Stencil Bump Technique Tag

Hi friends!  Carmen with you again to share one of my favorite techniques for adding depth and dimension to your art.  Have you heard of the “bump” technique?  No, it’s not the popular 1970’s dance, although I do love that dance too.  Take a look at this quick tutorial and give it a try.

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I started with a #10 manila tag that has been painted with a layer of gesso, then 3 acrylic paints of my favorite colors.

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I first used stencil TCW547S Mini Repeating Pods at the bottom of the tag.  I applied a layer of a darker paint, Gooseberry Pink, let it dry. Then I laid the stencil exactly on what I just painted, I then “bumped” the stencil about 1-2 mm up and applied the lighter shade of Soft Heather.  The key to this technique is holding the stencil steady and allowing no movement so the application will be clean.

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I wanted to add a word to this tag, so I used TCW527s Mini Word Association and stenciled the word Dream along with some of the stars.  This time I reversed my colors so you can see the difference, it still adds dimension.

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To give the tag a few more details I stamped the top with RubberMoon’s Love Grows stamp and some color to the sides with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Evergreen Bough.

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This is a great tag to use a gift tag for a graduate, birthday or confirmation.  They can keep it then to use as a book marker.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy technique.  Let us know if you give it a try and how you liked it.  Remember to check back often for more creative inspiration.

Blessings,

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