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Xyron and Stencil Girl fun!

It’s time for another faboo blog hop from Xyron, and this week they’re partnered up with Stencil Girl.

To be honest, I hadn’t really heard of Stencil Girl before a few weeks ago, but I have quite a few things that I’d like to add to my collection of scrappy stuff after visiting their site :)  Doesn’t take much for me, does it?  Any excuse to shop.  (Now I just need the cash for all that stuff, right?)

Today I have three projects to share with you.  I altered a camera bag, I made a layout, and I made a card.  (That last one includes a tutorial).  Now, I’m not a stencil expert or anything, but I do like them a lot.  Using stencils with your Xyron is the best!  With the repositionable adhesive, you can stencil on anything and you really get a great image.  Let’s get started!

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Stencils can add so much interest to a project.  I used one main color on the shapes in the stencil, then added more color all over the background with the mists.  I just added a little bit of interest around the photos with some paper and embellishments because I wanted to keep the stencils mostly visible to really show them off.  Even with drying time, this came together pretty quickly.

Now, I have an altered canvas camera bag by Donna Downey!  This was a lot of fun, and I honestly think I’ll end up continuing to add things to it for a while :)  There’s a ribbon store I need to visit and this bag would look really pretty with some ribbon on it!

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Keep in mind that this is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this (nothing like jumping right in there!), but I was going for a sort of ombre effect with it being darker at the top and lighter at the bottom.  I added some splatter with the black color because I liked the look of it (the bottles of spray stuff that I bought had directions for doing this).  Let me show you some of the things I used:

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These are the kind of paints that I bought.  Very easy to use and available in a lot of colors at my local craft store.

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I used a circle cut from chipboard as well as some chipboard rectangles for masking.  You have to mask around your stencils!  (More on that later).

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The only thing I taped off on the actual bag was the tag.  I wanted it to stay its original color.

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These are out of order, but I first taped off the parts of the stencil that I wasn’t going to use (I did a little experimenting and eyeballing to figure out what I did want to use) with painter’s tape.  After that was done, I ran the stencil through my Xyron 900 with the repositionable cartridge in.  Then it was just a matter of masking and painting (in the garage over some newspaper).  I did also wipe the top of the stencil down in between sprays with a paper towel to keep the paint from just pooling up on the top of the stencil.

Now, for the main tutorial event.  A birthday card!

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I love the color on this card, and it is so much fun to be able to create a color palette with mists.  You can make anything you want!

Here’s how I did it:

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I misted all over the front of the card, and this shows how.  I had already run my stencil through the Xyron 900, so it was covered in repositionable adhesive.  I just had to stick it on the card where I wanted the shapes to be, then use some cheapo cardstock to mask off the rest of the card to keep it from getting any overspray.  I even used a little painter’s tape to help keep it in place because the cardstock wants to warp when it gets wet.

 

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There are a couple more photos, one with the card unmasked so you can see how I placed the stencil, and one with the mists and my mess :)

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Ta-da!  That’s it with the stenciling all done and with some all-over mist and splatter done.  Now for the embellishing!

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I then attached the flag shape to another piece of patterned paper and trimmed it.  I inked the edges just enough to add some definition, then I attached them to each other and to the card with some of my homemade foam adhesive tape. (You can see it in the first picture with the stickers).

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I decided that this card needed some ribbon, so I attached a piece of box-pleated satin goodness with some of the Xyron High Tack Tape.  It makes it easy to get it right where you want it and in a straight line if you add the tape to the card first and then add the ribbon over it.

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Now it’s button time!  I love buttons, and these cute guys from October Afternoon are some of my favorites.  I chose three that looked good with the colors on the card and stuck them on there with some Xyron Adhesive Dots.  After this step I also added a couple of staples with my new Teresa Collins stapler.  They’re just on the ribbon and it was a  fabulous time!  Love my new toy! :D

Well, that’s it.  One more look…

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I took my pictures outside today because the weather was so nice.  Thank goodness for the end of summer.  I have been done with the heat for about a month and the chill in the air makes me happy.

Well, I’ll be back soon with more projects, including some things that I’ve been working on around the house!  Thanks for stopping by!

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