Splitcoaststampers-The Stamper's Community

Issue #672 May 29th 2019
Pastel Stencil Press  
Splitcoast Artist in Residence Dina Kowal will show you how to use embossing ink, stencils and PanPastels to create two impressive backgrounds.
Supplies you'll need for this project
  • Stencil
  • Versamark ink
  • Die cutting machine with embossing pad
  • PanPastels
  • Cardstock or watercolor paper
    Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
    Q: Alejandra wants to know: "What do you do when you've lost your mojo?"
    A: When I have a creative block, my best strategy is to walk away... forcing a project never works for me. I'll go for a walk downtown and fill my mind with beautiful things, or flip through Instagram feed for inspiration. Another thing I do is clean my desk - I usually have several layers of project remnants stacked or pushed aside and those start to get overwhelming. Clearing my space helps to clear my head... and I usually find something inspiring while I'm cleaning that gives me a new little spark when I'm ready to go again.
    Feedback From Past Tutorials
    mybelle101 has a tip for the Acrylic Post-It™ Note Holder tutorial: "I made these for my MOPS group, and everyone loved them! I took the paper backing off and adhered the notes with red-liner tape. If you are worried about them not falling off, find ones that have the adhesive edge that holds all the papers together. Then the top ones wouldn't be able to pull off of the one taped to the frame. Hope that helps!"

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    Use supplies you likely already own and try new techniques.
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