Since I have returned from CHA I have been on a mission to get all the cool new products that caught my eye. Last week I showed you all the cool things you can do with Distress Glitter. This week I’m doing something new…sharing my “Works In Progress” using the latest Stencils from Tim Holtz, Ronda Palazzari, and Wendy Vecchi, along with other new Inks and embossing pastes from Wendy Vecchi. Wendy’s archival inks and embossing pastes were made for stenciling and so much more! I’ll be reviewing those separately after I experiment on a few more surfaces and projects. Who knows, there may even be an inky giveaway
I’ve never been a big stencil girl but since CHA I’m starting to see the light. Last weekend I took a class at the Ink Pad in NYC taught by Marjie Kemper. If you read Marjie’s blog you already know she is a stenciling extraordinaire among other things. Marjie taught a fabulous technique class using a 7 gypsies printers tray. I like to go against the grain and grabbed the Tim Holtz configurations printers tray. It’s still a work in progress and probably will be for quite sometime, but here are a few sneaks of what I created in class.
My apologies for the less than stellar photo my studio is in a sad state at the moment with my lighting station unreachable…I’ll get to it eventually (I shudder at the thought). The new stencils had not arrived in time for class but I did have a chance to play with Wendy Vecchi’s new archival inks and embossing pastes. Wendy’s inks are amazing and make it easy to add layers of depth and pops of color on all kinds of projects. You can see the contrast I created by stamping the bird in “Watering Can” over stenciled Distress Ink. The sentiment really pops in black archival.
The stars on the “Wish” panel were stenciled with white embossing paste and the hearts on the flowers were stenciled with black embossing paste. I used almost every color of Wendy’s new inks on the flower panel to add an extra pop of color over the layers of distress ink.
Most of the images here were stamped with “Watering Can” this is quickly becoming my new favorite ink. If you would like to see more of what we did in Marjie’s class you can check out her post HERE. Are you on the East Coast by chance? I urge you to take a Kemper class. Even if you create daily like myself you can always learn from another artist. Plus it’s really great to be among other art lovers. That kind of energy just can’t be created while you’re in the studio all by your lonesome. You can find a calendar of Marjie Kemper classes HERE.
Speaking of Wendy Vecchi’s new inks and embossing pastes I was in my glory using them with Eileen Hull’s Picket Fence Sizzix collection. These two garden themed collections were practically made for each other! Eileen Hull’s Watering Can die with Wendy Vecchi’s Watering Can Archival ink? Don’t mind if I do!
I fell head over heels in love with Ronda Palazzari’s Mix Tape stencil from Crafter’s Workshop at CHA. Pairing it with Wendy Vecchi’s black embossing paste was a match made in heaven! I finally got my mitts on Tim Holtz’s new Layering Stencils courtesy of the Funkie Junkie and used the Dot Matrix and rays to create a colorful background. I really like these stencils because of their size. They are very easy to manuever and allow you lots of freedom to play with angles. Again, Wendy Vecchi’s Cornflower Blue Archival Ink was stenciled over top for an extra pop of bright color.
I love how these new products work together so seamlessly! I’ve only just begun my adventures in creating with them and my head is just swimming with project ideas. There’s nothing better than a product that continues to inspire. These are certainly no “One trick pony” products!
So now that you’ve seen my “works in progress” I need your help in deciding which project to finish first. Let me know which project you’d like a tutorial on this week in the comments…it’s in your hands now friends
Have an inspiring day!