Holiday Gift Idea: Stenciled Photo Album
By Judi Kauffman for StencilGirl Products
Shhhhhh…Don’t tell ! I made this stenciled album for my husband as a holiday surprise.
This project is very easy to customize. Pick any two stencils that you feel would work well together, choose a color palette for paints and two substrates (one for spine and corners, the other for the background). Choose alphabet and/or number dies that will allow you to spell out words to fit the space (or a date or monogram).
Experiment. Change the paints and/or stencils during this first phase. When pleased, work on the actual wrap.
The album I chose is called a PhotoKeep. It has a clear sleeve to protect the decorative wrap, the wrap incorporates front and back covers and spine all in one long piece.
1. Choose two stencils – an allover pattern and a graphic, linear design as shown, or any pair that pleases your eye.
2. For the size album shown, cut or piece together a strip of lightweight paper measuring 4.5” x 15.5”. Using double-sided tape, adhere two pieces of lightweight cork measuring 4.5” x 7.75” to the long paper strip with the ‘join’ at the center. The backing paper adds durability – cork sheets are relatively fragile. (PhotoKeep albums come in a variety of sizes. For other sizes, remove the manufacturer’s printed sheet from the protective sleeve, measure it, and start with those dimensions for the stenciled wrap.)
3. Use a stencil brush and the allover pattern stencil with Traditional Burnt Sienna and Black Plum to paint the entire length of the long cork strip as shown above. Work one half at a time. The area where the two pieces of cork join will not show on the finished project.
4. Cut a 2.5” x 4.5” piece of wood paper for the spine and four 1.5” corner pieces. Dry brush spine and corner pieces with Sea Breeze and Black Plum, allowing much of the wood grain to remain visible. Allow to dry. Stencil corner pieces with ladder pattern in Lamp/Ebony Black. Stencil spine piece with ladder pattern in Black Plum. Allow to dry. Repeat ladder pattern with Lamp/Ebony Black, using an almost dry brush and offsetting the pattern slightly so the first layer of pattern and the other colors remain visible.
5. To add words, a greeting, date or monogram to the front of the album, die cut letters or numbers from Ruby Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz (or other color of choice), backed with double-sided adhesive sheet prior to die cutting. Lightly sand to bring out the silver core color of the Shimmer Sheetz and tone down the shine and/or dry brush with Ebony/Lamp paint (‘CAPE’ is sanded, ‘COD’ is dry brushed). TIP: Choose smaller letters for longer words, letters shown are a tad over 2” tall and only 5 would fit unless they overlap quite a bit. (Review Els van de Burgt’s YouTube tutorial if you have not previously die-cut Shimmer Sheetz as a metal adaptor plate is required.)
6. Adhere spine and corner pieces; arrange and adhere the letters or numbers.
7. Open the album very wide (until the clear protective sleeve is loosened from the rigid portion of the album) and tuck the completed stenciled wrap under the clear sleeve.
For a mixed media effect go for more layering and instead of working on cork dry brush a trio of paints onto light color handmade mulberry paper backed with lightweight cardstock. When dry, stencil with a mix of the same three colors. See below:
Americana Acrylics in Sea Breeze, Black Plum, Lamp/Ebony Black, Traditional Burnt Sienna (DecoArt)
Lightweight cork sheet 12 x 12 (DCWV)
BARC Wood – Cherry 8.5 x 11 (ARC Crafts)
Shimmer Sheetz in Ruby Gemstone (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Large Letters Framelits dies (Stampin’ Up!)
Double-sided adhesive sheet (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
PhotoKeep 4 x 6 (UniKeep)