Happy, happy Tuesday! You know, it is really funny how projects take on their own life. I was still in the Layering Stencil and fabric mood yesterday. I wanted to try the Gothic Layering Stencil with Distress Paint on fabric and envisioned doing something very fall-ish. I didn’t really end up with fall, but I love where it went instead.
Begin by laying the stencil on your craft sheet. Pounce over the stencil with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
Flip the stencil over onto muslin. Just like when working with paper, the color of the muslin will affect the color of the finished project. White muslin like white paper will be brighter, while natural or cream muslin like manila will be more subdued.
Use a dry cloth to pounce and press over the back of the stencil. You are essentially stamping the image with paint onto the fabric.
The image will not be exact due to the fluidity of the paint on the fabric. The randomness of the image is perfect because we will use it as a resist and build layers on it.
Apply paint to the stencil again and stamp the image again on the fabric. Be sure to match the design from the second image to the first by lining up the first stamping with the stencil. Remember that you are matching the solid areas on the stencil with the image stamped on the fabric from the first stamping.
Dry the paint thoroughly with a heat tool.
Reminder: Be sure to clean the stencil before the paint dries on it. To clean, simply rinse with water and air dry.
Mist the fabric with water. Wet the fabric well.
Mist assorted colors of Distress Stain placed in mister bottles onto the wet fabric. (Colors used: Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, and Antique Linen.)
Wrap the fabric in a dry cloth and wring out the moisture.
Dry the fabric well with a heat tool.
Trace the art banner pattern onto a piece of Phoomph. Peel away one of the backing sheets from the Phoomph. Adhere the Phoomph banner sticky side down onto the back of the dyed fabric. Cut the fabric around the edge of the Phoomph.
Note: Adding the Phoomph the fabric at this point will add stability to the fabric for the detail stenciling to come.
Place the banner fabric side up on your work table. Place the Layering Stencil on top of the banner matching up the pattern. Remember, the painted design will match the solid areas of the stencil. Use an ink blending tool to apply color through the stencil onto the fabric. (Color shown: Wild Honey.)
Tip: Use a pouncing motion to apply the ink through the stencil. Pouncing will effectively transfer the color and avoid snags on the fine intricate edges of the stencil.
Apply the ink randomly to the front of the banner. Move the stencil matching the pattern as you go to move across the banner.
Already you can see that layering the paint with the ink and using the positive and negative parts of the stencil creates lots of depth.
Use an ink blending tool with a dark contrast color (shown: Vintage Photo) to add bold touches with the stencil randomly around the edges.
Brush the edges with the dark contrast color.
Remove the second Phoomph backing to expose the adhesive. Adhere the banner to a piece of cotton batting. Trim around the edges of the banner with Pinking Shears.
Cut a piece of Trimmings to the width of the banner. Brush over the trim with an ink blending tool to transfer the color from the foam onto the trim. Mist the trim with water to blend the ink into the trim. Dry with a heat tool.
Dab Picket Fence Distress Paint onto a Word Band.
Allow the paint to sit on the metal until it is almost dry. Blot the excess with a dry cloth. Dry the remaining paint with a heat tool.
Buff over the surface of the metal with a Vintaj Reliefing Block.
Place two strips of Tissue Tape over the center of the banner from side to side.
Place a strip of adhesive tape over the middle of the two strips.
Adhere a vellum clock face ephemera piece (Tim Holtz Expedition Vellum Ephemera) over the center of the Tissue Tape strips along the left side of the banner. Feed the ribbon through the Word Band. Adhere the ribbon and Word Band to the front of the banner over the clock face and Tissue Tape. Machine stitch around the outer edges of the banner through all the layers. Slide the Word Band toward the right edge of the banner.
In the Spring Frosty Deboss tutorial I shared how I like to create large pieces of colored manila to have on hand for die cutting. I wanted to create a chalkier and softer finish for the flowers on this piece so I added a base of Picket Fence Distress Paint to my manila. Apply the paint randomly over the manila cardstock. Use a dry cloth to spread it out and remove any excess. Allow some areas to have more paint than others and allow some areas to have no paint. Dry with a heat tool.
Apply the desired colors of Distress Stain to your craft sheet. (I used the same colors that I used to create the fabric.) Mist the stain with water.
Dip the painted side of the manila cardstock in the ink. The dried paint will act like a light resist. Allow the excess to drip off.
Dry the stain with a heat tool.
Continue to dip, drip, and dry until you are happy with the coverage and color.
The Picket Fence base makes the yellow piece a bit brighter than the green left over from the Spring Frosty Deboss tutorial. You can see hints of the manila peeking through on both, one is clearly lighter and while the other is more manila colored.
Tip: Color larger pieces than what you need so that you have it on hand for other projects when you don’t have time or don’t want to dye cardstock. This is also a great use for leftover color from dying ribbon. Instead of wiping away excess stain or ink, soak it up with scraps of manila cardstock to use in other projects!
Apply a large butterfly (Botanical Remnant Rubs) to a piece of the dyed manila cardstock. Cut the butterfly out leaving a thin border around the edge.
Die cut three small Mini Tattered Florals, 3 mini Poinsettia, and 3 mini leaves from the dyed manila cardstock. The Poinsettia is a fabulous shaped flower for year round use!
Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the outer edges of each piece.
Wrinkle and crinkle all the die cuts. Mist the die cuts generously with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist. Allow the mist to soak in for a moment or two.
Blot the excess mist with a dry cloth. Dry well with a heat tool.
Layer a Mini Poinsettia with a Mini Tattered Floral. Place a brad through the center to attach the two flowers together. I used medium size yellow brads from my stash. To make them more vintage, I sanded them to remove some paint and then brushed them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
Bend the prongs of the brads up around the flower to help give them hold some shape.
Apply Picket Fence Distress Paint to 2 large Game Spinners. Dry the paint with a heat tool.
Adhere the two Game Spinners to the banner over the clock face using a Long Fastener Brad. Use a craft pick or die pick to poke a hole for the brad through all the banner layers.
Adhere the flowers and leaves to the front of the banner over the Game Spinners and clock face.
Make a ribbon tail with a scrap of trim. I had two small pieces that I stapled together using a Tiny Attacher.
Adhere the ribbon tail to the banner tucking it into the flower cluster.
Adhere Gears and Mini Gears randomly in and around the cluster of flowers.
Add Picket Fence Distress Paint to the front of a Number Brad. When the paint is almost dry, blot the excess with a dry cloth. Dry the paint with a heat tool. Buff the front of the brad with a Vintaj Reliefing Block to knock most of the remaining paint from the raised surface.
Adhere a vellum ephemera strip to the front of the banner above the Word Band. Poke a hole through the layers of the banner using a pick. Insert the Number Brad through the layers of the banner next to the vellum ephemera strip. Adhere the butterfly above the vellum ephemera using a piece of adhesive foam.
Add a rub-on sentiment below the Word Band on the Tissue Tape.
Add a grommet to the top two corners. (See the Basics 101 page for a how-to for setting grommets.)
I am just so in love with the way the Picket Fence creates a resist for the stain and the way that you see the positive and negative of the stencil design. Even though I used fabric for my banner, you could totally use this technique on paper too!
Today I am just full of happiness and this pretty little yellow bit of art fits right in. It truly is a wonderful life and I am so glad that I can capture that feeling with ink and paint. I hope you find some crafty time soon and can make some happy art too!