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Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 1: Place a cardstock scrap under the area to be stenciled. This prevents ink from being transferred thru the towel.

Choose your Archival Inks. Place the “Merry Christmas” stencil over the striped area and use Painter’s Tape to mask off the surrounding area. This also holds the stencil in place.

Use Watering Can with the Mini Blending Tool to stencil.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 2: Position the larger pine tree slightly to the left of center and stencil with Garden Patina. Use a Q-Tip to transfer Potting Soil ink to the tree trunk area.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 3: Place tape over the stripe to mask it off. Turn the stencil over to get a slightly different version of the tree. 

Position the tree so that the bottom is on the tape, allowing a shorter tree to be stenciled. Stencil the tree with Fern Green.

With the tape still in place, stencil a shorter tree to the left, using Fern Green.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 4: Now switch to the small tree stencil. With tape in place, stencil a short small tree, using Garden Patina.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 5: Now stencil the full small tree to the right, using Fern Green.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 6: Position the Polka Dotty stencil and line up a row of dots, directly under the striped border. Mask off the area above and below the dots and stencil one row of dots, using Garden Patina.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 7: Stencil a large and small star using Watering Can on the right side. Stencil a small star to accent the small tree on the far left.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 8: Tap the spatter stamp onto the Watering Can pad and lightly add “snowflakes” around the trees.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Step 9: Dry and heat set the inks with the Heat-It Tool or iron.

Stenciled Holiday Towel by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

Additional Example: If you prefer more traditional holiday colors, here’s another example. 
This uses Fern Green, Jet Black, and Buttercup archival ink for the stars.

Tips & Hints:

  • Archival Ink is the ink of choice for stenciling on fabric, since it is waterproof and permanent when dry. These can be washed with no problem. As long as the ink is dry, the design is permanent.
  • Choose a towel with a small amount of texture. This adds to the texture of the trees.
  • Painter’s Tape holds the stencil securely in place and also keeps the background protected.
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  • The Mini Blending Tool is my choice for stenciling. The smaller footprint is perfect.
  • When stenciling on fabric, I find it best to tap, twist and turn the Blending Tool over the stencil. This seems to work perfect and it doesn’t stretch or move the fabric. Rubbing sometimes moves the fabric under the stencil.
  • Think holiday hostess gifts! I’m thinking these would be fun to send instead of a card!
  • These can be customized to fit any decor. Use traditional holiday colors or change it up like this towel. These can be created in 10 to 15 minutes. SERIOUSLY…it’s much quicker than writing the instructions!
  • Wendy Studio490 

    Wendy VecchiWendy Vecchi is a Signature Artist for Ranger Ink.  Her designer series archival inks and embossing powders take inspiration for a vintage country garden color palette.  Wendy also designs a line of stamps, stencils, Art Parts, and Clearly for Art with Stamper’s Anonymous.  You can learn more about Wendy, get a link to her blog, see projects and videos by Wendy, and check out her teaching schedule on her Ranger Designer Page. Be sure to follow our Wendy Vecchi Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Step 1: Place a cardstock scrap behind the area that will be stenciled. This will prevent ink being transferred thru the fabric to the back.

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Step 2: Determine the center of the onesie and place a Post-it in place. This will be the GUIDELINE we use to keep the letters straight. Painter’s tape can also be used to create the straight line.

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Step 3: Starting with the center letter “T,” line up the bottom of the T with the Post-it. Move the rotating window in place over the T. You’ll see that the area is masked off and the background is protected by the rotating window.

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Step 4: Ink the Mini Blending Tool with Violet, then place the blending tool over the “T.” Twist and turn to add ink. The window was designed to be used with the Mini Blending Tool and it’s a perfect fit.

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Step 5: Position the “I,” again, lining it up on the Post-it, as the guide. Move the rotating window in place & stencil the “I.”

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Step 6: Continue with the “E.”

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Step 7: Now moving to the left of the “T,” position the “A” and stencil.

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Step 8: Position the “K” and stencil.
    Position the bottom portion of the wreath stencil, centering it below “KATIE.”

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Step 9: Mask off any areas outside the area to be stenciled with post-its. Good safety measure!
    Stencil the wreath with Leaf Green.

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Step 10: Use the Heat-It Tool to dry and heat set the Archival Ink. This makes it permanent and washable. You could IRON, but that’s a 4 letter word here. The Heat-It tool is quick and easy!

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Step 11: Sew a button on to accent the wreath.

    Archival Ink Onesie by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Stencil the name, following the steps as above. Make sure to use Archival Ink. I switched it up and used a different ink color for each letter. This time I added his birthdate below the name, using the numbers from the inner circle of the stencil. They’re stenciled with Black Soot Archival.

    Tips:

  • One of the benefits of Archival Ink is that it is permanent when dry. This allows us to stencil on fabric, to create these custom onesies. What a fun unique keepsake! 
  • Stenciling with Archival inks is great for custom home decor projects too. I’ll be back with some holiday stenciling soon.
  • Using the Select-a-Stencil, you can stencil ANY word. It’s great for names with a unique spelling. You’ll never run out of any letter!
  • You can also stencil your chosen name/word on a scrap first. This will help with placement/centering. Use the scrap as a stenciling/centering guide for perfect placement every time.
  • The stenciling can be done horizontally, vertically and even around curves.
  • Because Archival Ink is waterproof, clean the stencil with rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol.
  • Wendy Studio490 

    Wendy VecchiWendy Vecchi is a Signature Artist for Ranger Ink.  Her designer series archival inks and embossing powders take inspiration for a vintage country garden color palette.  Wendy also designs a line of stamps, stencils, Art Parts, and Clearly for Art with Stamper’s Anonymous.  You can learn more about Wendy, get a link to her blog, see projects and videos by Wendy, and check out her teaching schedule on her Ranger Designer Page. Be sure to follow our Wendy Vecchi Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

    The Sweetest Tag by Wendy Vecchi

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comSwipe Squeezed Lemonade, Abandoned Coral and Wild Honey distress pads onto the craft sheet and mist with water. Swipe the tag thru the ink and dry.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comWorking on the BACK of the tag, trace the largest heart with a waterproof pen & cut out.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comTurn the heart right side up and place in the embossing folder on the debossed side. Trace around the heart with the pen.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comMake a loop of painters tape to hold the heart in place.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comLay the heart in the traced pattern.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com Lightly rub the Collage glue Stick over the raised embossing folder and lightly spread with your finger.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comAdd glue to the area that will come in contact with the heart.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comClose the embossing folder and run thru the Vagabond. This will add the glue to the recessed areas, which will hold the foil in place.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comWith the heart still in the embossing folder, add a piece of foil sheet large enough to cover the heart.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comClose the embossing folder and run thru the Vagabond again.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com Now the heart will look like this…

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comwith the foil pressed into the recesses of the heart.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comSwipe Tree Branch and Buttercup onto the craft sheet and add rubbing alcohol. Use a palette knife or craft stick to mix the ink into the alcohol.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com Lay the 5 1/2 inch tall tag in the inky solution. Dry.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comScoop up the extra ink with the tag, hold the tag upright to allow the ink to drip. Dry.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comStencil Tea Rose thru the Old Ledger stencil on 3 areas of the tag.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comUse Jet Black to stamp the sentiment toward the bottom of the tag, leaving room for the stripes stamp.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comUse Fern Green to stamp striped borders at the top and bottom of the tag.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comLay the heart in place to determine where to stamp the chain. Ink the chain stamp with Jet Black and stamp.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comLIGHTLY stencil thru the checkmate stencil with Watering Can.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comInk the tag edges with Brushed Corduroy to darken them.

    Cover a sheet of Clearly for Art with newsprint, using Glue N Seal. Apply a thin layer, add the newsprint, brayer (or just rub it with your hand) and give it a quick dry with the Heat-It tool.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comUse Jet Black to stamp the Marigold 3 times onto the newsprint. Cut out the images as shown in the photo. Cut one full image, one smaller and the third as shown. Ink the 3 pieces with Buttercup and lightly add Tea Rose to create shading and variation in the color.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comHeat the 3 layers to soften the Clearly For Art. This allows the petals to be shaped.Assemble the flower with Foam Adhesive between the layers.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comThe completed flower looks very realistic.

    Use Jet Black to stamp the hydrangea leaves onto the newsprint.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comCut out the 2 larger leaves and ink with Fern Green. Heat to soften the CFA, then shape the leaves and add under the marigold.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comTest drive the heart and the marigold to determine where to stamp the flourishes. Use Jet Black to stamp the flourishes.

    Ink the spatter stamp with Tea Rose and stamp randomly over the tag.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comAdd adhesive strips to the back of the heart and glue to the tag, so that it is hanging from the chain.

    Use foam tape to add the marigold over the heart.

    Define the borders with the ruler and the Stabilo pencil. Lightly smear the pencil mark by rubbing over it with your finger.

    Add glaze pen dots to accent the striped borders and the marigold center.

    Accent the chain with a mini fastener.

    The Sweetest Art Tag Tutorial by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comHere’s the finished tag.

    Things to note:

    • The foil pressed into the debossed areas is really cool and changes up the look of the embossing folder. Foil is super trendy these days!
    • Archival inks were used 4 ways on this tag…for stamping, for stenciling, to ink and to create the background.
    • I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again…GLUE N SEAL is THE BEST adhesive for paper! It works on any surface that you want to add paper to and it doesn’t bubble the paper.
    • Foam Adhesive is an excellent adhesive to use with Clearly For Art. It has a very  strong adhesive and it adds the perfect amount of dimension between layers.
    • Stencils can be used as a template to create custom embellishments. It’s super simple to trace & cut!
    • Clearly For Art and newsprint are the perfect pair.  Clearly For Art is very strong and great for adding dimension. The newsprint accepts both distress and archival inks very well and because it’s white, the ink colors are true.
    • Rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol will remove archival inks from stencils and also the pen marks from the embossing folder.
    • Remember to mix & match stamps with other stamps, to give images a fresh look.

    Wendy 

    Wendy VecchiWendy Vecchi is a Signature Artist for Ranger Ink.  Her designer series archival inks and embossing powders take inspiration for a vintage country garden color palette.  Wendy also designs a line of stamps, stencils, Art Parts, and Clearly for Art with Stamper’s Anonymous.  You can learn more about Wendy, get a link to her blog, see projects and videos by Wendy, and check out her teaching schedule on her Ranger Designer Page. Be sure to follow our Wendy Vecchi Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

    Holiday Ornament with Wendy Vecchi

    Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Shake the Tarnished Brass stain then stain the ornament top.

    Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Place the polka dotty stencil over the ornament and use the mini blending tool to stencil with Red Geranium. Sprinkle with Red Geranium embossing powder while wet, Heat to melt the embossing powder.

    Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Mask off the ornament top with masking tape.

    Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Spray over the ornament with Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain & then Broken China Distress Spray Stain and dry.

    Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress ink, using the blending tool.

    Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Swipe the Tarnished Brass dabber along the edge of the ornament and dry.  Use Watering Can Archival Ink with the polka dot stamp to stamp over the ornament top.

    Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Use Jet Black Archival to stamp the sentiment at the bottom of the ornament.

    Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Swipe the Letterpress onto the Fern Green Archival ink pad, then sprinkle with Fern Green Embossing powder and heat to melt the powder.

    Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Use Jet Black Archival to stamp the polka dots over the Letterpress and dry.

    Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Paint a thin layer of Glue N Seal over a piece of Clearly For Art (CFA) cover with vintage dictionary page, brayer and dry.  Use Jet Black to stamp the holly on the paper side of the CFA.

    Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Place the coordinating stencil over the stamped image.

    Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Use Fern Green Archival with the mini blending tool to ink the leaves.

    Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Reposition the stencil and use Red Geranium Archival to ink the berries.

    Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Cut out holly. Heat to soften the CFA & shape the leaves.

    Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Test drive the holly placement to determine where to stamp the flourish two times, using Jet Black Archival.

    Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Add adhesive foam to the back of the holly and glue over the stamped flourishes.

    Holiday Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Use MultiMedium to glue the Letterpress above the sentiment.  Lightly ink a piece of the trimmings with Gathered Twigs. Tie a small bow and glue to the top of the ornament.  Sign and date the ornament on the back.

    This ornament can hang on your tree or can be used as a holiday gift box embellishment for a special someone.

    Want to see the same wood ornament done another way?  Pop over to my blog at www.studio490art.blogspot.com I have another tutorial thereto share.

    Things to note:

    • Embossing powders can be used on any surface that can “take the heat”.
    • Glue N Seal is THE BEST adhesive for gluing paper to any surface.
    • Use archival inks to stamp OVER embossing powder & heat to make permanent.
    • Distress Spray Stains make it super easy & FAST to ink bare wood.

    Wendy

    Wendy VecchiWendy Vecchi is a Signature Artist for Ranger Ink.  Her designer series archival inks and embossing powders take inspiration for a vintage country garden color palette.  Wendy also designs a line of stamps, stencils, Art Parts, and Clearly for Art with Stamper’s Anonymous.  You can learn more about Wendy on her blog Studio 490 Art.  You can view upcoming classes and events with Wendy on our events page.

    Merry Christmas Ornament by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Pin it to remember it! Want more great Ranger ideas?  Check out our boards on Pinterest!

    Merry Christmas Home Decor with Wendy Vecchi

    Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comInk over the base with Fern Green on a blending tool. While the ink is wet, sprinkle on Fern Green Embossing Powder.

    Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comWipe some of the powder from the edges & heat to emboss.

    Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comInk the spatter stamp with Snow Cap and stamp over the cooled embossing powder to create a faux graniteware effect. Dry.

    Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com Ink the vintage pricing chart stamp with Watering Can and stamp over the base, then dry.

    Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comInk the base edges with Potting Soil.

    Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comInk the trimmings with Gathered Twigs to age, then glue to the left side of the base as shown.

    Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comTrace the large heart stencil onto the back of the cardboard & cut out. Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs.

    Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Lightly swipe the Red Geranium pad over the raised ribs on the front of the heart & sprinkle with Red Geranium Embossing Powder while the ink is wet.

    Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Heat to melt the powder.

    Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Add an Adhesive Strip to the front of the hear.

    Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    Add several rows of tinsel twine that has been inked with Watering Can (to age).

    Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comUse the label die to cut the label from a cardstock scrap. Use Jet Black with the mini blending tool to stencil MERRY CHRISTMAS. Add Gathered Twigs to accent the label edges. 

    Cover a piece of Clearly for Art with a vintage text, using Glue N Seal & dry. Stamp the holly with Jet Black and cut out the holly. Heat to shape the leaves.

    Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comInk the reverse dots background stamp with Red Geranium & stamp onto a cardstock scrap.

    Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comPunch 3 circles from the red polka dot background to create the berries for the holly. These are a perfect fit inside the small Custom Fasteners.

    Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comSwipe 2 small custom fasteners over the Fern Green pad, then sprinkle with Fern Green Embossing Powder & heat to melt.

    Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comSwipe 2 Mini Fasteners and 2 Long Fasteners over the Red Geranium pad, sprinkle with Red Geranium Embossing Powder & heat to melt the powder.

    Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comSwipe the tip of the small Arrow & a part of a hinge clip over the Red Geranium pad & sprinkle with Red Geranium Embossing Powder, then heat to melt.

    Ink the Plaquette with Tree Branch and dry.

    Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comAdd black Adhesive Foam to the back of the heart & add to the base. 

    Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.comAssemble the pieces as shown. The Mini Fasteners accent the label and the Long Fasteners attach the Plaquette to the lower right corner.

    Merry Christmas Home Decor by Wendy Vecchi | www.rangerink.com

    NOW…Sit back & admire the art YOU created!

    Things to Note:

    • Glue N Seal is the BEST adhesive for paper in the whole USA…no WORLD…NO…UNIVERSE!
    • Adhesive foam adds just the right amount of LIFT & the adhesive is quite strong!
    • If it can take the heat, it CAN be embossed with embossing powders. It’s an easy way to customize embellishments to perfectly coordinate with your project. It’s also an excellent way to update things we’ve had for a bit.
    • Heated metal (from embossing) is H O T!  Be careful! Tweezers or a hemostat make it easy to hold metal embellishments & keep your fingers safe.
    • Snow Cap stamped dots over embossing powders (any color) creates an authentic looking faux graniteware effect.
    • Clearly For Art can be heated & RE-HEATED many times to create the perfect dimension.
    • Remember that some stencils can make awesome templates.
    • This little art can sit in an easel or since it’s lightweight, a magnet could be added to the back…OR…it could easily be changed to the cover for a mini holiday album.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    Wendy

    Wendy VecchiWendy Vecchi is a Signature Artist for Ranger Ink.  Her designer series archival inks and embossing powders take inspiration for a vintage country garden color palette.  Wendy also designs a line of stamps, stencils, Art Parts, and Clearly for Art with Stamper’s Anonymous.  You can learn more about Wendy on her blog Studio 490 Art.  View upcoming classes and events with Wendy on our events page and see more projects featuring Wendy‘s collection on our Wendy Vecchi Pinterest board.

    It Takes Courage

    1. Create an Archival reinker background on Specialty Stamping Paper, making sure to heat dry each layer, using Orange Blossom and Forget-Me-Not. See video for complete instructions.

    2. Trim background to fit base and adhere to base with Glue N Seal. (4 1/2 inches square)

    3. Use Tree Branch to stamp the dots and dashed background stamp over the background.

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    4. Use Jet Black to stamp the sentiment in the top left corner.

    5. Use Watering Can with a blending tool to stencil randomly across the bottom and the right side, using the checkmate stencil.

    6. Use a blending tool with Jet Black and the stripes stencil to add stripes along the top and sides.

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    7. Use the Gathered Twigs Marker to ink the beak and Brushed Corduroy Marker to ink the legs.

    8. Apply a thin layer of silver metallic embossing paste to the bird body, using a palette knife. Heat the paste to bubble the paste and create texture. Keep the Heat-It tool close to the paste.

    9. Use the mini blending tool with multiple Archival colors to ink over the dry embossing paste and dry. Make a hole to fit a mini fastener. This will create the eye.

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    10. Cover a sheet of Clearly for Art (CFA) with vintage dictionary page. Apply Glue N Seal to the CFA, add the page, brayer and dry.

    11. Die cut a full stem of leaves and a smaller section of just the top 5 leaves.

    12. Ink over the leaves, on the paper side with Fern Green and Leaf Green.

    13. Use Jet Black to stamp 3 flowers on the paper side of the CFA. Ink the petals with Dandelion, using the mini blending tool. Ink the flower center with the Wild Honey Distress Marker and the base of the flowers with Bundles Sage Marker.

    14. Heat the pieces to soften the CFA and shape.

    15. Add a bit of Tarnished Brass Distress Paint to the wing and dry. Add shading with Fern Green.

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    16. Ink the art parts banner with Brushed Corduroy stain, dry and use Jet Black to stamp the sentiment.

    17. Use Black Soot Distress Paint to paint the art parts base. (5 x 51/2 inches)

    18. Glue the banner to the bottom center of the black base and add the background piece.

    19. Assemble the pieces as shown. The flower on the far right will cover the seam where the leaves meet.

    20. Accent the birds feet with Mini Fasteners and Mini Gears and add the wing to the bird.

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    Things to note:

    1. Clearly for Art can be reheated and reshaped many times and it will always return to flat.

    2. Heating the metallic embossing paste will cause the paste to bubble and create amazing texture.

    3. Glue N Seal is AWESOME for adhering paper to many surfaces. Even with a vintage dictionary page, there’s no bubbling of the paper.

    4. Save Jet Black for main image stamping and other colors for backgrounds and stenciling. This makes the Jet Black really pop.

    5. Archival inks can be blended over the embossing paste.

    6. Rubbing Alcohol will remove the Archival ink from the stencils.

    Always Mixed Media Card

    1. Create a large background using Archival reinkers, making sure to heat dry each layer, when using Specialty Stamping Paper.

    2. After creating a large background, cut the archival reinker background to 4 x 5 1/4 inches.

    3. Use Watermark Resist on a blending tool, to stencil thru the checkmate stencil, randomly across the top & right side. Sprinkle with Weathered White Embossing Powder and heat to emboss.

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    4. Position the stencil as shown and use Leaf Green to stencil the leaves. DRY.

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    5. Reposition the leaves portion of the stencil over the stenciled leaves & stamp thru the openings with Leaf Green, using one part of the collage background stamp.

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    6. Position the flower portion of the stencil, so that the leaves are all covered. Use Tree Branch to stencil the flower & dry. This creates the perfect shadow for the flower.

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    7. Use portions of the vintage floral stencil, with fern Green, to add the berries in 2 areas as shown.

    8. Cover a piece of Clearly for Art (CFA) with a vintage dictionary page. Apply Glue N Seal to the CFA, add the paper, brayer & dry. Use Jet Black to stamp the flower on the paper side, dry, then ink the flower with Tree Branch. Use the Wild Honey Distress marker to color the flower center. Cut out the flower, heat to soften the CFA And shape the flower while warm.

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    9. Use Tree Branch with the Add a Stencil to add random stenciling to the background.

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    10. Use Gathered Twig distress ink to add shading to the edges.

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    11. Use Jet Black to stamp the lace border at the top and bottom.

    12. Use Jet Black with the mini blending tool to stencil the word on the right side.

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    13. Cut Kraft Cardstock to 9 x 5 1/2 inches and score to create a card. Use Jet Black to Stamp the lace close to the card bottom. Round bottom corners.

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    14. Adhere Specialty Stamping Paper to card base.

    15. Glue the CFA flower over the stenciled flower and add a vintage button center.

    16. Die cut the bird from a scrap of CFA, covered with vintage dictionary. Ink the bird with Barn Door and Antique Linen Distress inks. The mini blending tool is perfect for small pieces. Ink the legs and beak with the Brushed Corduroy marker.

    17. Glue the bird in place on the right side of the card.

    18. Add pen stitching detail on the card sides.

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    Things to note:

    1. The magic coating on the Specialty Stamping Paper slows down the drying of all inks. ALWAYS dry each layer before moving on to prevent smearing.

    2. Weathered White Embossing Powder is textured and matte finish, making it perfect for vintage art.

    3. Using just the stencil portion of the Stamp it- Stencil it (SiSi) creates the perfect shadow for the flower. There’s no outline from the stamp.

    4. Clearly for Art can be reheated and reshaped many times and it will always return to flat.

    5. Rubbing alcohol will remove the Archival Inks from stencils easily.

    6. The Archival reinker background technique does not work on watercolor cardstock or manila cardstock. Use Specialty Stamping Paper.

    Be True Card

    1. Cut manila cardstock to 7 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches. Score in half to make a side opening card.

    2. Use Scattered Straw to ink over the card front. Use Fern Green to stamp the dots and dashes background over the card front.

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    3. Use Jet Black to stamp 3 flowers on Distress Watercolor Cardstock.

    4. Use the Shaded Lilac Distress Marker to color the flowers and the detail waterbrush to spread the color. Cut out flowers. Add color to the flower centers with the Wild Honey marker.

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    5. Use Watering Can to stamp dots over one flower and the mesh over 2 flowers.

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    6. Cover a piece of Clearly for Art (CFA) with a vintage dictionary page, using Glue N Seal.

    7. Die cut the leaves and save the negative leftover.

    8. Use the negative leaves as a stencil. Use Fern Green to stencil the leaves across the card as shown.

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    9. Ink the CFA die cut leaves with Fern Green and Leaf Green.

    10. Heat the leaves to soften the CFA and shape leaves.

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    11. Use Leaf Green to stamp the flourishes as shown in the photo.

    12. Use Jet Black to stamp the sentiment toward the bottom right.

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    13. Add shading to the card edges with Brushed Corduroy on a blending tool.

    14. To assemble the card, trim off excess leaves then glue the die cut leaves over the stenciled leaves, leaving some leaves unglued, to show the shadow.

    15. Add the flowers and accent the sentiment with the industrious sticker.

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    Tips from Wendy

    1. Clearly for Art can be reheated and reshaped many times and it will always return to flat.

    2. Using Jet Black for the sentiment and another color for the background makes the sentiment POP!

    3. The leftover from the die cut makes a great stencil and a perfectly coordinating shadow.

    4. YES…I did surgery on my large collage background stamp to transform it into 9 mini stamps. 30 years in surgery paid off!

    Wendy Vecchi Archival Creativity Tag

    1. Cut a #8 kraft tag to 5 1/2 inches tall.

    2. Use the Blending Tool with the Distress Inks, to create a background. Add Gathered Twigs to heavily shade the left side & the bottom of the tag.

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    3. Shake the Antique Linen Distress Paint & apply a small amount onto the craft sheet. Pick up the paint with the Blending Tool and stencil the polka dot border as shown. Clean the stencil before the paint dries.

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    4. Tap the Blending Tool onto the Fern Green Archival pad & stencil the 2 medium flourishes.

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    5. Tap the Blending Tool onto the Watering Can pad and stencil the stripes to create a border on the left side of the tag. Use Jet Black to stamp the sentiment on the bottom right. Use Cornflower Blue on the Vintage Mesh background to stamp several random areas over the background. Shake the Distress Stain & with a fairly dry dabber top, edge the tag & dry.

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    6. Apply a thin layer of Glue N’ Seal to one side of Clearly For Art, then add a vintage dictionary page over the Glue N’ Seal. Brayer and dry.

    7. Die cut one Movers & Shapers Flower & 2 of the smallest flowers from the Tattered Florals die. Drip alcohol ink onto the Clearly For Art (plastic) side of the flowers, tilt the flowers to cover. It will only take 2 or 3 drops of the alcohol inks. Heat the flowers to soften the Clearly For Art, and shape the flowers, while warm. Drip alcohol inks over the metal foliage flowers and use pliers or a hemostat to bend the flower petals.

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    8. Use a push pin to create holes in the flowers. Assemble the flowers by putting the Long Fastener thru the metal flower, then thru the Clearly For Art flower. Use a push pin to create holes in the tag for the fasteners & add the flowers.

    9. Here’s a closer look at the dimensional alcohol inked (adorable) flowers.

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    Things to note

    1. Rubbing alcohol will remove the Archival Ink from the stencil.

    2. Distress Paint is removable from stencils (with water) while it’s wet. When dry, Distress Paints are permanent.

    3. Use other colors for stenciling and background stamping, then use Jet Black Archival Ink for the main image or sentiment. It pops!

    4. Clearly For Art can be heated, reheated & reshaped many times.

    5. If you’re not happy with the Alcohol Ink colors you chose, Alcohol Blending Solution will remove the color from the Clearly For Art.

    6. When using Distress Stains to edge a tag, make sure the dabber top is fairly dry, not saturated.

    Wendy Vecchi Archival So Very Happy Tag

    1. Cut a #8 black tag to 5 1/2 inches tall.

    2. Shake 4 Distress Paints to mix well. Dispense a small amount of each onto the Craft Sheet.

    3. Pick up a small amount of Salty Ocean with the Blending Tool & pounce over the tag, making sure to leave some black tag showing & dry. YES…it is ugly…but keep going! I promise it gets better.

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    4. Pick up a small amount of Rusty Hinge, pounce over tag & dry.

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    5. Pick up a small amount of Peeled Paint, pounce over tag & dry. hmmm…looking better.

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    6. Pick up a small amount of Broken China, pounce over tag & dry. Now it’s a great background!

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    7. Emboss tag with embossing folder. Use the sanding grip to randomly sand the paint from the raised areas.

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    8. Stencil the leaves 2 times, using Watering Can Archival. Use the Blending Tool or use Cut n’ Dry Foam to stencil, then dry.

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    9. Shake the Tarnished Brass Stain & with a fairly dry dabber top, edge the tag & dry.

    10. If the paint did not cover the reinforcer, color over it with the Distress Marker, so that it blends into the background.

    11. Apply a thin layer of Glue n’ Seal to a sheet of clearly for art, cover with tissue wrap, brayer & dry.

    12. Cut 2 of the smallest flowers, using the Tattered Florals die. Paper side is the front.

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    13. Stamp the reverse dots over the flowers, using Red Geranium. Dry, then lightly add Orange Blossom Archival & dry.

    14. Use Watering Can to stamp the daisy onto the tissue side of the Clearly for Art. Sprinkle with embossing powder, heat to emboss. Cut out flower.

    15. Ink over the daisy with Orange Blossom Archival & dry.

    16. Heat all 3 flowers to soften the Clearly for Art, then shape to create dimensional flowers.

    17. Ink the reverse dots stamp with Fern Green & stamp over the 2 sets of Art Parts leaves.

    18. Choose the sentiment & ink over the letters with Brushed Corduroy on the Blending Tool. Add black chipboard scraps under the words, to create dimension.

    19. Assemble the tag as shown.

    20. Add the berries to accent the flower centers.

     

    Things To Note:

    1. When using Glue n’ Seal to add tissue wrap over the Clearly for Art. You’ll see it does not bubbly the wrap. Glue n’ Seal is awesome for adding papers to any surface.

    2. Clearly for Art can be reheated and reshaped as many times as needed.

    3. Apply the Distress Paint to the Craft Sheet, not the tag. While pouncing the paint onto the tag, twist & turn the Blending Tool for a random effect.

    4. Distress Paints dry quickly on the foam, so I used the same foam for all four paints. Keep the foam & reuse many more times.

    5. Distress Paints are waterproof when dry.

    6. Archivals are permanent when dry & are perfect for stamping over Distress Paint and many other surfaces.

    7. Rubbing alcohol will remove Archival Ink from stencils easily.

    8. Superfine Detail Embossing Powder melts quickly and is great for fine- lined stamp images.

    9. Leaving some of the black tag showing thru creates easy natural shading.