Friday, October 25, 2013

Testing the Waters with Cecilia Swatton's Seaweed Stencil

Welcome to my part of the Cecilia Swatton stencil blog hop with StencilGirl

One stencil + four tags = Endless possibilities 


So I decided to create four completely different tags with ONE stencil.  Although the name of the stencil is Seaweed, it really is versatile and I wanted to show you how.  I think sometimes we get into a habit of thinking there is only one way or use for things, but here you will see "seaweed" used for a variety of tags.

Getting ready for my time in the studio, I put some mellow tunes on (because I was feeling mellow and love me some 70's music) and grabbed my cup of joe.




Now that I am ready, I just grabbed four basic, blank tags.


I began painting, using the stencil as the background on some and painting others a solid color for a base.



In the tag below, I used several complimentary colors and different pieces of the stencil for a layered look and background.  I then added ephemera from my stash to finish out the tag.  I see this one on a journal page or scrapbook page...maybe a congratulations card for engagement?



I began this tag by stenciling a basic red paint to create a background.



I added a small strip of Cosmo Cricket scrapbook paper, a circle of corrugated cardboard I punched out, an old bus ticket with the date Dec 25th, some tinsel and the sticker Believe to complete the tag. Voila~ it immediately gives a festive vibe. Perfect addition to card, add and envelope to back and give a gift card, or use on a scrapbook page.


For the Halloween tag, I grabbed some scrap book paper and sprayed with Adirondacks Butterscotch, using the stencil.  I stamped on the paper and used it in the tag.





I used the black tag, stenciled over part of it with orange paint.  Cute two circles out of a piece of Pink Paislee scrapbook paper, cutting one in half.  I taped some ribbon, popped up the BOO! and the skull for a Halloween tag that would be cute on a goodie bag or a card.


 For the "Miss u" tag, I stenciled through with white paint, sprinkled embossing powdered and set it with a heat tool for a shiny glossy look.




I added ribbon, ephemera from my stash and made a cute "miss u" tag that could be used on an art journal page, scrapbook page or on a card.




Four tags, one stencil and four completely different looks! Hope you enjoyed! Make sure to leave a comment so you are entered in the giveaway.  Both StencilGirl Products and Cecilia are giving away stencils away and every comment in each blog counts as an entry! You will have until Sunday, October 27th at 11:59 p.m. to enter.

Good luck!

Here is the blog hop order:









Kirsten Reed YOU ARE HERE :))







71 comments:

  1. Gorgeous tags, thanks for sharing.

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  2. Absolutely awesome stencil. Your tags are to die for. Love the layering of different colours...and the relief pattern.

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  3. I'm loving this hop! Learning so many different ways to use a stencil. Like you said, I've been in the habit of using stencils one way, but there is so much more out there! Love the look of this seaweed stencil and what you did with it. Thanks for sharing, and for the chance to win some new stencils!

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    1. It is fun to peek into other people's creative minds and see how they use things! I love to do that too! Good luck!

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  4. Tags are so fun. These are 4 gorgeous ones and who wouldn't want them? I do.

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  5. Such fun tags, great job Kirsten! Love all the variety. xox

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  6. I love tags... a way to play with techniques.. the results are perfect to gifts.

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    1. Thanks Jane and thanks for hopping along with us today!

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  7. What a great way to show the versatility of this stencil. Great post chock full of creativity!

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  8. I was not in love with that stencil until I saw how you used it! Love those tags...textilerecycler@yahoo.com

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    1. Well maybe you need to add it to your stash?? :)

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  9. Great experimenting with the one stencil - fabulous makes

    Sam xxx

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  10. ANOTHER MUST HAVE STENCIL! I love all of your tags but my favorite is the Believe tag! Such beautiful colors and I love how versatile these stencils are!!! Endless possibilities is so true! Would love to add these to my small collection because I have become addicted to stencils recently and am loving all the different ways to use them!!! TFS!

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    1. It is so much fun for me to challenge myself to find different uses for things I already have ~ love pushing my creative mind! Glad you enjoyed! :)

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  11. Excellent tags. I haven't see as creative in a long time. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  12. I love using tags are you have provided some great idea here. thanks.

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  13. awesome tags! u made it look so easy!sometimes i feel like it takes me forever to figure out what to do and like nothing here u are with these great tags! aloha, angi in hana

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    1. I say just play ....nobody it's Judith and you are probably your own worst critic. I know I am!

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  14. Wow great!!! 4 fun tags. I love the variety.

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  15. I just "found" embossing powder and I love what you did with the Miss U tag! Thanks for a great idea!!

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    1. I just"rediscovered" it...sometimes it's great to pull out old supplies that are long forgotten!

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  16. 4 ways to WOW! Love how you showed how to get very different looks from one stencil!

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  17. Great post! LOVE LOVE LOVE your tags!

    ~Linda

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  18. Oh, Love your tags! I really like the 4 different ways you used the same stencil! Hoping I'll win!

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    1. Good luck to you and thanks for hopping by!!

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  19. These tags are the best. I will definitely try this idea to get 4 different tags using one stencil.

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  20. Your tags are great! So many good ideas for these stencils.

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  21. Perfect hop stop for all of us papercrafters!!!! I love using stencils on my layouts and this past year have ventured into art jounaling and using more mediums . This definitely shows me to not only look at theme but to be more open to composition too :) Looooved this stop on the hop!!!!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Be sure to subscribe to my blog and get regular posts deliver to your inbox. Thanks for hopping by!

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  22. Love your tags, especially with the great layering!
    grace

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  23. Wonderful tags and all
    different! Thanks for the
    ideas.
    Carla from Utah

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  24. Fabulous - I think the 'miss u' tag is my favourite!

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  25. This is just awesome...so many different tags with just one stencil.....liked your title....Endless Possibilities !! That stencil sure is special !!
    http://www.kalasirjana.blogspot.in/

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  26. I have such a problem with tags, but this makes me want to play! And you are right sometimes you don't look at your stencils in more than one way, altho I am learning! lol Thanks for sharing and a chance to win.
    Janelle R

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    1. Hope you left with some motivation to try your stencils in new ways! :)

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  27. Kirsten, they're all wonderful. I can't choose a favourite.

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  28. cute tags - I love the stencil.

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  29. These are great tags and so original. Thanks for helping us think outside the box.

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  30. What a wonderful variety of tags, Kirsten.
    I really love the fourth with its blue and embossing and map. :)
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Of course YOU love the map one! :) I was actually thinking about you when I made that one Mary!

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  31. Really enjoyed what the one stencil could help you create.Tags are so versatile.Thanks for the ideas.

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    1. Gald you stopped by and hope you left with some great ideas!

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  32. Your tags are all so whimsical and cute! All from one (obviously) versatile seaweed stencil!

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  33. thanks for sharing various ways to use this neat stencil

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  34. Kristen loved your tags- cool stencil you used!

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