I have some metal sten­cils and I’m not sure what to do with them. Do you have any cre­ative sug­ges­tions?

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Crafter’s Q & A - Jean Pur­cell, Carlisle

Dorothy says: Metal sten­cils are ex­tremely ver­sa­tile for cre­at­ing dif­fer­ent ef­fects. You can add colour through the sten­cil us­ing a sponge or sten­cil brush. It is bet­ter to build the colour slowly with a fairly dry medium to pre­vent it from leak­ing un­der the sten­cil. Acrylic or sten­cil paints, oil pas­tels and chalk are ideal or use a dis­tress­ing tool with ink (re­mem­ber to ‘un­load’ the brush on scrap pa­per be­fore adding ink over the sten­cil). Ex­per­i­ment us­ing a cir­cu­lar mo­tion or dab­bing mo­tion for the best re­sult. To cre­ate a raised ef­fect, use a di­men­sion paste – spread over the sten­cil and re­move ex­cess with a pal­ette knife. Once dry you can add colour on top. It is also easy to em­boss pa­per by hand or us­ing a die-cut­ting ma­chine. If you lay the sten­cil on a cut­ting mat, then add pa­per and a rub­ber em­boss­ing mat with the sec­ond cut­ting mat on top. I’ve found spray­ing the pa­per lightly with water will loosen the fi­bres and deepen the em­boss­ing. Add colour be­fore mov­ing the sten­cil. For this card I used an eraser pen­cil to rub over Art Em­boss foil to de­boss, then cut out and lay­ered the stars onto a di­men­sion paste base. Fran’s Snowflake Cas­cade Metal Sten­cil is avail­able from Stam­p­en­dous.

Shims cre­ate a deep em­bossed ef­fect

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