Here’s a project worthy of a rainy day! In this demonstration we show you a couple stencil technique you may not consider when crafting. To make an artistic mixed media craft like the one here you will need:
Abstract Floral Mini Craft Stencil – https://bit.ly/2Dkpt0H
Abstract Foliage Mini Craft Stencil – https://bit.ly/2TzxLZD
Alligator Skin Mini Craft Stencil – https://bit.ly/2HXBBdx
Scales Mini Craft Stencil – https://bit.ly/2WQyrff
Clock Work Mini Craft Stencil – https://bit.ly/2GvImB3
Craft Stencil Brushes – https://bit.ly/2UQ75nH
Frog Tape Painter’s Tape – https://bit.ly/2OtyDkb
Repositionable Spray Adhesive – https://bit.ly/2yFQoBK
Americana Acrylic Paint – https://bit.ly/2zcS1YK
Mini Squeegee – https://bit.ly/2RKEaQ5
First we wanted to emboss a stencil design into our paper without an embossing machine. To created a raised design on your paper you will first need to dampen it to make it workable. Use a damp sponge to dab water over the surface of your sheet on both sides in the are you want to emboss. We only dampened a section of the paper but if you want to emboss the whole sheet you will need to dampen the entire paper. Be careful not to overwet the paper or else it may fall apart. Lay the damp paper over a foam pad with the alligator skin mini craft stencil positioned on top. In our demonstration we actually used a mouse pad which worked great. With your stencil in place, use a rolling pin to firmly press the stencil on top of the paper. The foam will flex through the stencil giving the paper raised edges like alligator skin. Once you have embossed the wet paper set it aside to dry.
Once the paper dries it is time to add some color to this design. To do this we are using a rainbow colored inkpad, but any craft store ink pad or distress ink will work. Position the opening of the stencil over the raised areas of the design and press the inkpad through the top. You may need to repeatedly stamp the ink through until you get even coverage. Once you do, life the stencil and reposition it for the next repeat.
The next technique is using 3 Dimensional Glue Paste to create a raised design on the project’s surface. Use Repositionable Spray Adhesive on the back of your stencil and press it into position on your project surface. Using a mini squeegee, evenly spread the 3D glue paste through the stencil design. Once the design is evenly coated peel the stencil from the surface. Before continuing allow the glue to dry clear. Before we get to foiling the raised design we are going to paint some more designs on the surface.
Before adding any more raised designs with 3D glue let’s add more colored stencil designs using acrylic paint. First we sprayed the back of the abstract foliage stencil with repositionable spray adhesive to stick it to the bottom of the page. Use some Frog Tape Painter’s Tape around the edges of the stencil to keep yourself from painting outside of the design. Swirl your stencil brush into the paint then swirl the excess off onto a piece of paper towel. Your brush should feel dry to the touch before you begin painting the design. Swirl the paint through the design in 2-3 coats of paint until you reach full coverage of the design. For the green leaves we went with a solid fill, but for the scales we went with a random color swirl with a dark blue underneath and a light blue on top in acrylic paint. Be sure to mask off any part of the design you don’t want to paint using Frog Tape Painter’s Tape.
Now let’s get back into using the 3D glue paste and foil transferring. Use frog tape painter’s tape to isolate the section of the design you want on your project. Use your mini squeegee to spread the 3D glue paste through the stencil. Lift the stencil straight off the surface and allow the 3D glue paste to dry until it is clear before continuing. Once the first flower dried we added two more flowers from the abstract floral mini craft stencil. Allow these flowers to dry until clear before continue.
The last step is to use the foil transfer sheet on the dried 3D glue paste. Place the shiny side up of the foil transfer sheet on top of the design and use the back of your fingernail to rub the foil. By rubbing the foil with the back of your fingernail the foil will transfer and coat the 3D design.
With the 3D glue paste coated in foil the craft is complete! You can do this and so much more with My Crafty Stencils’ craft stencils. Emboss, deboss, paint, glue, foil, or ink our stencils for your next paper craft project. Check out the video below to be inspired by our step by step tutorial.