Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Cute as a Button. -Chris Sexton.

For the ARTastic challenge this month I used a 30 year old photo of my gorgeous niece Ali, taken when she was about 3 years old. Rather than use commercially produced stencils and masks I created my own. My background started with a white sheet of cardstock. I scalloped the edge, then masked the scallops with Washi tape so they would stay white.

I then created another mask by using a lacy edge punch to make a square corner which I sprayed lightly with Glimmer Mist.

I then placed a 12x12 piece of carpet mesh over the whole sheet and sprayed with Glimmer Mist again, giving a lattice effect.

Once I'd placed the orange cardstock into position, I created a stencil with another edge punch, which I then used to ink a faux embroidered border on the white "lace".
Once the stencilling was done I removed the Washi tape from the scalloped edges, added my photo, title and embellishments and I was done.

I don't do a lot of stencilling on my pages but I've always admired layouts that have it in their backgrounds as it gives great dimension and added interest. I'm quite pleased with my efforts. I've kept things clean and simple because that's my style but I will be including more masking and stencilling  in future layouts as I really enjoyed the challenge. Thanks for the inspiration.
                                                                            Cheers, Chris.


  1. This is gorgeous Chris and your homemade stencil works wonderfully (how clever are you!). I love this page :)

  2. This is just a fabulous LO Chris, especially as you have created your own stencils. Love your cluster & this lovely older photo of your niece. Thank you for joining us at ARTastic!

  3. What a wonderful layout Chris! I have had the pleasure of seeing it for real and your attention to detail is remarkable. Your use of everyday items for your stencils is fabulous proving yet again that so many everyday items have multi purposes.
    Thank you for joining in at ARTastic this month and for consistently supporting us.

  4. Wow!
    Your LO is fantastic, the stencils are so great! I have never thought of using such a net, but it was a very smart thing, I'll have to try to copy that! And the false embroidery is astonishing...

  5. Awesome!!! What a creative way to use stencils, this is what scrapbooking is all about. You have done a fantastic job on this LO
    Thank you for playing along at ARTastic this month using stencils

  6. Chris you have a done a fantastic job with this page, and to make your own masks is just wonderful. So glad you were able to join us in another ARtastic challenge.

  7. The way your colour in your page matches her dress is really clever, not to mention all those stencils you made. What a wonderful idea. I love how all the elements work together so well. Thanks so much for joining us at ARTastic this month, it was great to see your page.

  8. WOW!! You are truly creative. I never thought of using such items for stencils but I will now!! Everything blends seamlessly together. Kudos on a fantastic creation. So glad you entered this at ARTastic. Blessings

  9. Beautiful =) Love your homemade stencil!

  10. What a great way to use stencils! Thanks for playing with us on ARTastic

  11. Great work with your homemade stencil, such a pretty photo you have used. the added flowers compliment the photo so well. Thanks for joining in ARTastic this month :)