Hot Air Balloon stencil LL3003. Here's what to do:
Adhere one side of the double-sided mounting paper (MPDS) to card stock. Leave the protective covering on the top side until you are ready to position your stencil. Rub the back side of the stencil with Handmade Hawaiian Coconut Soap (DHHS), making sure to cover the entire stencil. This will keep the stencil from making a tight bond with the adhesive. Carefully brush the soap "crumbs" from the stencil openings, making sure not to bend the stencil. Remove the protective paper from the double sided mounting paper and position your stencil, soap side down.
Now, here comes the fun part. For this project, you will want to use a microfine or ultrafine glitter. Cut a straw in to 3" pieces and then cut one end at an angle to make a little scoop. This is perfect for getting into small areas. Hold the stencil with the top of the balloon pointing down, apply black glitter and let the excess glitter fall on to a piece of paper. Burnish the glitter with your finger and then tap the back of the card stock to remove any loose glitter. Using the paper as a funnel, return the unused glitter to the jar. Following the same steps, add gold and turquoise glitters. Then, turn the stencil right-side up and add more black glitter to the bottom of the balloon.
Place the glittered image, stencil side down, on a flat surface and begin removing the card stock. Be sure to keep the stencil flat against your work surface, moving or "walking" your fingers along the stencil as you peel back the card stock so that the stencil always remains flat and does not bend. Apply cool highlight glitter to the exposed areas and burnish. Cut out the image and set it aside.
For the background, I used Rolling Hills LJ910. Tape the stencil to card stock and, with a large stencil brush, load black ink on to the brush and tap it lightly on to a paper towel to off-load some of the ink. Drag the brush lightly over the stencil to create a soft shadow-y effect.
For a wrap-up of the Black and White with a POP of Color and/or Graduation challenge, be sure to visit the other Dream Team blogs and then link your project to the Dreamweaver blog, Dream it Up! using Mr. Linky. But remember, today is the last day to enter and winners will be posted on Friday.
June's challenge will be all about glitter as we collaborate with Art Institute Glitter's design team. They will be working with stencils and we'll be doing more of the double glitter technique, so you'll get plenty of practice and tons of ideas and inspiration.
See you next week,