Hi Everyone, I am so excited to share another Technique & Tutorial with you! This week I am sharing a lovely Poinsettia Tray created with stamps, stencils, and paint!
I had so much fun creating this Poinsettia Tray project. I have some new products and techniques to share with you today. I am using Dreamweaver stencils for the Damask border. If you have never used them, you will love them. They are heavenly to work with because they are made from metal and have such delicate details that plastics stencils can not have. I used these stencils with the Gold Metallic Embossing paste. There is something magical about the Dreamweaver Metallic embossing pastes. You apply it to the surface and it looks a little dull, but then the air begins to dry it and it turns into such a gorgeous gold metallic. At the end of the tutorial I share some important tips and techniques that will really help the end result when using these products.
Stampendous® – Jumbo Poinsetta stamp
Stampendous® – Vintage Note stamp
Stampendous® – Perfectly Clear Acrylic Handles
Dreamweaver – LX7001 stencil and Embossing paste, Gold
DecoArt Americana® acrylics- Avocado, Antique Gold, Black Green, Burnt Umber, Camel, Country Red, Evergreen, Hauser Medium Green, Lamp Black, Light Buttermilk, Light Cinnamon, Napa Red, Plantation Pine, Raw Sienna, Snow White
DecoArt – Multi-Purpose Sealer, Easy Float, & DuraClear Matte Varnish
Faber Castell -Black “XS” PITT artist pen (marker)
Surface- tray available from Michaels, mixed media paper to fit inside tray
Brushes- 0 & 2 Monza dome round brushes from Debbie Cole’s Creative Blending set available at www.debbiecole.com , variety of flats, Round size #3, #00 liner
cosmetic Sponge Wedges ( without oils or lotions)
1. Prepare the wood tray with sealer, sand lightly, then wipe with dampened cheese cloth. Measure and mark the mixed media paper to create a rectangle in the middle of the paper. Basecoat the inside of the rectangle with Light Buttermilk. The other perimeter of the paper and the tray are based with Avocado.
2. Tape along the outside of the light rectangle. Stamp this section with the Vintage Note stamp using Camel. Float around the perimeter with Camel reinforced with Antique Gold. My video on how to create interesting backgrounds shows the technique that I used . Simply click on the photo to view.
3. Stamp the poinsettia and greens with Light Cinnamon. Paint the evergreens with lines of all the green colors dark to light. Wash in the leaves with Hauser Medium Green. Float with same color and reinforce with Avocado. Add additional darks where needed with Evergreen. The following is a video on how I load stamps with paint:
4. Wash over the poinsettia and berries with Country red with thinned paint. Float to shade with same color. Add additional shades with Napa Red. Highlight with Country Red + Antique Gold (1:1). Reinforce with Antique Gold. Shade stems with Burnt Umber and highlight with Camel.
5. Completely cover the inner rectangle with paper. Tape the stencil down in the upper corner and spread the Gold embossing paste, lift, and allow the paste to dry. Lay the stencil over the embossed damask area and align. Repeat until the entire border is completed.
Tips and Techniques
Here are some tips and techniques about the stencils and embossing pastes.
1. Allow the paste to air dry about forty minutes rather than heat setting it. The paste will look dull, but as it air dries, it will turn into a beautiful metallic gold. It can be heat set, but it puffs up a little when using an embossing gun so I just let it air dry.
2. It is very important to use tape on the stencil to keep it pushed down to the surface so there are no gaps for the paste to seep under. Apply the tape to one edge and then to the sides. As soon as the paste has been applies, remove the side tape and then use the one piece of tape that is left as a hinge and slowly lift the stencil like opening a book.
3. Use a large palette knife or spatula to apply the embossing paste. If at possible use just one stroke. The more that the palette is stroked over the stencil increase the chance for bleeding to occur.
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