Technique Thursday is back … a little late, but better late than never, right?!
We took last week off because most of our customers were attending the Great Lakes Mega Meet, a scrapbooking convention in Novi, MI.
And, this week time just seemed to get the better of me, but never fear, I will be at Capture A Memory from 2-6 p.m. today sharing some things you can do with templates from The Crafters Workshop.
These templates have been around for years … I have some that are several years old … but my style has evolved in a way that I am using them now more than ever. As an added bonus, they are not expensive (about $5 for the smaller ones) and they are thin plastic, so they are easy to store. I keep them in their packaging and hang them on the side of my desk.
They come in a variety of styles and designs, but you will see some of my favorites here.
Naturally, you could take a pen or marker and trace the patterns, like any stencil. But, you can also use alcohol ink
or airbrush them with Copic Sketch markers
or color them with Distress Ink
or spritz them with Glimmer Mist or Perfect Pearls Mist or use embossing enamel
I use Removeable Glue Dots to help hold the template in place.
If you only want to use a portion of the stencil, use sticky notes or tape to seal off the area you don’t want to use.
Clean the stencils like you would normally with the product used … use hand sanitizer with a high-alcohol content to clean off alcohol inks or Copic markers. Use water to clean off Distress Ink. Use rubber stamp cleaner to clean off permanent inks. Just be careful to rub gently … some of the stencils have tiny parts that may get bent if you scrub too hard.
Don’t be afraid to layer them or go back over the image with rubber stamps for a vintage or shabby chic look.
I hope to see you today from 2-6 p.m. at Capture A Memory in Flint Township.