Monday, August 17, 2015

Club Scrap: Woven Threads: Team Project using Stencils

Good Morning!  I am so excited to share this kit.  Every card I have made with the stamps and stencils in this kit has been a winner.  I love anything Celtic and my color choices: gold, dark blue, light green, pewter, and silver, remind me of those beautiful manuscripts of that long ago era.  The Celtic knots are timeless.

Card 1:  Stenciled design with Stamped Sentiment
The team challenge was to use Club Scrap  stencils in our designs.  I chose two, the Celtic knot and a fern.  Come along and see what I came up with!!
Card Set 2  

Card 3: Embossed and Textured

Card 1:  Clean and Simple

I started by laying out the Celtic Knot stencil onto the white paper provided in my kit, and sprayed it with Heidi Swapp's Gold spray. 

There was considerable amount of paint glistening on top of my stencil,  I just could not waste it.   I placed a black paper over the stencil and transferred the excess paint to the black paper.

Black Paper over Stencil 
Transferred Design.  Nice!!!

Design being trimmed
After drying, I cut down the white/gold stenciled image to card size, stamped my sentiment in Versafine black onxy and mounted it onto a black mat and white card base.  Elegant and simple.

Card 2:  Still Clean and Simple, with a little more details.

Next I decided to try the same technique with the fern stencil.  I used a water color paper, Canson 140# cold press, as I was imagining that I would be adding water color to the background.  This was not necessary and regular card-stock would have worked fine:
Same process, apply stencil, and mist. 

First spraying, stencil removed and now placed on a new paper with the Paint side down.  
   I repeated this process for a second set.   Now armed with 4 images, 2 positive and 2 negative, I prepared to protect the fern image.  Masking is an option, but I decided to try Ranger Microglaze.

 I covered the leaves on all four prints and buffed in the paste. 

On one set, I used a stencil and the microglaze to add texture to the background.
  Time to add color to the background.  The first set, I splattered with Heidi Swapp.
Paint  was added by opening the bottle, removing the spritzing apparatus and flicking paint onto the image, blotting ink off of the microglazed areas.  
Finished Splatters
Final Spray with Radiant Raine for a little more Glimmer,  Done!

 On the second set, I used Distress sprays and stain to add color.  You can see how the MicroGlaze acted as a resist.

All were mounted onto a mat and then onto a white card base and embellished with either ribbon or gold thread.  Not bad, a set of note cards, that look like they go together.  Artsy!

Set one: Gold Thread and a little bobble completes the Card.  

Set two:  Green Satin ribbon and a bobble on these Resist Textured Cards.  

Card 3:

I decided to up the complexity a bit for my third card.  I used water color paper again.  This time however, it was because I needed  the thickness of the paper as well as the absorbency  I was going to be adding a lot of media to this paper and needed it to hold up to the challenge.

First, using Distress embossing ink, sponged the ink onto the paper over the stencil.  I then added clear embossing powder and heat set.  Repeated with the other stencil. 
I had done several experiments with different embossing inks in the past. (See posting of June 2, 2015 for details).    I chose to use Distress as it is thicker and leaves a more "raised appearance to the embossing", also the coverage is easier to obtain not as "solid" coverage allowing the inks to give a more distressed appearance,

They were sprayed with Heidi Swapp sprays, again, just for consistency.  

Sprays and spraying complete.
4 backgrounds.  All slightly different, but same technique.

Next, I used Ranger Texture paste and a strip of water color paper, to create a textured image of the Celtic knot.

texture paste and stencils.  
First I textured the stencil that was more circular in nature (this was used on the card wtih saying) and the second where the knot was more linear (Bliss Card).  Thus creating 2 separate images from the same stencil.
These were dried and then painted with Distress Re-inkers mixed with water and Distress stain, tarnished brass.  After painting, they were fussy cut into their final dimensions, paying attention to the pattern

I also painted a doily with the Tarnished Brass Stain. Lastly a spritz with Radiant Raine: Gold Pearl.  This was cut and molded into a mat for the rounded texture piece.

Aclose up of background used in Final Card

Sentiments were stamped and embossed: Ranger Platunum for the saying and celtic knot and Ranger clear embossing powder for the word "Bliss".

All were layered with fun foam and mounted onto a card base.

Whew that was a lot of crafting and a whole lot of thinking.  But I think they came out wonderfully.  Hope you enjoy!!

Which one is your favorite.  Leave a comment below.  Also tell me what you like, or don't and tell me what techniques you would like to see.

Also, be sure to visit Club Scrap to see more of this August Release: Woven Strands:  club Scrap

Stencils used:  FERN

Honeycomb and Circles: Twin-Tags-CirclesStenci

Celtic Knot Stencil: Woven-Strands-Lite-Celtic-Knot-Masking-Stencil

All stamps  were from the August: Woven Strand Collection:  Woven-Strands-Collection-Unmounted-Rubber

Paper:       White and Blue Paper: Woven Strands Collection: Club Scrap
                  Black and Gold  Paper:  Bazzil
                  Water Color Paper: Canson 140# Cold Press
Ink:            Distress Embossing Ink, Versafine Black Onxy,
Distress:    Stains:  Fossalized Amber, Barn Red, Broken China, Peeled Paint, Tarnished Brass
                  Re-Inkers:  Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans
                  Sprays:  Fossalized Amber, Barn Red,
Swapp:      Sprays:  Gold, Navy, Cerise

ColourArte:    Radiant Raine:  Gold Pearl

Ranger:       MicroGlaze, Platinum Fine Detail Embossing Powder, Clear Embossing Powder

Adhesive:  Scor-Tape,  Tape Runner: scotch 3M, Glossy Accents
Misc:         Fun foam, dimensional foam squares and tape, ribbon, DMC Gold Thread

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Happy Crafting


  1. Looks like you had lots of fun playing with the stencils! Awesome ideas and finished cards :)

  2. Fabulous techiques Josette, thanks for sharing, and great looking cards!

  3. I love what you have done with all your stencils!! That fern and your artwork on those cards are some of my favorites!!

  4. These cards are all beautiful! So many different techniques . . . many I've tried, some I've never tried. You make me want to go grab my stencils and PLAY!

  5. These are outstanding cards! The fussy cut celtic knot is my favorite. I love the texture and metalic colors.

  6. Josette, what a beautiful creations you made with the stencils.
    You really got your hands dirty!! Welcome to the Team!

  7. Love your work. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Lovely work! Looks like a lot of fun!

  9. Wow, you were busy! =) Love them all!!!
    The Leaf Studio

  10. Fun - lots of great ideas here!!