AECP: Stencil Background Technique

Feb 9, 2019 | Birthday Cards | 6 comments

AECP: Stencil Background Technique

Feb 9, 2019 | Birthday Cards | 6 comments

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Are you ready to add to your Crafter’s Toolbox?

It’s been a while since I published a new video… life happens, right? Since I changed my business direction in December, I’ve been working up a plan for some great video series – this is the first one. The Crafter’s Toolbox! Each video will give you a technique, tool tip or organization tip that you can add to your own Crafter’s Toolbox!

For the next few months, these videos will work in conjunction with another endeavor – my Altenew Educator Certification. I was accepted into the program last week and can’t wait to learn, share, and get through the levels to become an official “Educator”.

Class #1: Celebration – Stencil Techniques

The main focus of the AECP program is to work through a number of Altenew classes and then apply the principles to one’s own, unique design. I decided to do the Stencil Techniques class first as I was looking for some ideas for a new stencil that I just added to my collection. After watching the lessons in the class, I had a great idea for a design.

My Project

The Floral Drape stencil coordinates with the Sketchy Floral stamp set, both of which I used for my project. I wanted to use the stencil, in coordination with inks (Distress Oxides) to create a really cool background. The effect was just amazing and beyond what I thought I would achieve! In the end, I was able to make two cards from the panel I created. This was my favorite for sure.

The Technique & Design

In the end, the technique was quite simple, and tons of fun! After stamping the image on watercolor paper, I used Distress Oxides on a teflon sheet, along with the stencil to add layers of Oxides. I added in some Tsukineko All Purpose Ink (Vegas Gold) as the final layer to really make the design shine. Once the background technique was complete, I added depth to the flowers by watercoloring in black. I chose black so it wouldn’t compete with all of the color in the background.

Initially, the panel was larger, but I cut it down for this finished card. To pull the black base layer and the floral layer together, I spattered some more Vegas Gold on the black, then adhered the floral layer. The sentiment (from Altenew’s Wispy Begonia) was stamped on Lagoon cardstock and diecut with a circle die.

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Crafter’s Toolbox Video

Of course, a video is way better than reading through instructions, so here’s the official Crafter’s Toolbox video showing this fantastic tecnique!

1 down, 9 to go!

I’m on my way to reaching AECP Level 1 status. If today’s design is any indication, I know this is the perfect fit for me! I’m so excited to see what I’m inspired to create next! 

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For the Altenew Educator Certification Program - level 1: Stencil Techniques. Features Sketchy Floral stamp set, Floral Drape Stencil, Distress Oxides. For more information and a video, click through to the blog post. #pmretreat #altenew #AECP #floral #birthday