Stencils aren’t just for mists and inks

Jun 20, 2013

Friendship Tag

When I see all the awesome things my friend Ronda Palazzari creates with her stencil line I am absolutely amazed. I saw her in action while visiting her a few months ago and there is a reason why she wears a full apron and I wear a half apron. I am so not a messy kinda girl but I do love great stencil designs, I just go about using them differently. This is just another way we are so similar yet so different. We  use a lot of the same products just in very different manners.

Textured Background

Since Ronda is currently off traveling the world and spending time with her family she asked if I would create a tutorial for her blog. So I decided to show you how I achieved the textured background  for this tag. You might recognize the patterns on the background as they are two of  Ronda’s stencils but I bet you don’t know who I got the embossed look. I’ll let you know when this tutorial is posted so you can check out her blog  the day my creative secrets are shared. Honestly, I thought it was going to be today but I was wrong, very, very wrong.

S how about I tell you about some of my favorite embellishments featuring new and old products. You are going to love the New Maya Road products debuting at CHA-S. They are awesome and you are going to want every single one.

Plaster Frozen Charlotte Doll

I love accenting projects using Petaloo Petite Cotton Paper Flowers as they are the perfect size to fill small areas beautifully. The new Maya Road Cream Pearl Ball Pins are now one of my new crafting staples. They are awesome.  And there is always a spot for a Tim Holtz Memo Pin. I love knotting a small piece of Twine Cording around the pick. It accents the pin perfectly. And the new Maya Road Twine Cording Tiramisu is another new favorite. You will be seeing this used a lot in future projects. The color is awesome. And lets talk about that Frozen Charlotte Doll, I created her from plaster then applied Biscotti Perfect Pearls over the entire doll. I LOVE the way it looks. Really the photo does not do it justice.

Petaloo Flowers

The Petaloo Petite Cotton Paper Flowers are altered using Plum and Gold Perfect Pearls. All you  need to do is apply Plum Perfect Pearls all over the flower using a Tim Holtz Fine Detail Tip Water Brush. Then accent the edges of each petal with Gold Perfect Pearls applied with a Tim Holtz Fine Detail Tip Water Brush. Super simple. To take the flower to the next level add a small amount of Diamond Stickles to each flower stamen. This completes the flowers beautifully and adds additional sparkle that looks great with the Maya Road Vintage Jewel Iridescent Diamond Rhinestone Trim.

The embellishment you see opposite of the flowers is a new Maya Road Vintage Bronze Amber Pearl Metal Trinket. This little beauty is a wonderful embellishment to accent any project. And I LOVE Eileen Hull’s Doily, Lace Medallion Die from Sizzix. This is the die I used to create the book page doily. Eileen’s die is great for cutting doilies out of all kinds of different items… muslin, ledger paper, book pages, sheet music, fabric, chipboard, really just about anything!

Maya Road Pearl Bead Chain and Spool

The piece dangling from the tag under the Maya Road Vintage Buttermilk Tu-Tu Tulle is made from a strand of Maya Road 6mm Pearl Bead Chain they have an 8mm size too and a Maya Road Vintage Chunky Spool. I altered the spool by wrapping a strip of paper from a vintage book page around the center then applied a thin layer of EnviroTex Jewelry Resin on top. Before applying the resin I sealed the book page with a small amount of Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage. I did not want to seal it completely as I wanted the resin to seep underneath some areas of the book page. If you do not want this look apply several layers of Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage on top of the book page allowing it to dry in between coats.

I love embellishments and discovering new techniques so it was super fun creating this altered tag. Let me know what you think.


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  • Beth W

    I was looking at stencils in HL today-but didn’t see any I liked.I’ll have to check out Ronda’s.I really want to start playing with them.

  • Theresa Grdina

    GREAT textured background!! But even more, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the finished product!!