Tuesday, March 22, 2016

StencilGirls love StencilGuts



Before we had stencils and masks, we had Guts. Guts are the parts that drop out of the Mylar once the actual stencil is cut. When we pull the stencil off the machine, the guts are the leftover parts in the machine to be cleaned up and, uh, well, discarded. At least that is what most normal people do, most stencil companies too. 
Except you know me.......
I can't discard something so darn cool and we here at StencilGirl have been saving them all this time. I've been using them off and on for years. One of my students, Anne Holliday, named them Guts and I thought that was very descriptive and clever. 
Today, we offer them to you, our customers, 
Sorted and packaged for all your crafting pleasure. 

So, why would you want StencilGuts and what can you do with them? 

  • You want them because they have so many interesting uses; that is what we are showing you in this Blog Hop. Ways to use Guts. 
  • You want them because they are cheap fun. And who doesn't like cheap fun.  
  • You want them because we have very limited quantities. My grandson and I sorted them and pretty quickly realized it was a crazy amount of work. So I'm not sure when we will do it again, just sayin'.....
  • Help us save landfills by using Guts as an art supply.


The photo above shows StencilGuts covered with Washi tape and I love the way these turned out, just so darn cute! Plus fun to make.
The photo above shows Random Guts mixed in with Gel Medium (and some Fluid Acrylic paint) They make such an unexpected texture that is quite intriguing. I can see this with a metallic dry brushed over the top, yumyumyum.
And a potential layout. Carol Baxter imagines this one as a Gourmet Chef! I didn't even see it at first, but it made me laugh when I did! The shapes can be assembled in so many different ways. 
Imagine them painted with alcohol ink? Or you could assemble them on your Gelli Plate and make lovely printed papers or Deli sheets - think of them as baby masks.

And finally, one of my very favorite uses, shown above. Collagraph plate!! To make the plate, use a scrap of matboard or cardboard and glue the StencilGuts in place with Glossy Gel Medium. Be sure and carefully coat the front and back of your Collagraph Plate with Gel Medium so it will be fairly water resistance and will withstand paint. Allow the plate to dry thoroughly before using. 
Use a brayer to 'ink up' your plate with acrylic paint and pull prints. I find it more effective to spritz your paper lightly so it will receive the plate better. I don't have an actual printing press but have found it is pretty easy to rig up ways to make this work. 

So there you have it. StencilGuts! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do. To see what everyone else has made, hop along with us. Links below:


 And you knew we would be giving some away, right?? Cause that's how we are.
StencilGirl Products will be giving away package of StencilGuts
from EACH category
(Geometric Shapes, Birds, Cats & Rabbits, Flourishes, Hands
& Body and Dirty Random Guts)
to one lucky winner!
It's the mongo StencilGuts collection.
Visit all the blogs on today’s hop and comment to win!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)
You will have until Saturday, March 26th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winners will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page on Sunday, March 27th.
 

72 comments:

  1. Love love love my new stencils!

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  2. Ohhhhh. Thanks Mary Beth. Gotta go make prints!

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  3. I found the guts by accident! I love them!! So of course i had to place an order 😃

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  4. Fantastic MaryBeth, so very happy to hear that it does not go to waste!!!

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  5. Gives new meaning to the phrase "I'll have your guts for that"
    Bevtextart (at) btinternet (dot com)

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  6. Your an amazing artist. I love my stencils from stencil girl, they are the very best

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  7. Love love loving the Guts!! dlcrisp@hotmail.com

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  8. I'm all about keeping things out of the landfills! Can't wait to try some stencil guts.

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  9. I love the idea of working with the Stencil guts, especially the wash tape covering them. This opens up so many ideas for recycling...I would love to win the guts and put them to some groovy uses in journals and on canvases. ghoagland@msn.com

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  10. This is sooo awesome. Love what each artist created with them and ordered some for myself already. Would def love to win them as I work as an art therapist and they would go nuts over these.

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  11. Assembling the shapes in a variety of ways is SO much fun -- thanks for all your great ideas, MaryBeth!

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  12. love this idea!!!!

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  13. Oh cool! MB you are a genius. sltresso (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  14. Oh wow wow wow! Just wow! Adore the idea of using them over and over as a printing plate!

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  15. Wow! I can think of a couple of interesting projects to create using the "guts".

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  16. I need me some guts!! loey

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  17. Thanks for sharing your ideas on the stencil guts!--Wendy Fierro

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  18. Ohhh! I didn't even know that was an option. Now I want some guts!
    frances.tyler (at) gmail (dot com)

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  19. I want to play with stencil guts! Fun!
    lorquil3(at)gmail(dotcom)

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  20. So when I first read about the guts, my initial impression was "cool, new masks." So glad for the blog hope to see more than just "masks" Although, I'm happy with masks, too.

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  21. Love your ideas! I did play with some guts some time ago. I didnt submit because i didnt think they were good enough. Silly but I have gained confidence since then. Love my stencils and guts! I really like the idea of using them for texture!

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  22. I am relatively new to stencils and find I can never have enough. I want the guts! Please.

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  23. Whoops! here is my email address kathyamt(at) mac (dotcom)

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  24. Such a great idea! We can have fun & do our bit for the environment. Win/win.

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  25. Terrific idea! Love the idea of using for texture in mixed media paintings and using as masks on the gelli plate! (deardeniseh at yahoo dot com)

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  26. gEnius idea!!!

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  27. Lots of ideas! I really would like to win....I can see so many uses!!
    EcdotGronroosatgmailandsoon

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  28. Ohhhhh....you are soooo smart! This is such a great idea! I would so love to try the collograph plate too! cindykl2006 at yahoo dot com

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  29. It reminds me of pumkin guts but in this case we pull out non-slimeey stenciled parts. I'm hopig or hopping for a rabbit.. ann_choate(at)gmail (dot) com

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  30. We crafters don't waste anything!

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  31. LOVE the collagraph and the way you mixed the Random Guts with gel medium and fluid acrylic! Luscious texture! Of course, the washi tape is a wonderful idea, too! :) So genius to save these and get creative with them rather than adding to landfills! I'm a lucky girl to get to play with these early with you and the other designers! xo

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  32. Thank you Mary Beth for such a creative idea. We want more!

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  33. Anything that has to do with stencils...I am game. Fun, fun, fun! suzschultz23(at)aol(dot)com

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  34. I love the use of something previous discarded. Yeah Grandson.

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  35. Count me in 9n the fun!
    Ldobry6 (at) gmail (.com)

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  36. Cool, but don't envy you sorting them all out! Carolef (at) blueyonder (dot co dot UK)

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  37. Very cool! I want some! Maybe today (or March 26th) will be my lucky day. Thanks for sharing.

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  38. i'd love to play with these. Keeping my fingers crossed I win

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  39. i'd love to play with these. Keeping my fingers crossed I win
    g.spindrift(at)gmail(dot com)

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  40. Wow! I never thought that I would want to win a bag of guts, but YES, I want to win a bag of guts!

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  41. Oh I would be over the moon to win these! dicegrrl (at) yahoo (dotcom)

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  42. NEVER NEVER throw anything away

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  43. You have come up with some genius ways to use the guts and each one just "sings" with movement and color! Thank you for trying (and succeeding) to do artsy stuff with something most stencil companies throw away!!
    JaniceBond*at*gmail[dot com]

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  44. Love the guts Mary Beth. I need some. Thanks for sharing.
    Alisabarott (at) gmail (dot com)

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  45. So much fun using random shapes! Dewmsz(at)gmail.com

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  46. Stencil guts! I love it! I bet it is a lot of work sorting them all - we'd be happy with random packages, I'm sure! I hope I win (!) I love the guts, being the mask hoarder that I am...
    susan.chesley(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  47. I'm new to all this so I would love these, Love me some Stencils & Stencil Girl <3

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  48. This is so FUN - glad you are a saver!!! parispette(at)aol(dot com)

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  49. Cool! My mind is reeling with possibilities.

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  50. LOL!My gut is hurting from laughing so hard at the Chef lay out by artist Carol Baxter! Thanks for recycling & the blog hop giveaway!
    Cbfigiel (at) gmail (dot com)

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  51. Confession of dirty random guts, I think this is going to become a "BEST SELLER". Thanks for the the Blog Hop MaryBeth!
    cbfigiel (at) gmail (dot com)

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  52. What a great idea, I need some guts:)

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  53. Love all the samples, can't wait to try it myself!

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  54. oh so sad I missed these. I usually get your newsletter but never saw the one with these in. Oh well will just keep using all my other fabulous stencil girl stencils :)

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    1. Oops forgot my email the.marlene.moore (at) gmail (dot com)

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  55. very fun ideas- love it charcats7@gmail.com

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  56. I think the possibilities are simply endless with these! Can't wait to play!
    wsquaredca (at) gmail (dot) com

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  57. Guts are a great concept and a fitting name. Love the chef and the ideas that you've given to use with the guts.

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  58. This is so awesome LOL...I love the idea of using the guts in just so many different ways....another awesome Stencilgirl product...

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  59. Woooo hoooo you are coming to MY neighborhood in October Stamford CT. I love how you think!

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  60. Very cool! jill (at) jillholmes (dot) me

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  61. what a cool idea!!

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  62. So fun! Thanks for coming up with the idea for StencilGuts, and I love how you used them with washi tape... I didn't think of that, but it's perfect and they turned out so cool! I'll have to try that for sure :)

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  63. Love the idea of using them as a printing plate! You keep expanding my world......

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  64. Great ideas, I love the washi tape! So cool. Can't find my last batch so I have to get more next time if you have them

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  65. OHHHH I am SO excited to have this chance!! I have been haunting the products listings - just in case I can be there in time to order ANY of the stencil guts! SO many ideas are floating around in my head LOL Thank you for this opportunity!

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  66. So many great ideas and uses for stencil guts!

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