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July for Card A Day Challenge was a stenciling extravaganza. We were not given daily prompts, but rather suggested stenciling techniques. Other than that, we could do whatever we wanted. This is a fairly new technique for me, so just about everything I tried was a “first”. For details about the card, click on the headers and it will take you to the CADC blog, for more pictures of the each card, click on the image. If the header is not a link, my card didn’t make it up on the blog because we had more cards than days! Okay, here’s what I came up with:
I actually cheated with this card. It was made for a previous challenge, but I loved it so much I’m sharing it again. I want to make more of these. It’s just such a nice, simple card to say thank you.
This card is far from my favorite. In fact it’s probably my least favorite since…maybe forever. When I watch videos on creative mediums, it looks so simple, but I did not find it simple at all…I made quite a mess in fact. Perhaps it was my choice of stencil, so I will try it again…some day!
This card didn’t make it on the challenge, so I’ll tell you a bit about it here. First, I used the Tim Holtz Scribbles stencil…though this looks like flowers to me, not scribbles. I used Worn Lipstick Distress Ink over the stencil. Then I stenciled over it with using Picked Raspberry Distress Ink using a Mesh Screen stencil from Dreamweaver. (Although now that I purchased it, I realize I could have used a piece of fiberglass window screen.) I got the idea for this from a Jennifer McGuire video and can’t wait to try a card like those she demonstrates. Once the panel was finished, I cut it on an angle and attached the upper and lower pieces with mounting tape over the greeting which was printed directly on the card front. This is a simple card, but I like the bold greeting aside the airy stenciling.
This partial stenciling technique is something I want to try again. With the Silhouette I can make any sort of stencil to coordinate with my stamps. I think this provides a soft, subtle background.
Stenciling Over Stamping
This is a Stampin’ Up stencil and it happens to be a perfect match for the embossing folder. The digital image is from the old My Digital Studio days. On a white panel, I applied Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink directly to the paper by running it across the top. Then, using the Happy Patterns stencil (Retired SU), I applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I then dry embossed it using the Elegant Dots Embossing Folder. Why Stampin’ Up retired the stencil while keeping the embossing folder I’m not quite sure. Taking my cue from the circle in the line, I made the center piece in my Silhouette Design Studio by welding a circle and a rectangle. I cut a slightly smaller circle in brown and then created the focal image using an image from SU’s My Digital Studio (which is, sadly, no more). I just had to eat a truffle so I could use the wrapper on this card…oh, the things I do for my art. 😉
If you’d like to check out what the rest of the Design Team has created as well as some Guest Designers, just click on this link to Card A Day Challenge Blog. You’re sure to get lots of inspiration. If you decide to try stenciling and don’t have a blog of your own you can send me a picture of your card and I’ll showcase it here.
I’ve taken a little break from Card A Day Challenges for a while. I will be a Guest Designer in October, so I will share with you then!