Sunday, December 13, 2009

Vintage Stenciling for Christmas Cheer

When I was a kid, my mom created her own stencils and my sister and I spent hours making stenciled cards, fabric, and towels--anything we could. Stampin' Up! added a line of stencils to the Definitely Decorative Line and I knew right away that I wanted to make some tiles. Then, I lucked out and found these tiles (as leftovers from the tiling in our house last winter).

Ink: Ruby Red Craft Ink, Handsome Hunter Craft Ink, Ballet Blue Craft Ink, Chocolate Chip Craft Ink, Encore Silver Ink
Accessories: Vintage Ornaments Decor Stencils, Sponge Daubers, a 12 x 12 tile, Join the Cheer Stampin' Up! Sizzlet Decorative Strip Die, Whisper White Vinyl Sheets, Decorative Strip Spacer, Decorative Strip Cutting Pads

How cool is that! I started with the ornaments, then added the "greenery." These stencils are durable and ornate all at the same time. I simply daubed the ink over the stencil opening and created the effect I wanted. Many times in stenciling the edges are darker than the middles--it's "the look" of stencils, but I like solids. The ink isn't dry yet in the picture below, but I could layer the other stencil and do my work! If I made a mistake, I just had to use a baby wipe to clear the tile and I could start over.

To create the words, I had a huge problem. First, I only had Whisper White Decor Element Vinyl, which looked goofy with the vintage feel of the tiles. Second, I needed something for the bottom of the tile. I love the peace and joy from the Join the Cheer Die, so I used the words, but as a reverse stencil:

The final step was to put the tile in the oven at 250 degrees for about 20 minutes to heat set the ink.

Wishing you peace and joy and creativity!

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