Celebr8 | Seamless border stencil

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This month I used one of the new Celebr8 seamless stencils as a product focus. The stencil is gorgeous and delicate with lots of spunk. And once you start working with it, you really can’t stop – it is simply exquisite! For this quick sampler I used a piece of printed paper and then added my stencil design to the right of it with some quick stamping and a Silhouette word cut and painted to the left.
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step 1 – take two of the stencils together on a piece of cardstock using washi tape.step1

step 2 – Use a blending tool and dye ink and blend over your stencils.
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step 3 – Remove the stencil to reveal a beautiful double border effect. Perfect for cards and layouts.
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step 4 – Place the taped stencil as is back onto a piece of cardstock. I used a piece that had some paint on it already. Mist over the stencils using a bright pink mist.
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step 5 – Remove the stencil to reveal a beautiful double pattern perfect for your art journal.
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step 6 – While the stencil is still wet, flip it over and use it to stamp onto a card.
step6I never throw away experiments of worked on scrap sheets. These become perfect backgrounds for cards and die-cut elements on your layouts. I love the messy, grunge and layered look you can achieve by simply having fun.

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Shop Celebr8 stencils at your favourite local supplier in South Africa and come back soon for loads of inspiration using their wonderful products.
Celebr8 is proudly distributed by The Wholesaler in South Africa.

Hello summer art journal page

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Inspired by the holidays that has sadly come to an end, I created this blue summer themed art journaling page.
The shades of blue and aqua makes the texture pop against a white background.
Take a look at how I created this gorgeous effect.

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step 1 – Add a background using watercolour paint. Combine 2 or 3 different shades of blue.

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step 2 – Stamp summer sentiment images onto smooth white cardstock using Versafine ink.
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step 3 – Add color to the stamped images using watercolour paint and leave to dry.
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step 4 – Mist a sheet of white cardstock using glimmer mist and leave to dry.
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step 5 – Trim the misted sheet of cardstock into random strips. Adhere the strips to your watercolour painted background using gel medium.
Cut some of the misted cardstock into a wave shape. Use a small 5mm hole punch and punch random holes onto the wave shaped strip.
TIP: Keep the punched dots to adhere at a later stage.
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step 6 – Adhere the stamped images.
Add a thick layer of Crackle Paint and leave to dry.
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Add coloured splats to the finished page, add random stenciling in blue.
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Add finishing touches using graphite pencils and chalk.
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Work the crayon into the crackle parts to highlight the cracks.
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And that finishes off a beautiful study in blue with loads of texture and shapes.
I love the freedom of this random summer themed art journaling page – perfect for a summers day activity.

Sunshine and Texture Cardstock Card.

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How often do you use your paper punches? Not enough is probably the answer like mine was. The thing with punches is that they can be amazing or simply useless. But when you make the investment in a great punch then they truly are amazing, like this little beauty of a border punch.

But how can we use our border punches to create some interest. One of my favourite design principles to use with any products is repetition. And repetition of a pattern can be a great design element with loads of appeal.sunshine_detail1

For this card I punched the border strip repeatedly onto a variety of cardstock colours. I combined the punched strips to create a card background with great effect. On top of the card I layered a chipboard element coloured in the same shades as my paper strips. Together they make for a fun element perfect for a tag, card or layout.
(Please be aware of what type of paper or cardstock you punch – as cardstock is generally not recommended for punching – you are doing this at your own risk and will need to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations)

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step1 -Punch a selection of strips using a single punch design but in a variety of colours.
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step 2 – Arrange the strips onto your background as you would like to adhere them.
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step 3 – Adhere the strips slightly overlapping each other using a glue pen until the entire background is covered in strips.
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step 4 – Use a variety of pens and markers to add colour to your chipboard element. Once the element is coloured, add a layer of dimensional glaze to finish it off nicely. Adhere the chipboard to the background piece and add some diamantes and other embellishments as you please.
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I hope you are encouraged to look at your punches in a different way, seeing loads more possibilities and get behind the creative options they have to offer. I know I sure do look at them differently each time I use them.
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I love both the simplicity and complexity of this cardstock card. It can be so interesting by simply adding a few extra elements like an additional colour behind the punched flower strips.

Layer Upon Layer – Creating With Chipboard And Ink

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Layers of inks, chipboard, stamps and paint offers you a world of creativity. Today I am sharing how I created a stunning effect by layering chipboard elements, paint, stamping and colouring to create a beautiful card. By combining your products together you can create beautiful effects to use on cards and layouts. detail3

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Add colour to a chipboard title using Memento LUXE ink. Lightly press the ink pad onto the chipboard repeatedly until it is covered in a solid layer of ink. Once the ink is dry add a layer of dimensional glaze (how stunning and vibrant the red ink becomes under the glaze)

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step 2 – Add colour to the Bubble Mesh chipboard piece. Lightly tap the ink pad onto the chipboard until it is covered in a layer of green ink

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step 3 – Colour 3 strips of white smooth American Crafts Cardstock. Add some ink to your craft sheet, mist with water and then press the strips into the colour repeatedly and leave to dry.
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step 4 – Once the coloured strips are dry, punch small circles.
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step 5 –  Adhere the coloured circles to selected areas at the back of your Bubble mesh piece.
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step 6 – The coloured circles will be visible once you turn your mesh piece over.
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step 7 – Stamp a flower and colour using your Prima water colour paints. Once dry assemble the card with the flower, bubble mesh piece and then layer the coloured title on top of the mesh and the stamped flower.
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And there you have a beautiful card with loads of personality and layers.

Layers are beautiful and by combining certain products together you can create a totally new look for your next project using chipboard and ink.