The card I am showing you today is BORROWED from Elaine Benedict of North Carolina! She used to teach and rep for Dreamweaver Stencils in Chicago and now that she's retired she still teaches and shares some of her beautiful creations with me. This was such a lovely card that I decided to do a tutorial so that you'll be able to see how she accomplished her creation. Although it may not be exact...I think it's pretty close to how she explained it to me. Hopefully she will share in the comment section below with any help she has to help us understand her creative process better.
|The glitter background was done on a double sided sticky paper (MPDS). First remove the release backing from one side of the sticky mounting paper and adhere this sticky- side to a piece of cardstock.|
|Next remove the other release paper to reveal the other side of the sticky paper and rub the microfine glitter (she used Art Glitter's color-Bluebell) into the remaining sticky paper. Tap off the excess and return it to the jar.|
|Use a palette knife (DPK) and smooth the Matte Black Embossing Paste (DMBP) across the taped stencil directly onto the now glittery blue paper. Be sure that all four sides of your stencil are taped with removable tape (RMT) to protect the edges from excess paste getting onto your cardstock.|
|Make one extra pass across the stencil with the palette knife to remove the excess paste. Don't overdo this though...the more passes you make across the design the more likely it is to smoosh underneath the stencil and blur the image.|
Remove three pieces of tape around the edges, leaving one last piece and using this as a hinge remove the stencil as if you are opening a hinged door. After removing the tape from the stencil wash the stencil with water and scrub it clean with a soft nail brush. Let the paste dry for at least twenty minutes before stenciling with color.
Stencil leaves (LG642) using a half inch stencil brush (NHB1/2") and pigment inks, Elaine said she used Brilliance inks which are beautiful pearlescent pigment inks by Tsukineko. I didn't have any of their greens but I used two or three different colors of green from the Splendor ink pads (Antique and Magic) also a pigment ink by Tsukineko. Use a soft rouging motion and add the leaf design in two or three areas around the nest stencil (LL3041). She stenciled directly onto the glitter too.
For a finishing touch, she shaded the tips of the leaves with a darker green using a 1/4" soft tipped Dreamweaver stencil brush.
|The nest stencil (LL3041) was repostioned and taped back onto the paste-embossed image of the nest. The large jumbo dauber was loaded with glue from the Palette Stamp and Stick Gluepad (GSP) and daubed through the stencil onto the paste-embossed image.|
The three colors of Metallic F/X used were Wedgewood BLUE, Cocoa brown, and Ivy Green. Not sure of Elaine's technique, but I like to work out of the lids so I don't get too much onto my brush. Load the brush from the pot and tap it into the lid...a small amount goes a long way.
So ....I BORROWED the card, the background is BLUE glitter, the nest stencil is NEW (LL3041), the technique is OLDer!
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