In August, I am offering a Technique class featuring a hot glue mask/stencil. I found this technique on a YouTube channel with the Frugal Crafter and it looked like such a fun technique, I knew my stampers would love to learn how to do this in a class. Check out the YouTube website.
I found a small silicon mat I had purchased from Stampin’ Up! and forgot all about it until I cleaned out my tool bag. Lo and behold that was one less supply I needed to buy for the class. LOL I hate to admit but this happens quite often to me; you know, you buy something just because, never use it, and one day you just happen upon it and become quite happy to have found it just in time for a project. Anyway, I broke out the glue gun with one glue stick left and heated it up. I really wanted to make a lot of hearts joined together (see the tutorial) but my glue gun didn’t want to cooperate. It wanted me to make something that would look good with globs of glue. How about a tree??? That worked well. So a tree making I did go.
Once I made my tree and let it cool for a few minutes. I made up the ink mist. I had two spritzer bottles and put 1/3 alcohol, 3 – 4 drops of ink, and filled with water (for lighter inks, you might want to put 5-6 drops of ink). I laid the hot glue tree on some watercolor paper and spritzed the yellow at the top and the orange half way down to the bottom of the card. On my next card, I will take something heavy and put on top of the paper so it doesn’t warp (I still can get the edges to lay flat on the mat). Once the spritzed ink was dry, I sponged some Wild Wasabi on the branches and down at the bottom of the card for grass. I went back with a really, really old SU! stamp set Watercolor Minis and stamped leaves and grass with some flowers. Since the card had a modern/abstract feel to it, I stamped “You are a fabulous work of art” as the sentiment. Here is the card!
Supplies: not pictured (hot glue gun with glue sticks, SU! Watercolor Minis)