Stories Can Be Beautiful | Patricia Roebuck August 18, 2020 06:00
Hello Everyone! I'm excited to be back this month to share a fun way to use the JustNick cut files as a stencil. I'm using it in my traveler's notebook, but this could apply to a larger scrapbook layout or even cards. I'm using this awesome new Circular Motion Background.
As soon as I saw it, I loved the circular patterns and noticed a gap between the clusters as well as the larger circles. After cutting it, it inspired me to pull out my watercolors, and fill in the larger gaps with black watercoloring. I removed the inner circles and applied more watercolors to the main design still attached to my cut file.
I used a rounded medium size brush and was liberal in coloring, but also made sure I had enough water mixed in so that the colors would be a little softer. I kept some of the inner circle pieces that cut all the way out from the design, to re-attach, and then added messy black machine stitching. With using this as a stencil, I've created a wonderful, unique first layer, so I continue my layers with added splatters from the watercolors.
My final layer to add before adding my pattern paper and photos, is using the cut file again as a stencil with a fine tip black pen through some of the openings. I add my stamping, fussy cut flowers from pattern paper, and photos.
I used more of those inner loose circles from the cut file, to machine stitch across the right page, added a larger fussy cut file, and created a cluster of layers.
My journaling corresponds to the photos on the left, so after typing and adhering the labels, I used numbers for the photos and labels. My pre-teen daughter will catch that mindcraft mistake ;)
Hope this inspires you to not just use the cut files as is, but as stencils using either a spray mist, ink and blender, or try this watercolor look and then add some details with a black pen. Happy Creating!!!