Sunday, June 16, 2013

Stencil Inspiration

I have spent the past week trying to come up with card ideas. I need to get quite a few done and each one is totally different from the next.  This first one is a birthday card for a wonderful lady.  She comes weekly and cleans house for me and is just the sweetest, so I knew her card had to be extra special - just like her!

I started with a Dreamweaver stencil.  I have a lot of them and really do love them. I get mine from Stencils with Style. The customer service is awesome.  I created a shadow layer with the Sure Cuts a Lot  (SCAL) software to give the cut image a bit more depth. The Silver Bullet Professional did a beautiful job as usual!

Yes I need to clean my mat - I know!


Here is a close up of the flower cut out.  
I love the shimmer of the Mica paper from Paper Temptress!

Once I had it glued in place I added a layer of glossy accents to the flower petals.  
I sprinkled a little fine glitter on the flower while it was still wet!

TIP:  This is something I have been doing for years, but I love how it finishes the look.
The black cardstock that makes up the shadow layer has a white core. So I took the Memento
Tuxedo Black marker and ran around the edges.  Up until now my favorite tool for this was a calligraphy marker, but it finally ran out of ink.  I have tried the Copic and Spectrum Noir markers and they do an okay job, but the Memento brush tip is perfect for getting into those nooks and crannies and wiping out the white core!

And here is how it all came together.  The flower has pop dots underneath to give it added dimension.
I am really happy with how it turned out!

And, by the way, she loved it!!

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