Good morning Friends! I've got a little something for you today, that I hope will jumpstart your creativity for the weekend! My Papertrey Ink Tips & Tricks today explores stencils, Gesso or texture paste, and ink.
I've created a tutorial below showing how you can create a second stencil allowing you to only use a portion of your PTI stencil in order to to create a lovely focal point where you can concentrate your texture and color. This card uses a Woodblock Print Stencil and ink colors in Summer Sunrise, Hibiscus Burst, Bright Buttercup, and Berry Sorbet.
After my focal point was created, and the ink and water had dried, I added stamps from the Make it Market Mini Kit: Still Life using ink colors, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise, Pale Peony, Green Parakeet, and Simply Chartreuse. Each of these colors was added by using my water brush, swiping it directly over my ink pads, and then brushing the color over my textured surface. To let the white areas show through a bit more, I used sandpaper over my surface after my ink was dry.
Across the bottom I added a sentiment from the Graceful Greetings set followed by flowers embellishing the corners, also from this same set.
So, let's get started on how you can create your own!
After selecting my card base, I cut a block of cardstock slightly smaller than my card base and then created a stencil by die cutting my chosen shape from the desired area. In this case I used watercolor cardstock as my base and used a large circle die. Any shape will work. Think stars, flowers, hearts, a square, etc.
Next I layered my stencil over my card base and secondary stencil. You could layer this in between the other two, but I liked adding just a bit more depth to my texture, and by creating a bit more distance between my card base and stencil, I achieved this. I always tape my outer edges down to secure everything in place. Washi tape works great for this.
I used Heavy Gesso in white from Prima. There are a lot of options out there that you could use such as modeling paste, texture paste, etc.
I then applied the Gesso over my stenciled area. I don't ever worry about applying this evenly, as I love the bumps, lines, and texture that appear haphazardly. Once the Gesso was applied, I removed my layers and let the Gesso dry. This is an important step....let your Gesso dry! I've gotten antsy and impatient and have ruined a project or two by not allowing it to dry completely.
Doesn't it leave the most beautiful pattern? I could think of so many things to do with this one simple design :).
While I was at it, I create a few other card bases using this same technique and have sample using them ready for you below.
This card may just be my most favorite card yet. It was just so much fun to create and I love the sentiment. I began with a stencil from the Make it Market Mini Kit: Sunshine & Rainbows. I used the same circular stencil as used in the above card, but moved it around to create my texture off-center.
After my Gesso had dried, I spritzed my card with Wedding Pink Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels...love this because it adds a glimmer and shine. You could create your own spritz by using your re-inkers if you wanted to. I then turned to my water brush and ink pads again, brushing on Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet, and Bright Buttercup.
I used the Note Niblets stamp set and selected a sentiment that fit on my Paper Clippings: Birthday Details die, adding flowers from this set to embellish my banner. Another image from the Note Niblets stamp set worked perfectly to add sun rays.
Lastly, I used the Woodblock Prints stencil again, this time just using a portion of the stencil in the corner of my card. No secondary stencil was needed for this.
After the Gesso had dried, I sponged on color directly from my ink pad using Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise, Mint Julep, and Harvest Gold. I brushed on a bit of water to allow my colors to blend.
I finished my card by added a stamped tag using the Tag Sale #2 die, the Calligraphy Classics, Rosie Posie, and Rosie Posie Step 2 stamp sets.
Thanks so much for joining me today! Hope you'll have some time to get creative and try your hand at this fun technique.