Stencils for Holiday Card Backgrounds
Thank you Ronda for having me back on the blog today. I am primarily a card maker, but love incorporating techniques and mixed media into my cards. The messier, the better. I have been enjoying using Ronda's stencils on my cards for quite some time now and I especially love using stencils to make my own backgrounds. I have worked with two of my favorite stencils from the last CHA release (mix tape and baubles) to create backgrounds for a few holiday cards. What I love about creating background papers with my stencils is that you can use your paints and inks to make almost any color background you like. For card making, I like the 6 x 6 size.
I used the mix tape stencil, Distress Inks and some foam daubers to create a "holiday mix tape" background for my first card.
I lined up my stencil then repeated the pattern, alternating red and green until I had a panel that was full.
I cut the panel to the size I needed for the card, added a few Mirrored Stars that I colored with alcohol ink, some washi and a bold greeting. The Happy Holidays greeting is from Hero Arts Deer (CL728) Clear Stamp Set. I think this is a fun card that would be great for anyone that loves music, and would work perfectly as a guy card too.
For my second card, I used the baubles stencil with some Distress Stains to make a card that could be used for New Year's or any festive occasion. First, I taped my stencil down onto a piece of watercolor paper.
Then I added Distress Stains in a pattern of colors.
Be careful not to press down too hard or your stains will bleed under the stencil.
One you are done let the stains dry. I would recommend leaving the stencil in place...but I will give you a peek of what mine looked like underneath. Isn't that pretty?
Once the stain is dry, with the stencil on top of the colored baubles, add a thin layer of translucent embossing paste.
Now run and wash your stencil! You don't really have to run, but you want to make sure you wash the paste off the stencil right away. Then, it's time to add the glitter! I used Rock Candy Distress Glitter. I love the look of this stuff.
When the glitter and paste is dry you will have shiny baubles. I cut up my panel so that I could use it on a few different cards.
I used one small panel to make this Let's Celebrate card. The card itself is very simple, but the look and feel of it is extra special. The sentiment is from Neat and Tangled's Party Dots set. I hope these techniques will inspire you to make some fun and colorful backgrounds of your own!
Thanks for letting me share my cards with you today.
Cheiron has been stamping and making cards since she took her first card making class in 2004. She has been published in Paper Crafts magazine and teaches monthly card making classes at The Ink Pad in NYC. Recently she has gotten into art journaling and loves mixing those techniques into her cards. By day, she works in the financial district and loves coming home at night to relax at her craft table. She lives in Bayonne NJ with her husband Paul and their adorable rescue dog Big Boy.
I love how versatile Cheiron's cards are. Although she created these for the Holidays, both Christmas & New Years, it would be easy to change up the colors & sentiments for any occasion. It's a great way to build up your card stash!