Monday 28 May 2018

Layered Stencil Background

I must thank my friend Eva for this card, the concept is entirely hers and I have simply copied her idea.  I love the way that she layered up colour using three different stencils, to create a background for a large stamped focal image.  This is my copy of the card that I gave my son to open for his birthday yesterday (his was made using Eva's topper!).
A piece of Sheena's stamping card was cut to 19cm x 12.8cm.  First of all one of the New Design Stencil Club stencils from Claritystamp (#41 Peacock Feathers) was used.  A mixture of Carved Pumpkin and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides were blended through the stencil.  As it is an A5 stencil, I needed to move it to fill in gaps at the bottom and along one side.
Next, Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide was used through the Flower Bed stencil from That Special Touch.
Finally, the beautiful Rose stencil from Claritystamp (NDSC #45) was used multiple times with Aged Mahogany Distress Oxide.
Once the stencilled layers were complete, a spritz of water activated the Oxides, and the whole piece was dried thoroughly.
For the focal image, the Birthday Splodges stamp by Woodware was stamped centrally onto the background in Versamark ink, then heat embossed in detail white EP.  I used a stamp platform for this, as I wanted to be sure that the image was crisp before adding the embossing powder.
In order to emphasize the lettering and the stars, Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens were used to colour them in.  They are mostly translucent, allowing the background to show through and also provide a lovely sparkly finish.  I used Lemon and Apricot from a set by Leonie Pujol,  Harvest Moon, Spun Gold, Pink Garnet and Mulled Wine.
Finally, the topper was matted onto a piece of sparkly gold paper (19.5cm x 13.3cm), then onto another piece of Sheena's stamping card (20.5cm x 14.3cm), before being added to an A5 card blank made from a piece of A4 leather look burgundy card folded in half.

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