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Here is what I've created for today's post:
I simply adore this tree stencil. I've been doing this technique for some time, but not everyone may have seen it.
Using 140lb Arches HP paper, I stamped Don't Let Yesterday with Brilliance Galaxy Gold, then thermal embossed with Queen's Gold.
I centered the Tree of Life stencil above the quotation and taped it in place with Removable tape. Add some extra protection if you're worried about going over the edge of the stencil and tape. In place of embossing paste I used Jones Tones Plexi glue.
|Who me paranoid about messing up the watercolour paper with the glue??|
Calligraphers have a thing for raised gilding and this is a fun way to get the effect without the classical torture! Although I've used composition leaf here, you can use real leaf (gold, silver, copper, aluminum) or transfer foil. The great thing about the Jones Tones plexi is that it dries sticky and is thick enough that it has body when it dries. Thus, raised gilding.
Before you add the variegated leaf to the tree, feel around the surface of the watercolour paper. The Removable Tape may have left some residue. If so, rub it off with your finger or you will have a rim of gold where the edge of the stencil was! Ask me how I know this. I created a paper mask to help avoid it and an eraser can help if there is still any errant leaf.
If your leaf is variegated, pick and choose your pieces and press it into place with your fingers. Give it a little rub - the softness of your fingers will help press the leaf onto the edges of the glue and not just the top. Composition leaf is easier to handle than the real thing.
I decided to leave it there. Sometimes less is more.... I trimmed the watercolour paper and simply mounted it with brads onto a piece of coordinated cardstock.
I hope you've enjoyed this! Thanks for looking!
To see a variation on this technique, visit the Quietfire Creations blog today.
Here are the thumbnail links on the Quietfire Design site to the products I've used. The Tree of Life stencil may be found on the Stencil with Style website here.
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