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