Sunday, 27 May 2018

Sunday's with Steph - Super exciting stencil




Hello! 

So ok my title may have been slightly misleading.....I think it's super exciting 👍👍👍(please bear in mind I am a newbie - ish - Silhouette user so my excitement levels are somewhat easier to please than others!!)

So I chose a confetti stencil from the design store  https://www.silhouettedesignstore.com/view-shape/53505 I used the adhesive stencil material and sent the item to cut while I busied about tidying my craft room.  As it cut quite a few holes beautifully I left the room for it to work it's magic for a few minutes.  I came back and it had slipped under the rollers but only on one side so I quickly stopped the machine and unloaded the material.  Ok so it wasn't what I thought I was going to get but I quite liked the randomness of the circles so I was going to go with it!



I pulled the design from the backing and made the stencil a lot less sticky before popping it on to some shiny card stock and using a pallet knife pulled texture paint across the design.  I removed and re-used the stencil three times with the texture paint before leaving it to drive over night.



I was really pleased with the end result of the stencil and finished layout which came together really quickly (well maybe not the sequins but the rest of it yes!)

I hope you have a great scrappy week!!

Love

Steph x x


Friday, 25 May 2018

You are My Sunshine - Making Re-usable Stencils and Masks

Make re-usable stencils and masks with the Silhouette Stencil Material (non-adhesive). Demonstration project is a bright "You are my sunshine", Designed by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) for the Silhouette UK Blog.


Hello, Janet here with a media I haven't tried before ... Silhouette Stencil Material (the non-adhesive variety). It comes in a pack of six letter-sized, thick, plastic-y sheets. My first thought was that it would be perfect for making stencils to use with some newly acquired glitter paste. I was impressed with the results I thought I'd share the process of making, and using the stencils, together with the finished card.

Make re-usable stencils and masks with the Silhouette Stencil Material (non-adhesive). Demonstration project is a bright "You are my sunshine", Designed by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) for the Silhouette UK Blog.



Design Selection

I chose a stencil design from the Silhouette Design Store by Amanda McGee called Sunburst Mat Stencil. It is designed to be cut as a 12-inch square, but was fine reduced in size to fit my 150 cm (6-inch) square card blanks.

You'll find many more suitable designs in the Silhouette Design Store if you type "stencil" in the search box, and then filter the results by "Regular Cut". The easiest designs to choose are those that already have a box around them, but there are other designs that will work too. Just ensure that the design you choose doesn't have any unconnected interior parts within the design, as those would be lost.


Stencil Design

The designs can easily be converted to stencils by adding a surrounding box if they don't already have one. I made a mini stencil of the centre of the sun by drawing a circle centred on the sun part of the stencil, within a square aligned with the bottom left-hand corner of the stencil. I then selected the circle and the square, and made them into a compound path. In the screenshot below I've arranged both on a US Letter Size page (to match the stencil material).




Cutting the Stencil Material

I found the default setting for "Stencil Material" cut well. I initially tried a test cut with reduced force, but in the case of this material, the default setting was better.  A sticky mat is important with the force this high so I added some additional painter's tape around two edges of the sheet as my mat had started to lose some of it's sticky.




The pieces cut beautifully with a single cut. The slight milkiness of the sheet made it easy to locate and remove the waste pieces from the mat.  The waste from the smaller stencil can be retained to use as a mask.

Make re-usable stencils and masks with the Silhouette Stencil Material (non-adhesive). Demonstration project is a bright "You are my sunshine", Designed by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) for the Silhouette UK Blog.



Using the Stencil Material

I cut a card panel in watercolour paper to fit the interior width of the stencil, then adhered the stencil to the paper on the back with low-tac painter's tape. Then I added some more tape to top and bottom on the front of the stencil.

I mixed pigment ink with my glitter texture paste in two yellow shades. I spread the lighter colour around the outer edge, and the darker shade to the centre. The thickness of the stencil allowed an even, but shallow layer of paste to be spread on the surface. I removed the stencil while the paste was still wet, and cleaned it right away.


Make re-usable stencils and masks with the Silhouette Stencil Material (non-adhesive). Demonstration project is a bright "You are my sunshine", Designed by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) for the Silhouette UK Blog.


Once the paste had dried, I used the little circle stencil to add a centre to the sun. The proportion of ink to glitter paste was greater than previously, and gave a more opaque look.

Make re-usable stencils and masks with the Silhouette Stencil Material (non-adhesive). Demonstration project is a bright "You are my sunshine", Designed by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) for the Silhouette UK Blog.


Once the paste had completely dried I trimmed the panel and it was ready to be added to the card blank.

Make re-usable stencils and masks with the Silhouette Stencil Material (non-adhesive). Demonstration project is a bright "You are my sunshine", Designed by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) for the Silhouette UK Blog.


Cleaning the Stencils

The paste is best wiped off the stencils right away. Any residue can be removed using soapy water and a nail brush. Once dried with kitchen paper they are as good as new, and ready to re-use.


Finishing the card

To finish off the card I printed the 'You Are My Sunshine' Phrase onto vellum. I made an extra couple of lines using the existing words and some letters from the ED George Font, by the same artist, Emily Dyer.  The font is not a perfect match, but it was close enough.



Then I simply added clouds from another file, and some hearts in various sizes copied from the phrase.


Make re-usable stencils and masks with the Silhouette Stencil Material (non-adhesive). Demonstration project is a bright "You are my sunshine", Designed by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) for the Silhouette UK Blog.


I loved using the stencil material and have all kinds of other projects in mind both for this stencil and for others. I urge you to try it out with glitter paste, mousse, texture paste, or sprays and mists.  Do let us know how you get on.


Bye for now,

  Crafting Quine BlogInstagram @CraftingQuine



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Thursday, 24 May 2018

Fun Flamingo - stencilling onto fabric

Hullo everyone!

This week I have had great fun experimenting with stencils and material... I had no idea how or if it would work...

I thought that the adhesive stencil material would be easier to use with fabric as there would be less chance of leekage beyond the outline.


I already had fringe flamingo in my library and used the background shape, mirroring the image and setting it to cut on my silhouette (both a small and a large one!)


I then cut the designs from the sheet leaving enough of a surrounding margin around the image to allow plenty of adhesive...


Initially I took a white vest top and used the 'inner'  flamingo shape and stuck it on the front. I used some fabric spray paint and just went for it...


It was all rather random but I made sure there was plenty of cover over the flamingo...

For my canvas bag I taped the flamingo down as I thought I should be a bit more controlled with the spray but then decided to use the spray as paint. This worked well and you can see how clear the image is with no real seepage...


For my mini draw strip bag I used a smaller image which was more fiddly and I didn't stick it down as well. You can tell  that a little paint went under the stencil in the head area...



Overall I loved the effect and would definitely use the adhesive stencils on fabric again and I really love the sparkly effect of the metallic fabric paint and look forward to trying it out more. Now I have a fun flamingo set ready for the summer... 



Fingers crossed the sunshine continues...

See you soon

Ruth xxx

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Design of the Week - Welcome To Our Home - 22nd May 2018




Hello, it's Wednesday so that means my turn to blog what I have made with this week's free design.

When I first saw the design I thought I would make a canvas with it but I had made a canvas last week - Then I remembered that I had a black apron in my store of items that I use to decorate with HTV and decided that it would be ideal to put the design on.  Very appropriate for our house and perfect to wear when I am preparing meals, I am a very messy cook!



I resized the design to 7 ins wide and cut it from white HTV.  I then used my heat press to adhere the design to the apron.




I am thrilled with the result and in fact am wearing it now as I type this whilst waiting for dinner to cook!


Monday, 21 May 2018

Creating a layered Stencil





Hi everyone. It's Verity here from Pretty Little Button bringing you another project. For today's project, I'm using the non-adhesive Stencil Material. I have created my own stencils before using a variety of media similar to the stencil material, however, this was the first time I have used Silhouette's stencil material. I was really impressed with it - it is thin so cuts well but the material isn't flimsy like a piece of acetate, so it holds its shape well. In today's project, I wanted to show you how you can create layered stencils to use with inks, mouses, embossing powders and more, to get a multicoloured stencilled image. 

Creating a layered Stencil detail:

Choose a design from the Design store, I choose this beautiful tree by Echo Park. When selecting a design to stencil in layers, go for a simple design where you can easily identify 2-3 layers. If it is too intricate it will be more difficult to cut and align though this can be done. For now, when starting off, go for a simple layout first. 

When opening the design up with this tree from Echo Park, the leaves and trunk are separate. However, in order to use it as a stencil, you need to make a few adjustments. First of all, let's take the leaves. 


As you can see above, many leaves are very close together or overlapping. It is best to ungroup the leaves and move these with your arrow keys to ensure they aren't overlapping and have a little space between them. If they are very close, this will affect the stability of your stencil. 

In addition, you will also want to check for any areas that aren't attached to the stencilled outline. As you can see below, there are several areas where the branches overlap, creating shapes within the trunk. If you cut it as is, the shapes are not attached to the stencil and your loose this definition. 


There is an easy remedy to this - the knife tool! Using the knife tool (the left-hand toolbar ), crag a line down between the two points where you want the opening to appear at. Once the cut has been made, you need to seal the ends.


Right-click on the design and select 'make compound path' and then right click selecting edit points. Using the points, join up the ends as seen above so you can have one continuous cut line.


When you are ready to cut, make sure you do a test cut first! For me, the cut settings on stencil material were just right for my machine, but unless you have used it before you never know!

To create the cards, I used a variety of pigment inks, embossing powder and Tonic Nuvo Mousse.

For this card, I inked clear embossing ink over the stencil direct to paper. This was covered with copper embossing powder and heat set. For the leaves, I layered the stencil over the top and applied Tonic Nuvo paste with a palette knife. This was mounted on a card base, and I added a layered die-cut sentiment along with a smaller stamped sentiment.


For the second card, I applied pigment ink for the trunk and heat embossing the leaves in a beautiful red embossing powder. To finish, I added a simple sentiment.


For the last card, I used a white pigment ink for the trunk and a beautiful pale turquoise nuvo mousse for the leaves. A few matching sequins were added along with an embossed sentiment.



If this has inspired you to try this out, please post below. I would love to see it!

Until next time,

Verity




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