Stencils and homemade texture paste

Hi everyone! When I first started making cards way back when, I used stencils on almost everything. There weren’t so many around back then so I would cut my own and use acrylic paint to apply them. These days stencils are everywhere and there are so many ways to use them. I’ve been looking for texture or embossing paste for a while but found it a bit pricey. So I was very impressed when I stumbled across a YouTube video that showed me how to make my own! And it works beautifully. You can see it at http://youtu.be/nZlUJOBeF1U

There are only three ingredients: 1 tablespoon tacky glue, 1 tablespoon acrylic paint (any colour you like. I use white paint and coloured the paste later) and 1/2 cup talcum paper. I halved the amounts the first time I made it because I just wanted to see if it would work.

But work it did and here are a couple of the cards I made.

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The stencil is from Urban Artist and it’s called Polka Grad. I glued some of my scrap stash to a sheet of paper and die cut the heart. I die cut 4 more hearts from white cardstock and stacked them behind the paper one to lift it up a little. The sentiment is from Fiskar’s Happy Birthday set.

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The stencil on this one is from The Crafter’s Workshop and it’s called Mini Chicken Wire Reversed. I can’t remember what ink I used to colour the texture paste but it was a distress ink that I’ve mixed into the paste with a pallet knife. The balloon was made the same way as the heart and the greeting is from Hero Art’s It’s Your Day stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by. Cheers for now.

Kathy 1

All set for the next little while

Hi all! So I wasn’t feeling the creative vibe last week. You know how it is. I sat at my table and inspiration just didn’t strike. So I decided to cut up some card bases.

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This should last me a little while! I buy my white cardstock from Officeworks. It is called Mondi Color Copy 250gsm. It comes in reams of 125 A4 sheets and, while it’s a bit on the pricey side at $16.45 a ream, I can get 250 cards (excluding stuff ups of course!). The cream cardstock is also from Officeworks. I’ve had it for a while but I think it is Spilman 200gsm Tinted Board. It’s not a smooth as the Mondi cardstock but is very sturdy. I don’t remember where the black or the kraft cardstock came from but, as with the cream, they are good quality and work well for me.

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I had a rubber stamp custom made some time ago. While I love it, I usually put the year on the back of my cards. So I took a leaf out of my lovely Mum’s book (hi Mum :D). When she has finished painting a piece of china she signs the bottom and uses a system of dots to indicate the year it was finished. So I decided to colour the centre heart in the design with a different colour to help me remember when the card was created. 2015 is red!

Inspiration did strike eventually!

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The die is from Impression Obsession and I’ve cut it twice. Once with an old book page that I’ve stuck to some 100gsm card and once on some red cardstock. Then I cut the red hearts from the stems and stuck them on top of the book page ones and covered them with Ranger’s Glossy Accents. The greeting is from Papercraft – Sentiments Adults.

Hope you like it! Cheers for now.

Kathy 1