Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Experimenting with Leaves and a WINNER!

September already!?!?  Yikes.  Marjie Kemper here, experimenting today with Teri Stegmiller's 6X6 Leaves stencil:

I started out with a jumbo manila tag colored with Ranger's Distress Stains and water:

I added Salty Ocean Distress Ink through the leaves stencil

And it looked like this:

I couldn't decide where to go with the tag, so I added more color with MaryBeth Shaw's Web Stencil. It's one of my favorite stencils for adding random patterns and interest in backgrounds.

Out of the tag, I die-cut the Postage Stamp Frame by Tim Holtz/Sizzix. I forgot to take a picture of that, but wanted to mention it since that's what gives the neat edging on the diecut piece.  I liked the way the hole reinforcer looked on the leftover piece, so I cut it into a little tag as an accent.

Once I moved over to my art journal, I got busy creating a background with paints, stamps, and stencils. I started with paint through parts of MaryBeth's Rafters Stencil, then added a pale green paint with a baby wipe, more of Teri's leaves, and some script stamping.

I painted the page and the diecut shape with a coat of Quin Gold mixed with Acrylic Glazing Liquid, and ran my diecut letters (Sizzix Typeset die) through my Xyron® 1.5” Create-a-Sticker:

Here's a peek at that edging.  The black mat and the black letters are dry embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.

I really like the way Teri's leaves stencil brings the whole thing together, from the background to the focal point.

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The winner was picked from our Creative Team Member, Corrine Gilman's Blog!
Janelle R.
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  1. A stunning make Marjie and thanks for the great step by step, love this!!

  2. I really like how the leaves look in blue! Great looking projects!!!

  3. Love that jumbo tag. wouldn't mond a whole string of them haning in the window. xox

  4. Wonderful step X step tutorial! Stunning tag, Marjie! Love the process!

  5. A wonderful tutorial Margie and I just love how you created so many layers using the stencils on your gorgeous tag! Hugs, Anne x

  6. This is gorgeous and I love the tutorial - thanks for sharing!

  7. Love love live this! Gorgeous is right! Thanks for the inspiration. :-)

  8. I am really loving this leaf stencil! Great project!
    Janelle R

  9. Such creative use of stencils, Marjie!! That leaf stencil is going to be versatile, to be sure! Love it for both backgrounds and borders. I just received my first order of stencils from StencilGirl and I am so inspired by what you have done here that tomorrow I will work with mine! Thanks for this great step-by-step tutorial!

  10. Love the stencils and colors you used. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Congrats Janelle.

    I love these leaves! Wonderful design. Great fun post!


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