Today is a crazy day (crazy Black Friday sales, y’all! If you’re looking for a deal, check out my new Crafty Sales page HERE!), but I wanted to pop in and show you the cards I made for one of the Altenew Academy courses, ‘Celebration: Stencil Techniques.”
In this course, you learn a bunch of different ways to use stencils effectively on your projects. I loved how many different techniques were shown and that there were out of the box ideas brought to the table. I had so much fun trying out a new-to-me technique and I’ll definitely be trying this again.
I decided to use Distress Oxide inks directly on my stencil for my cards. I smooshed the ink pads directly on to my stencil and then spritzed it with water. I moved my inked up stencil to a clean paper towel and then placed my cardstock down into the ink. This made sure I didn’t get any of the ink in the ‘negative space’ of the stencil area. I am absolutely in love with how these backgrounds turned out. They are definitely distressed looking, but are still so vibrant and beautiful!
I made two cards using the backgrounds I created. For the first card, I used Adore You. I stamped out several flower images and colored them using Copic markers. I added a few gel pen accents as well. I fussy cut them and colored them with some Wink of Stella for a bit of shine. I added a thin black strip of cardstock on the left of the card and layered my flowers on top. I popped two of the flowers up on foam for some added interest and dimension. I also used the ‘happy’ and ‘everything’ sentiments from Gradient Stripes to finish off my card. A few clear sequins were the perfect finishing touch.
For the second card, I used my MISTI to stamp out the ‘hello’ sentiment from Mega Greetings. I absolutely LOVE these giant sentiments. They fill a card so wonderfully! I placed this card front on a black card base. I stamped and heat embossed the ‘a heartfelt’ sentiment on black cardstock and popped it up on foam for dimension. I added a healthy coat of Wink of Stella to the word ‘hello’ and that completed my card. I love that it’s simple, but still so pretty!
I hope you love these cards as much as I do. They were such a joy to make and I keep going back to have another look at them!
Hugs and love to you all,