- Jenny Doh: Jenny is an artful creator, collaborator, curator, and crochet-er. She was the long-time Editor-in-Chief of Somerset Studio and now runs the popular website CRESCENDOh.com. She has curated numerous books including Art Saves and Journal It (to which I was a contributor).
- Joanne Sharpe: Joanne and I first met at a CREATE retreat where we were both teachers. She is a wonderful lettering artist. You have probably seen her beautiful stamps from Art Gone Wild. She is teaching at all three CREATE retreats this year (California, Chicago, and New Jersey), so do yourself a favor and take a class from her!
- Ronda Palazzari: Ronda is warm, enthusiastic, energetic, and talented. She recently attended Ranger U. and is a misting maniac. Ronda is the author of the book Art of Layers and on the design teams for Maya Road, Purple Onion, and Sizzix.
So what stencil did these three ladies get to play with? I sent them Peek-a-Boo:
You can probably guess why this stencil is called Peek-a-Boo, can't you? Yep, it looks like eyes. Although I will tell you that at the time I designed it I was actually thinking of Indian textiles, which use a lot of circles and sequins. So the first project I created with this stencil is this one:
It's kind of a faux version of an Indian textile. I love the way it turned out. I used Lumiere paints to do the stenciling and Lumiere paints have mica powder in them, so it really glows!
I instagrammed some process photos, so you can see how it came together:
I'm not sure I managed to capture it in the photography, but it's very shiny -- between the paint and the sequins. Just looking at it makes me happy!
Of course, the Peek-a-Boo stencil works for scrapbook layouts too:
And as for the circles inside of each of the moon shapes...well, I'm kind of proud of this bit of design cleverness! This is the Punchinella stencil:
Of course one thing always leads to another, and using the Peek-a-Boo stencil with the Punchinella stencil started some wheels turning in my head. And thus, my favorite use of the Peek-a-Boo stencil has been to use it the same way I would the Punchinella:
Lots of folks use Punchinella to jazz up a soft background. The 6x6 version of the Peek-a-Boo stencil does a great job of doing that, but with a really unique shape.
And did you notice that I also used the 6x6 version of the Chevron stencil on this layout? I traced a small section with a pen to create an arrow-like effect. Here's another instagram work-in-progress photo:
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