Stencils & Masks
The reason I love being on a Design Team?
It makes me scrapbook!
I work full time, more often than not, fuller full time than the usual (that's crazy talk for more than 40 hours a week!). I also work in a very busy industry managing 30 people and some days I get home and just want to stare at the TV and zone out ......... but I have a DT piece due and the team is relying on me.
So I drag my butt into my studio and before I know it the nights gone. Time flies when you are having fun!! and then I'm all relaxed and refreshed and ready to do it all again.
So here's my contribution to this fortnights challenge. The theme is "Stencils and Masks". Stencils I use ALL the time. Love them in fact. At last count I own 24 of them but masks, not so much.
I struggle with using negative images. I don't know why it's just a thing I can't seem to manage. So what I often find my self doing, is removing the mask from the template and using the template as the mask. Which I suppose technically turns it into a stencil. Hhhhmmmm. Any ways this is what I did.
The colours are "Evergreen Bough" and "Gathered Twigs" Distress Inks, "Turquoise" Perfect Pearls Mists and "Vibrant Teal" and "White Linen" Dylusions Inks along with black and white gesso.
I also got to use my new Glitz Roller stamp. SO AMAZING!!!
I'm really into butterfly's at the moment. I used the technique of stamping the butterfly on the opposite side of the paper to what you want to use and then free cutting it out. You don't show the detail of the stamp, instead it's about showing off the pattern on the paper. Everyone still gets that it's a butterfly from it's shape.
I've also just recently and very fortunately received a MASSIVE prize from Kaszazz for winning a Face Book challenge they put out in February. So with some of the vouchers I received ($1000 worth!!!!!!! I know right? AMAZING), I stocked up on stamps.
I love Kaszazz's stamp range. Good selection, reasonably priced and most of all excellent quality. So I focussed on background stamps in particular. The one I've used on this layout is simply called "Inspirational Background" and I can see it quickly becoming one of my favourites.
I hope my work has inspired you to pop on over to the Off the Rails Scrapbooking Challenge Blog and have a go at the "Stencils and Masks" challenge for this fortnight.
The sponsor for this challenge is Darkroom Door.
Darkroom Door is owned by photographer Rachel Greig and graphic designer Stewart Yule who combine their talents to design a unique range of rubber stamps and papercraft products suitable for card making, scrapbooking, invitations, collage, mixed media and altered art. As the name suggests, Darkroom Door products have a strong photographic element in their design.
Products include: Rubber Stamps, Photo Stamps, Background Stamps, Frame Stamps, Collage Stamps, Word Block Stamps, Montage sheets, Photochips, and Filmstrips along with a wide range of accessories for all type of paper crafts.
Darkroom Door also has a fabulous blog that is updated regularly with projects created by many talented artists: darkroomdoor.com/blog