Hello and welcome! We’re back with a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and the Topping this time is selected by Cathy is ‘Use a Stencil‘. Of course, as always, we have ‘Anything Goes‘ as well, so if you don’t fancy using stencils, you can always join us with any birthday project you create.
And here’s what I made –
I used the Indian Ornate Mandala from Mudra for this card. The details in this stencil are amazing! I thought they would make a really great background.
After trying out a few ways of printing using gelly plate and not getting the desired effect, I finally switched to monoprinting. I applied Distress Inks in some blues and a teensy bit of purple on the stencil directly, misted it a bit with water and lay it on my cardstock. I had already placed the cardstock on top of the gelly plate. The advantage being I could use a roller to press over the whole stencil, applying pressure to transfer the ink, without staining my hands. Also, if I found that the print was not well done, or if I wanted to apply another layer, it would be easy to align with the translucent stencil.
So anyway, once this dried, I trimmed it a bit on the sides. I went through my stash, looking for a small stamp or die cut that would look good on this, and finally settled on Spellbinders Nordic Blooms dies. I debated between using some foil or using white cardstock for the die cuts, but finally settled on white cardstock. I die cut it out of the white cardstock and some more out of scrap cardstock, which I adhered behind the white one for some dimension. I did the same with the sentiment, which used Altenew Essential Sentiment Strips.
I then mounted the background on white cardstock, then adhered the flower and the sentiment on top. Finally I added a gem stone on the flower from Lucy’s Little Things to add the littlest embellishment. 🙂
And that’s my card finished! Do hop over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog to checkout some more creative ways to use stencils for this challenge! We have the whole design team and our new Surprise Party Guest Carol McFarland for providing you with ample inspiration!
Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂