it's day 7!!
i'm so jazzed about the card today because i had a little help in creating it! well not the actual creating of it, but with suggestions of colors and tools to use. my brother was in town for the weekend and while we were hanging out i told him that the theme for the day [courtesy of the wheel of inspiration] was stencil. i handed him my container of stencils and asked him to pick one. additionally, i asked him to chose 2-4 colors that were near each other on the color wheel. he decided on teal/green, blue and purple. i then got to work!
while it might not be evident, i began with a white panel and i taped off the edges. then, i smooshed some distress inks onto my craft mat and used a wet paint brush to layer the background full of color. i used my heat tool to dry the background between layers and continued to add color, sometimes just dabbing the paint onto the background in a random pattern. when i was happy with the result, i made sure it was dry before pulling out the stencil and randomly applying the same color ink as the background through the stencil. i did this several times, building up the layers.
the next step was to use a [new to me] product called grit paste. it's literally a paste that you apply using a palette knife through the stencil and then it leaves a gritty, incredibly awesome texture behind. it can be colored, but i decided to use it as is - since it's naturally translucent. i made sure to put the stencil in a different spot that the ink blending. this takes a while to dry, so while it was i worked on the sentiment.
i knew i wanted to be able to see as much of the background as possible, so i selected some slightly opaque vellum for the sentiment background. i die-cut a hexagon to mimic the shape in the stencil out of the vellum and found a sentiment that i really liked. it's from a set by ali edwards and the sentiment reads "success is not final. failure is not fatal. it's the courage to continue that counts. winston churchill" i stamped the sentiment in versamark ink and then right after, also in versafine ink before sprinkling on clear embossing powder. the sentiment is a little harder to read once it's embossed, but by embossing it i made sure that the ink wouldn't smudge. i added a few iridescent sequins around the hexagon and using foam tape, mounted the entire panel on top of the aqua card base.
i feel like this view [above] allows you to see a little bit more of the depth of using the grit paste. it's so freaking cool. i love just playing around with techniques and ideas. i made two of these cards in the same style - but each one unique. i ended up writing a note in one and leaving it for my brother and i think i'll be keeping the other. i love the sentiment and it's a good source of encouragement!
using this stencil was a fun challenge - totally different than the way i traditionally use them and i'm thinking it's a technique that i'd like to come back to. i have so many stencils in my stash - the possibilities are endless!
i typically create cards all year long, but man do i love the motivation and inspiration that this challenge brings - i get so many ideas and plans and now the struggle is finding and making time! thanks for sticking around for this long post - 7 days down, 93 to go!