Beginning last month, and continuing until we get it done, one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! demonstrator online groups is updating their tutorials. And as part of that process, those of us who are members are volunteering to help make the samples and rewrite tutorials using up-to-date products. Today’s project is one of the first that I made for this project.
Introducing the Center Stage Technique
The center stage technique involves two intermediate techniques which are fairly simple. Those techniques are “masking” and “sponging.” But the directions for using them together, as well as for creating the “stage” are a bit, um, convoluted. So I’m not going to try to tell you here how to do it. But here’s my effort and I think the bunny is darned cute as the star of his show!
The colors I chose to use for the bunny and the background were Flirty Flamingo and Seaside Spray, and then I chose Soft Suede for the stage floor.
A Little Bit of Hand Work
This is a project that is a bit different from most that I make. The big difference is all the hand-drawing I had to do. I wasn’t even sure I knew where my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker was and I almost ended up using a pen to draw the lines on the stage. But then my brain kicked in and it was right where all my “orphan” writing instruments were. I also had fun with the easel stand down in the lower right corner. I looked all over to figure out where I’d put an Easter greeting. Then it hit me. This was a stage and some stages have signs at the front that introduce what’s playing. So there’s our Easter Bunny being introduced with Easter greetings. And a hand-drawn easel!
Yes, There Is a Tutorial!
I have written my own tutorial for this technique, and I’ll be sharing it with those who receive my eMailed Newsletter. During the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m including with each newsletter a tutorial for a project that can easily be done with products that you already have on hand. If you don’t have a Sponge Dauber (which is what I used for the sponging in this project), try using a soft kitchen sponge or sponge cloth. Practice on some scrap paper, beginning with a moderate amount of color and soft touches to the paper/cardstock. This might even be a fun project for older children who have the manual dexterity to keep a mask in place while they are sponging.
I hope you have fun with this! Happy Stamping whatever you’re doing!