Saturday, 8 December 2018

From Copy Paper to Christmas Card Topper Transferring Ink from a Stencil

I was playing around on copy paper, trying out a new technique.  The result became a Christmas card topper.  Without looking closely, you would never believe that it started as a piece of cheap copy paper.
I started by scribbling Ecoline water colour brush pens onto the latest New Design Stencil Club offering from Claritystamp (NDSC #54).  I have been a member of this club since it started and have all 54 of the stencils so far.  Each month a stencil arrives, together with full colour concertina sheet showing two project ideas for the stencil that month.
The stencil was misted with water and a piece of copy paper laid on top of the ink (with a second piece below the stencil in case of overspill).  I ran the stencil sandwich through my Grand Calibre using the embossing plate combination, both to transfer the ink and add embossing to the paper, and loved the grungy result.  The copy paper was trimmed down to 14cm x 14cm and matted onto a piece of white card (14.5cm x 14.5cm).
I added some highlights directly onto the topper using the same colours of Ecoline pens  (from Royal Talens) as before.
To create the border,  I stamped one of the stems which come with the Tina's Doodle Flowers stamp set (Claritystamp) using Onyx Black Versafine ink.  The stem was stamped twice on every side except the bottom, where space was left for a sentiment.
Using the Merry Christmas stamps from the Clarity mini word chains set (13 & 14), I added a sentiment into the space left, in the same ink as the border.
For balance and extra definition,  I used a Faber-Castell black Pitt Artist pen (S) to outline the bell, bauble, mistletoe, holly and bow.
The topper was then matted onto a piece of black paper (16.5cm x 16.5cm) and added to a 7" x 7" white card blank.
I will definitely be trying this technique again with other stencils!
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