Sunday, July 21, 2019

STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday

I'm over on the STAMPlorations blog with a Stencil Sunday post.  I played with four of the Faces stencils to go in the signature of my Travellers Notebook - remember this?

A signature is the fancy name for the folded paper inserts in a journal.  I used cartridge paper because it's thinner than card and easier to fold.  I've got a couple of shots of each finished project, and a photo-heavy tutorial on the Fresh Beginning project, so grab yourself a cuppa.

My first project uses Faces: Foxy.  I used fineliner pens to create the outlines, then painted her skin with Distress Inks and a No.5 round brush, and painted and sponged the background.

I stamped Trendy Spring Blooms into her hair, firstly inking one of the solid images with Distress Inks, but I wasn't happy with that result, so I overstamped one of the line images in black and dotted the centres with a white Signo pen.  I added some extra stamping around the edges - Beautiful from Hashtag Authentic and one of my favourite grunge stamps from Mixed Media Grunge.

The next one uses Faces: ChicBold Sentiments: Fabulous and Scribbly Splattery Grunge.

In my head, that's a fluffy froufrou edging to her cocktail dress.  A bit of Stickles on the earrings to highlight the bling.

For this one using Faces: Pensive across a double spread I just painted the face and skin, and just a bit of background, for an artsy look.

I drew round a few flower masks (Bloom Silhouettes) and stamped a butterfly from Trendy Butterflies.

And now for the step by step tutorial.  Are you still with me?  Need a comfort break or a refill?  Or something stronger?

This stencil (Faces: Grace) is the same one as on the front of the journal, but I just used parts of it and flipped it to change the hair a little bit.

I painted her with Distress Inks, leaving white space for highlights on her hair and the hat.

The eyes are closed on the stencil, but I wanted open eyes so I stencilled the lid without the lashes then drew in some eyes and upper lids.  I added a bit of red hat reflection under her eyes.

Then I added some white highlights in her eyes and on her lips - it makes such a difference.

For her top I used the Mini Foiled Again stencil.

Then I added stamping on the opposite side of the spread - Typografia Motivate - Fresh Beginning, Sketched: Rose, Mixed Media Grunge

If you're still here, give yourself a pat on the back!  I hope the step-by-step helped you to see how you can manipulate stencils to create a variation not he original design.

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  1. Beautiful creations! Love the Mini Foiled Again stencil design for the top! Pretty detail!

  2. When I first saw these, I no idea you used stencils. Of course, your coloring and drawn details make all the difference. These are just spectacular

  3. These are all just amazing and show what a true artist you are. I love how you gave the last lady open eyes instead of closed. Beautiful works of art!

  4. Your coloring is amazing. Thanks for sharing your beautiful art.

  5. Beautiful! I find coloring skin to be very intimidating but you certainly have mastered it!

  6. Great job on these lovely faces!

  7. Amazing creations and
    love the texture and
    Carla from Utah

  8. Super cards featuring those intriguing faces, Shirley! Great work adding colour and texture to add their personalities. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. These are just amazing!!! I love the retro feel and how your coloring brings them to life. Awesome work!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  10. They are all beautiful, such fun stencils!! I think Pensive is my favorite though...she's so pretty.

  11. WOW - you are so creative in how you have used these stencils - such beautiful stylish designs

  12. this is so creative and beautiful, I love your techniques!