I mentioned recently that I found a stash of projects on my computer that I never shared here on my blog. I have slowly been going through them and editing them and getting them ready to share with you. Today I have a super quick and easy card that features a background made using my Posie Parade Two Step Stencil from StencilGirl. The Two Step stencils are so easy to use and let you created your own backgrounds that easily color coordinate with your other project elements.
If you love using my stamps, you will love the Posie Parade background because it features all of my favorite posie shapes and leaves. It looks a bit like the same flowers from Bitty Posies… (wink).
I have several other posts (including a video tutorial) showing how to quickly and easily use these stencils, but I want to share again just how easy it is. The stencil has two sections that when combined together create a layered design. To begin, simply lay one side of the stencil on your paper. Use an ink blending tool to pounce and apply ink onto the paper through the stencil. You can also use paints and sprays. I tend to use inks the most because I love the soft look of blending ink and like the added control of it.
After inking the first half of the design, pick the stencil up and lay the second half of the design on top of the your paper matching up the patterns. Use an ink blending tool again to apply more color. The fun thing here is that the second part of the stencil will mask off the first half of the design, protecting it. This allows you to change colors without changing your first layer.
The finished look is so cute! It seriously takes only a few minutes to create a multicolored layered look. My favorite part, by simply changing the colors of the ink or paints you use, you have a perfectly matched background to your stamp!
To finish this card, I added one of the cover pieces from my Mini Tag Book die set as a tag hanging from the top of my card. I used a stamp from my Tiny Sentiments Stamp set to add a sweet and simple sentiment. I used a water brush and some of the ink I used on the background to watercolor the flowers and leaves on the tag.
I finished of the card with a scrap of gingham ribbon in a fun punch of orange. The card base is a simple top fold card made from light green cardstock.
I love a craft supply that gives me a lot of bang for my buck. Stencils are like that for me. With my collection, I especially wanted designs that I knew I could use over and over again, basics like polka dots, ginghams, and posies. With all the colors of inks, sprays, and paints I have, I could get dozens of different looks with one stencil. That is a crafty awesomeness to me!