Subtle backgrounds with stencils!!

How to use your stencils in a very gorgeous resist technique?

I’ll show you how to get very subtle backgrounds… TCW stencils background resist flowe- Ellie Knol (8)

This second background has been made of the leftovers of one of the steps, yes, really!

Please join me in the process!!  TCW stencils background resist flowe- Ellie Knol (10)

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Here you are, following the steps in the process: 
Start with a piece of scrapbook paper. the size of what it will have to be in the end. You can choose any color, with or without script, it doesn’t even have to be pretty! This is a gorgeous way to use all your scrapbook paper you wouldn’t use otherwise!!
TCW stencils background resist flowe- Ellie Knol (1)

Apply some versamark with a blending tool through your stencil…TCW stencils background resist flowe- Ellie Knol (2)

….  and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
TCW stencils background resist flowe- Ellie Knol (3)

Apply a thin coat of white acrylic paint over the background. Leave to dry. In the meantime: heat up your iron.
TCW stencils background resist flowe- Ellie Knol (4)

When the background is dry, cover the background with some ordinary printer paper, and iron over it, allowing the heat embossing to melt, and soak into the paper, whilst removing the acrylic paint that’s on top of the heat embossing as well. Remove the paper from the background..(keep this for a second background!!)

This is what it will look like: a bit grungy, vintagy, revealing the scrapbook paper’s colors!!
At this stage you might have thought of using more colorful paper might be another option! Yes, the sky is the limit with this technique… also using a different stencil is giving endless possibilities of course!
TCW stencils background resist flowe- Ellie Knol (5)

Adhere the printer paper from the previous step to some sturdy paper to get a second background, which looks like this after sponging it with distress inks. The heat embossing /acrylic paint acts as a resist!
TCW stencils background resist flowe- Ellie Knol (6)

Now you’ve got these two backgrounds… don’t you just love the imprint the stencil left?
TCW stencils background resist flowe- Ellie Knol (7)

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This is what I’ve made with these two backgrounds.
For both I stamped the flower image onto a separate piece of cardstock and cut it out. I also stamped a script stamp onto the background before I adhered the flower to the background.
TCW stencils background resist flowe- Ellie Knol (8)
A close-up of the background, I LOVE it!
TCW stencils background resist flowe- Ellie Knol (9)

This is how the second card has ended up!
TCW stencils background resist flowe- Ellie Knol (10)

Hope you like it! Till next time!

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

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STENCILS USED:

TCW536 Postcard 6×6

9 thoughts on “Subtle backgrounds with stencils!!

  1. Beautiful! Thanks for some inspiration! I have a few papers that I’m not too fond of that would be great for this technique.

  2. Thank you for sharing this fun technique. Such a great way to use up extra papers that just may not be too exciting. However, I have question…what do you use to clean the Versa Mark off of your Stencil? Thank you again

      1. o, sorry, it’s about the stencil… I put it on a flat surface, and then clean it with a little bit of dishwasher and some warm water with a soft brusjh, and then rinse it under the tap with luke warm water. Works well.

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