Friday, February 27, 2015

Mini Masterpieces using Stamps and Stencils

I'm on the RubberMoon Arts Blog today with a tutorial using 4 x 4" Art Inchie Squares (I love them!),  my RubberMoon stamps and Stencil Girl stencils.  I have a video over there, so hop on by for a look!


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Friday, February 13, 2015

Textured Mixed Media Mini Canvases

Today I'm on the StencilGirl Talk Blog sharing a video showing how I created these mini canvases with Carolyn Dube's February StencilClub designs!

Here's a sneak peek:


Be sure to go to StencilGirl Talk to see the video and more detail pictures!

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Stretching My Brain Through Stitching and Giveaway


I'm on Stencil Girl Talk today showing some journal covers I made with the February Stencil Club stencils.  There's a video there too -- hope you'll hop over and take a look!   And there's a giveaway at the end of this blog post, so please read to the end!

Before we get started, I wanted to announce the winner of the Valentine's tag.  It is Kay Wallace!  Congrats Kay.  


The tag is on its way to you!.
After taking Kecia's and Linda's fabulous stitching and sewing class at Art is You, resulting in these prayer flag style valances, I decided to teach myself to embroider.   I found Mary Corbet's YouTube channel and started adding new embroidery stitches to my repertoire.  

I have fallen in love with using my stencils to create custom-patterened fabric.  It is so much fun to stencil on fabrics, and then use embroidery to embellish my designs.

You can see past posts about stenciling and stitching here.

Recent creations:

This is the Horned Owl stencil from Stencil Girl Products, jazzed up with different embroidery stitches.

Here is the Shiva Stencil over the Cascading Leaves Stencil with seed stitches, french knots and other embroidery stitches. 


I even put the scraps to good use, as leaves on a tree...


with elements from Traci Bautista's Tropical Floral stencil...  
Or petals on a flower.


Using words from Carolyn Dube's Uplifting Words, and my Tea (love), Doors (adventure) and Judy's Trees (Grow) stencils.

Here's what happens to these panels when I finish them!


GIVEAWAY: I also made mug mats with a bunch of the scraps.  Want one?  Leave me a comment with your email address.  I will pick someone by 9AM Friday morning!


And please hop over to Stencil Girl Talk for a step by step for how to create journals with fabric covers,  and a video for fabric printing with stencils!

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentine Tag Tutorial and Giveaway

I'm hitting a personal record this year with Valentine creations.  (To see some more, click Valentine

Make sure to leave a comment to be in the running for one of these tags!

These started when I was playing on book paper with the February Stencil Club Stencils designed by Carolyn Dube.  They are so fun.  Check out Carolyn's reveal video on the Stencil Girl Talk blog today.
 I used Golden Fluorescent Heavy Body paint to create these bright patterns.  


I ripped the pages into strips, and then wove them together on another page.



I coated both sides of my "weave" with matte medium so it would all stay together.

I free-handed a heart, traced it and cut it out of the center of several 3 x 6 manila tags.  I stamped the tags using text and music notes, and then inked up the tags using distress inks.


 I cut out rectangles of my woven paper large enough to fit behind the heart opening.


Then I adhered the rectangle to a blank tag, and stitched the two tags together.  (You could use glue.)

I embellished the tags with more stitchingand Viva Decor modeling creme dragged through various stencils, including Hearts, Flowers and More,  Traci Bautista's Tropical Floral Stencil,  and Joanne Sharpe's designs for November 2013 Stencil Club.

I added the word "Love" from my Teapots and Teacups stencil.  (Tip: Look at your stencils for little bits and pieces you can use in different projects!)


GIVEAWAY! I will giveaway one of these tags to one commenter.  Make sure to leave me your email address if you want to be considered for the giveaway.  

The giveaway for these tags is closed, and the winner is Kay Wallace! Thank you Kay.  The tag is on its way to you!
I am so grateful for the reception my RubberMoon stamps have received.  Thank you all so much for commenting on the post and telling me your three favorites.  The winner of 3 of my new stamps from RubberMoon is:

Congratulations Linda!  Email your snail mail address to me at jessicasporndesigns at gmail dot com and I will have them on their way to you!

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Friday, January 30, 2015

New Stamp Release from RubberMoon




I am beyond excited to announce that I have a brand new line of stamps available at RubberMoon Art Stamps - the Kae Pea aka Kristen Powers wonderful stamp company.  Here's a quick look:


I've been busy creating with them.  They coordinate beautifully with my stencils from Stencil Girl Products!  



Here's a short video showing me creating some of the samples above.  




GIVEAWAY:  Rubbermoon and I will giveaway 3 stamps from my collection to one commenter.  

Make sure to comment both here, and on the Rubbermoon blog, as all comments are eligible to win!  

In your comment, just tell me which 3 stamps from my line do you like best!  I can't wait to hear.  

Comments close Sunday, Feb. 1 at 10PM EST.

The Giveaway is closed and the winner is:  

Linda - please email your snail mail address to jessicasporndesigns@gmail.com!

Over the next few days, I will be sharing how I created the mini canvasses above, and more using my RubberMoon Stamps and Stencil Girl Stencils.   There are more giveaways to come, so stay tuned!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pocket Heart Valentines with Stencil Girl Stencils

I am determined to be ahead of the game this Valentine's Day.  So... I've been studiously making Valentines, as you can see from this step out tutorial on Stencil Girl Talk!












Here's a another Valentine idea for you, inspired by this fabulous project by The Frugal Crafter.   Lindsay made these cute little Valentine pockets to hold lollipops.


I immediately wanted to try this project.  Of course, I had to put an artsy, mixed media spin on them.  Here's how I made mine:

Using the "Hearts Flowers & More" stencil, I created this page using color copy paper.  (Mary Beth Shaw turned me on to this paper and I really like the weight of it.)  I have to say that I LOVE this stencil, and the Alice in Wonderland feel it has.


Using Golden Fluid Acrylic paint in Quinacridone Red and Glazing Medium, I reduced the contrast on the page, while keeping the design peeking through.


While this was drying, I carved a heart stamp, using my Speedball carving tool and carving block, and stamped up an entire page.  (To learn how to carve your own stamps, check out Julie Balzer's great online class.)


Next, I took plain 3 x 6 manilla tags and folded them almost in 1/2 to make pockets.


Using different shades of distress inks and a blending tool, and the Hearts, Flowers and More stencil, I inked up the fronts and backs of the pockets, and the sides.



I punched hearts out of my stenciled and glazed paper, and then cut out my stamped hearts.  I also stamped some other sentiments, and used a mini-tag punch to cut them out.  I layered them onto the punched hearts, and adhered everything with my UHU glue stick.


I thought about sewing up the sides, but instead sealed the sides with wash tape from my stash, and punched a hole in the bottom of each one with my Crop-a-Dile .   Now, all I need are the lollipops!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jar of Love with Stencils and Craft Attitude





This week, StencilGirl Products is blog hopping using Craft Attitude Art Film.  I'm so excited to be on day one with Mary Nasser!

You can find many exciting ideas for using this versatile film and digital art on Pinterest.  Since I don't often work with third-party collage imagery in my artwork, I decided to use my stencils without paint... in photoshop.

I created this label for a jar of hearts for Valentine's Day, but you can use this tutorial for other projects too.








To begin, I created a background using pink pastels.  This was just a little square that I repeated over and over until it filled out an 8 x 10 area.  I saved it into a file I keep on my computer, and then opened it.



I stenciled my "Hearts, Flowers and More" Design in black onto a white piece of paper to get a crisp imprint, and then scanned it into photoshop.



I digitally placed it onto my background, and inverted the design, so that the stenciled images became white against a black background.


I selected the black and deleted it, leaving only the white pattern.  I reduced the opacity a lot, until I was happy with it.  I made the design smaller, and then repeated it, flipping it in the middle.  It looked like this - pretty right?


I went through the same process with elements of the Seven Hearts Stencil.



I left the white area of the hearts much more opaque, however, and saturated the background more.


I was able to create two strips in the size I wanted for my jar, and lay them out on the dimensions of the Craft Attitude paper.  I reversed the image with the sentiment, as it will reverse again when you adhere it.


I printed out my design, trimmed it, and adhered it to a clean jar using spray adhesive.  I stenciled the Hearts, Flowers, and More onto a fabric scrap, and used another fabric scrap to tie my "bonnet" onto my jar.  It's ready to be filled with candies!


I hope this project tickled your creative fancy.  Be sure to stop by Mary Nasser's blog, and check in with Stencil Girl every day this week for links to more inspiration!

And... of course, there's an awesome giveaway!  One package of Craft Attitude film AND a $25 Stencil Girl Gift Certificate!


Make sure to comment here and on all the blogs hopping along.  All comments on each post during the hop will be entered in the giveaway. One comment per post please. The time for commenting for the giveaway ends Monday, January 26th @ 11:59PM Central Time. The winner will be posted on Stencil Girl Talk on 27th.

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