Saturday, May 9, 2015

Stencil Challenge v2.0

Corrie Herriman is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog. Her challenge is "Use Stencils". Here's what she had to say about this challenge.
"Hello and happy Wednesday. I love using stencils. They add another layer to your backgrounds and lots of interest too. Use them with paint, ink, model paste or even gesso. Show me what you do with stencils.. Have fun."
If you'd like the chance to win your choice of $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along with this challenge. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules so that you'll have the chance to win that great prize!!

Here's my second project for this challenge, this time with Stampotique's Keykeeper (Kira Nichols) and Love and Laughter (Carol's collection).

This is my second project for this challenge because:
(a) I love stencils.
(b) After starting it, my original project for the challenge took a left turn at Albuquerque.
(c) I'm an overachieving Type A personality.

Your answer: _____

Don't you just love multiple choice questions whilst reading blog posts? Yep. Thought you did.

But I digressed. Big time. Which is not shocking. At all. So, I had originally planned to use a stencil with a dimensional medium and had applied White Media Modeling Paste (DecoArt) through my Keyholes Dylusions stencil onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) and let it dry. When it was dry, I sprayed Primary Yellow, Red, and Primary Cyan Media Misters (Deco Art) over the raised keyholed surface, then sprayed the paint with water to allow the colors to spread. I let the paint dry slightly, then wiped off the excess paint with a paper towel. That didn't work very well, so I added some Purell hand sanitizer to the towel and wiped again, which worked like gangbusters (whatever that means). Purell is really handy stuff to keep in your craft room.

The piece was left to dry overnight. It was picked up the next day, which was when I realized that my original plan wasn't going to work, so it was set aside while I started my challenge project all over again.

When I picked this back up, I decided that the Keykeeper would work really well with the painted, textured, stenciled background. Keykeeper was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, then edged with a black marker. His eyes, nose, horns, key, and chain were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to make them shiny and dimensional. When the gel pen was dry, the Keykeeper was flipped onto his front and various styluses (styli?) were used to add dimension to him.

The large keyhole from the Shapes 2 Dylusions stencil was placed onto stenciled background panel and  Carbon Black Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt) was sponged over it. I was initially a bit concerned that it would take multiple layers to cover the painted background, but was delighted when the Media Fluid Acrylic paint complete covered it in one coat.

One of the dies from the A2 Card Creator Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders) was used to die-cut the stenciled piece. Number patterned Washi tape was applied to the base of the piece, then the piece was edged with Jet Black StazOn ink (Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko) and matted with gold metallic cardstock.

"Laughter" from Stampotique's Love and Laughter was stamped onto a scrap piece of the painted cardstock. This was die-cut with a die from a Spellbinders set for Just-Rite, edged with Jet Black StazOn ink, then matted with black cardstock that was die-cut with one of the dies from the Flags die set (Impression Obsession). One of my gazillion eyelets was aded to the hole in the flag. Gold metallic cardstock was die-cut with the Delicate Chain die (Memory Box). Gold and black metallic cardstock were die-cut with the Alphabet Plain Upper Case and Alphabet Plain Lower Case dies (Impression Obsession) as well as the Keys to My Heart die set (Frantic Stamper).

The Keykeeper was adhered to the piece with dimensional and gel adhesives. The sentiment string chain was adhered to the top of the card front. The card front was adhered to a black card, then I called it done!

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Scrapy Land Challenge #17: Anything Goes
 • We Love To Create Challenges: Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers Challenges: Make Your Own Background


  1. Love that monster image and the keywhole background is so fun! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #17!

  2. Hi Kathi, just a quick hello tonight as I'm not too well, but I really wanted to tell you that I love your digressions and this second project, just fantastic!!!! :D Hugs, Coco

  3. Oh, Kathi, this is soooo adorable! I love everything about it! :^)
    And I would say "all of the above" to your multiple-choice questions! snicker...
    Hugs, Penny

  4. Awesome background and he is just too cute to be scary lol. Thanks for joining ust at Crafty Cardmakers and More.


  5. A fabulous card. Your background is brilliant and the Keykeeper is a lovely image and works perfectly with your background. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers and more. Sally.x.

  6. That is one cool monster. Fabulous ideas and great inspiration.
    Hugz from Wisconsin, Patricia
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