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