Thursday, 25 June 2015

CC&S #130: Sweet Poppy Stencils, Translucent Paste & Micro Beads

Lizy has given us a nice uncomplicated sketch at CAS Colours and Sketches and I have combined my DT card with three other challenges this week. I like to try and design to the sketch we have been given as far as possible and this week it has given me the chance to use my recently acquired stitched rectangle dies.

The technique of using stencilling/pastes features in two challenges this week; Theme week #229 at Less Is More and Game #42 at AAA Cards. I taped my stencil onto my die-cut rectangle having printed a computer-generated sentiment. I then inked gently through the stencil using two different colours of distress inks. I removed and washed the stencil leaving the ink to dry. Then I replaced the stencil and applied some translucent paste. Carefully removing the stencil I covered the image with micro beads and left it to dry overnight. I absolutely fell in love with this technique having first discovered it on Eileen Godwn's blog and then watching the lovely Lucy from Sweet Poppy Stencils demoing at a show. I especially like how the tiny beads also stick to the sides of the paste where it is raised giving a beautiful translucent outline to the image. Some of the stencil is too narrow to ink through successfully but when finished this gives a lovely clear accent to the coloured areas.

Inspiration for the colours has come from CAS-ual Fridays CFC: #140 Michelle's Idea of Summer where we are challenged to create a CAS project using tan, white and one bright colour.

I mounted the finished image onto a piece of tan linen cardstock using some twine at the base of the image to tie in with Lizy's sketch and then onto a white card blank.

Supplies Used:
Die: Stitched Rectangle Layers (Memory Box)
Stencil: Dove (Sweet Poppy Stencils)
Inks: Broken China & Antique Linen (TH Distress)
Paste: Translucent Paste (Sweet Poppy Stencils)
Beads: Clear Micro Glass Beads (Creative Expressions)
Sentiment Font: Bodoni MT
Snippets: White & tan linen cardstock, Turquoise baker's twine

Thanks Lizy for a fantastic month of colours and sketches. Hope you'll have time to play with this week's sketch!

Stef x


  1. Well you've certainly put your new stitched die to good use and I love the shadowy effect the micro beads give to your image. Brilliant!

  2. That technique with the microbeads is stunning and I've not seen it done like that before! It must look amazing in real life. I hope your daughter is still enjoying New Zealand, even though she's in the thick of winter now. Thanks so much for the chance have a guest designer spot - it's been fantastic and no doubt you'll see me playing along again in the future.

  3. Simply beautiful, love the design, love the colours, occasion and the stencil and sparkle is awesome.
    Thanks for playing along at both AAA Cards and Less is More. Sarah

  4. I've just zoomed in on your second, what a great effect with those micro beads and well done for 'letting things dry'...I'm so impatient! haha
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Anita x
    Less is More

  5. That's beautiful! The peace dove is stunning. I haven't seen mirco beads like this before. Thanks so much for sharing & playing AAA Cards Paste & or Stencil. Cheers, Victoria Lavender

  6. Very creative, such a beautiful effect with the stencilling and the, micro beads. Just beautiful
    Louise dx

  7. Wow! I haven't seen the combination of embossing paste and microbeads before and I love it! The image is so beautiful - especially with the contrasting colours! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful card with us at AAA Cards! Jill

  8. What a great stencil and really nice card, so glad you were able to play along at AAA Cards

  9. Wow, Stef! The combination of ink and beads gives stunning results! Fabulous job here!

  10. Catching up on my comments, sorry this is so late!
    Stef what a really pretty creation!
    Thanks for joining us last week
    Less is More

  11. Absolutely gorgeous effect with the paste and microbeads. Bog WOW! and what a lovely card for a christening. Just beautiful. Thanks for linking up and playing with us at AAA Cards.