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Dual tones

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!

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