March 20, 2018

Inky Fun with Stencils

Hello and Happy Tuesday! Yes, missing in action again, this time for what appears to have been the flu! Wow! I'm sure glad I got my flu shot back in October....I hate to see how I would have felt had I not! Although my flu swab was negative, all symptoms pointed to the flu.  It hit me like a ton of bricks in the blink of an eye and left just as quickly (thank you Tamiflu!) I'm still not 100% but in comparison...oh yeah, I'll take it!
The one thing I did manage to do while I was sick and dying and coughing my head off in the wee hours of the morning, was to play around in my craft room. I happened to watch a video by Jennifer McGuire (I totally love her style) about rotating stencils and decided to go through some of my own stencils from Stampin' Up! to see what would work. Well, one of the retired stencils from the 2016 Holiday catalog and one from the current 2018 Occasion catalog looked like they would fit the bill, so, I proceeded to try them out and I was pleased with my results!
For the Sweet Little Something card, I used the retired stencil with a piece of Marina Mist cardstock and sponged on the Marina Mist ink for a tone on tone.
I then turned the stencil 180 degrees and lined the stencil up with the stenciled image on the cardstock panel. I then sponged on Whisper White Craft ink to achieve this cool effect. I then cut this panel down to 5.25" x 4" and applied it to a standard card base of Night of Navy after wrapping a piece of Night of Navy crinkle ribbon and tied it into a bow. I stamped the bunny with Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede and die cut with an oval shape from the Layering Ovals collection.
While I was at it, I decided to create a second card using the current stencil from the Occasions catalog, the Suite Soiree Decorative Masks. For this one, rather then rotate the stencil, I just shifted it over just slightly to create a ghost shadow effect. Again, I sponged the Marina Mist ink over the stencil, then carefully lifted the stencil and moved it ever so slightly to the right and down a smidge (yes that's a measurement) and I sponged on a layer of the Whisper White craft ink creating the ghosted image.
To finish the card, I cut the panel down to 5.25" x 4" and tied a Night of Navy crinkle ribbon bow and adhered it to a Night of Navy card base. I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set, Hold on to Hope using the Night of Navy ink, punched it out with the Everyday Label punch and popped it up on Dimensionals. I then sprinkled a few rhinestones around.
Both of these cards were a lot of fun to make. I hope it encourages you to pull out your stencils and give it a try. Just experiment and have fun with it. I'd love to see what you come up with, so feel free to stop by my Facebook page and post a copy of your master piece. We love to ooh and aaah over there!
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Have a great day and Happy Stamping,

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