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Brass Stencil-Celtic Door~I just found out 1/24/12 that this stencil is no longer available.  I just kept it here to offer some inspiration or ideas.


Triptych Template Bag all opened up

I used the triptych template (link to page it is on is below) to create this little item you can use to put additional things in and send to a friend.  I took a brown paper bag and laid the template on top and traced around it, then I reversed the template so the peak was at the bottom and let a little of  it hang over the bottom straight part of the template and traced around it.  Later, you can fold this end up into the triptych and can hold papers, tickets, photos, etc. 
Cut out your template.  I traced the same thing around another piece of paper- can be lighter paper like newsprint, old pages from books, etc. and glued to the inside.  I used Claudine Hellmuth matte medium.  After I had the look I wanted inside, I took Tim Holtz Distress Inks and altered inside and out and added a few stamped images and covered everything with matte medium again.  I used the Celtic Door stencil with red paste.  Cut it on the sides so the doors will actually open and put a hidden secret inside the doors.  I used a 1" paper punch and cut out some music paper for the outside and glued that onto the front, punched a small hole for cording and ran the cording through so you can tie it shut.
I got this idea from a customer/turned friend, Annette Daniels.  She recently sent me some of the wonderful books she creates using Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  She had a paper bag un-bag in the pack and tied up and when you opened it, she had all kinds of vintage goodies inside.  It was so much fun!!  So this is my take on her un-bag.

For the neat Triptych Template-check out this link


Brass Stencil-Coneflower~This is a beautiful stencil and I can't wait to use it.  It measures 4" high and 2 3/4" wide- this is the measurement of the brass stencil.  The flower is approx. 4 1/4" long-measuring it at the diagonal from the top of the flower to the bottom of the stem and approx. 2 3/4" wide from tip of leaf to other tip of leaf.  Just a beautiful look for most any project.


Brass Stencil-Crown~This is a great looking crown. The scan is lousy though.  They just don't seem to scan well with the black paper backing that comes on them.  This crown is on silve colored brass and measures approx. 2 7/16" wide and approx. 1 3/4" high.  The crown itself measures approx. almost 1 7/8" wide and approx. 1 1/2" high.  Use little rhinestones or brads to top the crown.  I think Stickles glitter glue would be very striking on the top of the crown and/or the little diamond points near the base. 


Even though these are not samples of the brass stencils I have in stock- it still gives you an idea of the look you can achieve. 
One day while I was playing with the Golden gels and mediums and brass stencils, I found a really cool way to use the Distress Crackle Paints.  I took a palette knife and scraped the paint from the brush inside the jar, I then spread it across my brass stencil--it was great!  It crackled so nice.  I like the brass stencils but haven't really used them alot but now...a really cool medium to use with them-they sky's the limit.   This was a stencil I bought at a rubber stamp convention and is a Dream Weaver's stencil.  Although you can't really tell from the picture, the birds are wonderfully crackled in black soot crackle paint.
The picture below also uses a Dream Weaver's Stencil.  I l-o-v-e the dragon, he is big and bold and very intricate.  I used the fired brick distress crackle paint on him and is so cool because he looks very dragony and scaly.  All he needs is a little gold stickles on his eyes.
So get out your brass stencils and look at them in a new way!



This was done using a tree stencil from Dream Weavers Stencils.  I added some of the ink colors to the tag then I traced the design using a micro tip Sharpie and then colored and highlighted the tree using the pen nibs and the Distress inks.  The pen nibs are so useful- they are like little paper stumps and you can roll them on your ink pad and then paint with them- they have a sharp point so you can even get into small areas with them.  It is like making a marker out of any of your ink pads.

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