Wednesday 6 August 2014

Playing with stencils again

This time, instead of using embossing paste (got some Sparkle Medium on order so thank to all of you who suggested I ought to try that!) - I used ink pads:

I used:

-  5" x 5" black card blank

- piece of white card stock, just brushed over with VersaColor 'Narcissus' ink pad, using a Clarity stencil brush

- Clarity 'Bird table' stencil (the solid piece that had been cut out to form the stencil so it could be used as a mask) first before laying a sunburst stencil by Stamposaurus - bought at Newbury ArtStamps show last month - over the top. Then added SU's 'Daffodil Delight' stampin' pad for the rays of the sun with the stencil brush

- after the stencil and the bird table mask had been removed I was left with a very pale lemon bird table, backed by the sunburst - so I just popped the bird table stencil itself onto the bird table image and brushed over with Memento 'London Fog' to make it grey

- after removing the the bird table stencil, I decided the very pale lemon centre of the sun wasn't working for me so I die cut a mask using a round Spellbinders die. Then replaced the bird table mask so that the grey 'London Fog' ink was protected, popped the die cut round aperture on top and then added more 'Daffodil Delight' to fill in the centre of the sun - ah, that was better

- then, using Memento's 'Tuxedo Black' ink pad and Clarity Stamps 'English Garden Elements' stamps I created a little scene

- the sentiment is by Kaisercraft from the 'Friendship Sentiments' set, stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink pad

- trimmed the image down and then backed it using SU's 'Daffodil Delight' and 'Smoky Slate' card before mounting onto the black card blank

Not long ago I was enough lucky to win some lovely blog candy over at Maggie's - and the Bird Table stencil and the SU 'Daffodil Delight' ink pad were part of the prize. And what was such fun and so very thoughtful was that I'd actually bought the Clarity English Garden Elements stamp set (plus a bird table stamp) from Maggie at the WOYWW crop. So she knew exactly what would make up such a lovely and so complimentary prize! Thanks again Maggie!

I really enjoyed this first venture into layering up stencils - it did need a bit of planning about what order to do things in and also to make sure the right bits of the background were protected, but it gave the little grey cells a workout!



  1. Wow that's a beautiful card Di, even though I read how you did it I'm still not sure lol. Hugs, Amanda x

  2. Tee, hee - me neither Amanda! xx

  3. Brilliant, love all the things you have managed to get on your card. Clever you, it looks really good.
    I am sure if I tried it would be one big mixture that looked like it had been "stirred"
    Have a great day

    Patricia x

  4. Hey Di, do we have an invisible line that connects our heads or so ? I have been playing around too yesterday not with stencils since I only have two (YET) but with layering various stamps on top of each other (that's a bit the same as with stencils no ?)
    I really like your card, love the sun and the rays. I should get myself a sunray stencil aswell. I still do it by hand using a strip of cardstock. This card is so much fun, love it.
    Big hug lots of love, Veerle xxxxxx

  5. This is wonderful Di!! Such a pretty scene and the whole colour combo is delightful, love lemon and grey together xx

  6. Aha . . . zee leetle gray cells did a fine job indeed.

    Really gorgeous summery card Di.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  7. Great card! Love the sunburst stencil..... something else to go on my wish list I think, along with the Sparkle Medium! x

  8. Gorgeous card and a fabulous layout the black white and yellow looks stunning.

    Kath x

  9. This is very pretty Di. These stencils are both great and the silhouettes finish it perfectly. Love the sentiment too. x

  10. It's Bee-U-TEE-Ful. Love this stenciling. You are good at this! Great color choices, as it's so bright & summery. Good-o on your fantastic win schtuff too. TFS

  11. Ahhhh very pretty Honey. There is not enough yellow around.

  12. Wonderful. I am now officially in awe of you...
    Stencils scare me...I have 2 and have never let them out to play!

    I like the sun rays and your creative scene. The silhouettes against the morning sun look wonderful!

  13. OMGee you really rocked this one Di - that is blooming gorgeous and I love everything you have used and the finished looks is gorgeous! I have texture paste, imagination crafts sparkle medium and dreamweaver paste too - I found the sparkle medium to be the easiest to use then the dreamweaver paste - I got to practice with the texture stuff! Karen x

  14. Beautiful! Love the sunrays. I have the bird table stamp but, hanging head in shame, haven't even tried it out yet!!! Must do better. Elizabeth xx

  15. Love the effects you've achieved. The bird table in the foreground is really effective

    Hope you've rescued the laptop from the playground! I'm still having trouble with Blogger, and not just comments either grrrrr!

  16. Fabulous! I so admire people who can use stencils, I always manage to smear ink under the edges!!! A lovely card!

    love Mags B x

  17. Oh what great layering of stencils, Di--something I've never tried, but want to now!


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