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TCW229 Rain

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Welcome to Stencil-a-Palooza!  Several days a week for the next month or so I'll be featuring one of my eighteen stencil designs for The Crafter's Workshop!  Each post comes with a giveaway.  Leave a comment answering the question-of-the-day and you might be the winner of that day's featured stencil in both 6x6 and 12x12!  Comments will remain open on this post for seventy-two hours.  The winner will be announced after that.  In the meantime, if you'd like to purchase any of the stencils there are many in-person and online shops to choose from.  See a complete list here.

Today I'm going to share a little bit about TCW229 Rain:

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You get three sizes of drops in a single stencil!  Kind of cool, if I do say so myself.

For my first project I traced and cut two sizes of the raindrops...

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...and then paper pieced this kind of cool pattern:

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I had planned to make it into a card, but it was just so pretty I decided to incorporate it into a layout instead:

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Remember, templates are not just for getting messy.  You can be quite clean with them too!

And here's a fun tip: combine two raindrops to create a heart:

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You can also make flowers with the raindrops!

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Isolate a single long raindrop and pounce through the opening with white paint...

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...to create a daisy.  You can experiment with different colors and the different sizes of raindrops.

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And here's my finished piece:

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And you can see more Rain Stencil daisies in this unfinished page in my art journal:

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I used the rain stencil on a trio of tags:

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(Video instructions for each tag can be found in my Stencil 101 class.)

And on this cute tag:

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Some inking, some spraying, and a little watercolor umbrella.

Remember this art journal spread from my Art Journal Every Day post "A Seven Day Plan?"

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You can see the raindrops all down the left-side of the page.

Finally, I was so inspired by Sabrina Alery's use of the Rain Stencil during the Clearsnap/TCW Hop that I had to create a similarly layered background:

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Watch the video to see the layout come together:

To win both the 6x6 and 12x12 versions of the Rain Stencil, answer the Question of the Day:

In general do you prefer a video tutorial or written step-by-step with photos?  Why?

Just a reminder: To be eligible to win, you must post your comment in the comment section of this blog post.  You cannot post on Facebook or by replying to the e-mail (if you subscribe) in your inbox.  The reason for this is that I pick a winner via "random number generator" so I need a single list of comments.

Thanks for stopping by! 

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