Monday, March 4, 2019

March CAS Stencil Challenge - Ghosting Technique

I'm excited to be the host of the CAS Stencil Card Challenge this month!    And my challenge for everyone is to do Ghost Stenciling!
Ghosting is a fun technique where you lay down water soluble crayons, inks or paints on watercolor paper - lay your stencil over the colored panel and rub over it with a baby wipe to remove the color - leaving a 'ghost' of the stencil image!  We hope you'll try it out this month!

You will find links to technique videos over at the challenge blog
I actually made 3 similar cards because I had such fun with the technique - I made 3 similar panels!  
Here are my cards as well as some photos of how I used the Ghosting Technique!
First I colored a watercolor panel using Weathered Wood, Shabby Shutters and Wild Honey Ranger Distress Crayons.
Next, with just a bit of water on my finger, I rubbed over one color at a time to blend the crayon.
I layered my stencil, Evolution from ARTplorations, over my panel, taping around the outside edges to hold it all flat over the panel.
I took a slightly wet baby wipe (if your wipe is dripping wet, squeeze it out a bit!) and rubbed over the stencil to remove some of the crayon color .
And here is the Ghost image of the stencil!
As I said above, I was so excited with my results, I ended up making 3 panels.  Every time you do this you will probably get a slightly different result, depending on your coloring, the blending and how much you remove through the stencil (as well as the positioning of the stencil).
I thought the Evolution stencil looked rather like fossils (especially in the colors I used) and that the Sizzix Prehistoric Thinlit dies would look perfect layered over the stenciling!  
I cut them out of Kraft core Core-dinations paper and sanded over it a bit to reveal the kraft.

Here's a Stegosaurus - the frame die is Mix and Mat Confetti Die from PTI.
Here is a  Brachiosaurus. Layering him on a smaller panel emphasizes his BIGNESS!
And a Tyrannosaurus.
I will use these for masculine (kids or men) cards - either birthday or maybe get well - I'll choose the sentiments for the appropriate occasions!

We can't wait to see your CAS card creations using the Ghosting Stencil technique!  You'll find lots of beautiful inspiration from the Design Team as well as the technique videos over at CAS Stencil!

We are also very exited to welcome our very first CAS Stencil Guest Designer this month
Ishani (Quillish)!

 You have until 3/24 to link up your cards!

I'm also linking my card to:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge -  Anything Goes


Happy Little Stampers

Time Out Challenges

Inspired By



Paper:  watercolor - Canson, white and kraft - PTI, Kraft Core Coredinations.
Ink:  Ranger Distress Gathered Twigs
Accessories:  Ranger Distress Crayons Shabby Shutters, Wild Honey, Weathered Wood, Evolution Stencil - ARTplorations, Prehistoric Thinlit Dies - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Mix and Mat Confetti Die - PTI, water.

23 comments:

Loll said...

Fantastic results with your distress crayons and baby wipe through the stencil, Julia. I agree ... the backgrounds are perfect for your prehistoric critters!! Such a fun design and now you have three cards ready to go! Great challenge Julia! xx

Barb Ghig said...

Great idea to use your Distress Crayons, Julia! I love the colors you chose for this fabulous stencil, too...they work perfectly with your Prehistoric animals! Fun masculine cards, too :)
Thanks for selecting such a great technique for us:)

Susie Bentz said...

Darling cards and great technique! Thanks for sharing!

Trina P. said...

Three adorable dinosaur cards, Julia. Fun and easy enough technique. Great challenge. x

Christine Alexander said...

Great ghosting technique Julia, I love your little boy themes they are so adorable :)

Robyn Oliver said...

Your dinosaur cards are just fabulous Julia, and the ghosting background and colours just perfect for them... my granddaughter would love them - her favourites at the moment

Bonnie said...

What success you had with this technique, Julia! I'll have to brush off my Distress Crayons! Love the dinosaurs that will be perfect for the guys in your life!

Izzy Scrap said...

WOW ! Three fabulous cards, Julia ! And thanks so much for this beautiful technique for this challenge. I really have to try, the results are so eye-catching. x

lifesabeach32940 said...

Very, very cool! In fact, I bought the stencil you used immediately after seeing your project!! Thank you for the AWESOME inspiration!!

Susan said...

Love your choice of technique for the challenge - I'm looking forward to trying it both with water and with a baby wipe. What a great (and fun) series of cards you created with the dinosaurs on those colourful backgrounds!

Sue said...

What a fun set of cards, Julia. You have done a great job with the ghosting technique and thank you for sharing how you made them.

Karen Dunbrook said...

these turned out awesome Julia...well done.
xx Karen

nancy littrell said...

Loved all your masculine boy or guy cards using your ghosting with stencils technique, Julia. Your stencil was perfect for your critters. TFS and hosting this month. I have several extra ghosting backgrounds for future cards. Hard to make just one! Hugs..Nancy

Cathy said...

Love these cards Julia, so much that I've bought the dinosaur dies!! Your ghosted backgrounds are so effective with them, must try the baby wipe technique, Cathy x

Laurel said...

Such a fun technique that created some fabulous cards! Thanks for playing at Inspired By!

Darnell said...

I love your threefer prehistoric designs, Sis! Thank you for taking the time to do the detailed step-by-step tutorial!! Hugs, Darnell

Mac Mable said...

What a fabulous technique Julia and it's worked brilliantly on your cards. The stencil is striking and perfect for those prehistoric animals. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration and the step by steps x.

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

What a fun technique, and a great trio of cards created with your ghosted panel. That stencil is so perfect with the dinos. I love your color selection, and the technique certainly does produce a unique result each time. Fantastic cards. Thanks so much for playing with us at Time Out!

Linda said...

I love your dinosaur cards. I never thought to use Distress Crayons with the Ghosting technique .... your backgrounds look amazing xx

Papercraft Boutique said...

Fantastic trio of dinosaur cards, Julia! The dinosaurs look awesome against the ghosted background. I never thought of using Distress Crayons for this technique. Great idea! Thanks so much for choosing this fun challenge and taking the time to make the photo tutorial!
Hideko xx

Brenda in IN said...

Your backgrounds turned out so well. Beautiful stencil and perfect with the dinosaurs. I remember when my sons went through the dinosaur stage and we knew the names of all of them! These are wonderful images.

Helen said...

You have created the perfect background for your wonderful dinosaus, Julia! The ghosting technique gives a great raw look! Thanks so much for joining us at HLS Watercolour Challenge this month!

BożenA said...

Great tutorial, thank you for preparing it. Your cards are perfect for men. A great background for your spirit technique.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful card in our gallery HLS Watercolor.
Bożena DT HLS