Friday, July 22, 2016

Stencil Monoprint and More


Hi everyone.  I'm back with more sunflower stenciled cards.  I'm having fun trying all different techniques with my sunflower stencil.  Still have a few more to try. :)

Today is the stencil monoprint technique.  This is where ink is added to the stencil itself.  You can press with inks pads onto the back of a stencil, or use sprays, paints, stains, etc.  Spray with water to activate the inks, then flip it over onto a piece of mixed media or watercolour paper.  Press and blot with a paper towel or cloth to keep the open areas of the stencil free of colour.  After the colour has been pressed into the card, you pull the stencil off and then blot one last time to absorb any excess diluted ink.  This is a way to colour the background of your card front, leaving the stencil image free of colour.

My dear friend, Lee-Anne (Creatively LA) has a wonderful video tutorial on this technique.  Click HERE to watch ... you'll be so glad you did as she explains the technique and shows a few different products that you can use.

I used three colours of distress inks for my monoprint (squeezed lemonade, abandoned coral and worn lipstick), sprayed with water, pressed onto watercolour paper and ended up with this beautiful print.  All that was added was a stamped sentiment in brown ink, which was clear heat embossed to make the colour a bit stronger.  Easy and quick card to make.


Here's a stepped-up version ...


I used the same three inks, but must have sprayed more water as they blended and combined so you mostly see the coral colour.  After it dried, I added the stencil back over top and lined it up with the image from the print.  I spread a layer of embossing paste and let it dry.  It adds a lot of depth and texture to the card front.  This time I added a vellum banner with white heat embossed sentiment.

Hard to photograph this card as it is so light ... but (hopefully) you can see the texture.

Two ways to stencil monoprint, the first card using just the negative of the stencil ... and the second card using both the negative and positive.

Thanks for stopping by!






Stamps:  Sentiment (Cosmos - Technique Tuesday); Sentiment (The Big, the Bold, the Happy - Winnie & Walter)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Watercolour paper (gift from my friend Christine)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick, Vintage Photo); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Mini Joyful Sunflower stencil (The Crafter's Workshop); water mister, Embossing Paste (Dreamweaver), palette knife, clear embossing powder, white embossing powder, heat tool

31 comments:

Mac Mable said...

I so enjoy learning new techniques and loving the two today. That stencil is fabulous and both the cards are fabulous and so very different in their appearance. I sometimes find the paste absorbs the inks and changes colour but yours has stayed a truer white which I love. So textural and artsy...Thank you for sharing and for your inspiration x

Lee-Anne said...

These are both absolutely glorious, Loll! I love the soft colors! Both versions are beautifully done my friend! Thanks for mentioning my tutorial :) Have a lovely weekend!

Bonnie said...

WOW, WOW, WOW!!! These are both gorgeous, Loll! I love the coral colored background and stepping it up with embossing paste was brilliant! WOW!

Heidi Stamps said...

What beautiful colors!

nancy littrell said...

Both cards are Gorgeous Loll...I must check our 2 local stores that carry TCW stencils. I Love all your cards with this wonderful stencil :-) BTW, I can see your embossing paste just fine. TFS my friend. Hugs, Nancy

Pam said...

Both of these are gorgeous, Loll! I can definitely see the added texture on the second. Love that stencil!

Becca Cruger said...

Both versions are all sorts of lovely but I adore the subtle texture added by the embossing paste. Beautiful makes, Loll!

Tina Z. said...

stunning! thank you very much for tutorials.

Betty Keefe said...

love the soft colors you used for this sunflower - abandoned coral can have so many shades - i think it's becoming my favorite distress ink color

Nancy Stislow said...

I smiled when I saw this one! I KNOW if I saw one more beautiful card with that stencil I would not longer be able to resist getting it! Love the effects you achieved with stencil monoprinting. I'm intrigued by the color, one of my all time favorites, Adirondack Mountain Rose and you managed to get it by mixing distress inks! Love this, Loll!

Bobby said...

FAB-U-LOUS!! Love the colors, the stencil and the texture paste. What's next?

Marcia HIll said...

I am loving seeing all the mileage you are getting from this one stencil Loll...each card just gets prettier and prettier! I'm thinking now I really do NEED this stencil!! :0)

Maxine D said...

Wonderful cards Loll - and wonderful to see your creativity with this one stencil - you are an inspiration.
Blessings
Maxine

MaryH said...

Oh my, what a versatile stencil. I've loved it every way you've used it to date! Love #1, and think I'll be trying BOTH of these beautiful looks. TFS the video link. I like #1 a lot, but oh, the paste on #2 - such lovely texture with the soft wash of colors. TFS & Hugs

JosieD said...

Love these colors combined and using paste on the second card takes monoprint technique to a whole different level....gotta try that! Two very striking and beautiful cards.

SueB said...

it's hard to choose which is my fav so I've pinned both; thanx for the inspiration!

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Once again, you leave me breathless, Lol !! I love this dreamy background and these extra dimensions on the other card. Now I know that I used to buy the stencil! I love both cards.
Hugs,
BozenA

Susan said...

Both are marvellous, Loll! And they are your perfect colours! Great idea to add embossing paste to the positive of the stencil to add texture.

Aileen Ryan said...

Loll, love both of these. Its amazing the effect on the second card with the embossing paste. Looks fantastic in the photo and so soft and pretty in the first. I have never been into sunflower but you have really highlighted this stencil.

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely card and a great technique Loll

Anne

Brenda said...

Both cards are just stunning Loll! I love the color combo, on the first one I really love the sentiment in the brown like that-so gorgeous! Love the texture you have on the second print. And the vellum sentiment keeps the card soft looking. Love both cards Loll, the mono print came out perfect on both cards. I so gotta get my stencils out and see if I can do this technique. lol Hugs, Brenda

Linda said...

Two more beautiful designs using this gorgeous stencil .... love the second one with the stencil paste. Guess what I'm on the look out for now ..... that stencil!!!! xx

Barb Ghig said...

Oh my gosh Loll, your stencil monoprint technique on both cards is absolutely beautiful! I love the soft coral peeking through the petals, and the dimension you created with your paste on the 2nd card is so dreamy! Such a striking stencil, too! Gorgeous cards!!!

Inkyfingers said...

This is so pretty Loll and thanks for linking to the video! Hope you are enjoying the summer and keeping well.
Hugs
Carol x

lilian said...

That is lovely well done

lilian

Karen D. said...

...ahhhh....love!!
you are amazing!
hugs,
K

Petra Swart said...

Oh, you are a master at getting the most out of your stencil, Loll!!!! Two cards that are soooooooo beautiful!!! Thanks for the link to the video - I'll definitely be watching it!!!! Too difficult to choose a fave of these two - both are wonderful!!!
Hugz

Pat said...

Oooh... this sunflower stencil is really speaking to me Loll and the inking up of the stencil is really effective so must give it a try . Both of these are beautiful and I love the texture paste and vellum sentiment strip on the second for a little added interest. x

Jo Manna said...

This is really soft and wonderful, thanks for the inspiration :D

maria f. said...

Oh my goodness. That stencil. And the wonders you have worked with it!

Daria said...

Gorgeous Card! TFS.
Daria