Maker Forte just came out with a huge release for May and there are some noteworthy new tools that will actually make some techniques easier.
I loved the Perfect Placement Tools. These are mats made out the same material a stencil is made out of with embossed templates that allow you to align different sized cardstocks and stencils. There is one with squares and rectangles and a second one with circles and rectangles.
They also developed an inside outside Turn-a-Jig that I have not yet tried. I love having tools that I can look forward to playing with!
I created two cards with some previously released items and several new items.
I was experimenting with the new tools and playing with some new stamps yesterday and I really liked what I played with!
My first card revisited the foiling technique with some new Alex Syberia Designs Slimline Art Deco Patterned papers and a new Maker Forte die called Find Your Compass.
The paper packs and the Simple Sayings cut apart sentiment papers now come with a plain foilable laser printed paper that you can use with your die cuts and then foil them. Of course I had to try that with the new Find Your Compass die!
I foiled the die in Ocean Blue Deco Foil and I foiled one of the patterned papers in Silver. The sentiment is heat embossed in black on heat tolerant vellum and comes from the new Love and Courage stamp set. Can I just tell you that the sentiments on that stamp set are fabulous! I’ve used two of them on my cards that I’m sharing today.
Isn’t that foiled compass die just a stunner? I LOVE this die!!
My second card used the Perfect Placement Tool and one of the new layered stencil sets designed by Varada Sharma called Bokeh Stars.
I used the Color Hive neon inks in Rah Rah Skirt, Purple Rain, and Acid Wash to try them out. You can see how bright and colorful my background is here!
The layered stencils are numbered so you know what order to color them in. The numbers also serve to help you in the placement of the stencil because the numbers are all in the same location on the stencil in the upper corner. You know you are placing them correctly relative to each other if you keep the number for each layer in the same location on your Perfect Placement mat as you add color.
I was playing with the new Color Hive ink pads that I had gotten in my last delivery so I didn’t do a true Bokeh technique here which usually involves a white ink and a light layer of each color. I just went with a bold application of the inks!
By using the Perfect Placement tool, I was able to line my paper up in one of the rectangles and then tape it in place. Then I was able to place my stencil in one of the squares and tape it down. If things slip out of place while you are working, then you know exactly where it goes so you can continue working.
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