Tuesday, February 13, 2007
I have not been excited about something in a very, very, very long time. I guess that I am jaded - been around awhile. When I got this in the mail, I was absolutely ecstatic! I have been trying to get hold of these stencils for awhile now, ever since taking a Mary Jo McGraw workshop where she had some of these stencils. I have been trying to find a source for these and Coffee Break Designs is the only place where I can these particular bald men! Just think of the possibilities!!! These stencils are great for ATCs, mail art, inchies, collage, and anything you can use with a stencil. They also carry other stencils. I am waiting for a list of other ones that they carry.
In the meantime, if you want a sheet of the man stencil, you can mail $6.00 US plus $2.00 for S&H to Coffee Break Design, Box 34281, Indianapolis, IN 46234. Check, money order, or well hidden cash. International people can contact me privately and we can work out something so I can order a quantity and send you a sheet. Maybe Coffee Break Design sells wholesale to someone internationally. Website is
I just made up these samples in less than an hour. Sam was doing foam stamping with acrylic paint dabbers. I made these in the time it took her to do her art. They are fab!!! Y'all know that I don't endorse something unless I really like it and use it. Okay, I was wrong about acrylic paint dabbers, but we are all entitled to make mistakes. How was I supposed to know that most of them would dry out and the dabbers would not work? I refuse to buy new dabbers because that was their main selling point. That is another blog entry though.
I used a thin film of Microglaze on the stencils first to give them a little coating/resist against all the stuff that I will use on it. Makes it a little easier for me to clean them up especially with paint. I still have to try embossing. Did not get there yet. Did not want to emboss with my daughter right there to breathe in anything. I used a clean dabber and stamp pad to create the man images. A cosmetic sponge would work just as well. The white outline was done with a thin line, white colored Sharpie poster paint pen.
On the orange background postcard, I used a wipe to wipe right outside the man images to highlight them a little by taking away some paint and making the area right around them a little lighter. In the process, I took away a little bit of the man images in some corners. No problem. I just placed the stencil over the man images and redabbed them with the stamp pad ink. Way cool beanies!!! I am so loving it!! I have not been groovin' on something for awhile. The strangest things make me happy. This and the new dark chocolate with coffee/espresso bits. YUM to both!