Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday Focus - Stencils

Hello Everyone!  Welcome to another Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie!  We're so happy that you joined us!  Donna here and today I'm going to talk about stencils.  The Funkie Junkie Boutique has a fantastic selection of stencils

Stencils are so can use them with spray ink, ink pads, markers, pens, chalks and molding paste!  You can use the whole design, part of the design or reverse the design by using the stencil from the front or back side!
I created a couple of projects using stencils that I hope will inspire you!  The tag below was created by applying distress ink, with an ink blender tool, through stencils.  The base tag was tinted with Antique Linen distress stain.  I started from the bottom using the Luscious Leaves stencil to create the grass field.  Then I inked both trees using the Oh Christmas Tree stencil.  I also inked the main part of the tree twice again on a separate piece of paper so that I could add dimension by popping up a second layer on the trees.  Next I added the flowers along the edge with the Dotted Flowers stencil.  The last step was to blend in the sky and ink the edges with Gathered Twigs distress ink!  I've always used stencils to create backgrounds so this is the first time I've created an entire tag design using just stencils and an ink blender.  I love the soft finish that results from blending ink through the stencils.  I'll be using this technique again!!

On this second piece I used the Artistic Outpost stamp set, Sleigh Ride, that I just ordered from The Funkie Junkie Boutique!  It's not too early for a Winter/Christmas card is it??!!  I started with a white card and used distress ink to blend in the sky.  Then I added embossing paste through the Let It Snow stencil to add the snowflakes.  In hindsight I wish I had mixed some white paint with the embossing paste first so the snowflakes would pop more.  I rubbed a little Distress Stickles on them after the embossing paste dried to add a little sparkle!

This next piece was made a while back but it was one of the first pieces I made where I ventured into using stencils.  After I inked the background and stamped the tag it just seemed like it needed  something more.  So I used an Adirondack Paint Dabber in Snow Cap and the Diamond Border stencil to add the diamonds.  I remember being very nervous about doing this because the tag was essentially finished and I didn't want to ruin it.  But I was really happy with the result!  It shows how just a spot or two of stenciling can add so much interest to a background!

And finally I'll share a two-sided tag that I made in a class that I took with Dyan Reaveley.  On the first image you can see in the background how we spritzed the Dylusions sprays through the Diamond Border and Dotted Flowers stencils.  On the backside of the tag we flipped over the stencil while it was still covered with the Dylusions sprays and this resulted in the reverse image.  Such a cool technique and it makes the most of those spray inks!!

I hope you enjoyed this Friday Focus!  Don't forget that stencils are now an additional 15% off of The Funkie Junkie Boutique's already low prices!!  So click that link and order some new stencils to add to your stash!

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