I’m starting my 2020 must-haves a little earlier this year so you don’t miss out on this one. Join Lynette Jasper on Hochanda at 9am and 1pm (UK time) for the Pretty Gets Gritty show. The Pretty Acoustic stencil is one of my absolute faves this year and is perfect for Christmas stamping.
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The Pretty Acoustic stencil consists of lots of slightly imperfect dots and is lovely and thick, giving you lots of applications options. It also means if you don’t want to use any media at all, you can just run it with your card through your die-cutting machine for an easy embossed effect.
The stencil is ideal for when you need to add a bit of… “something”. Add sparkle using glitter pastes, colour using Pretty Gets Gritty textured gels, or texture using PGG Thick Texture Paste. You can also just ink through it as in the above sample.
In the sample above, Pretty Acoustic and Thick Texture Paste creates a snowy background over rice paper. Start by applying white gesso over everything. Place rice paper under just the easel and spray Pretty Gets Gritty Pretty Amazing Spray in Transparent Twilight and Willow Green. I used a shimmer spray to help the colour soften and spread on the rice paper. It doesn’t take too long to dry, and then you can apply it to the “canvas” using PGG Gel Medium. Set this aside to dry overnight.
Apply PGG Thick Texture Paste through the Pretty Acoustic Stencil to gets these thick chalky dots (the texture paste features marble flour). Set aside to dry thoroughly, and once dry, you are able to apply a second layer using the PGG Gritty Slate Paste using the end of a paintbrush. I love the slate paste as it dries with a subtle shimmer reminiscent of hematite. I did this to only individual strands which were to be the strings of the baubles. The baubles are also decorated with the same rice paper.
You can do resist techniques using some gel mediums while you can use transparent gesso to increase absorption of colour. Applying these through a stencil always creates an intriguing effect.
The stencil is ideal for creating background and adding texture to focal elements, but it really shines when adding sparkle. In the sample above, apply embossing ink through the stencil with a blending brush. Remove the stencil and apply embossing powder (this sample uses Cosmic Shimmer Arctic Pearl Lustre which is a translucent white but with a holographic shimmer).
If you look at the top left corner of the above sample, you can see how we’ve used the stencil to get a secondary effect. Firstly, apply a transparent gel (or one of a close match to your background). Allow this first application to dry thoroughly before then applying a contrasting medium (here Wipeout Texture Paste is used) over the top using a palette knife in vertical and horizontal directions to get a canvas like feel.
See our other Pretty Gets Gritty projects.