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SWEET POPPY STENCILS & STENCIL MEDIUM

 INSTRUCTIONS FOR SWEET POPPY STENCILS & STENCIL MEDIUM

 

We use embossing paste and not the double side adhesive technique as this may damage your stencil if you are not careful.

 

  • Place your card onto a magnetic sheet then place your stencil onto the card. Use a quality smooth card (approx. 250gsm +) when working with Stencil Dimension Medium. Secure the stencil firmly in place with masking tape, ensuring that the stencil is completely flat and in contact with the card, a magnetic sheet under the card ensures the metal stencil is held tight to the card. Apply tape, two pieces to the top and bottom and one piece on the sides of the stencil; you are now ready to apply your paste.

 

  • Scoop a generous amount of paste (Stencil Dimensions Medium) onto the top of the tape. With the spreader in a smooth action in one direction sweep down making sure that you apply a gentle pressure in the middle of the spreader, ensure that the entire stencil is covered, then a second smooth sweep will ensure all the residue paste is taken off the stencil, only do this action 1 to 2 times as over swiping can push the paste under the stencil put all the excess paste back in the pot to be re-used. It is just like screen printing! 

          DO NOT OVERWORK THE STENCIL.

 

  • Carefully remove the masking tape from the bottom and sides but leave the top tape to act as a hinge and gently lift off the stencil. Place the used stencil straight into warm soapy water to wash at the end.

 

Glitter, Flock, Ultra-fine Flowersoft Technique

At this stage if you are going to apply glitter etc. to your image you need to sprinkle over as soon as the stencil is removed but only use ultra-fine or super fine glitters. Always have your glitters ready before you apply the paste as you have limited time to play before the paste starts to dry or form a top skin!

 

Gilding with Gilding Flakes Technique

If you are going to gild the image then once you have applied the paste and removed the stencil you must leave the image to dry.

The length of time will vary depending on the size of stencil etc., the larger stencils we find are best to be left for a few hours.

When you are ready to gild replace the cleaned stencil ensuring that it is exactly over the image, again use masking tape to secure.

Using a small stencil brush dip into the Wunda size DO NOT overload brush, if too much Wunda size is used it may seep under the stencil and Gild will stick to the excess glue.

Using a scrap of card, take the excess size off the brush, and then stipple on to image through the stencil in a gentle stippling motion. Remove the stencil and place the stencil into warm water to clean at the end of the project.

Lay the Gilding Flakes onto the image and pat down gently, leave for about 20 mins…. the longer the better.

Using a large stencil brush rub off excess foil, (save all the waste excess in a pot to use on other projects).

 

Inking Technique

If you wish to apply Inks (Pigment and Dye based are the best) as you would with the Gilding Project create a base with the paste , we find the whites pastes are the best for this technique, once the stencil is removed leave the image to totally dry.

Once dry re-apply the stencil and mask off all sides, take a little of the ink onto a stencil brush or a piece of Cut ‘n’Dry foam and gently build up the colour over the stencilled image building and blending your colours till you are happy with your end result, remove your stencil and place into warm soapy water to clean off at the end.

 

Changing Paste Colours Technique

You can change any of the Whites, and Translucent paste by taking a heaped teaspoon of the paste then add a quarter heaped teaspoon of mica powder, pigment powders or a good acrylic paint or even Pan Pastel dust, mix together then apply in the normal way. If you have any of the coloured paste left store this in an air tight pot this can be stored for about 2 -3 months.

 

Micro Beads Technique

Stipple a pigment or dye based ink through your stencil in the traditional way of stencilling. Remove and clean the stencil, if possible blast the image with a heat gun to seal the inks, if you do not have one leave at least 30mins to dry. Replace the clean stencil exactly over the image and secure with masking tape.

Spread Translucent paste over the image and remove the stencil, place the stencil into warm soapy water.

Apply clear glass micro beads over the pasted image and gently tap off, as it dries the colour of the ink will come through and intensify …… matt and layer your project.

 

Bubbling Mica Technique

Spread your paste over the stencil then remove the stencil, sprinkle mica powder over the image and tap off …. Apply direct heat with a heat gun and watch it bubble … chase along the image till you have bubbles where required, try not to overheat the paste… let cool for 30 mins then brush away all the residue mica with a soft brush … the heat will warp your card slightly, but using a double sided tape when matting and layering will correct this.

We have found Translucent paste has very little acrylic in it therefore you will not achieve the same results as you would with other Stencil Dimension colours …..

 

We hope you enjoy our Stencils and Techniques as much as we do!

Lucy & Paul

 

www.sweet-poppy.co.uk

 


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