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Stencil Sunday: Up the (Stenciled) Garden Path

I hope no one ever asks me to choose my *favorite* stencil from the line Michelle Ward designed exclusively for The Ink Pad, because honestly... it's impossible! They're all beautiful and so useful! And whereas they all have a cool New York-inspired vibe, you can use them for just about anything, including a very zen garden, like this one: I built a background of collaged "found" papers including some sheet music and a latitude chart from an old atlas. Coccoina Gluestick is wonderful on fragile vintage paper, and smells a bit like marzipan. I used a few shades of Ranger Archival ink, including Shadow Grey and Watering Can to stencil...

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Stencil Sunday: So Nice They Named It Twice

Stencil Sunday: So Nice They Named It Twice New York, New York, that is! Home of The Ink Pad where you will find many amazing treasures, including a whole line of exclusive stamps and stencils designed by Michelle Ward. The The Downtown NYC Map Stencil is one of my favorites, and makes a terrific background, as you can see! The mark of a really great stencil is that you don't need to do much to it all! In this case, I made a little collage of vintage paper --sheet music, a time table and a page from an old guide book-- and used various Ranger...

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Title: Stencil Sunday: A Cut Above

Here's a slightly different technique with stencils, which I think is pretty cool. Instead of using them to add paint or ink, why not use them as a template to selectively subtract part of your background paper? That's what I've done here with Michelle Ward's Hash Pattern Stencil from The Ink Pad. Recently I've been having fun using my punches and dies to create negative space, but this is the first time I've used a stencil that way. It won't be the last though, I can tell you that! To create the Hash Pattern on this card, I just traced the larger scale of the pattern with a pencil...

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Stencil Sunday: On the Town!

The Ink Pad celebrated its 21st STAMP-iversary this week, so here's a suitably dressed up card to celebrate, featuring Michelle Ward's NYC Tourist Stencil.     You can see that I moved the stencil around a bunch of times, to make the words into a multi-directional pattern, as a background for my well-dressed lady, who is from a vintage fashion book. I used about five different shades of blue and purple Archival Ink on top of a piece of copy paper which was my brayer-cleaner the last time I gel printed. (It was too pretty to throw away!)     The stars are...

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NEW Series! Stencil Sundays!

Sunset Skyline Card Did you know that The Ink Pad has a whole line of exclusive NYC-themed stencils and rubber stamps designed by Michelle Ward? They're available in both the online store and the NYC location. For this card, I, Lauren, have used the NYC Skyline Stencil and Masks.   I love that this set has the positive and negative images of two different 7.5" wide sections of skyline. In this case, I only used the stencils, but as you can see, I used both sections, a bunch of times each. I started near the top, and each time I moved the stencil, I changed to a different sunset-shade of...

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