Cut It Out II

GPP Street Team Crusade 19

Michelle Ward has challenged us to “Cut it out” by making our own stencils this month! Now last month, stamp carving opened up a whole new world for me and this month is no different. I’ve been really busy at home (working) and also making the Row Houses for our swap, having committed myself to posting them to Jeri 3rd week in April as they’ll possibly take a couple of weeks to arrive… so I haven’t really been at liberty to try my hand at stencils. However, look at this:

I drew them freehand on a sheet of fairly thin acetate and cut them out with a swivel-headed craft knife. The tutorial which Michelle has written on her site is so comprehensive, there are loads more things I want to do with this and I managed to cut out all the arrows intact, so that I can use them as ‘masks’ aswell… 2 tools in one!

So I had to make ‘art’ with these stencils, didn’t I? Okay, here’s a very ‘free’ layout I did, which took on a life of its own and I let it take me where it has… it’s my entry for Wednesday Stamper’s challenge – “Arrows”. I tried sponging inks through the arrows and green acrylic paint to see what results I got and then stamped onto them using a foam PM swirl stamp with Encore Brilliance copper – it’s very thick and sticky, almost never dries unless you heat set it, but it’s such a gorgeous rich colour, I find it hard to resist!

I added doodling with a black Sharpie and a white Sakura gel pen. The photo is a really naff pic of me over 20 years ago, standing in the garden at my parents’ house in Spain. The phrase, “Dude, where’s my luggage?” kept popping into my head, so I went with it! It’s sort of suggested by the tag shapes I drew round the arrows, their directionality and the silly photo. I get it, do you?


Faces for TGIF

I’ve been busy with imagery for stamps I want to make and researching stencil burners for this month’s Crusade (I blame Michelle Ward for such a fab tutorial!) and this evening I drilled some dominos – big and small for keyrings and earrings!

I was using some new Cherry Pie Artstamps which I hadn’t played with before because this week’s theme at TGIF is “Faces”. Here’s what I’ve completed and prepped:


Here’s the finished keyring in a little more detail:


The little heart charm reads “Made with love” and was in a generous bag of assorted stuff that Ali from Auntys forum sent me for my birthday – thanks hun! And from the same bag is a tiny silver key which you can almost see laying along the lady’s shawl. I’ve used Diamond glaze to seal the domino and added a few accent beads for texture!

Cheeky Little Torso!

I have made this sexy little number as my entry for Created By Hand’s ‘stencils’ challenge and Aunty’s Toppers, Tags & ATCs challenge (*New*) – #1 which is to use ‘Birthday’ in the artwork. Here’s the Torso-tag:

Irresistible Today!

I made a stencil by stamping the Goddess (Cherry Pie Artstamps) onto acetate and cutting it out. I smudged gold ink through it and heat embossed the whole image! Added the bling and those peeloff words – incidentally, the word ‘Irresistible’ is spelled with an ‘a’, duh! Wonder where those came from!

The birthday tag is attached with the black paperclip to the back of the torso and reads: “Happy Birthday Goddess!”

Happy Birthday Goddess!

The faux crocodile stuff was the covering on an old jewellery box I stripped!! The pull-out drawers were removed and hold some of my inkpads and the lower drawer is like my ‘project-on-the-move’ tray! Never waste anything, particularly the good stuff! 😉