So this is what was waiting for me for my birthday when I got to the office today. Do you get it? TCW361 Tiny Circles!!!! On the top!! A stencil!! On my cake!!
I know! Right? Only Melissa would think of that!!
So lest you think this is some sort of store bought concoction, let me set you straight. Melissa made her very favorite Devil’s Food Cake recipe cake (2 layers thank-you-very-much), and in between she put this awesomeness of buttercream frosting….But wait! There’s more. This was no average buttercream frosting. No sir-ee. Last week I happened to suggest that perhaps we celebrate my birthday with Kahluah (why Kahluah? I don’t know, it just sounded like a good idea at the time.)
So Melissa decided that she would make this homemade cinnamon/Kahluah custard sauce (which, by the way, she first smeared on the bottom layer of the cake PRIOR to frosting the two layers together). But wait, she didn’t just stop there!!! She proceeded to make her all-butter buttercream frosting (no margarine, no shortening) just butter, vanilla and powdered sugar. And instead of whipping in the milk at the end, she whips in that custard. OMG! Like nothing you’ve ever tasted before in your life!!
And finally, let us not forget the finishing “TCW touch” of scraping grey-colored buttercream frosting through our favorite Tiny Circles stencil. Yah! Because she hadn’t put enough hours into this creation already. Right? But who am I to complain? Every single bite was divine. A little chocolate cake alone. A little frosting alone. A little cake WITH frosting. A little frosting WITH cake.
My dad is known to say, “dessert is the quietest time of the day”. And this is why.
Thank you, Melissa, for making this most delicious birthday cake for me! And thank you, Lysa, Karen and Ginny, for keeping it a surprise!! What a great start to a new and wonderful year!! -Jaime
Hi there! Sanna here again. I am quite fond of the “Sriped leaves” stencil recently. A few days back I was playing around with Ink Daubers in my craft room and as I was creating all kinds of cards with them, this idea was born. I wanted to try out how they work in combination with stencils. And these two products work really well together. I really like how the cards turned out. So here they are with a little step-by-step on how I created them.
First I took a plain white card and placed the “Striped Leaves” stencil over it and next I dabbed with the Ink Daubers (pale tomato, buttercup and tide pool) color thru the stencil randomly onto the card surface.
After that I applied some glitter glue here and there for more interest.
Next I just stamped a sentiment and fussy cut it, cut some banners and inked around the edges. Then I glued the sentiment down and colored some white pearls with a green marker and the first card was all done.
For my second card background I used the stencil that was still wet with ink. I placed it the wet side down onto white watercolor paper and pressed it down with my hands pretty firmly. I wanted to have as much as possible leftover ink soak into the paper. After that I turned the stencil around and drew/outlined the leaf pattern into my card using a black pen. I also doodled some random patterns for more interest.
Next I cut a banner out of a piece of white cardstock and wrote a sentiment.
I had some leftover patterned paper pieces lying around my desk so I took a leaf stamp and stamped leaves with black ink, fussy cut them and glued them down. For additional decoration I added some pearls onto the leaves.
And this is what my cards looked like when I was finished.
I hope you have enjoyed this little step-by-step!
Hi Everyone Karenliz here.
I still carving cardboard and decided to try using the cardboard as stamps. Using the Abstract leaves stencil I carved three leaves and then cut them out of the cardboard to use them as three different stamps.
Using distress paints and water on my craft sheet I put the leaves in the paint and then onto my paper. These will not be crisp stamped images but they give you that watercolor look. I even carved a couple of green leaves out of cardstock to add to the layout.
Once the paint is dry on your new cardboard leaf stamps, you can use them again. I find the cardboard gets pretty wet and it will loose it’s stamp affect unless you let them dry. The best part is the paint build up on the cardboard because you start seeing lots of different textures. Now it’s your turn to find your cardboard and start making stamps!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hi there! Sanna here again. One of my favorite stencils from the new collection this cute leaf stencil “Striped Leaves“. I love this pattern and it is just perfect for fall cards, layouts and other projects. But it also goes really well with playground/park photos. This is my son playing in the park with all his favorite toys. I wanted to use the stencil to create a background for this photo, so I mixed some structure paste with different blueish and light green spray inks (I´ve shown how I do this on this post).
I started by applying the darkest structure paste tone with a palette knife here and there, next I just applied the lighter colours on the open spaces and that created a really nice color effect on the background. I wanted to really showcase the background so I kept the rest of the layout pretty simple.
The only additional effect here is a baby wipe I used to clean my tools. It had this really nice grass green tone, so I just tore it into pieces and glued those strips behind the photo.
I always save pieces of paper I have experimented on with stencil and colors and here I used one of those papers for creating a personalized ampersand for my title. I just doodled thru the “And So On” stencil onto the paper with a black pen and fussy cut the image.
And this is my finished layout. I hope you enjoy this little step-by-step.
See you soon,
HELP!! I desperately need to update the photo on my stencil packages!! Leave a comment below letting me know which is your favorite headshot. -thanks, Jaime
Our friends over at Canvas Corp/Tattered Angels just posted this wonderful pillow project along with the opportunity to win $50 worth of goodies if you click-and-pin to Pinterest. For info, click here.
Making the pillow is super-easy, you just need some canvas, our TCW251 Branches Reversed 12×12 stencil and a bottle of Glimmer Mist!
Hi Everyone, Karenliz here.
I wanted to make some spooky lights for a few Halloween gifts but didn’t have a die in my stash that would work. Just like carving cardboard, you can do the same thing with any paper. This time I used a manila tag, a electric tea light and chose a tile from the Moroccan Tile stencil.
I traced the stencil on the tag and then I cut out all the negative space, painted it black with a little sparkle paint on top. I added yellow and orange paint to deli paper and attached it to back of the tag. Using double stick tape I attached the tag around the tea light. I then added paper punched bats on wire and spiders, black ribbon to finished my spooky light.
The wonderful thing about these tea lights is they flicker like real candles so it almost looks like those spiders are moving around. Now go look at your stencils I bet you have one that would create something spooky!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hello there! Sanna here again with two fast and easy-to-do cards. My inspiration for these came from Pinterest. I saw a painting there that I really liked and as I was watching it, it came to my mind, that I could try and create a similar looking background for my cards.
So I just applied acrylic paint layer after layer with a foam brush, let the layers dry properly and after the paint was all dry, applied some white paint thru the “Arrows and Hearts” stencil over the larger magenta painted area for more contrast. On the other card (blue) I used the same technique and stencil, but doodled the stencil images thru the stencil by using a white pen. Then all I needed to do was to add some sequins and the sentiment for finish my cards. Fairly easy, but effective.
I should maybe also add that while I was creating these cards, we had really warm summer weather with degrees up to +38°C here in Austria. Fast and easy projects were just perfect for this kind of weather (and can also be created outside in the garden)…
While I was at it, I also made myself a little bookmark out of a card leftover piece. This one is also really easy to make. I just took the same stencil, doodled thru it with a black pen and after that just colored the images with markers. Easy peasy..
I have been using quite a few stencils on other projects during the past months. There are also some step-by-step tutorials over at my blog – so just hop over here, here and here if you want to take a look at those projects.
See you soon,
I swiped this off of Ronda’s blog post today because it was so pretty. And because I’ve been a bedouin the last week and haven’t done my post yet. Today we’re featuring Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s, BalzerBits stencil “Days of the Week”.
This is the last day of our CitrusTwist Kits blog hop. I hope you’ve had fun! Remember to leave a comment on their blog to win (but we love hearing your thoughts as well!!)
Here’s what April did, be sure to see her blog post:
Fun stuff. I’ll attempt to add more later.
I had the good fortune to meet Magdalena Muldoon during my travels and she told me all about her company, MercArt, and all of the wonderful things she does there with metal and our stencils. When I finally got to see some of her samples, I realized that I needed to share. So here goes, in Magdalena’s own words:
A little bit about us:
MercArt was founded by my mother Magdalena Barrena in Mexico City in 1970. In 2002,I moved to Texas and opened MercArt USA. It was exciting to be the first company in the US to offer the professional tools and laminated metals for Metal Embossing.
We now offer (in my humble opinion) the widest variety and best quality of tools, metals, patinas and certification workshops.
When I started using stencils, I realized they can also be used with metal and they are a fast and easy option to the more traditional Metal Embossing techniques that we have taught for decades.
Stencils have a big advantage over the embossing folders and embossing machines: they allow you to place them in any part of the metal or use just a part of the design if you want, as they are not constricted to the area of the machine or folder. You can also add textures and free hand details when working with stencils. The result looks richer and no so “machine made”.
Using navy blue aluminum and the Circle Grid & Mayan Calendar stencils, place the stencil under the aluminum and rub with a paper stump so that you can “see” the image.
After you outline each part of the design with a pointy Teflon tool, you can decorate using any decorative wheel. Be sure to work from the back, placing your project over a piece of suede. This allows the tool to leave a deep impression.
With a sanding block, remove the color from the embossed areas. Use a fiberglass tool for the small detailed areas like the circles on the sides.
Place the metal over a piece of suede on its back. Emboss or push the metal using a cup-and-ball, paper stump or wooden thumb. This will make your project “puff”.
Fill the back of the high embossed areas with Filling paste to keep their shape.
Come back on Wednesday to see more of Magdalena’s work!