Oh Happy Day!

Hi everyone, it’s Miriam, and I’m so excited to be sharing my first Guest Designer project with you!  Today I am sharing a simple technique that doesn’t require much in the way of supplies and allows you to stretch your stencils to get a totally different look from them.  This technique is especially applicable to more open stencils, and would also work with Balzer Bits and Ronda’s Fragments.

This is the stencil I used, Julie Balzer’s Stick Flowers:

While the pattern covers the entire 6×6 stencil I used just the bottom right corner to create my card.

After carefully studying the stencil and deciding which part I wanted to use, I placed it over my cardstock panel, taped it down and very lightly traced around the selected portions of the stencil, and then colored the image in with Copics.  This was a little more time consuming than I thought because you have to be very careful since you just have that very thin pencil line as a guide, but the results are well worth it.

I colored in stages since I wanted the inner sections to be completely dry before I colored the outer layer to prevent cross bleeding.  I first colored the inside of the flowers, then the inside of the leaves, then the stems/outer leaves, and then the outer flower layer.  If you don’t have a lot of markers, no worries….I only used five on this card.  Two shades of red for the flowers, the inner portion was shaded and I used the lighter red for the outer layer as well, two shades of green for the inner leaves and one very light shade of green for the stems/outer leaves.

I love the clean Scandinavian feel of the card, and wanted to preserve that look with a simple sentiment and pale blue base.  I let it sit overnight and then went back and erased any of the pencil lines that were still showing.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you’ll give this technique a try!


The Crafter’s Workshop – Mini Stick Flowers

Avery Elle Oh Happy Day Stamp Set

Copics – R22, R24, G40, G43, G46

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Bazzill Card Shoppe and Crafter’s Companion Cardstock

Tombow Mono Adhesive

6 thoughts on “Oh Happy Day!

  1. Holy smokes, this card is gorgeous!! I love the idea of tracing the stencil and coloring it. The card has a great folk-art feel–love that! I’m off to check out the stencil. 😉

  2. This is so creative and beautiful! I love the shading with the flowers and stems. They have such great depth without all the bulk! You did an awesome job in sharing this stencil! Now I want one 🙂

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