Using what you have

As with all things in our industry it’s expensive if you run out to buy all the latest and greatest (and if you wait it usually goes on sale within a few weeks or months).

A year ago I took a Stenciled class with some great designers (Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Laura Bassen, Shari Carrol, Julie Ebersole and Debby Hughes).  Nothing could be easier—or more satisfying—than seeing a beautiful design magically appear when you lift away a stencil. In this class, we learned sixteen exciting new techniques for this inexpensive and popular tool, including embossing paste, layering, masking, embossing, and more!

While I would love to buy all the new stencils that they featured, it just isn’t possible.  One of my new sayings is – Use what you see, so that you can use what you have to create fun, beautiful new designs.

This sentiment is from the Simon Says stamp “Very Special”.  It wasn’t as large as I needed I typed it into my computer and picked the font color (hence another way to use your stamps).  After stenciling this heart I just followed the design and cut it out. The light caught just right so you can see the embossing gloss on the heart.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting, hope you can use this design to create your own beautiful creation.  Until next time – Happy Crafting.

for this card I used BAZZIL 2-253 Peppermint paper, pink and white card stock. The stamp set is Simon Says Very Special, Hearts stencil set found at Michael’s crafts, 3D Gloss Enamels RED, Classic Stampin Up Rose Red ink, and Gelly Roll Glitter Pen.


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