EMBOSSING WITH STENCILS:
Also called pressure embossing or dry embossing, this technique
is the process of raising the surface of an image using
a stencil, a light source such as a light table, and a burnisher
your paper and stencil design. The thicker the paper is,
the deeper the relief (height of the embossing) will be.
Experiment to see what will be best for the look you desire.
the stencil to your paper in the desired position with
small pieces of masking tape or other low-tack tape. Reduce
tackiness of tape by "linting it up" on your clothing.
the paper over and tape it over your light source.
the stencil outline with your burnisher.
desired add color to the design before removing the stencil.
the tape carefully and lift off the stencil.
COLORING WITH STENCILS: (see example
1 and 2 below)
Stencils can be used for coloring a design, with or without
first embossing it. With the stencil in place, ink from
your stamp pads, acrylic paints, chalks or metallic rubons
can be applied with a stencil brush or sponge. Tap (stipple)
or swirl the brush through the stencil lightly. Add more
color by repeating, not by adding heavy amounts all at once.
Start with lighter colors first, progressing to the darker.
Use a different brush for each color family so that you
do not have to clean your brushes as often.
When you stencil with pigment ink from a pad, you can
apply clear, sparkle or pearl embossing powder and heat.
using metallic rubons for stenciling on dark colored velour
paper. The effect is stunning!
vellum for an elegant, delicate look. Paper embossing
on vellum causes it to stretch, resulting in a pearly
white-on-white effect. The design can be left this way,
or color can be added using any of the above media. Experiment
with a rolling ball officewhite out pen for adding opaque
white highlights. (see example 3 below)
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Example 3: Very nice way to add dimension without
using color by stenciling on vellum.