MORE STENCILING FUN!
I really had fun using the wisteria stencil last weekend. Did you see that post? If you missed it, you can see it here. I showed 3 different techniques for using a stencil. Today I’m having more stenciling fun, using the ink pads and blender brushes technique, with a new stencil.
PLAID OR TARTAN?
My son & I have been fun doing ancestry research – well, actually he’s been doing most of the research, and I’ve been supplying the family stories, and names! Anyway, when I saw this Plaid Fringe stencil by The Crafters Workshop when I was browsing through the Scrap ‘N Stamp online store, it immediately made me think of tartan! Oh, yes – I am Scottish & Irish by heritage; first generation Canadian 🙂 In our research, we discovered that on my Dad’s side, our family is a Sept of the MacLaine of Lochbuie Clan. This is the dress tartan, which inspired my card.
I didn’t have the exact colours to match, but that’s okay! The tartan was just the inspiration. Plus, you’ll notice that because I put the blue colour down first, the others I used changed! The yellow turned green, and the dark red turned purple.
First, cut your panel of white cardstock to an A2 panel (4″ x 5 1/4″). Next, lay your stencil on top of the panel; I chose to lay it down so that the ‘fringe’ would be on 2 sides. Hold your stencil in place with some removable tape; my favourite is the purple tape from Thermo Web.
Now, use a medium sized Life Changing Blender Brush (LCBB) to apply the first colour. In my case,I used Broken China Distress Ink. Next, decided where your others colours will go, and use one of the smaller LCBB to apply it. I love that these brushes are so thin that I confidently coloured inside the lines! Now, use either the same or another of the small LCBB’s to apply your third colour. I repeated the lines of colour in another portion of the stencil; you can see where they intersect. The colours I used are the Broken China for the base, then Fired Brick and Mustard Seed Distress inks.
Having done it this way, I think that next time I’ll plot out in advance where my line colours will go, and apply them first, so that their colours aren’t changed by the base colour. You can see in the actual tartan that they do change a bit where they intersect, but not as much as the inks.
FINISH THE FRONT
I was flipping through my sentiment stamps, trying to figure out which one to use. Then I came across my Dylusions stamp set called Laugh Til You Leak. This sassy sentiment works perfectly with the tartan – Scots are known for their sense of humour and sassy attitude (at least, the ones I know!). Stamp the sentiment in the same Fired Brick ink onto white cardstock, and cut it into the 2 strips. Attach them on either side of the stencil pattern with foam strips. Finally, attach the front panel onto a dark red cardstock base.
I can tell that I’m going to have fun with this stencil, and all of the colour combinations that can be used. Even a subtle, neutral tone would create a wonderful background!
Or, as the Scottish would say ‘treat yursel’,hen’! I’ve provided links below for the products used, where available! Have fun – and leave a comment on this post! Let me know if you’ve been doing your heritage research, and what part of the world you’re family is from 🙂
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