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Posted: 6/7/2013 12:34:10 AM
This challenge is open from Saturday, June 8, through Monday, June 17.

For this challenge, you will use two different stencils (metal, plastic, whatever) to create a textured background with stencil paste. You'll also need one or two colors of any kind of acrylic paint. I also have an alternate background that uses ink instead of paint. You'll use this background on a card that includes a stamped image.

I'm still working on the samples for this challenge, and I'm waiting for permission to link to the piece that inspired me. Unfortunately, my first piece doesn't look anything like the original so I hope to link that one for you. More about that later.

For now, I just wanted to let you know you'll need a couple of stencils and some stenciling paste for this challenge. You can use any kind of stencil. I used inexpensive plastic ones.

I used Dreamweaver Stencils Embossing Paste, but if you don't have any stenciling paste, you could use spackling paste that you might have around the house. Dap has a nice light-weight one (Dap Fast 'N Final Lightweight Spackling).

On Opening Day, you'll find all the details on the Challenge Blog.

I hope you'll join me.

Daria

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Posted: 6/7/2013 3:32:46 AM
I finished my samples! They don't look anything like they were suppose to look, but I like them anyway.

Daria

ETA: I heard from Sarah Ogren this morning. I can't believe she answered me so quickly! She gave permission for me to use her work as inspiration for this challenge. Here is one of her wonderful framed collages. The one that I saw in the magazine was similar to this one, but it was in neutral colors. If you look around her blog, especially the 2007-2008 archives, you'll find frames in different colors and designs.

Here are My Samples.

Daria

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Posted: 6/7/2013 8:15:23 AM
Can't wait to see how this works! Is the stenciling paste available in craft stores?


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 6/7/2013 9:30:11 AM
Perfect! I have stencils, I have paste ... but I haven't used it in forever and I'd really like to use it again!

The sample I made for my challenge turned out different than I envisioned too! I'm keeping it and maybe I'll make another while I wait for WSW to officially start.


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Posted: 6/7/2013 10:23:50 AM
Heidi, I didn't think about that! I haven't seen stencil paste at Michael's. That doesn't mean that they don't have it; I just buy mine at stamp shows and online. I have seen Golden products there, and they have a Molding Paste. I haven't used that, but I think it would work just fine.

If you can't find any, head to the hardware store and get some spackling paste. I'm not sure how that would accept ink or acrylic paint, but I know you can use latex paint over it. Time to improvise.

Good luck.
Daria

ETA: Dap has a Fast 'N Final Lightweight Spackle that I've used to fill in the back of dry-embossed metal. I think that would work.

As in all paste-embossing, you need to have a small container of water handy to immediately immerse your tools and stencils before the paste dries. I use a shallow container with a squirt of Dawn and warm water.

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Posted: 6/7/2013 11:50:53 AM
Heidi--Here are some more product ideas....I have used Delta Stencil Dimensional Texture for card making for several years. It is a product available with the painting stencils in M's and J's (that's all we have here). I bought a few colors but would now buy white so I can color it myself. It is thin but with body like icing. One doesn't use much since it generally is smoothed it off with the top of the stencil. It comes in 4oz plastic tubes for about $5.

Golden's Molding Paste is available in the fine art sections. It comes in 4 different weights. I like the white color of the Light Paste while the Regular is okay it is a grayer tone. It comes in 16oz pots with prices ranging from $10-$19. Molding paste has some other uses that one might use it when creating muti-medium pieces.

Can't wait to see your challenge Daria!


...Jan
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Posted: 6/7/2013 12:52:20 PM
Jan, thank you so much for that information. I added it to the blog.

Daria

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Thanks for the ideas! I hope to have time this weekend to run out and try to find a product that will work. I have seen some of the projects with stencils and whatever paste the crafter is using and it is very interesting! I want to try it too


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 6/7/2013 2:28:35 PM
Fantastic challenge! Love the examples you provided. Thanks for giving alternatives to the paste. I've got some of the liquitex molding paste and some wall spackle. Can't wait to try this out


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Posted: 6/7/2013 6:08:54 PM
WOW! Those are gorgeous examples! And guess what? I JUST bought some paste recently and I haven't tried it yet!
I think it's a sign that I need to participate in this one.




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Posted: 6/7/2013 9:54:38 PM
Sounds tricky but do-able. Thanks Daria!


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Posted: 6/7/2013 10:46:34 PM
I'm so happy to see so much interest. It's actually not hard. It only takes a minute to apply the paste. Then you have to set it aside and let it dry. (Time to work on another challenge.) I'm going to make more of these and just paint in one or two colors. The look of the texture is really wonderful.

Daria

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Posted: 6/8/2013 11:15:39 AM
Such a fun technique Daria! I have finally gotten hold of the stencil paste you've been using (Wendy Vecchi and Stamper's Anonymous sell it now). It is similar to modeling paste, so the Golden suggestions by Jan will probably work just as well.


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Posted: 6/8/2013 12:18:22 PM
Great challenge, Daria! Have to see what paste (or substitute) I have onhand.

Don't want to tattle, but I think Cindi (Iring) is eating her paste.


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Posted: 6/8/2013 9:26:22 PM
I just put on the first layer of paste for another sheet. It's not for this challenge, but I really want to reproduce the piece the way it was after just adding the Raw Umber acrylic paint. I might add some Buff too. It's super easy to do, and very beautiful. I might not post it until after WSW13. Hmmm. Maybe I'll head on over to Anna-Karin's challenge with it.

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Posted: 6/8/2013 11:54:30 PM
I heard that!
hehehe

I have been playing with paste today! I used Golden molding paste. And, as I was telling Daniel ... I'm loving the consistency. So much fun to spread around. Layer #2 is drying on two different pieces.


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Posted: 6/9/2013 8:03:27 AM

Don't want to tattle, but I think Cindi (Iring) is eating her paste.


The real problems start when you guys start sniffing the glue. Then we will be in real trouble.

I can't wait to see everyone's creations. And I definately plan to give this one a try, after I hit the store.



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Posted: 6/9/2013 8:40:41 AM
Sarah, I thought sniffing the glue enhanced my creativity, no? LOL.

I was excited to see this challenge Daria. Thank you. Absolutely love the examples!

I've some Dreamweaver's stencil paste that I haven't opened in several years I'm extremely pleased (and surprised) to report that it's just like new. I recommend it, flows on smoothly and can be applied quite thinly too. Love it!

I've got 4 pieces drying now, 2 textures and 2 images, can't wait to get back to them!


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Posted: 6/9/2013 10:23:49 AM
My piece I did yesterday is dry, now I just need to move on to the next step.

I've been using the liquitex modeling paste. I've had it for a couple years and use it some with painting. I really like it.


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I came back and was delighted to see all the posts since my last one. Leave it to Daniel to get a thread moving!

I added the second layer of paste to mine last night. When it dried, I cut it into four pieces. I plan to play with paint today and see what I can come up with.

You are going to love what you see when you put some paint on your layers of paste. It's so beautiful. Mistakes don't matter; they add to the texture.

BTW, here's some more advice to anyone who hasn't worked with paste before. After using it, be sure to tap the jar on the table to settle the contents, wipe the top of the jar, and close it. If you let the stuff dry and then close the jar, little dried pieces fall into the paste; and the next time you use it, you'll have clunks of stuff you have to fish out of your design.

Daria

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Great tip Daria. I forgot to do that, I'm goin' there NOW! Thanks for the reminder.


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Posted: 6/9/2013 3:11:58 PM
I think the trickiest part of this challenge is figuring out what two stencils to layer. That is the hard part for me so far.

It helped me to look for a stencil with smaller, finer details, and one with bigger, chunkier shapes. The contrast helps it work for me.

Does anyone else have any tips on picking the two stencils to layer?



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I agree Anne, selecting the stencils is not easy. I can not tell what the 2 seperate stencils are by looking at the photos. Daria would it be possible for you to take a photo of your stencils...so we can see how they worked together for your beautiful backgrounds. Thanks!


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Posted: 6/9/2013 4:35:28 PM
Anne and Jan, I am glad you asked those questions, because I am having the same thoughts. I actually only have two stencils, but I would consider purchasing one along with my paste, if I had a good idea about what style to buy.


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 6/9/2013 4:46:42 PM
I'll scan the stencils that I used for you.

One thing that Sarah mentions on her blog is that the second stencil is meant to fill in unstenciled areas on the original piece. That made it really hard for me to choose something. I looked through my metal stencils, but I was afraid that the overall designs would overwhelm the piece.

I just painted my second batch of pieces. Again, they look good just with one color, but I'm going to experiment with a bit of highlighting. I wish I had a softer touch. I just seem to overdo the highlighting.

OK. I'll go scan those now.

Daria

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Posted: 6/9/2013 5:13:54 PM
Here are stencils.

I tried to edit the original gallery post and add them, but I kept getting a Error notice when I clicked on Edit.

I really don't think it matters too much. The idea is to get down a lot of texture. You don't really have to distinguish the designs.

Today when I made them, I forgot to even try to fill in blank areas.

Daria

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Posted: 6/9/2013 5:38:19 PM
Thank you, Daria, for sharing your stencils.

I guess I was envisioning layering one texture on top of the other ... but I wasn't thinking of it like "filling in" the blank areas. That's a unique perspective. I may have to dig through my stencils some more...



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Posted: 6/9/2013 5:49:26 PM
Yes, Anne. This isn't like when we put one stencil over the top of the other one which is usually done when one stencil has a large open area--like a vase or a tea pot, and the other one has a design we want to add to the first one.

This one just is building up texture.

Daria

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Just want you to know, I'm working on this challenge!

As far as stencil selection goes, I recommend testing your stencil on scrap paper first. Today I tried to put a sentiment stencil over my first layer stencil and I wasn't really happy with it. It came out kind of gloppy looking. When its a finished project, I'll share pics. I really thought I ruined a lot of work. From this experience, I don't think I'd recommend a sentiment stencil.

On one of the pieces I'm working on, I used the same stencil in 3 layers. Would that qualify? I stenciled in one color, let it dry, reoriented the stencil, let dry and colored a different color and then I actually stenciled a third layer over the first two. I need to add stamping and then I'll post and you can decide if I met the spirit of the challenge.

Anyway, I'm working! Hope to have something ready to upload soon.


I tried to edit the original gallery post and add them, but I kept getting a Error notice when I clicked on Edit.


Oh, and I had the same problem tonight. I could not edit a gallery item. I got "server error". I filled out a service ticket.


Cindi



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Posted: 6/10/2013 12:38:37 AM
I have finished the pieces I mentioned, and I'm going to post them in the gallery. They aren't cards--just examples of background pieces. I held a small picture of my daughter in the center of the blue one, and it looked great as a frame.

Daria

ETA: Here are the backgrounds.

I wish you could see how pretty they are IRL. That first one turned out really nice with the dry brushing of the gold paint yet it still has an antique feel to it. The last one has a beautiful shimmer and shine from the Lumiere paint.

djc


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Posted: 6/10/2013 8:08:01 AM
This is not exactly the technique here, but Hero Arts blog has a video on stencils and paste this morning with Jennifer McGuire.

http://heroarts.com/blogs/club/2013/06/10/creating-dimension-with-stencils/

I just shared this in case people need a visual on how to apply paste and also because of the Viva Ferro product that is already colored and a bit shiny.


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 6/10/2013 9:24:50 AM
Thanks Heidi for sharing the above video...if is a great quick review of how to use paste on a stencil.

The product Jennifer used in the video is made by Viva Decor the same company as Inka Gold. Inka Gold and a few other product are now available locally in my JoAnn's (a upper shelf across from small jars of acrylic paints}. I just saw the Inka Gold the other day but didn't have time to look at the other products. But if anyone is still looking locally for modeling paste products Fero may be another product consideration.

Note, I checked 1st in at the 2Peas store and they do not carry the Viva Decor line.


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Posted: 6/10/2013 9:38:14 AM
Daria, I tried to post several note yesterday afternoon and evening they disappeared instead of posting. Anyways I wanted to say thanks for posting the stencils. That was a big help in "seeing" how the stencils work together. I will be working on this during the week.
Thanks again for the challenge!


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Posted: 6/10/2013 11:35:31 AM
Thanks, Heidi, for sharing that video. What a cool product!

I have found that Scotch Removable Tape works better than anything else I've tried for attaching the stencil to your paper. Even when I remove the sticky from other tapes (pressing the tape to skin or clothes first), it sometimes tears the paper. I've been told that the blue masking tape works well, but I haven't tried that yet.

I liked that Jennifer used a plastic card to remove her paste. That's a good idea for someone just trying out the technique.

If you discover that you like to use paste with stencils, I highly recommend purchasing an off-set spatula ($4.00) and even the newer paste spreader from Dreamweaver ($5.00). I also bought the larger spatula, but I have never used it. It's not off-set, and once you've used the off-set spatula, the other is very awkward. The off-set spatula is all you need, especially for our-size cards. I do find that now that I have the paste spreader, I'm using it more and more. It's wonderful for larger pieces, and it removes paste in one swipe on all sizes.

I was taught, and found it to be true, that you should not over-work the paste. The more time you take, the more the paper absorbs moisture; the paper can raise up and pretty soon you're scraping paper with your tools. With the proper tools, you can spread the paste in one or two swipes and remove it just as easily. Done. I have seen professionals spread the paste like you would ice a cake, but if I try that, I end up with paste seeping under the stencil--especially the thin plastic stencils.

I also recommend taping down your stencil the way I described on the blog. If you lift your stencil off using the last piece of tape as a hinge, even if you drop it, it will fall right back where it was and not ruin your newly pasted design. This is especially true with metal stencils.

Just some things to think about.
Daria


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Daria, your new backgrounds are gorgeous! Thanks for posting the stencil pics too. You mentioned Lumiere on one of your backgrounds which has me wondering if the LuminArte acrylic glazes I used in my challenge samples would also be pretty for this technique? I'll have to hold that thought ...

Here's my first entry
Christmas wall


I used two stencils, but a bit differently. The second (holly) stencil just goes down one side of the background. I actually then used a third sentiment stencil, but that was a bit disastrous!
You can see what happened in my gallery post.

Thanks for the challenge Daria! I really have enjoyed playing with paste and stencils the last few days (spreading paste, not eating it ). Hopefully I will complete one more piece that is in the works.


Cindi



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Posted: 6/11/2013 2:27:53 AM
Cindi, that's a wonderful card! Thank you for explaining the process. BTW, I liked it better after you had to spread the black paste around.

Thank you for being the first participant. Maybe others will take heart and give it a try.

I liked this project because I could talk myself into going in and just pasting one stencil. Then I could walk away while it dried. Later on, it was easy to go back and put on another layer--and then walk away again. Then paint and walk away. Each step takes no time at all.

Daria

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Posted: 6/11/2013 7:16:52 AM
Cindi, I love your card. Thank you for showing how you can use two stencils but not necessarily over the entire card.


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 6/11/2013 11:19:36 AM
I am loving seeing all the entries for this!

I really enjoyed this technique and want to get some more stencils to try with it. I don't have very many, I tried to make one with my cricut but the cs didn't hold up well when applying the paste.

I managed to make 2 cards with my layered stencil piece I made.

Daria, I'm hoping they will count. It's okay if they don't though. I really enjoyed this process. My stamped images are on the background of the card base. I couldn't figure out how I wanted to adhere any to the front of the stencil, other than the sentiment.

I really loved this challenge and want to make more layered backgrounds!
Thank you Daria!

Layered designs cards


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Posted: 6/11/2013 12:29:28 PM
This was an exciting challenge. The steps to complete it added to the anticipation! I'm not entirely happy with the result but for a first effort...I'm considering it practice for the next one.

I wanted the finished card to be first in viewing but forgot to move it & now can't. Sorry!

WSW13 Layered Design Challenge

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Posted: 6/11/2013 1:04:52 PM
I am going to try and do this challenge at some point. I have never done anything like this and have to get some kind of stenciling paste.


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Posted: 6/11/2013 8:58:45 PM
LeighAnn, why wouldn't they count? They are terrific! As I'm sure you noticed, my pieces are nothing like Sarah Ogren's beautiful frame. That made me curious to see what the entries would like here at Two Peas. I love the variety I'm seeing.

Marshia, how did you put paste through that mesh bag? You deserve an award just for that! Good job using what you had, and you came up with a terrific card.

Angela, jump in and play. Playing with paste and ink and paint is so much fun.

Daria

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Posted: 6/11/2013 9:00:51 PM
Marshia did you try editing your gallery post? You can drag the pictures from one place to another so that your finished project will be first. Sometimes, it's stubborn so you may have to try dragging it a few times to get it to move, but it's been working well lately.

Daria

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Posted: 6/12/2013 4:21:29 PM
Okay ... I think I'm off to a good start, but I'm not sure.
Here's my WSW13 Layered Designs in progress.



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Posted: 6/12/2013 4:42:57 PM
Hoping to head to M's tonight and look for some of the pastes noted on this thread! Enjoying seeing what everyone is creating in the meantime!


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Posted: 6/12/2013 4:50:50 PM
Anne, you are off to a terrific start! Here's what I said in the gallery:

Anne, these are great! I'm going to have to check out the crushed garnet that you added. That is so cool!

The first one is more in keeping with the challenge since it clearly has one image on top of the other, but both would be acceptable. The second one also has some overlap. You have some nice stencils!


I look forward to seeing what you make with these.

Daria

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Posted: 6/12/2013 4:57:41 PM
Daria, Thank you so much for this fun challenge! It was an interesting experience going thru all my stencils and finding just the right ones I wanted to use.

My Submission

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Posted: 6/12/2013 5:43:15 PM
Thank you, Daria! I'm glad I'm headed in the right direction!



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Posted: 6/12/2013 9:25:26 PM
I just loved this challenge because I learned something new! I hope this qualifies, because I did use something different for my paste with one of the stencils. I found out that Inka Gold does great with the stencils. It is in paste form and comes in beautiful shimmery colors. It dries fast too. I used transparent paste with the swirl stencil and rubbed blue Inka Gold over them. Then my friend suggested I try the Inka Gold with the poinsettia stencil -- since it is a paste, and it worked great! It dries fast too. Thanks for the challenge!

Stampwilly

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Olympian Pea

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Posted: 6/12/2013 11:04:53 PM
Nora, I loved your card! You used one of my favorite stencils--Rolling Hills. One of these days, I'm going to have to use mine. LOL.

April, your card blew me away. I didn't know that Inka Gold could be used this way. I thought it was a rub-on/paint. I've been using my 50% off coupons to collect some of the colors, and I started watching some video tutorials, and none of them show that this stuff is dimensional. What a discovery! They do use it with stencils, but they sponge it on as a colorant, not as a dimensional paste. (Actually, it's kind of expensive to use that way.) Clearly, your poinsettias are dimensional.

Thank you both for playing.
Daria

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Posted: 6/13/2013 8:25:29 PM
Ok, Daria, I think you've created a monster. I didn't have any stencils or stencil paste, so I went to Michael's at lunch to get some supplies. I really wanted to give your challenge a try. So I picked up a set of Martha Stewart stencils and some Liquidex flexible modeling paste.

Well, I now have 8 pieces started and I want more stencils. I am really liking this technique. Course I only have one layer on so far. So we will se how happy I am after I add a second layer.


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