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!”
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. 😉
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 🙂
This is fabulous! I love the look of the layered coloring and what a way to stretch your stencils 🙂
you are so clever in your card making! its pretty AND edgy
This is so pretty. Love how you used that sweet stencil! TFS!
Oh my, this is so stinkin’ gorgeous! I am taking notes from you! Tracing the stencil and using such brilliant colors is great because it came out fabulously!