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