I hope you all had a great weekend and were able to “Stencil Us In” for our latest blog hop! Today I am continuing to play with some simple stencils to create some fun birthday cards.
I have also been really enjoying playing with my Distress Oxides lately and creating ink blended backgrounds. The colours I am using today are Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry and Seedless Perseveres.
To start I masked out a white border using post it labelling tape that I got from Amazon. You can use any masking paper that you have on hand, I also recommend Gina K’s Masking Magic.
I blend the Distress Oxide Inks with a foam blending tool, moving back and forth between the colours to get a beautiful transition from one ink to the other. I love how easily Distress Oxides blend together.
The next part is the hardest, picking which stencil to use! I chose the Jet Wing by Carta Bella.
Lay the stencil onto your inked background. You can leave the masking on for the next step, I was a bit absent minded and took mine off.
Using a finger dauber I apply a generous layer of Brilliance Pigment ink in Moonlight White. I will then carefully remove the stencil and the masking paper. You will need to let this dry completely. I suggest setting it aside for a couple hours….or, if you are impatient like me, you can use your heat tool.
I love the way the stencilling pops off the page and the way the vibrant colours of the Distress Oxides show through.
For the sentiment I used the big and bold Happy Birthday from Hero Arts Snarky Messages stamped in VersaClaire Nocturne Ink. I recommend using a stamp platform like the Stamp Perfect to ensure you get a good impression of your sentiment. I played with a few other Carta Bella stencils and love how each card turned out!
I couldn’t resist making one more, this time with in Peacock Feathers, Broken China and Cracked Pistachio. I think a big bold Thank You sentiment would also look really nice with this background.
Hope you enjoyed today’s cards!
Have a wonderful and crafty week!