I’m back with a new project to share – just in time to wish you a Happy New Year’s Eve Eve! I did a double take as I checked my calendar as I was writing this post. Wow – how did it get to be the second to last day of December? Once Christmas is over, time just starts flying again. But I’m back, and my dining table is once again my crafting table.
FIR BRANCH STENCIL
This Fir Branch stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop arrived late December, but I didn’t have time to use it. Luckily, it’s still winter, so I’m using it now! Actually, since it’s a Fir tree, they’re evergreen. And since it has pine cones on it, then it’s actually late spring! No pine cones on trees in winter – not here, anyway.
This is a large 6″ x 6″ stencil, and very easy to use. I trimmed down the size after stenciling, to fit my card.
Lay the stencil over your white cardstock, and hold it in place with either a low-tack tape like Purple Tape, or a removable adhesive spray. I started with the pine cones first, and then the needles. Use a blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink for the pine cones. Next,apply Pine Needles Distress Oxide ink for the needles.Now, apply Mowed Lawn distress ink in areas over the first ink, to give some depth to the needles. I find the small Life Changing Blender Brushes are perfect for the smallest areas! Remove and wash your stencil with warm water and a bit of gentle dish soap, or just a soft damp towel.
To warm up the background, blend on some Fossilized Amber ink all around the edges, getting lighter towards the middle. Next, blend on Fired Brick ink just around the edges. Stamp your sentiment in Versarmark ink onto a strip of dark brown cardstock. Cover it with gold embossing powder, and heat set. To finish off the panel, drop some of the liquid from a Nuvo Shimmer Pen – Midas Touch – onto a slick surface. Pick it up with the tip of the brush pen, and flick it onto the image panel.
Cut a dark brown frame, and glue it over your image panel. Next, attach it to a dark green card base with fun foam, or foam tape. Now attach the sentiment strip with foam tape in the upper left corner.
This stencil would also look amazing on a kraft coloured cardstock, or done in embossing paste. Or, just change up the background ink colour for a different feeling. Get the most from your supplies by trying different methods and techniques with them. I hope that my card has inspired you to do just that. Online links are provided below, for shopping. Thanks for spending some time with me today, and have a happy New Year’s Eve Eve!
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