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The fleeting moments of knowledge in which we discover our existence are facts that can be committed to memory. We can enlarge this aggregate memory and refashion it as we go through a lifetime. By saving these memories on paper and reconstructing the images of our lives. We see the art of our lives unfolding before us.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

SDC101: Text Paper....

Hello Crafties....

Today is Stampotique Designer's Challenge day-!!! And I am hosting. I love using text in my work it is a fun way to get texture without a whole lot of work. With that I have a background tutorial for you to try.

Here is what you will need:

Artistcellar Playful Pods Stencils
Text Paper
Gel Medium
Pallet Knife
Tim Holtz Distress Paints in Weathered Wood, Bundled Sage, Broken China, Mustard Seed
Water in spray bottle
Heat Gun
Tim Holtz Distress in Broken China, Walnut Stain, Rusty Hinge
Tim Holtz Blending Tool
Pitt Pens
Stampotique Stamps
Copic Markers
Tsuineko Brilliance Ink pad Graphite Black
Card stock
Paper trimmer
Prima Sunset Sunrise Brads
Plastic domed pellets from the hobby store found in the floral section
Glossy Accents glue
Pop Up tape

Step 1: I am using some brand new stencils from Artistcellar that are a signature series by Chris Cozen. Titled Playful Pods Series. I used Bodacious Pods Stencil below.

Step 2: Lay your stencil onto the text paper and spread the gel medium onto the stencil.

Step 3: Let gel medium dry. It will have a shine and will be clear.

Step4: Spray your text paper with water and dab the Distress Paint onto your page

Spray with more water and let run and bleed. I will pick up my paper and move the paint around.

Dry with heat gun. You can use a towel to dab up excess paint.

Step 5: Ink with Distress Inks and blending tool to add more depth.

Step 6: Outline pods with Pitt Pen in size S.

Step 7: Cut out desired card stock for a mat and card Adhere layers together.

 Step 8: Stamp Stampotique Stamps onto white card stock with TSUKINEKO Brilliance Graphite Black Ink Pad. Color with Copic Markers and fussy cut out. Use some pop up tape place onto card front. I also used these plastic domed pellets on the eyes of Bat Boy. Makes him look like he is wearing thick glasses.

Wishing you all a creative day-!

 Here is where you can find everything I used.


  1. Absolutely amazing Sarinda - excellent tutorial - will try this for definite!!! Polly x

  2. Absolutely gorgeous Sarinda, what a great tutorial too. Thank you for sharing it with us. Hugs, Gez xx

  3. I love this Sarinda! Fab challenge xx

  4. What a fantastic tutorial, Sarinda!! And your challenge to us this week is right up my alley, as a Grammar Queen and Word Guru! This would be such a fun challenge to do, but, alas, I am miles and miles away from my studio for the next two weeks caring for my sister as she recuperates from surgery, so will not be able to participate! ;-(

    1. Oh Kay I am sorry your sister is recovering. I hope quick non the less. I can tell you are a word smith... lol. I am sure she will let you cut up a book she has laying around and then you could just doodle on it. ;D
      Take Care.

  5. oh wow! really like the stencil! great work!

  6. Thank you Sarinda, lovely tutorial and I will use it once! Your page has become lovely!

    groetjes Coby

  7. thanks for the fun technique and the fun challenge! no wonder you piece looks so cute ;)))


  8. First Sarinda, thank you for this interesting challenge and very fun tag today, love it !!! And secondly, thank you even more for this great tutorial ! Never tried your technique, so it becomes tantalizing !!! Although I can't be sure to do it (at first I didn't want to participate this week again since I'm very busy...), I'm going to try and follow your step by step, with joy ! Warmly, Coco xx

    1. Coco thank you so much for your warm comments... I am glad you will join us. Also Modeling Paste is another fun way to do this. Very different but nice effect. You can see it on this post. Regardless have fun while you are playing. xx

  9. GREAT creation Sarinda..I just got two of these stencils and love them. Also, GREAT tutorial..I absolutely LOVE all that you do :)

  10. What a brilliant tag Sarinda, and I love your tutorial. I did a mental checklist and I think I'm good to go (except for your amazing stencils) so will definitely be giving this a try xx

  11. Wonderful tag and a great tutorial!

    I had tried using gel medium over a stencil on a map, but it didn't work out. After reading your tutorial, I realized what I did wrong and I'm ready to try again!

    1. Kathi that is great news. Looking forward to seeing what you create. Try, Try, Try again. Thank you for letting me know that it was a help to you. xx.

  12. In awe, as always! Just gorgeous! Thank you for such a fun theme this week!
    Val :)

  13. Very cool, both the card as the tutorial! Tanks for a great challenge!! XOXO

  14. Wow ! This is a very interesting technique. I've got to try it. Thank you very much for the tutorial. Your background is amazing, and the finished card is really beautiful :)