Add a stencil or two

Hello everyone, today for my second post for the current Country View Craft Challenge. I have a stencil to show that I again created but this time it's a layered stencil using 6 different layers. Here’s what I created with it. Don’t forget to be entered into the draw you must use a stencil which is prominent on your make.

Okay so let's start with how I created this, it's a long post so grab a cup tea or coffee, or whatever drink you think appropriate and settle back, here goes.

I started with an idea, ive seen several of these layered stencils, mainly from American creatives and was fascinated by them. You can create the look of a detailed piece of art simply by following a few tips such as start with your lightest colours and move to your darkest last. Let’s look at the design process.

So. I started in Procreate with the initial sketch and then built up the layers with different colours (2nd image) once i was happy with the layout (i actually flipped the image which is why it looks different in the finished image) I changed each layer to black and saved each layer individually. These were then inputted into design space (Cricut’ s app) to get them ready to cut. in the image above of the different layers you can see originally I created 7 layers, to save on Mylar I edited it down to 6, I did this by combining some elements which didn't clash, such as the venter detail the green shading

I cut the prototype to about 4.5”x3.5” so as to minimise waste incase they needed to be altered, but this time I needn’t have worried as they were spot on. Ideally I think 6”x4.5” would be best, but went ahead with what I had to make my card.

I started with my first layer which you can see below, using archival ink. If you look closely you can see notches around the outside of the stencil, this was to allow for easy matching. Simply add a light pencil mark on your card where the notch is and then match the remaining stencils to that mark.

Next I added the second one which was the main leaves, and then started to build up the shades. I was disappointed with the tape I’d used to secure the stencil as it tore my card when i removed it despite being very careful. This was craft tape by Crafters Companion which I do not recommend.

I trimmed out the damaged card which made for a smaller card than I first anticipated, but it was salvageable. Moving on I thought some foiled elements would look nice so got out my glimmer machine by Spellbinders and chose which plates I wanted to use.

I do love what a touch of foiling can add to a project, whether it be hot embossing, which Susan has a fab array of in the shop, or cold foiling with glue of hot foiling like I’ve used. You can even foil with the Cricut or go freestyling with We R Memory Keepers quills all of which would be just as effective.

Let’s take a last look

Thanks for stopping by, and i’ll see you all soon


Debs xxx