Wednesday, January 21, 2015

{Spotlight Project} Shirley's Shading Stencils

Hi, peeps! I've been playing with the new products in the Toyshop STAMPlorations store - ARTplorations Stencils. I've used the Bold Florals, which reminds me of frangipanis. When I lived in Australia, frangipanis were my favourite flower - I just loved their colour and the smell of them.

I used masking tape to adhere the stencil to some yellow card.

Then covered the stencil with modelling paste. I'd gone to the art shop for texture paste but they only had modelling paste, which apparently is a bit thicker, for adding texture and definition to canvases, but it worked really well for stencilling, and has a lovely smooth finish - much smoother than Polyfilla, which may now be relegated to its rightful place in the garage.

I used a metal palette knife for spreading. It's flexible and works better than a credit card. I have other very good uses for my credit card, usually involving a craft shop ;)

Remove the stencil immediately, wash off all the paste, and leave the panel to dry. It doesn't take long, but Ms Impatience here couldn't resist poking at it too soon.

I used ochre and light olive Aquarelle Neocolour II crayons to add colour to the flower centres and the grooves between the leaves, and used a wet brush to push the colour around and drag it onto the modelling paste. The angled shader brush was great for getting the colour into the grooves. 

Then I trimmed the panel down to fit a black pre-scored card ready and waiting for a sentiment. 

Go and take a look in the Toyshop where there are more fabulous ARTplorations stencils.

Supplies Shirley used in today's project:


Bold Florals is one of 8 new ARTplorations stencils offered exclusively through STAMPlorations. When you sign up for the STAMPlorations stamp club, your package includes your choice of any 2 stencils ($10 value) in addition to the featured 5" by 7" stamp set. The club offers lots of perks, including a free 4" by 6" stamp set like Trendy Butterflies sent every 3rd shipment (or immediately after signing up for the semi-annual subscription) and free worldwide shipping. For more info and to sign up, click here.

Prize alert! Leave a comment in this post for an entry to our Spotlight Projects random drawing for January. We'll pick a commenter to win a $10 gift certificate or her choice of 1 ARTplorations stencil. We'll announce the winner on February 1!


  1. Hmmm... I might have to try modeling paste. The thickness appeals to me. Love the tich of color you added.

  2. Gorgeous. Love the big blooms and the yellow against the black. Hugz

  3. Beautiful! Love the paste on that gorgeous yellow. Your little bit of shading works great! :-)

  4. What a cool idea. I am excited to get our stencils with the Feb stamp club. You are opening my eyes to to many new techniques...need more hours in the day!!

  5. This card is Outstanding Shirley!
    Can't wait to play with the stencils too:)

  6. eine tolle Technik und eine gute Idee es auch einmal mit einer anderen Paste zu versuchen --- deine Gestaltung sieht einfach klasse aus !
    LG hellerlittle

  7. Brilliant use of bold flower stencil using modelling paste, really appealing in yellow and black combination with a touch of shading in the grooves, a inspiring creation!

  8. Oh my, Shirley...your stencil + modeling paste flowers are gorgeous! And adding bits of colour here and there adds such impact. In awe....

  9. THIS made my jaw drop in awe and wonder - what a marvelously beautiful card and an Awesome technique!!! Completely love this!!!

  10. Nice tutorial - thanks! I love the vibrancy.

  11. Wow! Think I might have to try some modeling paste sometime soon :)

  12. What a great way to use stencils. I love the dimension it gives the card. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Oh my Shirley, this looks amazing, the bold flowers really stand out with the paste and colouring them, so effective, thanks for sharing


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