It’s time for another homework project for the Creative Stenciling class I’m taking over at StampNation. This particular lesson was all about stenciling over watercolor. My finished project definitely didn’t end up the way I had originally planned, but I like it even better than my original design concept!
I started by creating a background of watercolor wash using Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks. While it was still wet, I taped the circle dots stencil from Simon Says Stamp on top of it and then left it to dry naturally. As you may be able to tell, in some areas, it pulled the ink back and left white spots. In other areas, the ink pooled up and left darker spots.
I didn’t end up with quite as many dark areas as I’d hoped. I think it was because I didn’t have my stencil taped down as tightly as it should have been because I only have pretty narrow painter’s tape. I definitely need to get some wider tape before I try this technique again. Since I didn’t get as much variation of color as I wanted, I rotated the stencil and put it back over my watercolor background again and added some ink blending using Shaded Lilac Distress Ink. Adding that little pop of the purple just made this background come to life!
For some over-the-top added sparkle, I decided to add a new (to me) medium I picked up recently. I added a thin layer of Glass Bead Glitter Gel from Faber-Castell. Once it dried, it actually has kind of a similar look to the pink glitter card I made a few days ago using loose glitter and translucent embossing paste. The nice thing about using the glass bed glitter gel is you don’t end up with loose glitter anywhere! LOL
For the sentiment, I die cut a small rectangle of white cardstock and scalloped rectangle of black cardstock using the Color Block die set from Taylored Expressions. After I had them cut, I stamped one of the sentiments from the Young at Heart stamp set by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps from the latest Stamp of Approval collection.
I usually made A2 cards, but decided to make a 4-bar card this time. I created a top-folding card base using Doll Pink 100 lb cardstock from Simon Says Stamp. I trimmed my focal piece down and then matted it with a piece of the same black cardstock I used to mat my sentiment which helped tie everything together. I added a white panel inside the card which I stamped with a Happy Birthday greeting. I also added a couple of circle icons using a third generation stamping and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and that finished my card.
- Seize the Birthday – the permanent theme is anything goes birthday cards. The optional topping for the current theme is Cupcakes & Candy, but I opted not to use that on my card.
- CAS(E) this Sketch – The current challenge is sketch #159.
Until next time …