Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Playing with Paste

I have been awed lately by the amazing use of pastes and stencils to add great texture and dimension to projects, so I thought I would give it a go. Prepare to be AMAZED!, well maybe startled is more the word I'm looking for. As a first attempt it is OK, but I definitely need more practice.

The first step was to create a stencil.  I used the hexagons from the Wplus9 quilt cuts 1 die set. I just heavily embossed the die into plastic, trying not to cut right through and lined it up for a number of passes through my cuttlebug. I then took the centre of hexagons out with my craft knife. Here's the result.

I did have a couple of bits I had to stick back together as I cut right through the divisions and some of the divisions are thicker than other (should have taken some more time to line up the die).  I placed the stencil on white card and wiped over some modelling paste. The stencil wasn't really flat after having past through my cuttlebug (the plates are bent like bananas) so I did get some paste under the divisions of the hexagons (definitely need more practice). After the paste dried I sprayed the card piece with pure sunshine, squeezed orange and cheery pie dylusions and wiped some of the colour off the paste with a baby wipe. As I didn't have great definition on the hexagons from the paste smudging I used the Wplus9 quilt die to cut some hexagon borders from some paper in the Basic Grey Indian summer paper pad to try to get some definition back. I then cut a couple of floral shaped dies from the Wplus9 quilt cuts 1 die set in white card and from the BG Indian Summer papers and pieced them together. The die cut that forms the leaves and stems of the Wplus9 quilt flowers is ginko flourish from Fancy That.  The happy birthday is a Marianne designs die. I layered up 3 layers to give some dimension - another great tip I've seen used lately. I finished the panel with some kaisercraft yellow pearls and adhered to a folded white card.  

Thank you for checking out my blog.  I would like to enter this card into the following challenges.
Wplus9 Birthday Celebration Week 4- Stretch It - I certainly stepped outside my comfort zone with making my own stencil and used paste for the first time.


Dan said...

What a lovely birthday card, and so clever that you created that great stencil yourself! Thanks for joining us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

brenda said...

A great piece of artwork Linda.

B x

Kristie Goulet said...

What a beautiful piece of artwork, Linda! So clever making your own stencil. I am impressed.
I am also your newest follower. :)

Sherrie K. said...

Wow, this is incredible! I love the technique and the end result is fabulous! What a beautiful birthday card!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment!!
Have a great evening!
Sherrie K

Amy E said...

This is stunning Linda!!! What an awesome job for a first attempt...what an awesome job for a 50th attempt!! Haha! Love the colors you used and then putting the white on top really set things off! Beautiful!!

Thanks for your sweet words on my blog this week!!

Deb said...

oh wow, this is amazing, you have inspired me to give this technique a try!

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Loulou! What a wonderfully unique card! Amazing color choices - but my eyes are captivated by your stenciling and choice of die cuts! Marvelous paper piecing and design elements! Thank you for sharing! hugs, de {Creative Smiles}

Court said...

I am about to start playing with embossing paste for the first time myself!!! :) Thank you SO much for leaving SUCH a nice comment on the May Arts Ribbon blog pertaining to my sunburst card! I really really appreciate it and it makes my day!

Sue Lelli said...

Linda, Beautiful card! Love how you made the stencil

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous card! What a beautiful inky background! Love the burst of color!