Sunday, 2 May 2010

Stencil It!

Stencil It - that's the current theme on the Artful Ideas ATC Flickr challenge site.  We had to include a stencil somewhere on our ATC and Deb who set the challenge gave loads of links and ideas.

This reminded me I had an electric stencil cutter pen bought many years ago.  I think I only ever used it once to make a stencil border to go around the bedroom wall - inspired by the likes of Linda Barker and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.  I used to love the daytime TV programme 'Change That' hosted by Mark Curry - the forerunner to the more popular and bigger budget 'Changing Rooms'.

Anyway, back to the stencil!  I drew a rough sketch outline based on this photo of Chloe - my 9 year old niece.  I hope she doesn't see this as she hates photographs of herself - perhaps she takes after me - I did crop myself out of this photo after all - LOL. 

Using the electric cutter I cut out a stencil trying to keep the eyes and mouth attached to the edge so they didn't fall out.  I lost one of the eyes I think, but it was still ok (just).  I pulled the middle out so had a negative and postive stencil as can be seen from the photo at the top of this post.

I had some ATCs already prepared with tissue paper and Brusho backgrounds so used a couple of those, and the others I sprayed Glimmer mist through onto text.

The one I like best is the one below where I dabbed black ink through the stencil onto an orange Brusho background, although the image is quite smudgy, I like the effect - and it was the best I could come up with!

I think this is a case of practice makes perfect as I found the whole stencil cutting process quite tricky and definitely not as easy as I thought it would be.  I've put the stencil cutter tool back in it's box - wonder when it'll come out again!!



Laura said...

This is great, I also like the loose effect you achieved. I haven't even started mine yet.

Artyfax said...

wonderful Sherry, great card and technique

JaN's ArTy AtC JouRneY said...

Wow, what a fab technique! Love the last atc!!

Jan said...

Thsnks for taking us through the process Sherry (handy to have a stencil cutter I would think LOL) The end result is fantastic.

nancy said...

Hi Sherry. So glad you posted this information. Thank you. I do love the smudgy look. The image is intriguing this way.

Deborah said...

Thanks for joining in my swap, Sherry, and for taking us through the making of your stencil. I agree that the smudgy effect is brill - it's a fab ATC. Will you show it to Chloe?

Mrs Moen said...

I absolutley love the orange one; it's gorgeous!

Mrs A. said...

Hi Sherry,
Looks like where partners in crime for the Pretty pockets swop. I have never done one before so hope I get it right!!

Meggymay said...

Looks great Sherry, haven't tried anything like this yet.

Lynn Stevens said...

Very cool. I didnt even know they made a pen like that! I Love that I get to visit all those who stopped by and entered my drawing! Thank you and best of luck!

Gini said...

Oh Sherry I have got one of those, it worked really well and I made all sorts of designs with it!
It is stashed away carefully in it's box.
I used to be stencil mad, I even did a wooden floor!!
I've only stencilled one room in this house though.
Everything in moderation...nah!
Well, you've used an old tool in such a modern way!
Oh, a trip down memory lane, about 15 years ago? Probably more, another all the rage designer was Jocasta Innes (sp?), she used to have a shop in a nearby town.