Monday, March 9, 2015

Stencils and Spray Stains- STAMPlorations Stencil Blog Hop Day 2



Yesterday was a good day.  It's day 3 of the vacation and we popped down to the Twin Cities to visit my family. My last Christmas presents were finally delivered!! Yes, I know it's March. I've told you once that I'm a procrastinator, so this should come as no surprise. I'd purchased an inflatable robotic R2D2 for my little nephew and it was definitely the star of the show. Picture four toddlers squealing and chasing around a robot... If you're not smiling then not even Obi Wan Kenobi can help you because you have no heart!

But today is also a good day because it's day two of the ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop! I've read through all of the kind comments you've left and they've made my day! I promise after vacation I will return the visits! 


I've gone over embossing paste and stencils, and Distress Paints and stencils and today's bloggy post will cover:

SPRAY STAINS

There are some really cool effects you can achieve with spray stains, amazing depth of field, grungy awesomeness. My design today, however, is going to highlight the cleaner side of stains. In my tutorial, the spray stains I use are red and gold, but you'll see that my final card is actually blue and green. That's because I really didn't like the red and gold's finished look for the type of card I was going for, so I switched to blue. I didn't take pictures the second time around... mostly because I'm lazy! :) 



The first thing to do is tape down your stencil to create a firm hold. I chose to use the Oh My Stars! ARTplorations Stencil.  Position your spray and douse your cardstock. You want to be careful not to get too much liquid going, because it may leak underneath your stencil. 


The image on the left was when I used my stencil normally. My loving ahem* crazy ahem* Aunt Jerrie asked me if you could use the negative somehow and the short answer is YES! I took the excess ink that was on my stencil, flipped it over, and rubbed it on the card stock - that's how I got the look on the right side. 

After I made these two examples, I just didn't really like the colors for what I was trying to achieve so I switched to a blue spray, and inked the panel's background with Peeled Paint Distress Inks. 


I outlined the stars with a white marker and then colored up the cupcake from the SKETCHED: Cupcake set. I even added some tiny star "sprinkles" to the cupcake. Voila! A bright birthday card that's perfect for a boy or a girl!! 

I'm linking my creation to the following excellent challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday - B is for (Birthday!!) 
Inkspirational Challenge - Sprinkle
 

You should totally check out what the rest of the team made! You'll find links to all our projects here.

This is an awesome blog hop and Shery, the owner of STAMPlorations, is giving away over $75 dollars in prizes!! You'll see some great inspiration AND have tons of chances to win some goodies. It's a win-win really.

Also - if you make a card that features stencils (ANY brand) you can enter it into the Stamps and Stencils challenge for another chance to win some prizes!
Thanks for hopping along!


55 comments:

  1. Such a fun birthday card with a yummy cupcake!! :) Love your star stencil design!

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  2. Lovely card! I always forget to use the "other" part of the ink - I always wash it off.. that's a waste!

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  3. Oh this is awesome, Becca! What a neat idea to use the reverse side of the stencil - I like both! Again, thank you for showing how you used sprays with the stencil. I think I could do this too! The card looks adorable with the cupcake! And it sounds like you're having a blast on vacation! I can just picture the fun you had with your nephew and family!

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  4. Mmmmm Yummy! Gorgeous card and I love the stenciled Stars. Thank for sharing your work with us.

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  5. Love theses colours Becca, so fresh and spring like.
    I've got a wonderful image of an inflatable R2D2, where did you get it? :)

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  6. Love this pretty birthday card, Becca! The red and gold looked great to me; but blue is my favorite color.

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  7. Wow...great effect. Even the red & gold. Hope you didn't deep-six them. Think I like the one on the right better than the left. Can't tell you why, guess I'm just perverse. Anyhoo, the blue/green is such a happy card. Recipient's gonna love it!

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  8. A cupcake in cool colors !! So fresh..loved today's technique :) ! My mist always manages to seep through the mask ;)

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  9. Beautiful and fun card! I'm loving all the cupcakes I've been seeing lately. They make for some very Yummie cards! ♥

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  10. Ahem...not crazy but I love the negative look of the stencil!! I never thought of all the liquid stuff you could use on a stencil. I love how your stars stand out on you background. I like the red and gold too. I have learned a lot...another new avenue to ahem...buy.

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  11. Love this bright and cheerful card with the yummy cupcake, Becca. Thanks for reminding me that I can use my stencils with spray inks too. Have a lovely day! x

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  12. love the stars on the card and that cupcake looks yummy!!! I need one of those :)

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  13. Brilliant idea to flip the stencil over and take advantage of all that ink. I'll have to try that.

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  14. I love that you showed us all the stencil backgrounds you tried, and then the final card.

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  15. Hi Becca love the card & your stencilled backgrounds. Xx

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  16. a yummy funny cupcakecard (C³) *lol!!
    CU hellerlittle

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  17. What a cool card! The stars and the cupcake are so much fun! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

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  18. I've only tried this once - you definitely have to tape that sucker down good! What a stunning result even if you were too lazy to take pics AGAIN to show us how you did exactly the same thing....grrr...the noive. MWAH!

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  19. Love both colors Becca! The green such a wonderful color. Adore that cupcake. And you are the Damsel of spray stains! So amazing! I once tried to do this and was not happy lol. You rock!~kim

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  20. Thank you for showing us both sides of stenciling. The negative is also super cool. Amazing card you made.

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  21. I really like your red stars but I can see how they would not work for what you were going for. Love your technique. TFS

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  22. A super duper card Becca, great technique and colours. Carol x

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  23. Such a fabulous technique and wonderful colours. Your card is gorgeous, I love the sentiment!
    Sue xx

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  24. You're as bad as me. That image in the head & the reality of the creation sometimes just aren't one and the same! To be honest, I find red, green and gold REALLY hard to work with.....I ADORE the negative idea [probs cos it's more 'messy'???!!!]....& of course your finished card in those blues is YUM! I'm enjoying these tuts! Don't have any of these sprays, either.....but can still use the ideas! TFS:)

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  25. Ooh, yummy. Fabtastic card. Hugz

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  26. Love your starry card, Becca! The sprays look great - you are really showing us how versatile stencils are with so many mediums. By the way, a robotic R2D2 would go down a storm in this house too :)

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  27. Very cool card!!! I love that you used both the positive and negative parts of the stencil!!!

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  28. Love this bright and bold card! The cupcake looks yum!

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  29. Becca, you are a genius. I got a negative image of my stencil with a mist spray....the creativity is endless now! Thanks for your tutorials and patience!! Crazy AJ!!!

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  30. Love the look of this and a great idea about reversing the stencil-very neat effect. Great card as always. I still have a Christmas gift here and wondering when I will see the person:)

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  31. Gorgeous card!! I love the background and the colors!! The cupcake looks so yummy!! And the sentiment is fabulous - a cupcake does make everything better ;) I hope you took pics of the inflatable R2D2...I'd love to see it!! Enjoy your vacation!! Have a great evening :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  32. Fantastic way to use the stencil and such a pretty, pretty card. Love the colors you used on this too.
    Lynn

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  33. Lovely card, I like the flipping of the stencil part, I think the effect is cool.

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  34. Super fun card! Thanks for showing how to use various mediums with your stencils. I forget about all the possibilities! Your cupcake and its star sprinkles is perfect with your stenciled background!

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  35. awesome card and love your first samples.

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  36. Way to go Aunt Jerrie... I actually like the look of the smooshed negative best!

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  37. Your starry card is another brilliant-Becca dazzler! I have zero sprays in my collection (no room in my crafting zone to use them anyway), so seeing you work magic with them is such fun! And speaking of fun: are you the most awesome Auntie ever? I'd love to have seen the little ones playing with the inflatable robot. Toooo cool!
    Hugs~c

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  38. Such a cool technique, Becca!! I am loving this card!! :)
    Hugs,
    Suchi xx

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  39. Yummy...your cupcake looks good enough to eat! TFS both color combos and your detailed description of your stencil technique.

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  40. Excellent tutorial Becca...we often get focused on the project at hand and forget all the wasted ink on stencils and for me on my plastic work sheet...I love the soft affects you can actually get when you 'mop' up the leftovers. Must remember my stencils now. Cheers Robyn

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  41. FABULOUS card – LOVE IT Becca!!!
    You make it look so easy to create => I am going to gather the ingredients and try to make one too – THANK YOU :)
    I love how the addition of the white pen really adds dimension to the card!!

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  42. Cupcake and card... that a winning combo, Becca!
    hugs Asha

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  43. Love how you made the backgrounds...and then the final result...your Cupcake card is just fabulous! The sentiment is just perfect and one I agree with totally!! ;-)

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  44. Awesomesauce! That is all. ☺

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  45. Super cute, love the background you created.

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  46. Your card is bright and fun :)

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  47. Oh my, I love how you used this fabulous stencil! So bright, colorful, and totally fun! Thank you so much for joining us for our 300th challenge!
    Hugs, Debbie, DT Sweetie!

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  48. Brilliant stencil use! And such a great card! Thanks so much for joining in the fun for the Cupcakes Inspirations 300th Challenge Celebration!

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  49. Love the lively colours on this cheery card. Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational Challenges. Come back next time! Marina

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  50. Super cards, great colours! Hugs Carole Z X

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  51. Very cool card, Becca and love the short tutorial/sample! Thanks for sharing it at our 300th challenge at Cupcake Inspirations! Hope all of your vacation was grand!

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  52. Love your star stencil design too Becca and that yummy Muffin hmm makes me hungry
    it is 23:53 I will finished to catch up your blog
    hope you visiting me again my dear..
    miss you...
    I just learn how to use stencil LOL
    I am newbie..
    hugs, Monika

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  53. Becca - wow, thank you for such cool cards and those backgrounds made with the stencil are super cool indeed!! I am going to have to look into getting more stencils from STAMPlorations!!! Thanks for the great ideas!!!

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