a great range of stencils in stock and more on order, and with that extra 15% discount they are well worth investing in.

For now take care of yourselves, Jenny x


  1. Fabulous ideas and inspiration Jenny.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  2. Love your ICADs Jenny, the stenciled backgrounds are wonderful and the detail on the decorations is amazing! What a great start on Christmas projects! You certainly have inspired me!

  3. Wow, wow and thrice wow!! You never fail to inspire Jenny, your ICADs are sensational, I love every one, the stencilling, the embossing, the gorgeous lace, the pediment (wonderful idea there) and everything else! Wonderful inspiration - thank you. Hugs, Anne x

  4. Fabulous ICADs Jenny ! I especially like the diagonal stripes, what a fantastic background. I'm 'almost' thinking I need to start Christmas cards now ! :-) Sue C x

  5. I'm in heaven! These are so much fun to admire. Despite the fact that you usually wait to make Christmas items, I'm so grateful because you started early...these are truly inspiring Jenny.

  6. These are all fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Wow you have been busy with your stencils here with lots of super festive ICADs - it is indeed an interesting format (new to me) but I've had some fun with them too.

  8. these , as always are full of inspiration! they look fab Jenny xx hugs x

  9. You have totally put me in the Christmas crafting mood, Jenny! Each piece is so wonderful as it stands along and collectively what a wonderful body of work. Love the rich reds and the way you worked with the stencils and paste. Sensational Friday Focus!



  10. What a great idea and I love all the colours and textures!

  11. Hey Jenny! All of these (whatever you call them) are wonderful -really super. My favorite is the snowman. I love snowmen and will fall for anyone that happens to walk into my yard!!! The very first one is gorgeous - but what am I talking about. They are all grand!!

  12. Such a cool Friday Focus... brilliant use of the stencils as well as of the DPs and embossing paste. Your ICADs are wonderful, Jenny.
    Alison x