Sunday 8 March 2020

STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday ~ March 8, 2020

Welcome! It's time for my first post for STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday for the month of March. 

Here's my first card

I started with STAMPlorations ARTplorations  Dots 'N Beans stencil and distress inks (cracked pistachio, faded jeans, dusty concord), applied with an ink blending tool. To keep the diagonal lines of colour separate, I used some scrap paper as a mask.

For the sentiment, I used STAMPlorations Imagine stamp set and Hero Arts inks (passion flower and tide pool). I matted the main panel and sentiment panel with blue cardstock. I popped the sentiment panel up with dimensionals to complete the card.

Here's my second card for today

For this card, I started by inking up a white A2 panel with distress inks (salty ocean, faded jeans, chipped sapphire) applied with an ink blending tool. In retrospect, I probably should have started with blue cardstock and added the blue distress inks to it. I then grabbed my STAMPlorations ARTplorations Stars Align stencil and spritzed water onto it. I spritzed a few times and then applied the wet surface to the inked panel. Then, I patted the stencil down to ensure good coverage. I waited a minute or two, to let the water "lift" the ink and then gently removed the stencil. I dabbed up the extra water with some paper towel. I didn't "like" the first attempt, so I re-spritzed the stencil and repeated the process and second time. I was much happier this time. Here's a close-up.

Since I used regular cardstock, I was careful not to spritz too much water onto the stencil. Perhaps, starting with 96 lb bristol or watercolour paper would be a good alternative.

For the sentiment, I chose a clear sticker from STAMPlorations Shine Bright collection of clear stickers, adhered to a scrap of blue cardstock, trimmed to a fishtail banner and popped up with dimensionals.

STAMPlorations is offering a $15 gift code to a randomly selected person who comments on the STAMPlorations blog or one of the March Stencil Sunday designers' (I'm one!) blog.

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  1. Pretty designs and color combos!

  2. Beautiful ink blending-I love
    The trio of colors on the first card!

  3. I love the blue star one! Both are gorgeous!

  4. These are so pretty!! I love the blues and the fun ways you used the stencils. The first one could almost look like coffee beans if it were done with browm.

  5. I love the ways
    you used the
    stencils on your
    lovely cards!
    Carla from 3

  6. Good explanation on the process to create the effects.

  7. Your color choices are so calming. Very pretty!

  8. Very lovely cards. I love the monochromatic look and also the first card, with the purple, blue & teal color combo.

  9. Beautiful cards! Fun designs using the stencils.

  10. Fabulous Monochromatic work here - like the colors and techniques - thanks for giving us inspiration - have a blessed week!

  11. I like what you've done with the stencils! I need to get out my stencils! What am I waiting for?

  12. LOVE THE STARS. I have really been into stenciling lately.

  13. Beautiful colors, beautiful cards!

  14. Nicely done...loving those blues! Hope you and yours are well.
    Spending more time in my craft room which has a new name. It is now the "safe room." ha-ha

  15. I love blue, great design and I love this technique!


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