Thursday, August 4, 2016

A Vintage Journey - August Challenge - Stencil It!

Today is the day the August challenge is posted over at A Vintage Journey.  Amanda is our hostess this month and her challenge is "Stencil It"
Here is the challenge description:
There are so many fantastic stencils available to us right now and so many ways in which to use them so we would like you to include stenciling in whatever it is you choose to create for this challenge. Don’t forget all the ways in which they can be used – inks , sprays , paints, texture/embossing pastes and gesso are all stencil friendly. So be sure to have fun and embrace your stencils in your vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial or steampunk projects.
I got out a bunch of my Wendy Vecchi supplies to create my stencil project.
First I used Wendy's technique for creating a fun background panel.  I dropped two colors of WV Archival re-inkers (Sunflower and Garden Patina) onto my craft mat, added Rubbing Alcohol (Mineral Spirits) and swirled them together with a pallet knife.
Then I dragged some panels of Ranger Specialty Paper through the mix, letting it drip down, hitting it with my heat tool, rubbing it back in the inks - until I was happy with how each piece looked.  Here are the panels I ended up with.
 My intention was to use one of the larger panels - but after several false starts - I ended up using the smaller piece!  I used 3 WV stencils on this little 2 3/4" x 4" panel.  First I sponged WV Archival Cornflower Blue ink through a portion of the Check Mate Stencil.  Then I sponged WV Archival Watering Can through the Repeating Quilt Stencil.  I finished my design with Archival Jet Black ink sponged over the stripes part of the Dots and Stripes Stencil.
 Then I needed a larger panel to layer this to - so I cut another piece of Specialty Paper 4" x 5 1/4".  First I did some partial stampings - using Cornflower Blue Ink on the Ornate Dots Background stamp and Watering Can Ink on the Script Background stamp.  Then I randomly stenciled with Garden Patina Ink over the Check Mate Stencil.  I sponged the edges with Sunflower Ink to tie it into the front panel.
I added a piece of Commute Tissue Tape behind the smaller panel and stapled a piece of Film Strip Ribbon across the top of the panel. 
I layered the small panel over the larger panel with foam dots to add a little dimension.  To finish it off, I adhered a Small Talk sticker to the panel.
I even added stenciling on the inside of my card!  I sponged WV Archival Garden Patina ink through the HAPPY BIRTHDAY on the WV All Occasions Sentiments stencil - I masked around the words I wanted so it was easier to sponge cleanly without worrying about sponging over onto another word!
I added another Small Talk Sticker above the stenciling "a party without cake is just a meeting'.
 So get out your stencils (we KNOW you have them!!) and link up your creation over at A Vintage Journey!  We can't wait to see how you will inspire us!!  

 Our sponsor this month is the very generous Country View Crafts and the random winner will receive a £20 voucher to spend in store.There will also be three pinworthy winners chosen by the Creative Guides who will receive a pinworthy badge for their blog and an invite to be a Guest Designer here at A Vintage Journey for a future challenge.   Check out all the details over at AVJ!

Stamps:  Wendy Vecchi Studio 490/Stampers Anonymous Background Ornate Dots, Background Script.
Paper: Specialty Paper - Ranger, True Black, White - PTI
Ink:  Wendy Vecchi Archival Sunflower, Garden Patina, Watering Can, Cornflower Blue, Reinkers SunFlower and Garden Patina,  Archival Jet Black.
Accessories:  Wendy Vecchi Studio 490/Stampers Anonymous Stencils Dots & Stripes, Check Mate, Repeating Quilt, All Occasion Sentiments, Idea-ology Film Strip Ribbon, Tissue Tape/Commute, Small Talk Stickers, foam dots, Mini Attacher - Ranger.


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Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous use of stencils Julia, love how you placed them and designed the background and finished off the card. Beautiful work xxx

Jenny Marples said...

Loving the whole geometric design here with Wendy Vecchi's fabulous stencils and inks Julia xx

Redanne said...

I really love the colour of the background (all of them) that you created - the stencilling stands out so beautifully the way you have built the shades of colour up. The film strip and the tape are wonderful additions. Love this! Hugs, Anne xx

butterfly said...

I just love this WV stencil extravaganza! The colours are gorgeous, and you've built up such great layers. The overall effect is so elegantly geometric - really pleasing to the eye.
Alison x

Nikki Acton said...

Great work Julia - just goes to show how wonderful stencils are with your beautifully composed layout. This works SO well! Nikki x

Astrid Maclean said...

A brilliant card Julia with superb use of all those stencils! You have managed to achieve a fantastic composition and I love the colours used too, wonderful work!

~amy~ said...

How all the green!

sarascloset said...

A real eye catching geometric design, Julia! Everything works so well together! And your background pieces are mouthwatering! I'm sure they will make some great projects in the future! Hugs!

A Pink said...

What a terrific example of how to embrace your stencils to create such a fabulous arty card! It takes a real eye for design to be able to bring several geometric designs together in harmony - you nailed it! Julia without a doubt. Taking the stenciling to the inside of the card is such a wonderful touch too. Thank you for creating and sharing your fabulous card for this challenge .
have a lovely weekend
hugs xx

Juliz Design Post said...

You have showcased your stencils in such a fantastic design and I adore your colour palette. Love your creativity.
Julie x

S@ndy Diller said...

Great job as always Julia - always love to see what you make. Hugs. S@ndy

Deb Riddell said...

What a fabulous way to showcase Wendy's wonderful inks and stencils Julia, love all your layers and that gorgeous colour palette! Deb xo

Suzanne C said...

Sweet inky backgrounds and lovely layers with the stencils and adding the texture.