August 5, 2015

Stencil Lust

Over the past few months I have become the "journaler" that I always wanted to be. I love to get lost on the pages of a spread and let my creativity take over. Stencils are a great way to add so much to a page. I lucked out getting these new stencils from Alpha Stamps

I guess I am fond of items containing skulls and skeletons. Most of the items on this journal spread are from Alpha Stamps. I added some vintage goodies like the old prescription and skeleton images from a french dictionary. 

Maybe it is because of my day to day battles with migraines and cervical dystonia. It tends to come out in my work at times as a way to cope. Which is another great reason to do journaling. 

I also did a couple of really simple projects with my new stencils. 

Black and white paint, some paper bags and a little trim made for a Halloween mantle. I also used some Grungeboard to create a cool banner. I love working with this stuff, the texture feels like leather and as you can see, is easily embossed. I used my good old Big Shot and Noble Rook Embossing Folder from Spellbinders.  

I placed some faux candles into the white bags which looks amazing. I will be placing these in my windows for Halloween, muahaha · muahahahaha · mwah ha ha

The detail on this bat stencil is fabulous! I have some other ideas for this little guy!

When using the stencils, I experimented with different inks and paint. While journaling, I used a Color Box small white ink pad. The spray inks (some from Lindys Starburst Sprays) I used were fresh, still a little damp, so they bled through the white ink beautifully. For the banner I used a make up sponge lightly dabbed into the paint. I didn't want the paint to bleed under the stencil and make blobs, so this method worked perfectly. 

To make the embossed area pop, I gently rubbed over the embossed page with a Real Black Versa Craft Pigment Ink Pad. To blend this banner piece in with the others, I used a white gelly pen to outline most of the embossed areas. I used some black sweeper fringe and black and gold cord to decorate and hang my banner. I think I will keep it there year round though. That's just the kind of gal I am. And check out the cool skull cameo. There are several to choose from including the Siamese Twins from my journal page. Be sure to check them out as well as all the other cool goodies at Alpha Stamps and happy creating! 

Supplies Used
Dark Words Collage Sheet
Grungeboard - Basics Plain 

1 comment:

Sandy said...

Wonderful!!! You are really living what I ultimately want to do -- I love Halloween - so much fun - so tongue in cheek! I just found the Alpha Stamp site and I am head over heels in love. Fantastic site.
Love your journal pages Sugar and I can't wait to start mine!!

Sandy xx