Friday, March 5, 2021

Experimenting with Stencil Adhesives

03.05.21 Stencil

I've been talking about my giant basket of supplies all of which I needed to make decisions about.  They are things other cardmakers had recommended and I immediately purchased - but do I really need them (or multiple choices of a product) since I still haven't used them.

Today, I played with repositionable stencil adhesives.  The classic is Pixie Spray but someone had recommended Krylon Easy-Tack which does have the advantage of being in the local craft stores.  

03.05.21 Stencil Spray

I used them both to add color to the four flowers.  Honestly...six of one - half dozen of the other.  The Krylon is perhaps slightly stickier - just a bit harder to peel up. I was initially worried it would peel up paper or other ink - but the stickiness didn't cause any problems. That's not to say that the less-sticky Pixie Spray was a problem.  In fact, I did three of those flowers - each requiring repositioning the stencil 13 times to get the various leaves and flowers- and the Pixie Spray stayed sticky the whole time. 

So no choice between the two but what I did learn - repositionable adhesive is totally worth it.  I can't believe I waited this long to use it. I haven't been using stencils often so I just stuck them down with a piece of repositionable tape along an edge or two but that meant the center part wouldn't be firmly down.  I think I would have been using stencils a LOT more if I had gone with the spray adhesive to start with.  Every single edge is so nicely adhered, it makes brushing on color just a dream.

I LOVE the clean results using the stencil fully adhered.

03.05.21 Stencil side

I trimmed the card down about 5/8".  It's a really tall flower so I angled it slightly and then wanted it over the edge yet sill a standard size. I initially didn't get this flower because of its unique size and shape - then I saw one of my favorite ever cardmakers do some creative things with it - check out Laurie Willison's fabulous samples!

BTW - I was also experimenting with some Altenew mini-cubes that I recently purchased.  A few weeks ago, I did a card with their Rainbow Prism set  (out of that same basket of untried products!) which I liked but lamented that I hadn't picked the right starter set and what I really needed were the some of the packs with colors in the same family to allow for easy layering. Now I have some of those and that's what I'm playing with today.  Here are two of my color combinations (details in the supply list).  I have a "celebrate" die coming from Altenew and when I get it I'll doing something with the brighter flower.

03.05.21 Stencil 2

SUPPLY LIST

Stamps: Altenew Our Friendship Blooms stamp, die and stencil combo

Die: Altenew Fancy Hello

Ink: Altenew Canyon Clay (brushed then the detail stamped), Chamomile (brushed) with Snapdragon stamped detail and a little brushed on the bud, Eastern Sky (brushed then the detail stamped), Grass Field (brushed) with Shadow Creek detail stamped, Iceberg lightly brushed in the background

Other: Altenew washi, Yellow Stickles on the flower centers

FYI - The darker flowers the Altenew Rainbow Prism set long with what I hoped would be coordinating darker colors from other sets.  I used Ruby Red with Burnt Red accents, Warm Sunshine with Snapdragon accents, Orange Cream with Marigold accents, Parrot with Grass Field Accents

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for the info on the sprays. It's always good to have crafter input! Love those pretty bouquets you created!

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  2. Thank you for the notes about stencil adhesives; so helpful. I have the Pixie Spray, but haven't used it, yet, cuz, new product, what if I ruin something (so dumb). I stenciled a card, y-day, taping edges, but you're right about the middle. Onward!

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  3. Gorgeous! And I 100% vouch for repositionable adhesive for stencils with fiddly bits. We can't get Pixie Spray here but I have had some repositionable spray from the hardware store for years and just use that. And I also 100% love Altenew inks!

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  4. Beautiful flowers, Kim and I am partial to a Clean and Simple card design, too. I have Pixie spray but don't use it much. Too lazy to walk downstairs to spray outside. I use my Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion for stencils and that seems to work ok.

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  5. So beautiful, Kim! Thanks for the information on the repositionable adhesive. I have never purchased any. Your comment sold me!

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  6. Your use of the new florals and stencils and inks is so wonderful. I love the Altenew cubes thatI've bought. Your color choices are perfect for these gorgeous blooms. If you're late trying things, then I am right behind you, lol!

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