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As I was reorganizing my room recently, I found several plastic and brass templates hidden away in a drawer. It had been a while since I had used them, so I thought I’d challenge myself to think of new ways to utilize them on my pages. Here is what I came up with:
Templates are a great way to add patterns, colors and textures onto your layout. You can use a variety of mediums with your templates such as molding paste, embossing powders, VersaMark pad, inks, markers, pencils, chalks, metallic rub-ons, acrylic paints, and spray paint. With so many options, you can easily change your cardstock to fit any theme. Try overlapping images, using multiple mediums, and using more than one template to create a unique background for your layout.
One of the most common uses is to create titles. Switch it up a little by cutting titles out of fabric or other materials, dry embossing onto photos, mixing and matching with stickers, and using different mediums such as the ones listed above. You can also create your own version of the popular chipboard stencils and alphabets. Just trace onto chipboard, cut with an exacto-knife and embellish. For a glossy look, apply a thin layer of Diamond Glaze or crystal lacquer over the letters.
Trace shapes or other template images onto specialty paper, fabric, or chip board and then cut out and place onto the layout. Try tracing onto shrink plastic to make charms. You can also dry emboss images onto metal sheets for customized accents for your pages, or stencil images and embellish with other objects.
These are just a few ideas to breathe new life into your old templates. Go dust off those templates and have fun experimenting. Make sure to show us what you come up with!
I dry embossed the title onto the photo using a Frances Meyer lettering template. Next I dry-brushed acrylic paint across the words and then chalked the letters. On the bottom right-hand corner I used a Lasting Impressions stencil to paint a daisy accent. I customized it with a little chalk and a button.
Supplies: Cardstock, pattern paper and stickers: Pebbles Inc.