Creating Your Own Stencils

By | June 25, 2015

For Technique Thursday this week, I’m going to tell you how to make the ripples in the pool of water on my card below.  I got the idea for this card from another demonstrator, Michelle Zindorf.  I was so inspired by the card she made that I decided to try a version of my own.

To create this card, I used the Awesomely Artistic stamp set.  This set is so, so pretty!!!  And, it’s so versatile, because it includes lots of different types of stamps including the pretty flowers and ferns on my card, as well as the label (which coordinates with the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits Dies), and texture and grunge stamps.  I love stamp sets like this, because everything I need to create a great card is right there!!!

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I started out with a piece of Whisper White card stock measuring 3″ x 4″.  To create the ripples of water, I used the Circles Collection Framelits Dies to cut out stencils from scrap paper – one of each size of circle.  (I struggled a little to hold my stencils in place, so it might be a good idea to try cutting out the stencils from Post-Its notes.)  Starting with the biggest circle, I placed it on my paper and lightly sponged Pool Party ink around the edges.  I continued sponging outward toward the corners, concentrating more ink the farther out I went.  Then, I selected the next to the largest circle and sponged around the outsides again, this time focusing more ink right around the stencil and fading out.  I repeated this for each size circle.  When I finished, I had a white center, so I used a sponge to darken the center.  Then using a circular motion, I sponged outward to soften the transitions of the ripples.  Lastly, I used some Island Indigo ink to sponge from the outside corners, fading inward.

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I stamped the two sizes of ferns in Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz ink, and then I stamped the dragonfly with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  Afterward, I used a White Signo Uni-Ball Gel Pen to highlight the dragonfly and parts of the fern leaves.

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Here’s a closer look.

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To finish my card, I stamped the flowers with White Craft ink on the Pear Pizzazz card base.  Then, I embossed the label in white on Pool Party card stock and cut it out with a Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits Die.  I wrapped my card with Pool Party 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon and tie a knot underneath the label.  I placed dimensionals underneath the label to secure it over the ribbon.

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Supplies used on my card:

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Hope this inspires you to try making your own stencils and have fun sponging.

Tami Hewlett

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