Experimenting with Stencils with Maria Fischer

Hi friends!  You might have noticed a new face during last week's release week.  That was Maria Fischer who won a guest design spot with use earlier this year.  Her release week cards were inspiring and we're lucky to have her back for one last post this month!  Enjoy!

Hello! It's Maria here today to share some stencil fun I had with the new Receding Blocks Stencil

You may have seen this card I made for the June release week...

To achieve that background I put the stencil down, applied some yellow ink through it, randomly changed the position of the stencil and inked with orange and then randomly positioned the stencil again and inked once more with pink ink. The resulting background adds interest without being too "graphically stenciled."

Today's card was the forefunner to that card. As in, graphically stenciled ;) But the idea for changing the position of the stencil originated here.

 Neat and Tangled Magnolia stamp and dies
Neat and Tangled Receding Blocks stencil
Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin and Picked Raspberry distress inks
embossing paste
Stampendous Moonstone embossing powder

For this card I inked the entire panel with yellow through the stencil which was placed square on the panel. Then I rotated the stencil 90 degrees and inked with orange. Then I shifted the stencil slightly (half a square) and inked with pink. Then for the icing on the cake I shifted the stencil a little again and added some pearlescent embossing paste onto random areas. The paste absorbs a bit of the pigment from the Distress Ink. Talk about an experiment! And mixed media fun!

I heat embossed the blooms onto vellum and then loosely adhered them to white die cuts so they wouldn't get lost on the background. The sentiment is heat embossed onto a black cardstock snippet. 

As the sentiment says "beauty is everywhere". Try experimenting with your stencils to create beautiful, unexpected backgrounds. And have fun doing it!


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