Saturday 4 June 2016

For You

I have been wanting to try out these stamps ever since I saw the talented Leonie Pujol introduce them and the fantastic reverse stencil method.  When I first saw the samples, I couldn't believe that such an effective and exciting method of creating a sentiment hadn't been thought of before!  

I was asked to make a card which could be used for all occasions, so I cut the 'For You' sentiment out of the packaging from some Creative Expressions dies using the Scan N Cut by Brother.  I didn't even have to resize the sentiment; I cut the thick acetate twice using the standard blade on setting 5 and pressure setting 1.  Once ready, I stuck it to a piece of 19cm x 19cm white stamping card using Stick n Spray by Crafters Companion.  I blended Victorian Velvet distress ink into the two hearts and then added Dried Marigold, Wild Honey and Scattered Straw; working outwards to the lightest tone.

Once I was happy with the look, I started stamping random stamps from 4 of the 6 stamp sets by Leonie Pujol which are made by Crafters Companion.  I used Black Onyx Versafine ink and took care to cover all the areas around and within the die cut.  This was really fun; there are a range of larger and smaller designs, both solid and line art, so the process took a while.   
Before the stencil is removed, the effect is a little grungy; once removed, however, the sentiment is revealed in all its glory!  I dried it with a heat gun, then used a glue eraser to remove the last of the Stick n Spray from the panel.  This was matted onto a piece of 19.5cm x 19.5cm black card, then added to a 20cm x 20cm white card blank. 
The sentiment was stamped onto one of the Pierced Flags die cuts, using the Stamps Away Completely Relative set and the same Versafine ink as before.  The best thing about this set is that you could add 'on your engagement'; 'on your wedding' or even 'on your anniversary' according to the occasion.  I drew round the die and cut a mat from black card to match up with the large panel and added it using glue rather than foam pads.

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