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QI saw a card online where the crafter had used ‘wet and dry’ stencilling. What is this? Francis Bonn, Macclesfield
AIt sounds like the design was made with wet smooshing, followed by application of a dry layer. Use a non-porous surface, such as a craft mat or piece of acetate, to smear a patch of Distress Ink, spray-mist ink or another mixed media product
– we used the Vicki Boutin Oil Pastel Art Crayons. Spritz with water, and pick up some of the wet colour with the reverse side of your stencil. Press this onto your card, taking care not to smudge the colour too much, otherwise the pattern can get lost. In our design, we used a turquoise shade on the back of a wood grain stencil – bold stencils will work better than fine designs.
Secure your card with the stencil still in place, and apply a dry medium through the stencil. We used a red Oil Pastel Art Crayon, applied with a soft, dry brush, without any water. The second shade shows through the gaps in the stencil, whereas the first colour is on the ‘underlayer’, or reverse of the design.
Create a fun double-layer effect with stencils!