Hello everyone, welcome back to the Cropstop blog! Here in the USA, it’s one of my favorite seasons of the year – springtime! My card today reflects the greens that have been popping up all around me this past month! New green leaves on the trees and bushes, freshly mowed green grass, and green shoots in my flower beds — green seems to be one of the main colors of spring!
Today I’m showcasing another way to use your stencils, so let’s get started…
To create the focal point for my card, I used a set of Heidi Swapp stencils (Frames). Instead of laying the stencil down and using spray ink to highlight the negative space, I inked the back of my stencil up with mowed lawn distress ink (Tim Holtz), and spritzed it with water (mini mister). I carefully moved my stencil to a clean section of my desk (so as not to leave finger prints in the ink), and laid a clean piece of white cardstock over the top and pressed it down. (A brayer is helpful in the process of transferring the ink from the stencil to the paper.) I then trimmed and layered my print on black cardstock adding a strip of hounds-tooth washi tape across the bottom for added interest.
I layered a piece of designer paper from the Kirby Teesdale Studio paper stack (The Paper Studio) on black cardstock and added that to my card front. Next I embossed a piece of white cardstock with the Tim Hotlz Collage embossing folder, inked the embossing with mowed lawn distress ink , and distressed the edges with the Tonic Studios paper distresser before adhering it to the left side of my card. In the right corner I added the word “smile” using my alphabet punches. A little burlap string bow (in black) with clay button center and a lovely Petaloo bloom (Botanical Collection) complete my card for today.