• Bonnie Crane

Layering Stencils ... creating two distinct looks with Pink Fresh Studio's Sweet Leaves Frames

Hello everyone! Are you a stencilling fan? If not, I would like to try to change your mind with Pinkfresh Studio’s SWEET LEAVES FRAME! I love stencilling for a number of reasons ... a card can be made up in short order but not look like it, stencilling works well for making multiples in assembly line fashion, the cost is very economical and stencils are great for using with different media. So who doesn't love a great stencil? Now add in layering, and stencilling just moved to the head of the line! The next handful of posts I have planned will focus on using stencils to create unique and beautiful cards ... fast and easy.

Both cards were stencilled on ivory card stock. Waffle Flower's Stencil Mat is a great accessory for stencilling. Your work surface is kept clean ... an ongoing issue for me! ... and, more importantly, it helps prevent your panel or the stencil from slipping. I used blender brushes to apply the ink ... I am a big fan of the blender tool but I have to admit the blender brush makes it easier to apply the ink through a stencil. Simon Says Stamp's Pawsitively Saturated Inks have been used for both cards. Generally, I am very impressed with this line of inks and, as expected, they work well for stencilling. I love that they are grouped in colour families of three with a light, mid and deep tone. This organization makes selecting ink EASY!

The stencilling for both cards was done at the same time. The main stencil with the leafy sprigs was inked first with Celery and then followed with Limelicious applied to the base of each one. The second stencil was aligned and the flowers were inked with Peachy. Six additional medallions were stencilled. The sentiment, Pinkfresh Studio’s Best Wishes, was hot foiled using Blush foil on ivory card stock. One sentiment was mounted on a black foam die cut for the card with the leafy frame.

The seven medallions and foam were die cut and stacked. They were adhered randomly to a panel of ivory card stock measuring 4” by 5 1/4”. Black card stock, 4 1/8” by 5 3/8”, was adhered to a top folding, A2 sized card base of ivory card stock. The sentiment was adhered and peach confetti finished off with Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew completed this card.

The interior of the leafy frame was die cut and the panel trimmed to 4” by 5 1/4”. The same die was used to cut an oversized piece of black foam. The panel was adhered to it and left to dry under some weight before trimming the excess foam. Black card stock, 4 1/8” by 5 3/8”, was adhered to a top folding, landscape, A2 sized card base of ivory card stock. The foam backed frame was adhered to the card and the sentment centred in the opening. The card was embellished with peach confetti finished off with Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew.

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