Friday, December 28, 2012

The Crafter's Workshop Stencils with May Flaum!

I love stencils - most especially The Crafter's Workshop stencils! As we prepare for the new year I wanted to take a few minutes to share with you my top 10 favorites, as well as a few ways I like to use them.


My top 10 stencils:



I love how easy they are to use - and with so many mediums I can create all kinds of custom creations. Here you can see that I used them with distress ink and a blending tool - this is my favorite thing to do when I want all-over color.
Want more of a splattered look? Well then, I break out my mists and play!
Don't forget that you can also use the stencil itself and 'stamp' in addition to use up that excess spray after misting. You can also layer stencils over each other - just make sure each time you let it dry totally so you don't end up with a muddy look.
Of course it doesn't have to be messy looking - but I'm having so much fun making a big mess that I'm going to just keep playing wild and make a new card.
 'Tis the season for thank you cards, after all! I took the ideas I was working with and combined them onto a card!
To finish things off I did some messy stitching, and I also used black embossing powder and my favorite letter stamps to add some texture and detail as well.

Whether you want to get super messy or just add a bit of detail to a background stencils are a lot of fun - and a great way to use up your liquid mediums from inks to sprays to pastes and gel mediums too. I did a big round-up post of my dylusions posts here, I did a tag with multi-medium resist here, and here is a link to a post I did with inks and the peacock stencil. I'm always playing with stencils - and I encourage you to break some out and try them in the new year!

Happy Crafting!
May Flaum

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23 comments:

  1. This looks sooo cool and I can imagie how much fun, you can have with these stencils. I admit, I´ve never done much of this myself, but think, I´ll have to give it a try here in the new year now too he he. Thanks sooo much for the input here, it´s awesome.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your uses for stencils. I don't use them myself, but I do have a few. Maybe a new project to try for the new year!

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  3. Thanks for the inspiration. Your card is a little too messy for my liking, but I like the idea of playing around with some stencils.

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  4. thanks kristina for a great video using the derwent pencils. Great post today
    ava g

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  5. I just purchased some new stencils and can't wait to play with them!

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  6. Thanks for the reminder to use them on my cards! I don't think to grab them that often for my cards, but other mixed media stuff. Thank you!!

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  7. These are a great value, too! Thanks for showing us your favorites!

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  8. Thanks for showing your favorites, May! Love mine.

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  9. Thanks for the inspiration May! I'm going to go get inky today :)

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  10. Thanks for sharing these. I need more stencils.

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  11. I forget to use my stencils--will have to pull them out and create.

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  12. THANKS for sharing the GREAT ideas!! I LOVE the fun creations!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  13. I love stencils, too. You included several of my favorites in your list. I wish I could do with mine what you do with yours. ;-) I love messy, especially when it comes out looking so elegant. Nicely done!!!

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  14. Thanks for showing us the stencil work. i keep forgetting to take mine out to use. Will have to change that.
    Linda

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  15. I never think of using stencils but it is a great look...very artistic and I like that! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  16. Love this card! Love your ideas. Thanks for sharing!

    Katie B.

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  17. Cool, thanks for sharing! From another Katie B.

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  18. I love how free you are in your art, May. I always chuckle when you mention "messy stitching." I love that because all my stitching is messy, and now I can call it a technique! LOL I haven't tried stencils, but I'm moving toward it...soon!

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  19. I just love the ways you can work with stencils! And even if I have a lot of them, there are so many beautiful new ones... Greetings, Gerrina

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  20. Thanks for showing us your favorites,
    and stencil techniques.

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  21. Beautiful Background.. Great Colors. and love the way you have made it.. And that the letters in the sentiment is a bit off line..
    .. Looks Great..!! :o)

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