Today the video was done by Lydia Fiedler and it was about using stencils to create vintage-looking images. This was fortuitous as I had just picked up a new rose stencil from Altenew. I have to say that I am not too much of a fan of vintage, but I was eager to try out the new stencil, so I gave it a go.
I appreciate the advice to use a soft brown as the base of the ink blending to provide an instant vintage look. It worked very well to do this and I love the resulting card. In fact, I have decided to give this one to my Mom today for Mother’s Day instead of one that I had ready to go, so I guess I really like it.
One of the techniques shown today used three products that I love, but have been languishing unused in my stash. What a great opportunity to break them out again. The products I am talking about are Distress Markers, Stencils and my Compressor. The technique is called Distress Marker Spritzed Watercolour.
I confess that I had never before used my compressor with any marker other than Copics. At first I fashioned a tape around the marker barrel to fit it snugly into the Copic spray handle, but it wasn’t long before I figured out a way to hold the marker just right and get it to spray with out the fuss.
I took Tim’s suggestion and decided to try it with a stencil, since I hadn’t used a stencil for a while either. I tried the Roses stencil and this Treads one. They both worked beautifully.
I like the resulting card. I think it is a great, and hard to come by, artsy masculine card.
The challenge for today was to use a stencil. The challenge I gave myself was to make a quick card. This should be easy but for me it is not. I could never make a project for Take Ten magazine as it is impossible for me to make a card in the allotted ten minutes. This one would have been close if not for the twenty minute phone call with my dropped off the face of the earth co-blogger Sandra.
Supplies: Tim Holtz Treads stencil, Simon Says Stamp Road Trip and Sketchy Banners stamps and die set, Recollections embossing powder, Versamark ink, Neenah Desert Storm cardstock, Copic markers and Scotch Foam tape