Stencils and Craft Knives are Good Friends
Hi Everyone! This is Brigitta Budahazi again. Did you know that stencils and craft knives are good friends? If not yet, let me show you in my third post here, on StencilGirl Talk Blog as a Guest Designer.
I will now demonstrate how I made this present card for a far friend who has been in a sad situation.
I used a beautiful stencil from StencilGirl, Stepping Stone Stencil #1 but an unusual way. I did not work with any paint or creative medium but instead I used one of my favorite tools : my craft knife.
Making cards was one of my best- loved crafting activities before scrapbooking. So when I feel I miss this too much I happily change the tracks from scrapbooking and start making some cards in a row. It has just happened so a few days ago. When I’ve seen this image the first time, I mean this awesome stencil, I’ve felt that this design cried for a card. Then I just had to plan the creative process itself: what extras I will add to make this card more attractive? I wanted to make several layers to create a special impression: what I liked to achieve is when somebody looks at this card it would be something like you look into a secret garden through a rounded window, or a hole on a fence. It is hard to see through the branches and tendrils, but you know, a wonderful thing should be there, and you want to get in. Hope you feel something similar when you look at this card… I wish my friend would do when she gets this in the mail. So let’s see how it was put together.
1. First I stamped some motifs onto my green scrapbook paper with an acrylic stamp, using a pine green dye ink and others onto a creamy patterned paper with walnut stain distress ink.
2. Next, using a pencil and a sharpie, I traced some of the motifs of the stencil onto the same scrapbook papers I used before. I copied the “branches” on to the green one, and the “swirls and flowers” on to the creamy one.
3. Then I got my favorite craft knife and I carefully cut along the lines I drew in the previous step.
4. After this long but fun activity I cut another layer from the creamy scrapbook paper, but this time I used the other side of the paper and I only cut “the hole” from its center . Now I’ve got four different layers of papers, if you don’t consider the stamped layers. :)
5. Before I glue them on to each other I draw a thin layer of shade with ink to the “branches” and the “flowers”.
6. Next, with double sided tape and 3D adhesives I put three layers together.
7. Then I cut a 6 ¼ x6 ¼ square from ivory cardstock and a bit smaller one (with a big hole in it) from white craft foam and I layered them onto each other.
8. I glued two flowers from my stash in the middle of the flower motifs and made some fake half beads with Pentart Pearl Pen (color ginger).
9. Then I stamped an elegant border on to the ivory cardstock, fussy-cut it with scissors, decorated with Pearl Pen again then I glue it with 3D adhesive onto the upper right corner of the card.
10. Finally I cut a 12x6 rectangle, folded in half and glued it onto the back of the front –and that was it. Ssssh, come and look into this secret garden! Would like to see what is inside? :)
I assume you agree with me now that stencils and craft knives are good friends. Hope you liked this technique, this unusual way to use stencils. You see, we can make magic with stencils either we are scrapbookers, mixed media artists or card makers.
Thank you so much for stopping by, here on StencilGirlTalk and read my post. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding this project. You can contact me through my BLOG or on FACEBOOK.
Hello, from Hungary,
Brigitta Budahazi aka Gigi :)
Stepping Stone #1