Today I am thrilled to be participating again in another blog hop with The Crafter's Workshop featuring the amazing designs of Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. This week we are featuring the Flower Piecing stencil. For my project I used the small 6x6 version.
Be sure to check out all of the blogs on the hop this week:
For my project, I decided to use the stencil as a template to emboss foil. The technique is easy to do and gives a lot of wow to a project. I used my foil piece on a tag, but it could easily be used on a card front or decor piece.
To begin, place a piece of metal foil tape on a foam pad (the back side of my Rub It Scrub It). Add a bit of tape to keep it in place.
Place the stencil over the foil. I added tape to keep it in place.
Use an embossing stylus to trace around the inside edges of the stencil design. The soft base of the foam pad allows the stylus to press into the metal and create an indention.
After all of the design has been traced, remove the foil from the foam pad.
Use a paint dabber to apply a light coat of paint on to the foil, making sure to get paint into the indentions.
Allow the paint to set for a minute and then wipe it away with a dry towel. Adhere the foil to the front of the tag (or card front).
To create the tag topper, place the stencil on a scrap of smooth white cardstock. Use an ink applicator to apply color over the stencil onto the paper.
Cut a piece of the inked paper to cover the top of the tag. Use a hole punch to punch the hole in the tag top through the inked paper.
To add color to the foil, use alcohol ink markers (I used Copic Markers) to color in the design.
To get bold colors, you may need to apply multiple coats of the marker ink, allowing each coat to dry before the next.
As an added touch, place silver brads through the centers of each of the large flower designs.
Stamp a word on a piece of scrap paper (I used a scrap of vintage ledger paper). Tear and ink the edges of the paper. Cut a flower shape from the scrap of the inked paper and attach it with a brad. Clip the finished word piece to the tag with a mini paper clip.