Thursday, June 14, 2018

experimenting with stencils

Hey! You may have seen this card I made for the June release week at Neat and Tangled...

To achieve that background I put the stencil down, applied some yellow ink through it, randomly changed the position of the stencil and inked with orange and then randomly positioned the stencil again and inked once more with pink ink. The resulting background adds interest without being too "graphically stenciled."

Today's card was actually the forefunner to that card. As in, graphically stenciled ;) But the idea for changing the position of the stencil originated here.

Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin and Picked Raspberry distress inks
embossing paste
Stampendous Moonstone embossing powder

For this card I inked the entire panel with yellow through the stencil which was placed square on the panel. Then I rotated the stencil 90 degrees and inked with orange. Then I shifted the stencil slightly (half a square) and inked with pink. Then for the icing on the cake I shifted the stencil a little again and added some pearlescent embossing paste onto random areas. The paste absorbs a bit of the pigment from the Distress Ink. Talk about an experiment! And mixed media fun!

I heat embossed the blooms onto vellum and then loosely adhered them to white die cuts so they wouldn't get lost on the background. The sentiment is heat embossed onto a black cardstock snippet.

As the sentiment says "beauty is everywhere". Try experimenting with your stencils to create beautiful, unexpected backgrounds. And have fun doing it! Thanks for looking.

I'm joining:
SSS Work it Wednesday - Summer
That's Crafty - A Summer's Day
The Flower Challenge - Use a Previous Challenge (vellum/acetate)


maria f. said...


Bobby said...

That is one experiment that really paid off, Maria, because that background is spectacular. The vellum flowers were a great choice to adorn it without competing with it. Thanks for sharing your beautiful creation with us at The Flower Challenge.

Anita in France said...

Gosh, Maria, I love the depth and texture you created in the background ... the simple vellum blooms are delicious against it ... how pretty are they with the touch of the colour that made it's way through to the centres! Hugs, Anita :)

Ruth said...

This is so clever! I'm really loving stencils at the moment. They are so versatile I wonder why I buy so many stamps and not more stencils - that may change! You can play around with them as much as you like just making fun backgrounds. I love the offset look but the added embossing paste is genius for added texture. xx

Marina said...

I really do love the random colourful effect you've achieved with the stencil.

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