AAA Birthday – Game #21 – A Stencil Background

Welcome to a new year…2021…and a new round of monthly challenges.

Congratulations to our guest designer this month – Melanie. Pop over to the AAA Birthday blog to see what Melanie has designed for her guest spot for this months challenge and be inspired by the rest of the Design Team cards. We also welcome our new design team members, Bhavya, Maaike, Nonni & Valerie. So exciting to have you join us.

First up we would like you to stencil a background. There are so many different ways to use a stencil; dry emboss, texture paste, ink, paints, glitters, embossing ink and powders – the list goes on and on… I’ve used a very cool turnabout stencil by Concord and 9th and I love how it turned out.

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Sending Love to Australia

Australia has been in my thoughts alot lately due to the wild fires threatening so much of the country. This card is quintessential Aussie to me. It is made using products from the fabulous Uniquely Creative Stamp company .

Images

  • Used images from two stamp sets – Good Onya for the Kangaroo and Eucalyptus Branch for the eucalyptus. I stamped them on alcohol friendly cardstock (I use a either Spectrum Noir or Hammermill cardstock) and coloured them with copics.
  • Diecut images with matching dies.

Background

  • I knew I wanted to have a subtle background so once I had laid out the coloured images on a square card base I was able to work out where I was going to stamp the background leaves.
  • The branches are then stamped with Altenew Inks.
  • Once stamped I then adhered the images with dimensional foam tape.

SENTIMENT

  • Ink blended three Distress Oxide ink colours – Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold – over Strathmore Bristol Cardstock and cut out Mama Elephant Hooray word die.
  • I scanned the die cut with my Scanncut and created an offset cutting file to create the shadow background. You could also do this my hand. I cut this out of Moonstone vellum and adhered the die cut to the vellum with Glossy Accents.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

Handmade by Pip


Sloffee

Excited to be guest designing for the fabulous Uniquely Creative Stamp company and having a play with the Sloth Pals Stamp Mini Kit that was released recently. Decided to pull out my Prismacolor Coloured Pencils for this card.

Images

  • The stamp set is Sloth Pals. I stamped them on paper suitable for using coloured pencils using Versafine Onyx Black ink. Cut out with matching dies.

Prismacolor colours used: Scarlet Lake/Crimson Lake, Orange/Poppy Red, Deco Yellow/Canary Yelloe, Yellow Chartreuse/Apple Green/Olive Green, Light Cerulean Blue/True Blue, Violet Blue/Ultramarine, Parma Violet/Lilac

Background

  • Dry embossed the natural cardstock with the Sprinkles stencil (included in the mini kit).
  • I left the stencil in place and spread Heavy Gel Gloss medium over the stencil with a spatula. This is a white gel that drys transparent so it gives a subtle background to keep the focus on the coloured images.

Other items

  • I cut down some Uniquely Creative patterned paper for the banner and applied a strip of green foil tape at the bottom.
  • Using some of the same patterned paper behind the background layer of the card unifies the colour scheme.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

Handmade by Pip


Smile…it’s your birthday

Still playing with the Sloth Pals Stamp Mini Kit from Uniquely Creative but this time using copics. I added the Wreath Builder Elements stamp set also from Uniquely Creative.

Images

  • The stamp set is Sloth Pals. I stamped them on cardstock suitable for copics using Momento Rich Cocoa. It’s a gorgeous brown, one of my favourites. Images cut out with the matching dies.

Copic colours used: W0, W1, W3, W5, E00, E11, E23, E33, E57, E59

Background

  • Using Distress Oxide Lucky Clover and Cracked Pistachio I blended the colours in a circle.
  • I laid out the sloth images so I knew roughly where I wanted to stamp the leaves from the Wreath Builder Elements stamp set. I used Altenew Crisp Dye Ink in Just Green for the leaves.
  • The berry images were stamped in Versamark Ink and embossed with Zing Rouge embossing powder.
  • With the sloths laid temporarily in their final position, I selected a circle die that was just smaller than the outer edge of the blended green background. Holding the die in place I drew random lines and dots around the edge with a Red Glitter Kaisercraft Gel Pen.

Tip: As Distress Oxide Inks don’t dry instantly I needed to check that the embossing powder was only going to stick to the stamped images and not to the rest of the background. To check if it’s dry sprinkle some embossing ink over the cardstock and tap off. If it sticks to the background it’s not dry enough yet.

Sentiment

  • The Sloth Pals Mini Kit comes with four laser cut words. I stamped on top of the word with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Zing Metallic Copper Embossing Powder. I did this twice to give a thicker and smoother finish.
  • I love to place a stamped sentiment in an interesting position so using my Mini Misti I curved the Happy Birthday around the edge of the circle. It is stamped in Altenew Velvet ink.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

Handmade by Pip


Rawr-some

Ready for another box card? This time I used Uniquely Creative Stamps and Dies and Crafters Choice Minerals patterned paper.

Images

  • All the images are from Uniquely Creative stamp set – Dino Pals and are coloured with copic markers. Cut out with matching dies. I particularly love how the dies cut the lava as well as the volcano.

Other items

  • Box Card template is Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card Pop Up. I cut the front panel down slightly so I could layer the inserts with more depth. This makes the images easier to see
  • Tag for writing message on (see very last photo) made with the Mama Elephant Tags Alot and Lawn Fawn Stitched Gift Card Pocket.

Sentiment

  • Front sentiment – hand cut tag, stamped sentiment from Uniquely Creative Block Outline Sentiments in Versamark and heat embossed with Hero Arts White embossing powder.
  • Back Sentiments – Die cut speech bubbles with Uniquely Creative Selfie Frames Dies and stamped with the sentiments from the Dino Pals set and heat embossed.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

Handmade by Pip