One of the things I’m trying to be better about this year is sending out birthday cards. I make a crazy number of cards every year for consignment shops and craft fairs but this year I’ve committed to making some for my own stash and getting happy birthday wishes out to the people I love.
The cards I made this morning were created using my new Clarity Stencil Brushes. These brushes were a birthday gift and I absolutely love them. I love the way the ink brushes over the stencils with no bristle marks, leaving a soft layer of color. These brushes are made in the UK but you can purchase them through several sites here in the U.S.
To create the backgrounds for these cards I used two different stencils from Simon Says Stamp. I started by cutting six A2-size card bases and 6 panels of white card stock to fit the front of the A2 card bases. I placed a stencil over each white panel and one at a time, brushed dye based ink in various colors from Hero Arts over the stencils with my Clarity Stencil Brushes. For the card on the right, I brushed the color with the stripes in one direction, then turned the card panel 90 degrees and brushed ink in the new direction to get the plaid pattern.
After I stenciled each white panel with a background, I layered the stenciled patterned panels to the front of top fold card bases and added a banner strip with a black sentiment. All sentiments are from Stampin’ Up! The cards are finished with a sprinkle of sequins on each.
I made a total of 6 cards in under an hour and really enjoyed the process. I love how the black sentiments pop on the soft, pastel stenciled background patterns. I’m going to have a lot of fun with these stencil brushes!
I’ll be working on some custom orders over the next month or so but I’ll pop in again when I need a break and have something fun to share. Until then…