• Creative Team,  Mixed Media

    Seven backgrounds with the Cement Tile stencil

    Welcome to the Paisley Papyrus stop on the FSJ Creative Team Blog Hop!  I’m still so excited to participate on the FSJ Creative Team with these amazing ladies and this first blog hop is only the beginning of the goodness.  Monthly, we will be featuring great projects that bring paper to life with the high quality FSJ product line.  My featured product today is the Cement Tile stencil.  But before I get to that, I want to make sure you know who is on the Blog Hop with me.  Please make sure to visit each of them for some serious inspiration.

    Kazan Clark

    Lezlye Lauterbach

    Carrie Rhoades

    Christine Chan

    Jill Hilliard

    Jenny Watson

    Marty McGee

    Alissa Hall

    Just in case you lose your place, you can always check the FSJ blog to see the complete list again.  In fact, bookmark or subscribe to that blog while you are there.  It continues to provide me with regular inspiration! Now, about that Cement Tile stencil…


    I love a good stencil and when this one was introduced in the new annual catalog, I was smitten.  Today is the day that we see what we can create with it.  I have seven ideas to share with you on different ways to use this little beauty.

    Our first go with the stencil is to pounce some Pan Pastel in River Stone over it.  I only wanted certain sections of the stencil for this background so I moved it around as I created a design on my card front.

    I basically used the edge of the stencil and lined it up with the corners and the edge that I was using for the particular part of the design I wanted.  I moved it around six times and ended up with this background.  This is something that you need to be very gentle with.  I set mine with hairspray to try to keep the pan pastel from rubbing off.

    For the next background, I still only wanted certain areas of the stencil, so I used one of our sponge daubers with our Chambray Shirt ink to sponge on color for the design I hoped to achieve.

    I did that twice, overlapping the medallion slightly.  In this image, you can see that little bits of neighboring openings got a bit of color too.  That is okay.

    This next application with the stencil is actually a two for one.  For this one, I sprayed it with our Color Splash spray in Rustic Rose.  First on Fresh Sage cardstock.

    After spraying it, there was so much beautiful color on the back of the stencil that I couldn’t waste, so I applied it to a piece of Peaches & Cream cardstock.  

    When I laid it down, I covered it with a piece of paper towel and brayered over it to get as much color transfer as possible.

    Can you see how beautiful the colors are?  How that shimmery gold came out?  I only used the one spray – nothing added.  I thought I would love the rose and sage combo best, but I really love the peach and rose one even better!  It pays to take a chance sometimes.

    Now it’s time to break out the modeling paste.  First I smoothed the paste all over the stencil like you’ve seen a million times before.

    And that is fine, but I wanted more.  So before I lifted the stencil off, I sprayed it first with a spritz of the Rustic Rose Color Splash and then with the Chambray Shirt.

    To take it one step further, after lifting the stencil but while it was still wet, I sprinkled it with Sparkle Dust and set it aside to dry over night.

    After it dried completely, I poured the excess sparkle dust back in the jar.  But beyond that, I used a paintbrush to dust off the top layer of Sparkle Dust that was on the card front. You might think this step would take off too much of the sparkle, but it actually enhanced it.

    For the next background, I wanted a subtle effect.  I used the glossy gel medium over the stencil.  For this technique, I chose to use a disposable sponge applicator and pounce it on.  With the gel medium, you want to work quickly and carefully so that no gel medium gets beneath the stencil.  Gel medium can also be used as a glue so it will seal your stencil to your project if you use too much.  A little goes a long way.

    As with all of these techniques, you want to wash your stencil immediately.  But with this technique, you don’t want to delay at all.

    It is not easy to see in the picture, but this technique gives a lovely watermark pattern to your background.

    For our final background today, I’ve decided to mix the Chambray Shirt reinker with the modeling paste.

    You can either blend until completely smooth or leave it partially mixed for a more two tone coloring.  I elected to mix until smooth.  I used one of our clear view sheets that came on one of my stamps over a clear block for my mixing pallete.

    I obviously chose to do a tone on tone color mixing here, but it would also be lovely to have a contrasting cardstock color with modeling paste color.  That choice would give you more of a patterned paper feel.

    As you can see, this stencil can provide a variety of options for you.  But, what can you do with all of these backgrounds?  I’ve primarily used items from the Good Life collection to create a variety of cards from these.  Here is what I made.

    This card is completed by two strips of Fresh Sage and Peaches & Cream topped with Huge Hello in Fresh Sage and coated with Journey Gaze, accented with Summer Branch Die in Fresh Sage and pearls from Meadow Pearls.

    Remember when I told you that the bit of ink that got into the other openings around the medallions didn’t matter?  This is why.  I fussy cut around my medallion images and sliced it down the center to use it as embellishment atop the blue plaid from the Good Life Prints.  This card features the Many Thanks ATS embossed with Rose Gold powder.  I even dipped a tiny heart from our Forever Heart Chips in the embossing ink and embossed that in Rose Gold as well.

    This card is pretty straight forward.  It is matted on Haystack cardstock and mounted on a River Stone card base.  The sentiment is from Cottage Bouquet cut with layered dies from our new Special Day Tags.  Fresh Sage thread and Tin Pail pearls are the finishing touch.

    This one is my favorite of the entire bunch.  As Bob Ross would call it, a happy accident. I cut the background to only a portion and mounted on Peaches & Cream cardstock, wrapped with both Peaches & Cream thread and Gold thread.  The sentiment comes from the Life is Beautiful set and is accented with Peach pearls from Meadow Pearls.

    Did you know that you can use a die on dried modeling paste and it cuts beautifully?  This is an example of just that.  First I used Silver Sparkle Tape down the left edge of the card base, mounted my heart shaped cut out on top and finished with a Rustic Rose Satin ribbon bow.  Thinking the bottom was a bit naked, I pierced a design with our new Basics Piercing Template and splattered a bit of Dark Roast silk.  The sentiment comes from our Farmyard friends.

    Can you see the subtle watermarked type look the stencil gave this card?  It is just the thing to take it from meh, to magnificient!  Farmyard Friends bundle, Garden Branch die, Bloom Cluster die and Journey Rectangles all work together to make this sweet card.

    Last but not least is our simple and elegant card using a free Bloom Benefit called A Simple Hello.  Again, I embossed it with Rose Gold on vellum.  The tone-on-tone background of the Chambray Shirt colored modeling paste with the Chambray Shirt cardstock make it a lovely card.  It is completed with our Meadow Pearls and Brushed Silver Organza Ribbon.

    I hope you found some inspiration here that you can use with your Cement Tile stencil.  There are even more techniques I want to try with this stencil but I think that is enough for this week.

    Sending you good vibes and big wishes!



  • Sale News

    September Sales

    Isn’t that some beatiful color?  This weekend I made my paper palette sampler of all the FSJ colors.  I have already used it to make selecting colors for a card easier!  I highly recommend making one yourself if you love to create projects with paper.  The exciting news is that during the month of September all of our paper and ink pads are 20% off!  That makes this the perfect time to fill out your collection with any cardstock or ink pad colors that you are missing.  Visit my Facebook page to see the complete list of sale items along with the sku numbers to order.

    What can be better than that?  Well, let me tell you…

    Each week this month, FSJ will have promotional bundles available at a special price!  Would you like to see this week’s bundles?



    Do you see something you like?  I know I do!  The Good Life bundle is selling for $45.41 (retail is $60.55).  The Mother Nature bundle is selling for $29.81 (retail is $39.75).  Let me know if you need help ordering!  Both deals go away on September 9th when they will be replaced with a new one.

    Sending you good vibes and big wishes!




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