Well, my apologies for being absent yesterday! Life just sorta took over, and my ‘free time’ didn’t happen. But I’m back today, and I’m sending you a smile with this card. I’m using a new stencil, and the My Favorite Things Well, Hello stamp set.
I love stencils for creating backgrounds! First, because they’re easy. Use ink, embossing paste or try something new like watercolours. This stencil is called Flourish, from Tim Holtz. I used a silver embossing paste for a ‘fancy’ look.
Start with a panel of dark purple cardstock. Layer the stencil over it, holding it place with either Purple Tape or repositionable adhesive spray. Next, use a palette knife to spread the embossing paste thinly across the stencil, ensuring complete coverage. You can see that I did have a bit of paste ‘bleed’ through the stencil in some places, but I think it’s okay. Using a spray adhesive would prevent this, as the spray would hold the smaller areas down firmly. Also, this paste I used from Stampin’ Up! is quite thin; a lot more runny than a usual paste.
Next, remove & wash your stencil and palette knife. Set the panel aside to dry. Stamp the ‘sending you a smile’ sentiment from the MFT Well, Hello stamp set in Versamark ink onto the same dark purple cardstock strip. Cover with silver embossing powder and heat set. Next, use the Concord & 9th Fabulous Phrases dies to die cut the ‘hey there’ twice; once from the cardstock, and once from white fun foam. Layer the 2 die cuts together with glue.
LAYER IT TOGETHER
Finish off your card by attaching a silver foil paper strip to the left side of the card base. Next, attach your stencil panel, using fun foam or foam tape. Add the sentiment die cuts & strip to the front.
In the photo above, you can see better the silver of the embossing paste.
The good thing about keeping the embossing paste layer thin is that it dries quickly! I also sped it up a bit with my heat tool, heating from the back side. Have fun experimenting with stencils. Use them as a background, or the focal point of your project. And as I said earlier, try different mediums for different looks. Use the whole stencil, or just part of it! The ideas are practically endless! And with a low price point, stencils are a great way to add to your creative stash. Affiliate links for products used are supplied below, at no cost to you. When you use my affiliate links, you help support me to purchase new products. Then I can continue sharing new projects with you!