Saturday, February 1, 2014

OCC Stenciled Day 4 Project

Last day of class!  I tried Jennifer's technique of using embossing powders on top of embossing paste and ended up with a really unique texture.  I have a flame stencil from Crafter's Workshop that I thought would look good with some added color on black.  The big mistake I made was not using any powder on the black paper to begin with.  I had the biggest embossing powder mess that I had to painstakingly brush off the areas that I did not want embossed! 
Anyway, I heated the powder before the paste had dried and did get the bubble up effect which looks really cool on this card.

What a fun class this was!

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OCC Day 3 Projects

Today was all about using pastes to add texture and dimension.  I recently got a new stencil from Simon Says Stamp called Falling Snow because I have loved all of the wintery projects that I have seen made with it.  However, it also kind of looks like confetti to me, which is how I used it here.  I took Wendy Vecchi translucent embossing paste and colored three globs with it using some Stampin' Up re-inkers.  Then I randomly spread the colored paste over the dots to get a multi-colored effect.  The dots look shiny in real life.

I am also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Challenge, since this is the first time I have used my new stencil.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

OCC Stenciled Day 2 Projects/MFTWSC161

Here are my projects for the Online Card Classes "Stenciled" class for Day 2.  I started with trying my hand at watercoloring within a stencil using the Tim Holtz star stencil.  I used blues in an ombre pattern.  I am not too happy with the watercolor paint that I have.  The lighter colors don't seem to show up at all.  I may need to invest in some higher quality paints.  I cut the panel down and used the My Favorite Things card sketch for the week to finish off the card using the MFT stacking star die-namics as well.


The second project was done using the tracing technique.  I followed Kristina's basic sketch and substituted a Valentine's theme and colors.  I added some glitter tape in place of her dashed lines and then felt the card was more balanced if I placed it on the other side as well.

Now on to Day 3!

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

OCC Stenciled Day 1 Projects

It's been a while since posting, but I have not really been participating in challenges or classes for a long time. 

This month, however, I signed up for the latest Online Card Class: Stenciled.  I have a few stencils and rarely use them, so this was a great reason to start.

I tried a couple of the techniques from Day 1 - sponging and heat embossing.

For the first card, I basically followed the same card design that Debby Hughes created.  I used an old checkerboard stencil that I turned 90 degrees.


For the embossing technique, I used a Christy Tomlinson vintage lace stencil/mask and sponged Versamark over the interior.  The design was quite intricate, so not all areas received the ink, but I still think that it looks pretty with the warm distress ink colors.  I also tried using tissue paper behind my sentiment like in Laura Bassen's card.  I still can't get myself to embrace the new "thread nest" touches that I keep seeing everywhere, though!

That's it for Day 1.  Off to play with Day 2 content!
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