Simple Stenciling on Cards

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With less than two weeks until Thanksgiving (for my US friends), I think I’m going to set aside the Christmas posts for a while.  I made this decision last week while being bombarded with Black Friday ads…I love autumn and I’ve hardly had a chance to enjoy it this year!  Ok, so today’s post isn’t fall-inspired, but at least there are no reindeer or snowmen dancing around.  The stamps and stencils I used to make this card are part of the newest Sheena Douglass release from Crafter’s Companion – “Groovin’ 60’s“.

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I haven’t played with stencils in a while, so I decided to make them the focus of this card.  The “Groovy Flower Power” stencil has a bunch of cute floral and leafy images, so I just created a wild graphic frame using sponge daubers and a simple inking technique.  For each image, I chose a light and a dark Distress Ink so that I could add some dimension (Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade and Dried Marigold, Twisted Citron and Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon).  The sponge daubers were small enough to let me get into tight corners as well as only add the deeper color where needed.

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The soft blended inking contrasts perfectly with the big, bold sentiment I stamped from the “RPM” set in Versafine Onyx Black ink and coated with clear embossing powder.  To bring the whole design together, I added an ultra-thin black mat and a handful of playful, clear sequins.

Although I didn’t get to see them first-hand, the bold colors and graphic elements from 60’s are right up my crafty alley now.  Are you a fan of this fun style?

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