For Technique Thursday this week, I have another example of sponging with a handmade stencil. I wanted to make a card using the lighthouse from the From Land to Sea stamp set. For inspiration, I found a great picture of a lighthouse that with a burst of light against the dark night sky, sitting on a foggy hill with dark rocks.
I immediately thought of the sunburst stamp in Kinda Eclectic. I thought it would make a perfect light burst for my lighthouse. I started with some Whisper White card stock and embossed the sunburst stamp in white so that I could sponge color over it and emboss resist.
Next on scrap paper, I sketched out the hill and rocks based on the photo I was copying, and cut them out to form stencils. I started with the hill using Mossy Meadow ink, I sponged darker near the stencil and faded downward. I added Old Olive over the Mossy Meadow fading down a little farther. Then I added some Tuxedo Black Memento ink to the hill and to sponge the rocks.
I ended up stamping the lighthouse on a separate piece of Whisper White card stock and cutting it out very close to the edge so I could adhere it directly onto my card after I was done sponging the background. To paint the lighthouse, I filled my Aqua Painter with 91% alcohol. Then, I pooled the ink on my Night of Navy ink pad and used the ink to watercolor the lighthouse. I also added a little Pool Party in the same manner for shading.
To continue with the background, I moved to the sky. I started sponging with Pool Party ink around the light burst, then I added Bermuda Bay and Night of Navy. Finally, I added a little Tuxedo Black Memento to the edges of my paper. I wasn’t too crazy about the green hill, so I went back and added some blues to make blend it with the sky more.
For my greeting, I used Teeny Tiny Wishes. Then, I punched out the greeting with the Word Window Punch and added a few Island Indigo Candy Dots from the Regals Collection. My finishing touch was to cut progressively larger mats from Pool Party and Island Indigo card stock and lay them haphazardly on my Night of Navy card base. I wanted to keep this card masculine, so I just added a few staples to hold all the layers together.
Supplies used on my card:
Next time you’re making a card, do an image search for inspiration and try making your own stencils. It’s an easy, fun way to build a background.