Thursday, June 07, 2018

Hello Sunshine–Tips & Tricks: June 2018

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Hello and welcome to Tips & Tricks for June! With today’s card I’m going to show you how to get double duty from your stencils: adding dimension and color in the same element.

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While I love stenciled backgrounds and card elements, adding some dimension at the same time steps it up to a whole ‘nother level. For our “sun” on this card, first I dry embossed some Sweet Tooth card stock with Radiating Rays Stencil. This panel is 5” x 3 3/4” and I positioned the center below the mid point of the panel…

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…and ran it through my Cuttlebug with the thin pad from Die-namics Embossing Pad Combo. I use the ‘Bug because my Vagabond exerts too much pressure and sometimes warps the card stock.

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So, we have nice dimension with this dry embossing and next I placed the stencil back in the same place (I have two copies of any stencils with which I dry emboss. One for embossing and the other for ink and pastes since inks can stain.) and sponged Lemon Chiffon Premium Dye Ink with a sponge dauber.

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Tip: always tape your cardstock and stencil down, separately, to avoid the stencil shifting and to maintain crisp color application.

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Once that was done I wen over that with Daffodil Premium Dye Ink to intensify color at the center.

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Here it is when the sponging is finished—darker in the center and feathering out lighter at the periphery.

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To complete the card, I added a circle of Daffodil card stock in the center with a sentiment from Full of Sunshine Stamp Set, heat embossed with white detail embossing powder. I also sponged up some card stock with the two colors I used for the sun rays in an ombre’ pattern, cut Sunshine Die-namics three times, layered them up, and adhered it to the card front.

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To finish, I added some Bumblebee Sprinkles with several shades of yellow. I hope you’ll try this two-step stenciling technique soon—it’s lots of fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! See you soon!


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All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted.

Stamps: Full of Sunshine
Die-namics: Sunshine, A2 Rectangle STAX Set 2, Tag Builder Blueprints 4
Stencils: Radiating Rays
Dye Ink: Lemon Chiffon, Daffodil
Specialty Inks: Versamark
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth, Daffodil
Supplies: foam mounting tape, E-Z Runner, white detail embossing powder, Multi Medium Matte Glue, Sprinkles: Bumblebee, removable tape
Tools: Smart Grid Paper Pad, Mini MISTI, Mini MISTI Grid Paper Pad, MISTI Bar Magnets, Square Bone Folder, Scor-Buddy, QuickStik Pick-up Tool, Precision Tip Glue Applicator Bottle, Embossing Magic, craft tweezers, plastic eraser, Mini Ink Blending Tool, Die-namics Embossing Pad Combo, sponge daubers
Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter, heat tool


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5 comments:

  1. This is really attractive, Barbara. I love the addition of the die cut circle in the center.

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  2. Such a pretty card, Barbara! Thanks so much for the tutorial :)

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  3. Great tutorial. Thank you. Sorry to see sunshine die is not available.

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  4. Beautiful dry embossed and sponged sun rays, Barb. TFS your stencil tips. Hugs..

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