Saturday, 3 May 2014

Make a Stencil from a Die

Lovely of you to stop over at my Blog this May Bank Holiday weekend and a warm welcome to my new followers. I have exciting news to share with you all which is at the bottom of this post.
Thanks for all the comments last week on my Wagon, I was delighted to hear how much you all loved it.

I used a little  frame for my project purchased from a bargain shop giving it a coat of Gesso sanding it back and rubbing on a little distress paint.

Using a sheet of Acetate I cut out my French Lattice Small Frame die. I now had a stencil. The idea in my head was I wanted to make my background look like an old Antique Delft Tile and thought this die would be perfect to use.

I layered some texture paste over my newly made stencil onto the back of the frame and once dry gave it a coat of Gesso to seal. I then stamped little Butterflies all over in different angles. Next placing my stencil back onto my work  I brushed on some crackle paint. This way the paint only went onto the little tiles. When this had dried I rubbed some distress ink into the cracks. Don’t you think it looks like an old tile now ? 

I used the Shasta Daisy to make some lovely bright flowers adding some Distress Ink into the centre of them along with a little  Flower Soft. The little buds were made using the same die but instead of layering up this time I just crushed the paper at the base on one layer and placed in at an angle.

Now for my news - After finishing my Guest Design spot for April with Cheery Lynn Designs, I was ecstatic to be asked by BJ and Sandy to join the wonderful Design Team.  I am so excited to continue sharing my ideas using their amazing dies with everyone – Dreams do come True. They have a weekly challenge which you can win $20 to spend in their shop on some new dies.

Hope you all have a creative weekend,


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  1. Julie, this is just phenomenally lovely! Your creations never fail to delight me and your talents just flourish! I love, love, love this frame and the stencil you used; it's so beautiful and the addition of the hinges just finish it off perfectly. Spring truly is represented with it! Congrats on your post as DT member! How lovely that your dreams are coming true! I always knew they would! Julie Ann xxx

  2. You really do have the most wonderful ideas Julie and this project is another fabulous one. It really does look like tiles! Congratulations on joining Cheery Lynn Designs although I am not a bit surprised that they snapped you up! You have a wonderful talent! Anne xx

  3. What a stunning creation - many thanks for taking the time join in with the That's Crafty! Challenge.

  4. Another amazing creation Julie, your work really is beautiful. I'm in awe of it actually, I look at your beautiful work and I would like to try a bit of mixed media, but I'm just a bit unsure about it.
    Congratulations on being asked to be a design team member for Cheery Lynn, you deserve it!

  5. How cute. You did a terrific job. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Love your box frame Julie. The embellishment are so beautiful and the daisy arrangement is stunning. Congratulations on your new DT post too. You deserve it more than anyone. Enjoy your weekend. Hugs Rita xxx

  7. Before I read any of the text I immediately thought of Delft tiles. It is a stunning alteration from that bargain shop frame into something so exquisite.
    Julie, I am thrilled to read that you are now a DT member and what an asset you will be to them.

  8. Wow Julie! Fabulous box frame, some very clever crafting going on with this piece, I love that you made your own stencil and replacing it and adding crackle paste is a brilliant idea! Love your finished piece. Thank you for joining the ePlay challenge this month . Good luck toni xx

  9. Such a great piece of art, wonderful details.

  10. What a fantastic way to play with stencils. I love ink in crackle paint!!!!

    Thanks for playing along with the ePlay challenge. Good luck!

  11. Ohhhh!! what a gorgeous project and clever way to use the dies!! Jaw dropping gorgeous project Julie!! xo xo

  12. Absolutely adorable Julie...awesome texture and I love what you did with frame, distressing is fantastic! Hugs from Slovenia

  13. Thank you so much for your comment on my blog Julie, and WOUW you have made a pretty old tile, and all the beautiful butterflies and homemade flowers in this wonderful list .... brilliant!!!I translate my Dutch in a translation program, is for you might be easier to read congratulations on your DT spot at Cairns Lynn and good luck and fun!
    Lots of greetings by Gerie

  14. Wow, I was blown away. Love how this turned out. Especially the background. Absolutely AWESOME! Thanks so much for playing along with the eTeam in our May ePlay Challenge!!!!

  15. what a lovely shadow box Julie! Your background technique looks wonderful - and how creative to make your own stencil! Thank you for joining us in the eclectic Paperie ePlay challenge!

  16. Just gorgeous! Thanks for joining in with our That's Crafty Spring challenge.
    Fliss x

  17. This is gorgeous, Julie - that crackle texture is just brilliant, just like old tiles. Beautiful flowers!
    Alison x

  18. Julie, LOVE how you made the BG look like a distressed tile! Gorgeous 3-D effect, too! Fab creation! THX for playing with our ePlay Challenge at eclectic Paperie!

  19. Stunning make Julie and huge congratulations on being invited to CL design team - its a wonderful match for you and CL - very well done and deserved. Nicola x

  20. Oh my gosh! What a brilliant idea to create a stencil out of your background die! (smacking head with hand!) Talk about a DUH moment! LOL!
    Your frame is absolutely amazing! I LOVE butterflies, and I absolutely LOVE what you have created here!
    Thank you SO much for participating in our ePlay stencil challenge!
    Congrats on the new design team position too, btw!!!


Thanks for visiting, I love to read your comments so I know you have stopped by and look forward to visiting your blog.

Julie x


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