I am loving the new layered stencils from PinkFresh Studios. It is so fun to watch the layers build up! You can use any color combination you can think of to make these flowers go with any color theme. They can be added to cards, scrapbook layouts, or how I chose to use them, on a traveler's notebook spread. Today I am using the "Be Strong" stencils, stamps, and die.
These stencils have coordinating dies and stamps. I made one set of flowers with the stamp outline and one without to see the difference. When stamping a larger stamp like this one, I like to use the Catherine Pooler Midnight ink pad because it is so juicy that I am more likely to get a good impression from it.
These stencils have little numbers and lines in the corners telling which stencil should go first and the lines are used to keep them straight on your paper. I line them up to the corner of my page. On my flowers that have the stamped image, I just line it up with the image.
I like using blending brushes when inking over stencils because I have more control over how dark the image will get. I build up color slowly using circular strokes.
Check out how each layer looks as I build up the color!
Next, I used a Sizzix Big Shot and the die to cut out the flowers. Check out the color combinations I made below!
I made 2 sets of flowers both with adding the stamp and without. I combined the 2 stamped flowers together on a layout and the 2 non-stamped together. I started my traveler's notebook spreads by gluing on the flowers in a way that I thought fit nicely with the page. I am working in my P13 notebook.
On my second spread, I wanted to use a light and cheerful photo to match the feel of the flowers, so I used this one of my dog at a hot air balloon festival. From there I looked for a poem about hot air balloons and wrote it with my Fudenosuke brush pen.
I really like how both of these pages turned out and I love the versatility of these stencils. I like how you can get a more defined look by using the stamp or a softer look without. I think it is worth investing in the whole set of stencils, stamps, and dies with these fun products.
Do you prefer the flowers with or without the stamped outline? Let us know in the comments!
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Hello everyone, Sara here with you today! I love to create my own stamped backgrounds for my pages. I love that I can customize my colors, design, even add a bit of texture. Mix and match my stamps to create something new. And just like all of you... it doesn't always go exactly as planned. I recently received the new Quilt As You Go Stamps from Dyan Reavely and I just love them. They are larger stamps, so perfect for scrapbook pages. And I love the idea of using different ink colors and playing with these stamps and creating my own patterns. So I grabbed my MISTI and went to work... and then... it all went horribly wrong...
Stamping in the wrong place... check.
Paper shifting and causing untold horror... check... check...
Want to see the end result??
Yes I fixed them ALL!! And I had my camera on the whole time.
Now full disclosure, the first stamped background did end up being cut up but at least I salvaged it, right?? Sometimes there are mistakes you can't 100% come back from.
Be sure to check out the video to see where I have all the mistakes hidden... and don't be afraid to jump in and try a stamped background! Even if you make mistakes, you can still make an amazing layout in the end.
Have A Lovely Day!
ACOT Design Team
I love Distress Inks and Markers. They have so many applications and uses. One of my favorites is to use them as watercolor inks. They react to water so well that they're perfect for what I have for you today. Watercolor resist! Let's start by picking out stamps to use as background patterns. You'll be needing some watermark ink, embossing powder and a heat tool.
Now start stamping your pattern on a strip of cardstock. I used white embossing powder because I wanted it to stand out against the colors I'm planning on adding in. If you miss any parts with your stamp and watermark ink, you can always follow it up with an embossing pen. It's the exact same thing, except it's in pen form.
You're going to need a craft mat for this part.
The more water you add the lighter the color will be. Now use a water brush to pick up your ink and start coloring in your pattern.
You can dry the portion you just colored in with your heat gun to make sure it won't mix with your second color. Make sure you heat up your heat tool before you apply it onto your strip of cardstock. It will lessen any warping.
For this tutorial image I used a darker shade of Peacock Feathers so that the image is more visible in the photo. But for my actual strip, I used more water to dilute the ink and make it lighter.
Set your patterned strip aside to dry or use a heat tool to speed it up. While it's drying, you can pick out any images/dies you want to use to build a scene for your card.
Start building your card by placing your individual images/dies onto your card. You should move things around and find the best composition that is well balanced. Don't forget to add your sentiment.
Lastly, trim off the parts that are hanging off the sides of the card that you don't want included in your final project.
Then attach to a card base.
Make sure you adhered the different elements of your card at different heights. It will give wonderful dimension to your card.
There you go! Watercolor resist using Distress Inks and Markers. Why don't you give it a try? :) Thanks for stopping by today! I'll be back again soon with another tutorial for you!
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