Happy Monday!! Thanks for joining me today for more tips & tricks on the August release of Leading Ladies by Brandi Kincaid. Today I'm going to share with you a tutorial on how to create a loose leaf paper background for the Teacher Lady!
I really like the Altenew Classy Stripes stencil, but it can be a little tricky to use. If you've never used this stencil before let me give you a few tips so that you can be successful in using it on your projects.
One thing that you should be aware of with this stencil is that the thin lines of plastic in this length have very little stability. So I would not recommend using a foam blending tool with this stencil. I tried it and ended up with a very grungy looking stripe ... which I might actually use for Halloween projects. Hmmm ... but I digress. *laugh*
I found much more success taping down the stencil onto my cardstock (I did mine at an angle) and using a blending brush. Then using very light pressure I brushed on some Oxide ink in Cracked Pistachio. I used some scrap paper to hold the stencil down as I brushed on the ink. This stencil is really fun to use, but those lines are thin. So going slow and holding the stencil in place with tape and your hand (on scrap paper) really makes a difference. Take your time and you'll end up with a nice, clean pattern. It doesn't take much pressure at all with the blending brush to transfer the ink.
After my pattern was made, I carefully pulled off the stencil. Then using a fine line red felt marker and a straight edge, I drew two perpendicular lines about an inch from the edge of the stencil pattern. VOILA! A loose leaf paper background! So easy and super fun!
I stamped the Teacher Lady using Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black and then I colored her with Copic markers. I also stamped and cut a couple of her accessories. The die for the Teacher Lady cuts around her bent arm and allows you to place some of her accessories in her arms! I love that about this set. I used some Tombow glue to attach the book and spiral notebook in her arms after I colored them with Copic markers.
I die cut a small stitched rectangle and stamped the sentiment "you're so class-y" with VersaFine Claire ink. I cut the background down to 5-1/4" x 4" and layered it on a piece of 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" black cardstock. Then I adhered the small stitched rectangle on top. Then using small square foam squares I attached the Teacher Lady to the top of the card.
The fun continues tomorrow when I share an idea I have for the Essentials by Ellen Parcel Box die using accessories from the Teacher Lady set! EEEP!
To see the full Essentials by Ellen release click HERE.