I was thrilled when Ronda invited me to be a guest on her blog today. Any excuse to play with some stencils is OK with me! Ronda asked that I create some holiday themed projects, and while I own a fair number of her stencils, none of it is truly 'holiday', so I challenged myself to think out of the box on this one. I hope you like what I made!
First up, a card based on a song. One of my favorite Christmas songs, that just reminds me of being a kid at Christmas, is Silver Bells. I thought that the Urban Landscape stencil would be perfect for this card, and I wanted to incorporate it in a very subtle and elegant way. This is such an easy process. I used a Zig Emboss marker to trace the buildings, added some diagonal lines/shading to the left side of the buildings, and embossed.
You don't have to be an expert, or particularly neat or artistic to do this, and the effect when embossed is gorgeous.
I mounted the vellum panel on an older piece of silver patterned paper, added some gold glitter cardstock accents, embossed the sentiment in gold, and then die cut some silver bells and tied them together with red sparkle trim for a pop of color.
Next I thought I would take on some tags. I love the look of white on kraft, but I just think that for the holidays things should have a little sparkle/shine.
For these I used one of the feathers from the Mini Fancy Feathers stencil. I layered it on my tag pieces and colored it in using a Chalk Marker/PITT artist pen. I actually did one using each of them, and they were so similar that I ended up not being able to tell them apart.
Once this was done, I again used the Emboss marker to add some 'gilding' to the feathers. I actually did this twice as I didn't get the coverage I wanted the first time, and with the double embossing, you get a thicker, richer look.
Finally, another card. For this one I thought way out of the box, pulling out my Mini Subway stencil. All those little compartments remind me a bit of stained glass. I used embossing paste kind of like you might use heat embossing, for a bit of resist, although I wasn't fussy about it if I accidentally colored on the lines. You could certainly use the emboss marker for a cleaner look, but I like the extra dimension you get from the paste.
I colored in the sections using Mowed Lawn and Evergreen Bough distress inks with a water brush varying the intensity of color. I added a light mist of Lindy's Starburst for a little shimmer and snow effect.
Then I mounted the sentiment, cut using my Silhouette and glitter cardstock, and popped the whole panel up from the card. I added a little sparkle trim to frame the panel.
Hope you enjoyed my projects today and that they inspire you to look at your stencils, even those non-holiday ones, in a different light. Thanks so much to Ronda for having me today!
My name is Miriam Prantner. I've been married for a little over a decade now to my husband Andrew. We have two girls Ellie (6) and Carina (3) and a beagle named Geronimo. I've been crafting ever since I was little, scrapbooking for 14+ years, and making cards for the last few years. Most recently I've begun designing stamps for Neat & Tangled Stamps. When I'm not crafting, you'll find me hanging out with friends, playing hockey, or curled up with a good book.
Miriam creates the most beautiful cards and continues to think out of the box. I was completely amazed with her projects here today. Who new the Urban landscape would look so good in gold or the fancy feathers with the touches of silver. I was blown away too with the subaway stencil with tthe colored in blocks. Miriam really inspires me and hopefully you too!