Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A Blog Hop with StencilGirl and Xyron...

Thanks to the folks at Xyron, today I'm exploring ways to use their Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots and Double-Sided High Tack Tape along with StencilGirl Stencils.

I started by playing around with the Xyron products, journalling about what I was coming up with as I went along.

My husband is a talented wood worker, and as a byproduct of what he was creating, he was making this fabulous pile of Padauk wood shavings.  I love the colour and thought it would give me some incredible texture.  While leaving the paper backing on the double-sided tape, I dipped the sticky side into the wood shavings.  I then peeled the paper backing off and stuck this wonderfully textured 'wood tape' to my journal page.  I also made some wood shaving dots, in much the same way.

Next I started looking at my collection of stencils to find patterns that would create some interesting tape using embossing powder.  I settled on Jamie Fingal's Houses to start, but was really interested to note that most of the stencils have some elements that can be isolated for fabulously patterned tape.
I started by laying the tape down on my non-stick craft mat, sticky side up (release paper down).  I gently put the stencil over it so that it was sticking ever so slightly to the tape and I sprinkled a bit of the first colour of embossing powder over it.  I used a soft brush (any soft paint brush would do or use a brush made for embossing powders).  

I then carefully lifted the stencil and sprinkled the second colour onto the exposed areas of the tape.  Using the soft brush, I brushed away the excess embossing powder and used the heat gun to melt the embossing powder.


I also made a few embossed dots using one colour of powder per dot.  Here's the journal page with my notes for future reference:


Using a couple of these ideas, I pulled out Sue Pelletier's Loose Dress #3 stencil and my black Pitt pen and I traced all the lines on the stencil.  Then I added a bunch of the 3/16" Xyron dots to create a pretty polka dotted dress.  I sprinkled on the pink embossing powder, brushed off all the excess and then pulled out the heat gun to get them to melt and shine! It's difficult to see, but the dots are raised, adding a wonderful texture to the page.




I added the 1/2" Xyron Double Sided Tape along the top and bottom of the page, leaving about a 1/4" between the edge of the page and the tape.  I thought Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch's Bubbles stencil would add the perfect compliment to the polka dot dress.  After sticking the tape onto the page, I pulled up the protective paper and as described above, I added pink embossing powder to the stencil first, to get pink dots, and then filled in the background space with green.  I found dipping the brush into the green and touching it to the exposed tape worked really well without dropping too much excess embossing powder.


 



 Here's the page after the embossing was finished.  I really like it as is, but I decided to use my Tombow markers to add a watercolour effect to the page.














The final touch was a bit of hand written text around the dress using a white Uni-ball Signo pen.




32 comments:

  1. Oh, what an EXCITING journal - LOVE the colours and clever stencilled embossing!!!
    THANK YOU for the inspiration and sharing your tutorial too :)

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    1. Thanks Tracy. Always happy to share ideas and inspiration!

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  2. Wow this is incredible!!! Gorgeous inspiration.

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  3. Really neat, love the wood shavings idea, thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you Margaret. I love being able to use those pretty wood shavings!

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  4. Brilliant, Linda! Love your ingenius idea with the tape! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. Love all that texture
    and details in this.
    Lovely work.
    Carla from Utah

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  6. You seriously can't get any happier than this journal page Linda!!! Beautiful!!! Wood shavings--you smart girl!!!

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    1. Thanks Maria. I want to do some more experimentation with the exotic wood shavings too. We'll see what I come up with...

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  7. I haven't heard of these particular products before. I am definitely going to look into it ;-)

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    1. They're very good adhesives Pat. They have all sorts of others as well.

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  8. Oh my goodness! This is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful! Thank you for the great tutorial and the cool ideas for making the tape with wood shavings and the dots are awesome also! So inspiring! TFS! :-)

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  9. Love all the ideas for use with the dots and tape. I need to make a trip to Michaels and see if they carry these products

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    1. Thanks Teresa. I know Michaels in Canada has a few of the Xyron products, but not a large selection.

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  10. What creative techniques!!! You are an inspiration. Your piece here is absolutely wonderful.
    <3 J

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  11. Where the heck do you keep all this stuff, Linda? I love the dress stencil the best!!

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    1. I've got a lot of wonderful shelving in my studio! That dress stencil is wonderful isn't it.

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  12. Such great use of the tape. I'd never have thought of making your own embossed tape...so cool.

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    1. Thanks Jo. It really is a fun way to use the two sided adhesive to create something totally unique.

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  13. I absolutely love your techniques!!!!! super inspiring! so much fun creating with you Stencil Girls all week!

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    1. Thanks Ann. I'm glad you enjoyed our week long hop!

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  14. I love how you used the stencil with embossing!! It was SO much fun playing with you and Stencil Girl this week!

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    1. Thank you Heather. I hope you got some new ideas this week!

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  15. SUPER fun! LOVING those polka dots! Sorry this is a little late but thank you SO much for swapping and hopping with us over at Xyron! :)

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    1. Thank YOU! It was so much fun to play along.

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