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Create Your Own Freeform Stencils

Hello all of you wonderfully artsy people!

I’m excited to share something new (to me) with you today!

I love stencils, all kinds of stencils, they’re a great way to add surface design and depth to my art journal pages and mixed media art. Sometimes, however, I’m looking for something just a little bit different or have the need for a stencil that I don’t have in my collection.

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Because of this, I decided to try my hand at stencil cutting. Today I’ll share with you my very first attempt at cutting my own freeform stencils, using the Plaid 2-n-1 Craft Tool and a Simply Stencil sheet, which is just a stencil blank, a clean sheet of plastic for you to cut your design into.

2015-05-24 12.22.52I started by plugging in my 2-n-1 Craft Tool, giving it a few minutes to warm up while I roughly sketched out my stencil design. My goal was a very freeform design. Because I do a lot of mixed media art, I knew that I wanted the printed stencil design to look rough, almost as if it was done by hand.

2015-05-24 12.45.35Working on a protected, heat-resistant surface, I began cutting the various design elements. This will take a few minutes, depending on how intricate your design is, but I encourage you to take your time and use caution; your craft tool will be extremely HOT.

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As you can see, my cuts aren’t pretty and I had a couple of ‘Oops” along the way, but I’m not bothered by that at all, It actually adds to the look that I’m going for.

If you want a crisper design, something a bit more structured, or maybe even a design that is just a bit beyond your current drawing ability, no problem! Simply print a design that you want to use from the internet, place the printed sheet of paper underneath your stencil blank, use a marker to trace the design onto your sheet of plastic, toss the printed paper and cut your design as I’ve explained above.

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Now that my freeform stencil was done it was time to PLAY! Taking a gelli print that I had previously pulled, I stamped on the various elements of my custom stencil, using acrylics, and added some random marks with pens and markers.

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The irregularities and “oops” of my roughly cut stencil only ads to the overall look, really giving it character. I’m pleased with the outcome of my first attempt at cutting freeform stencils and am excited to try my hand at a few more.

I hope that you’ve found this post informative and that you feel inspired to try it yourself. Using the Plaid 2-n-1 Craft Tool to create own distinctive stencils is a great way to make art that truly is uniquely your own. Have fun & Happy Arting!

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Gelli Plate Packing Tape Transfers – Demo Video

Hello & happy Thursday! I hope you’ve had a good week and been able to carve out some time for arting.

Guess what?!  I have a video to share with you today! This packing tape transfer demo video has been a long time coming, but after a few fruitless attempts it’s finally done and I’m so excited to share it with you!

You can find several different transfer videos and techniques available online. Gelli Arts, in particular, has a really good one that inspired me to give it a try myself.

So, without further ado…

2015-03-30 07.25.56These are the packing tape transfers that I’m going to show you how to make.

You’ll need just a few supplies:

  • Gelli plate
  • Acrylic paint
  • Brayer
  • Misc mark making tools
  • Clear packing tape

Optional:

  • Book paper
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Extra Fine glitter
  • Gold or silver leaf

Once you have your supplies together, you’re ready to make your own.

I hope you enjoy my video… thank you for watching!

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Making Whimsical Shrink Plastic Jewelry

I hope that every one of you enjoyed a wonderful holiday, observed in whichever manner which made you happy. Ours was quite enjoyable. We were able to spend time with some of my family, as well as some of my Beloved’s family, who visited us for a few days. We enjoyed some wonderful meals together, walked on the beach, did a little shopping and just enjoyed each others company; it was a really nice few days.

With our Christmas festivities having drawn to a close, I couldn’t wait to get back to my art studio and create something to share with you, my lovely followers.

Last week I shared with you how to create shrink plastic gift embellishments, which can be found HERE. Well today I’m going to share with you how to create some easy and fun shrink plastic necklaces. I gave a few as Christmas gifts and they were very well received.

2014-12-13 17.22.57This is a set that I gave to a friend, it’s a whimsical butterfly ring and necklace, created using a stamp from Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Insects stamp set.

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These are the supplies that I used to create my necklaces. I also used organza cord necklaces, which is what you see in the example above.

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Today I’ll show you how to create your own and also share a few others that I made using Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Birds stamp set.

2014-12-27 01.19.07The first thing you’ll want to do is stamp your design onto the rough side of your shrink plastic, using StazOn ink. As I’ve shared before, you can buy different types of shrink plastic, both in the stores and online, so find whichever works best for you. I purchased mine at my local craft store.

If you are using shrink plastic that isn’t pre-roughened, you’ll want to lightly sand one side of the plastic with fine sandpaper then rinse and pat dry. I find it much easier to just buy shrink plastic that has already been pre-roughened. Some people prefer not to rough it up, and if that works for you, that’s totally ok. Find what works best with the mediums that you’re using.

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2014-12-27 01.05.19I recommend trimming your stamped images down to a more manageable size before you start coloring them in. For this step you can use sharpies, acrylics, various inks, even colored pencils, but one word of advice is don’t feel you have to overdo the color. Once you bake your plastic the shrinking process intensifies the color significantly.

For the butterfly necklaces I used a fine brush and Daler-Rowney FW Acrylic Pearlescent Inks. Oooh how I LOVE these inks! The colors are wonderfully luscious with a gorgeous pearlescent sheen to them.

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Once your image is painted and dry enough to handle, trim around the edges with scissors but be sure to leave room to punch a hole to thread your chain or ribbon. You MUST punch your hole before you bake!

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Be sure to follow the instructions for the shrink plastic that you buy, mine said to pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for approx 1 minute, but I found that I only needed to bake them for about 35 seconds.

You’ll see them curl up as they shrink, then flatten out. When they flatten is when you want to pull them out with a non-stick spatula and if they need it, give them a light pressing, using a smooth book or the back of a notepad, to flatten then out.

Once that part is all done just add a small jump ring and then thread a chain, ribbon or cord through the hole and you’re all done, your whimsical jewelry is ready to wear!

You can make necklaces, earrings, bracelets, even rings, as you see here on the right.

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These fun little scribbly bird necklaces were created with Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Birds stamps, as mentioned above, painted with regular acrylic paints and hung from a black ball chain.

Thanks so much for looking, I hope you enjoyed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Handcrafted Holiday Gift Wrap Using Your Gelli Plate

2014-12-13 14.26.48This year, I wanted to make my own gift wrap to go along with my handcrafted holiday gifts, so with Christmas fast approaching, I decided it was time to get started.

You can use this same process to make wrapping paper, but I needed gift bags, so that’s what I’ll share with you here.

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When I have the time, I like to carve my own stamps, but you can use any stamps that you have on hand. For this project I carved some holly then used a pencil eraser dipped in red paint for the berries.

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I started by putting a few dabs of acrylic paint onto my gelli plate. I’m not a huge fan of traditional Christmas red & green, but use whichever colors that you like.

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Using a brayer, roll your paint out, covering your gelli plate. Next come the fun part…mark making. You can use stencils, or any number of mark making items that you can find around your house. You can get as elaborate as you’d like here and if you have the time, build up layers.

For this bag I used a silicone pot holder, pressing it randomly over my plate, creating marks in the wet paint.

2014-12-13 14.12.47I placed a plain white lunch bag on top and burnished it with my hand. Depending on the size of your gelli plate, you may have to work in sections to cover your bag. I have an 8×10 plate, so there is about an inch at the top of the bag that doesn’t get printed. You can either pick up your bag and press it down in an area of your plate that still has paint or leave it. In my case, that part of the bag will get folded over and no one will see it, so I left it.

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Since you’re using a thin layer of paint on your gelli plate, the bag will be pretty much dry by the time you print both sides, but if you need to, hit it with a heat gun for a few seconds.

Next, I took another of my own hand carved stamps and did a little stamping around the edges of the bag.

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I stamped my holly on a piece of white cardstock, added some berries and cut it out.

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Using my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, I stapled the holly to the corner of my bag for a little extra holiday cheer.

2014-12-13 14.22.12 2014-12-13 13.42.04Here is another bag that I made, using my gelli plate, a texture stamp by Darkroom Door, and a hand carved circle stamp created by me.

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If you don’t have a gelli plate, you can still create unique gift bags using the same white lunch bags and any stamps that you have on hand. Add a couple of sheets of tissue paper and you’re done.

In just a few short minutes you can make unique, handcrafted bag for gifts and baked goods that let the recipient know just how much they mean to you.

Thanks for reading!

 

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Stitched: Creating Booklets From Your Gelli Prints

Hello my lovely followers, I know that many are busy with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but I do hope you’re still able to carve out some time to make pretty things and keep that creativity flowing.

Today I’d like to share with you a fast and easy way to transform some of your yummy gelli prints into cute stitched booklets that are just the right size to tuck into your bag.

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Use them for jotting down to-do lists, grocery lists, as stocking stuffers or create a few to carry around for doodling.

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The November Stencil Club stencil from Stencil girl was used to create this gelli print.

To create these, I used a paper trimmer, plain white printer paper, a few gelli prints that I had in my stash and my sewing machine.

Since my paper and gelli prints are the same size, I just cut them in half. One print will create 2 books for me, but you can cut and size your gelli prints and paper to you liking.

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Once it was all cut, I aligned my paper and the half of a print that would be the cover, folded it and gave it a quick score with my bone folder, just to give myself a guide for stitching,

One thing I’d like to point out here is that not all sewing machines or needles are created equal. Some machines can handle a thick stack of paper, others can’t. I recommend that you play around with yours and see what works. My booklets contain 8 pages plus the cover.

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Once your paper and cover are aligned and you’ve given it a light score, you’re ready to stitch.

2014-12-06 15.54.41Use whichever machine settings you feel comfortable with and stitch right down the center, using the score line as a guide. Don’t worry if your stitching isn’t straight. Wonky stitching can give your project great character.

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Trim your thread, close your booklet and run your bone folder along the spine to help define the fold. At this point, you can prettify it even further by adding a little stamping, doodling, more stitching or just leave it as is and let the gelli print shine.

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I stamped some lettering to the front cover of this one and added some wonky stitching.

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Stencil used to create the gelli print is “Art deco Leaves” by Crafters Workshop

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Something else I’d like to point out is that you don’t have to limit yourself to just using gelli prints. These can just as easily be created using scrapbook paper, envelopes, even your “under paper”. This booklet shown here was created from a happy mail envelope that I received from my good friend and talented artist, Jana Freeman. There was no additional stamping or doodling done by me. It was gorgeous as is and I wanted her art to shine. You’ll notice that my stitching bunched up at the top and created a tangle. Well I decided that I rather liked the character that the tangled thread gave the booklet, so I left it.

That’s the great part of these little books, you can really make them your own; there are no rules. If your machine can do the job, you can stitch it. If it can’t, you can stitch it by hand. Make big ones or small ones, create them in whichever way is pleasing to you, just have fun!

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Create Pretty Mail Art Envelopes In Just Minutes

2014-12-07 09.30.01I love mail art happy mail! It’s a beautiful thing to open up your mailbox and find, in a sea of bills and junk mail, a gorgeous work of art sent in the spirit of kindness and generosity.

The thing is, as much as I enjoy sending it, I don’t always have a lot of time. However, late last night inspiration struck as I was pulling prints off my gelli plate!

If you’re like me, you have gelli prints piling up faster than you know what to do with them, because once you get started… well you know how it is!

That being said, I’m always on the lookout for fun and different ways to use my prints.

2014-12-07 09.03.17So last night I grabbed my envelope punch board from We R Memory Keepers, a few gelli prints and cranked out some mail art envelopes in literally just a few minutes.

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If you want to add additional elements to your envelopes you can, but you certainly don’t have to. This is an envelope that I created from a leftover print I pulled for last week’s DLP challenge, “trace a hand”.

2014-12-07 09.06.35Here’s another one made using a print that I pulled a while back using a stencil from Traci Bautista, again no additional stamping, painting or doodling; it’s ready to go as is.

2014-12-07 09.06.54 2014-12-07 09.06.17If you have more time and want to jazz up your envelopes even further, you can. These 2 envelopes were made from prints using stencils from KaiserCraft (red envelope) and a Traci Bautista (orange envelope). On both of these I added additional elements. A few doodles, some stamping using my own hand carved stamps, and even some wonky stitching.

I’m so excited, I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner! I’ll definitely be able to get more mail art out now AND keep my stock pile of gelli prints down to manageable levels.

I got my envelope punch board from Amazon, details HERE, but if you don’t have one, you can find an envelope template online and cut your own.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed the post. Wishing all my lovely followers a fantastic, art filled week!

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Jewel Tone Tags With Alcohol Inks and Aluminum Foil

I created this tag using alcohol Inks, aluminum foil, a craft tag, embossing folder and my Texture Boutique. You can achieve gorgeous, vibrant jewel tones with alcohol inks on tags, backgrounds, glass, metal. I created a tag, I think it’ll look great on holiday package.

If you don’t have an embosser, no worries. Towards the end of this post I share a different technique you can try.

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I covered a craft tag with aluminum foil that I had in the kitchen and secured it using a bit of Scor-Tape on the back.

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Next I placed it in an embossing folder and ran it through my Texture Boutique, removed it and dropped alcohol inks straight onto the embossed tag, allowing the colors to pool and blend on their own. I didn’t use any blending solution, but if you find you need some and don’t have any on hand, alcohol can be used in a pinch.

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These are the Ranger Inks that I used for this tag

Next I just let it dry completely and added a ribbon to it!

2014-11-08 12.47.51As promised, if you don’t have an embosser, here’s a different technique that you can use to create a tag, an ATC, or even cover a canvas. I chose to work with an ATC, a small piece of aluminum foil and 3 more Ranger Inks.

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What I ended up with, when dry, was a beautifully vibrant background accentuated by the metallic folds of the foil.

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Homemade Washi Tape Using Your Gelli Plate

Homemade Washi Tape

Homemade Washi Tape

Homemade Washi Tape is easy and quick to make using your gelli plate, some deli paper, acrylic paints, stayz-on ink and whatever misc stamps you have on hand.

Adhere strips of scor-tape to one side of your deli paper, I used 1/2″. Brayer paint onto your gelli plate & use the other side of the deli paper to pull your print. When your print is dry, use stayz-on ink & stamps to stamp over the dried print. This will help add even more yummy texture and movement to your finished tape.

Using scissors right along the edge of the scor-tape, cut your individual strips of washi.

When ready to use, peel off the paper backing from strip of “washi” & Enjoy your new creation!

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