Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Today at StencilGirlTalk you can catch my write-up on making your own masks using stencils, then applying the masks with the stencils in a technique that I call "Seeing Double."

Here on my own blog, I'm bringing out more greeting cards that I've made in much the same way as described today in my companion write-up in today's StencilGirlTalk.

Above: I've used masking tape to secure my 6"x6" Heron and 6"x6" Cats stencils to sturdy cardstock. 

Above:  I used a white pencil to trace around the shapes that I wanted to cut out to be used as masks. 
Above:  I've used fine-detail scissors to cut out the three shapes I chose. 

Above:  I've placed the heron mask atop the greeting card blank.  On the left you can see the masking tape I used for covering the back of this card with scratch paper to protect it from the color spray.  I used two spray colors (purple and orange), allowing the paint to dry between the two applications.

Above:  On the left, you can see the mask that I have lifted off. On the right is the card cover with its silhouette of the heron. 
Above:  Here I have placed the stencil atop the masked-off silhouette.  In placing it, I made sure it was off-register with the image below.  In other words, the white silhouette underneath the stencil is somewhat to the left of the stencil's opening.  After using masking tape to secure the stencil, I sponged on a layer of magenta acrylic paint blended with gel medium.  The reason I blended these two media was that I wanted a translucent paint that would allow the original image to remain visible.

Above:  Here, in the finished 6"x6" greeting card cover, you can see that both images are clearly visible.

Above:  Here's another 6"x6" greeting card, created with my Cats stencil and corresponding masks.  Again I used the masks first, followed by the stencil.  (I chose to mask off the stencil's upper left corner so that 4 cat shapes would appear; the stencil itself has 5 cat shapes.)  After the misty-look paints had dried, I used a marker to outline the two white shapes I had made with my two masks.

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