November 27, 2020
Hello Crafty Friends! I really enjoyed Laurel Beard’s Celebration Stencil Techniques from Altenew’s Academy Classes. She went over some great techniques in this class and it was hard to decide which one to use. I had sketched several different card ideas by the time the class was finished. Stencils are so much fun and very versatile. Go check out Altenew’s Stencils as they have so many great ones that can be used in so many ways. Stencils make quick backgrounds or can be used as the focal point of a card.
For this card I used the Trellis Stencil. I had 2 different card ideas sketched for this stencil and it was a hard choice. I also used the Craft a Flower: Rose and Label Love on this card. This is my first Craft a Flower Layering Die Set and I love it. The rose turned out a little more pigmented than I planned but I used it anyway.
I used Altenew’s Embossing Paste, which was so much fun. I loved Laurel’s idea of coloring the paste with ink. So I smooshed some ink from Parrot, Pink Diamond, Fluffy Heart and Rubellite Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cubes on my Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat then took a palette knife and mixed some embossing paste in to each color. I used the knife to spread a little of each color onto my stencil which was taped down over some 80 lb. cardstock. I carefully blended the colors together where they met. I used a Therm O Web Stencil Pal to smooth off the extra embossing paste. I wiped off the extra paste and threw it away as you don’t want to contaminate your embosssing paste in the container. I set this aside to dry while I worked on the other elements of the card.
Next, I used watercolor paper to die cut my images then used low tack tape on the back to hold them in place while I added color to them. This just makes it a bit easier than working with very small images. I tried a technique I have seen Erum Tasneem use many times called the Scribble and Spritz. I need to spend more time playing with this technique but it is fun and I love the look of it as it adds some dimension to the rose. I learned I needed less pigment from the markers and lots more water. The Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers are still new to me but I am enjoying getting to know how to use them. My color choices for this rose was Limeade, Moss and Lime for the leaves and Sunkissed, Purple Wine and Rubellite for the rose.
Label Love is a fun set to have on hand, so I used some VersaFine Onyx Black Ink to stamp my sentiment. I did use a stamp positioner so I could stamp more than once if needed to get a nice black image. Then I used a clear embossing powder and a heat tool to finish the sentiment.
After everything was dry. Foam tape was used to mount the rose, leaves and sentiment on the stenciled background before using craft foam on the back of the entire panel to add more dimension. This panel was then mounted on a Brutus Monroe’s Not Your Mama’s Heavyweight Cardstock top folding card base. To add a little bling I finished the card with a few Satin White Sequins from Altenew.
This card was a ton of fun and I learned a lot about new techniques for future cards. I hope you enjoyed this card and learned a little something new. Take care and have from crafting.