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Guest Post: Stenciled Paste Softening with May

First up, there were so many questions about the stencil film and other products that I used in Monday's tutorial, so I've added a product list to that post.  Click on any of the items in the product list to be taken to a store where you can buy them.  I hope it's helpful!

Now onto the main event!  May Flaum is sharing two awesome things with you today!  The first is a video tutorial all about softening molding paste when you use it with your stencils.  The second is a coupon for 20% off ANY of her online classes!  Pretty cool!

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There are classic combinations in my life. Tea and scones, peanut butter and chocolate, rainy days and good books, and stencils with paste. Ever since I discovered how fabulous paste is with many of my favorite stencils it has become an absolute obsession! It adds texture, dimension, and is perfect as a finishing touch or to create a stunning background.

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Recently I was working on a mixed media canvas and discovered that adding paste made the stencil design too rigid, stand out too much, and it simply took over my piece. What to do? Well I still liked the design I just needed it a bit blended. I grabbed a big paint brush and gently applied water to the paste and softened both the height of the paste, and also the edges of the design.  The result? A softer, aged look that had my design blending right into the background and a technique that I’ve been obsessed with ever since!

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This is a technique that really is better to see in video, and so I’ve created this full tutorial for you.

The great thing is this will work with a large number of designs, and with any number of themes! I’ve finished two of the tags you saw me begin in the video to share with you here today.

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This one I went with more of a Christmas theme  - can’t be too early! Just adding some bright reds to those softer colors added the contrast I needed.

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You may notice both tags are very similar in design – that’s intentional! I wanted to show you how a similar technique with the same colors could be used to create two similar and yet unique projects. Notice how I have loads of little details and bits? Well here’s another tip: use up your stash of crafty things! I’m always saving special wooden words and brads and things – so it was great to get some items out and put to use. Now I just need to find gifts to place these tags on!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this fun technique today.

Supplies Used:

These are the other Balzer Designs stencils discussed in the video, but not used:

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Mayf_picFrom scrapbook layouts to mixed media canvases, May loves having inky fingers and following her wildest ideas. From managing a scrapbook store to authoring several books May has worked with many companies and held many jobs in her twelve years in the paper crafting industry. Now teaching her online courses at www.craftwithmay.com, May enjoys sharing ideas with her students, blogging, and testing out new creative ideas in her home studio.

When she’s not crafting up a storm she can be found reading a book, traveling with her family, or dreaming of her next great meal.

Want to try one of May’s online classes? You can get 20% off the class of your choice at her website by simply using this link. This coupon is good through 10/30 and valid on new purchases only. Come craft with May!

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