It is no secret that I hate cleaning stencils. Unfortunately I also hate having dried paint on my stencils.
What's a girl to do? Use my mad problem solving skills to create a 3rd option!
Read on to learn more.
To solve my problem I pulled out the Cricut. Another well known secret is none of us use our electronic die-cut machines as much as we would like to. Or enough to justify our investment. So anytime I can find a use for it, I am super excited.
I used the Cricut to design and cut paper stencils. I ended up making over 50 stencils. My favorite cartridges were Paper Lace I and II. But there are many images to choose from. Some will need to be resized. I opted to use 8.5x11 white card stock as it is easy to buy it in bulk. Be sure to save your work for future projects. I used the Cricut, but you can use any electronic die-cut machine. (Pssst....I also used embossed paper in lieu of stamps. So I don't have to clean those either. Double win!)
Time to pull out the Gelli Plate. The best part about using paper stencils is that they become artistic elements I can use on future projects. These are just some of the prints I made.
Learn tips for using paper stencils with your Gelli Plate in the video below.
|The background for this tag is one of the embossed papers I used instead of stamps.|
I hope I have inspired you to use you tools in new and unexpected ways. Next week I will show you how to use the same stencils to create watercolor prints.