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Friday, November 8, 2019

Stenciled cards...

I have come to love using stencils for quick cards. The stencils that I used on today's cards came from a wonderful card maker and friend from Northern Ireland (thank you, Lynne!) who is the owner of Ruby-Dooby-Doo Crafts. She is an inspiring cardmaker, so be sure to give her blog a visit.

For this card, I simply laid my stencil on top of a piece of white cardstock, taping it down to keep it in place, and began inking with several shades of purple/pink ink.

Once I was done with that, I added some butterfly bodies and antennae with a glitter pen. I also added a die-cut sentiment cut from glitter CS. Then I cut the stenciled CS to size and added it to my base.

It was so quick and simple!

For this card, I used a variegated stripes stencil. I placed the stencil over a piece of white cardstock and used yellow ink to create the vertical stripes. Then I turned my stencil 90 degrees and used it to create some horizontal stripes with aqua ink. I also drew in some horizontal and vertical lines with a glitter pen. If you look closely, you'll see them.

My sentiment was die-cut from some glitter cardstock that had the same silver sparkle to it as my glitter pen.

To complete my card, I cut my stenciled piece to size, added some matching aqua cardstock on the bottom and covered the joint between the two with some yellow rickrack.

Did you know that rickrack goes back to the 1860s when it was known as "waved crocket braid" or "waved lacet braid." In America, in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, rickrack was used to decorate girls' dresses made out of feed sacks. I was around in the 50s, but I don't think I ever had a feed sack dress. I certainly had a lot of dresses decorated with rickrack, though.

My final card was made with a circle stencil and several colors of ink. I just kept moving my stencil and changing ink colors to fill in the card front. 

I added a die-cut border to this card and a die-cut panel with a stamped sentiment. Finally, I used my Nuvo Drops to add some dots of color. I'm going to try this circle stencil again using just one or two colors of ink and see how that looks. It's fun to experiment.

Here's a final look at all three cards.  Yesterday I made a couple of Thanksgiving cards using another stencil that I have in my stash, but I'll save those for a later post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.


Lynette said...

Nice job with the stencils - wonderful cards, Cheryl!

Heartwarmers from Vicki said...

When I saw the "title" of your post and then looked at the cards, I was amazed that they were created from stencils. I love butterflies and those other two cards area amazing. I love the colors and the designs you were able to create!

designbydonna said...

Oh wow, Cheryl, your stenciling is spectacular. I love the purple/pink hues with the white butterfles. I would never had known the plaid was stenciled and not patterned paper. The bokeh effect with the cicle stencil is pretty too.

Glittered Paws said...

Love your "easy" (to you) cards made with stencils, my favorite is the butterflies just because I love butterflies. The plaid one is "brilliant" - who would have thought. Great job.