This is such a simple idea I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner. Using a punch and cardstock I made my own stencil. I punched out a snowflake. Then, using the homemade stencil I sprayed (using Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray in teal) over the snowflakes on white background paper. Now let me tell you a few things I learned. 🙂
– The thicker the cardstock (for the stencil) the better. First, I used decorative paper scraps. It was thin. Within the first two snowflakes I sprayed on the page the stencil was saturated and then the snowflakes started to turn into blobs. (I guess they melted). I then cut one from thick cardstock and it lasted much longer. If the punch could handle it, I would use chipboard.
– Use cardstock and not a lightweight paper to spray the design on. Between the messy stencil and the thin paper I had to trash the first sheet and try again.
– Spray as lightly as possible and close to the paper. At first I started further away from the paper to avoid saturating the background sheet. The result was the spray went all over. Using thicker cardstock and spraying closer really helped the situation.
– Hold (or adhere) the stencil down tightly. If you don’t the image will get distorted.
After much trial and error I let the paper dry and came back later to complete the layout. After coming back I decided I wanted to add some more color to the page. I decided to tap on some of the teal Color Shine. I took off the lid and tapped the applicator over the page . I then had to have another drying time.
I then matted my picture on a piece of white cardstock. Then I put a thick piece of teal cardstock across the page. I put a couple of scraps both horizontally and vertically across the teal paper and then mounted the matted photo on it.
I punched some snowflakes from the left over teal paper and ran them through my Xyron machine to make them stickers.
*This is a handy machine when dealing with delicate pieces of paper. It really makes adhering them much easier.
Before adhering the snowflakes I put a tag on the page. I journaled on it and put a sticker that said “remember” across it. I also added a pretty ribbon to it. Then…..I adhered the snowflakes.
I also adhered one more snowflake sticker that I had bought from the store. It was red and was a nice contrast to the rest of the page.
Some pages take a lot more work than others but the more I do the more comfortable I get with different processes. Before I cringed at the idea of working with different inks or paints. Now it isn’t nearly as uncomfortable. And the learning curve is getting less time consuming. 🙂