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Thursday 7 April 2011

Relief Work with Bombshells

Hi All and Welcome!

Today I'm going to teach you how to incorporate relief work into your handmade cards! There are a couple of things that you're going to need:

1. Clay, artists cements and/or pastes as your relief material - this particular type of artists cement dries to an opaque matte and is carvable. (US Art Quest 101 Artist Cement)

2. A stencil - plastic or brass works best. (*you can make your own out of your favorite bombshell stamp or using a cricut machine.) or there are some on etsy;

3. A knife;
4. Small particles such as mica, beads, rocks, or glitter. You can even use pigments or shadows from leftover makeup.

If you're going to make your own stencil, make sure that you make it out of something that has a bit of strength to it, like a heavy poundage cardstock, or even cardboard or chipboard. You may have to skip over some of the finer details of the bombshell stamp you decide to use, depending, but using a craft knife you can cut details into the cement later.

1. Lay your paper down with the stencil over it. Spread the cement evenly and in one swipe, if possible.
2. Gently lift off and immediately clean the stencil.
3. While the medium you used is still wet, sprinkle your embossing material (mica, beads, rocks, or glitter, etc.) When the design is completely covered, allow it to dry.

You're done!

You can even make it more interesting by color blocking the background with inks or water colors and then applying the stenciled design.

Xo, Rachael


  1. I'm so going to try this. Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Have you got a picture of a finished project Rachael? I would love to see how it looks! I have never done this so am really curious:)

  3. I would love to see a finished product as well.