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StencilGirl Blog Hop: Spray it Again Sam!


This week we're having a super fun blog hop celebrating all of the cool techniques that you can find in Mary Beth Shaw's book, "Stencil Girl Mixed-Media Techniques for Making and Using Stencils."

Stencil Girl Book CoverThis is a really great book, absolutely packed with great techniques and tutorials. This week, each member of the creative team is sharing a project inspired by one of the techniques in the book. I get to share my project based on the chapter "Spray it Again, Sam" (page 66) all about using spray paint with stencils. Yay! So fun!

So with that, here's the project I made - it's an upcycled cardboard "custom souvenir frame." You know how you go on vacation and the souvenir shops all have these expensive theme frames that you can buy? I decided to just make my own for photos from my trip to Monterey, CA in July.

StencilGirl Mary Beth's Book Blog Hop Project - Gwen LafleurReady for a tutorial?

First, gather all your supplies... I picked out five stencils that I thought would work together and go with a beach theme. Then I picked out five colors of spray paint that would go together and also work with the theme. I took the cardboard I wanted to spray and also an art journal that I use to mop up extra paint and ink off of my stencils (here's an example of how I used one of these pages in my mop up journal.)

StencilGirl Mary Beth's Book Blog Hop 1 - Gwen LafleurAnd here's a list of the stencils I used:

Next up, I get my setup ready to go outside on my back porch. I cut out a big piece of cardboard from a moving box I saved from my move in May. It works perfectly to protect the deck.

IMG_9272I have my book handy to mop up the extra paint, and plenty of room to spray and lay out my stencils as I use them. I started with Rafters by Mary Beth Shaw as my base layer with a nice orange-red spray. I put the bright colors in the base layers because I didn't want them to be too prominant in the final piece - just little pops of color and pattern showing through the other layers. (Because I'm very nearly incapable of doing anything too monochromatic!)

Spray, lift off carefully, and voila!

StencilGirl Mary Beth's Book Blog Hop 4 - Gwen LafleurThen I put the stencil paint side down in my book and get most of the paint off, then set the stencil aside to dry. The paint dries fairly quickly, and I let each layer dry most of the way before going on. Some of them were a bit wet - I was playing beat the clock with the sunset. lol.

Then just go through and add each layer... I added them using the stencils in the order I listed above.

StencilGirl Mary Beth's Book Blog Hop 5 - Gwen LafleurAnd you can see my progress in my journal as I add layers there too...
StencilGirl Mary Beth's Book Blog Hop 5 - Gwen LafleurI moved the Eddy Rose stencil around as I was working to make sure I got plenty of coverage.

StencilGirl Mary Beth's Book Blog Hop 5 - Gwen Lafleur
StencilGirl Mary Beth's Book Blog Hop 8 - Gwen Lafleur

StencilGirl Mary Beth's Book Blog Hop 9 - Gwen Lafleur

And more moving the stencil around to get the shapes I wanted... since this was the top layer, I placed them a bit more carefully, keeping in mind that I was going to cut out the center of the cardboard.
StencilGirl Mary Beth's Book Blog Hop 9 - Gwen LafleurSo that's the finished cardboard... and how cool are these new pages in my mop up journal? I can see some fun art journaling happening here in the near future...
StencilGirl Mary Beth's Book Blog Hop 11 - Gwen Lafleur
So now it's time to make the frame. You'll want to make sure the paint is totally dry - no tackiness when you touch it. For the photo opening, I just traced a 5x8 index card with a white Stabilo pencil and then cut it out on a glass mat with an X-acto knife. I eyeballed placement - no complex measuring techniques. It's cardboard after all... my edges aren't straight and the opening isn't perfectly centered. And I'm totally okay with that. You can absolutely use a trimmer and a ruler if that bugs you - whatever fits your style.

StencilGirl Mary Beth's Book Blog Hop 12-14 - Gwen LafleurThen I fancied things up a bit... first I took some washi tape that worked with my colors and theme and covered up the raw edges around the sides and in the opening.

StencilGirl Mary Beth's Book Blog Hop 15 - Gwen LafleurThen, I got out my trusty dimensional paints - in this case Scribbles and Liquid Pearls, and added some detail and dimension to the sand dollars to make them stand out from the background and to just give it a little oomph.

StencilGirl Mary Beth's Book Blog Hop 16 - Gwen LafleurHave I mentioned how much I love dimensional paints? Because I really do.

StencilGirl Mary Beth's Book Blog Hop 17 - Gwen LafleurAnd here's the final for the front of my frame. I gave the whole thing a nice coat of gel medium to seal it.

StencilGirl Mary Beth's Book Blog Hop 18 - Gwen LafleurYou could stop here and just tape your photo to the back and put it up with some Command Strips or something, but I decided to really make it a frame and add a back and a table stand.

So here's how I did this part. Again, I didn't measure or make my cutting lines straight and pretty, but you could make it nicer. I just took one of my StencilGirl chipboard mailing envelopes and cut it apart. I took the back and starting from one of the corners, just left a corner and then cut straight up toward the center... the picture probably gives a good idea of what I mean:

IMG_9308I cut that off, and then took the front piece of the envelope. I put the white side with the label so that it would face in... I cut it just smaller than my cardboard frame, and at the top I cut out a circle as a finger access place so I could slide a photo in and out. I used my ATG gun to adhere the sides and bottom of this backing piece to the back side of my frame. Then I put some more adhesive on the top of my "stand" and positioned it by matching up the corners and then gluing down the top. Hold your finger on the top and then fold so that you have a stand. Hopefully that makes sense!

StencilGirl Mary Beth's Book Blog Hop 20 - Gwen Lafleur

StencilGirl Mary Beth's Book Blog Hop 21 - Gwen Lafleur
And that's my finished frame! I couldn't decide between two pictures of my niece and I together on the beach, so I printed them onto a single 5"x8" sheet and slid it into the frame. The backing holds it in place so there's no adhesive and I can swap it out if I want.

StencilGirl Mary Beth's Book Blog Hop Project - Gwen Lafleur
StencilGirl Mary Beth's Book Blog Hop Project - Gwen Lafleur
StencilGirl Mary Beth's Book Blog Hop Project - Gwen LafleurI like the raw look of the chipboard, so I left it. You could paint or even stencil that part too, if you want. I hope you enjoyed today's project and are feeling inspired to try some spray paints with your stencils! And be sure to check out Mary Beth's book for more ideas and projects to try.

Don’t have a copy of the book??
You can get yours HERE and if you order it from our website, Mary Beth will autograph it for you and send you the EXCLUSIVE bookmark stencil that only we at StencilGirl have to offer with the book!

Updated with the giveaway winner:

Mary Beth Book Blog Hop Winner

Congrats carolyndawn! She won Stencil Girl The Book with an exclusive bookmark stencil and (3) 6"x5" stencils designed by Mary Beth Shaw. 

Here's today's blog list for you to check out (go to StencilGirl Talk for all of the posts this week):