Yesterday, Mariana shared two fabulous ideas for using the Waves Stencil and today I'm back to share three more ways to use this versatile stencil. More often than not, I use my stencils to create full and partial backgrounds on my cards instead of patterned paper. And what I really love about stencils is the variety of both soft and bold patterns that you can create by simply changing your ink and paper colors.
I was eager to use the new [hero_product_link sku="SA075" text="Waves Stencil"] to create a background for an ocean-themed shaker card. I started by completely covering one side of the stencil with three colors of blue distress inks and then misting the inked stencil to allow the the inks to partially blend. I placed the wet stencil onto a panel of [hero_product_link sku="PS610" text="white layering paper"] and then gently blotted over the stencil with a paper towel to remove any excess water. The result is a beautiful, rolling sea background.
To create the shaker element, I die cut a circle from the stenciled panel, as well as a trimmed piece of craft foam, and set them aside. I stamped a starfish from the [hero_product_link sku="CL956" text="Color Layering Seahorse"] set, trimmed it with the [hero_product_link sku="DI185" text="matching die"], and adhered it to the center of the card base with foam tape. Then, I secured a piece of acetate and the piece of die-cut craft foam to the back of the stenciled panel, laid a few sequins on the card by the starfish, and adhered the panel to the card front. I finished the card with a [hero_product_link sku="PW110" text="white"] embossed sentiment from the [hero_product_link sku="CL945" text="Color Layering Goldfish"] set, an additional starfish, and a [hero_product_link sku="DI185" text="die-cut"] [hero_product_link sku="CL956" text="seahorse"] that I stamped with [hero_product_link sku="AF275" text="Soft Vanilla"], [hero_product_link sku="AF242" text="Soft Cantaloupe"], and [hero_product_link sku="AF214" text=" Cup O' Joe"] inks.
While I still had my supplies on my work table, I used the same [hero_product_link sku="SA075" text="Waves Stencil"] to create two additional backgrounds on [hero_product_link sku="PS623" text="blue layering paper"]. For this card, I simply secured my stencil and paper to my work surface with tape, and then applied [hero_product_link sku="AF249" text="white ink"] onto the blue paper through the stencil with a foam applicator. I love the white ink on the blue paper as it resembles whitecaps on ocean waves. To finish the design, I added a [hero_product_link sku="DC178" text="thank you sentiment"], a bit of vellum and a twine bow.
For one last look, I made a monochromatic background using two of the new Bold Inks, [hero_product_link sku="AF339" text="Aquatic"] and [hero_product_link sku="AF340" text="Deep Ocean"]. With these names, I suspected that these two inks, used with the [hero_product_link sku="SA075" text="Waves Stencil"] on blue layering paper, would create a realistic, deep ocean background. I finished the card by stamping the [hero_product_link sku="DC178" text="sentiment"] on a watercolored, cardstock circle and then clustering a few stamped images and gems around the message.
After making these three water backgrounds, I'm eager to explore using the [hero_product_link sku="SA075" text="Waves Stencil"] to create backgrounds of green hills, sandy beaches and even white, snow drifts.
Wishing you a wonderful and inspired day,