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Stepping up a Stenciled Card Panel with the Desert Road Stencil

Aug 11, 2022 Daniel West

Hi there friend! Daniel, here with a few ways to step up a stenciled card panel. Today, I feature the new Desert Road Stencil and I'm putting to use some of the Hero Tools, too. A stenciled card can make for a quick turn project when you need a card in minutes. You can really make it shine, though, with just a few more extra details.

To begin, I prepped my stencil with some Pixie Spray. This step really helps keeps the lines in place with a light adhesive backing. The Hero Wax or any other medium will not seep underneath the stencil with just a light spray. Just wait about a minute before starting to ink it up.

Next, I took a half sheet of Dove White cardstock and placed my Desert Road Stencil over the top of it. I cut out a mask for the sun and covered it before adding a blend of Cherry, Tangerine and Espresso Core Inks over the entire panel. Then, I removed the sun's mask and added in some Tangerine ink to the sun only. Finally, I lightly brushed over the entire panel with the orange brush to knock back the white lines a bit.

After that, I colored in the cacti with a W7 Copic marker and added a bit of gold gel pen to the front of each one. 

TIP: To step up a stenciled project, line up the stencil to the back to push details forward or to the front to push them backward.

I chose to lift the cacti a bit by lining up the stencil behind my panel and running it through my die cutting machine with the embossing sandwich. This will usually involve a rubber mat and a different shim than your cutting sandwich requires. See your machine's instructions for using it in this way. This adds some really nice dimension to the entire scene.

TIP: To take the project up another notch, grab some Hero Wax and a palette knife and stencil in some bling. 

Next, I created a mask for the sides of the road by tracing the stencil over some removable tape and cutting it out. Then, I covered up everything but the road with the mask. After that, I added some Gold Hero Wax with the Hero Palette Knife and lifted it all up to reveal the beautiful golden desert road. 

Next, I grabbed a sentiment strip I had created with the Message Strips Stamp & Cut XL set, Gold Embossing Powder, Pitch Black cardstock, and Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink.

TIP: Stamp and heat emboss and die cut a bunch of these message strips to keep on hand for future projects.

After that, I trimmed down the panel to 4" x 5.25" and popped it all up on the front of an A2-sized Dove White card base with foam tape.

I had such a great time playing with this stencil. It's such a fun and versatile addition to my crafty collection. You can re-imagine this project in a set of colors to suit anyone.

Below is a grid of supplies I used to create this project, for your convenience. Have a wonderful week.

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SA207 Desert Road Stencil | Hero Arts
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DC286 Message Strips Stamp & Cut XL |...
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NK452 Gold Hero Wax | Hero Arts
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HT215 Hero Tools Palette Knife | Hero...
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AF622 Cherry Core Ink | Hero Arts
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AF641 Tangerine Core Ink | Hero Arts
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AF746 Espresso Core Ink | Hero Arts
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AF419 Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink...
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PW100 Gold Embossing Powder | Hero Arts
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PS325 Hero Hues Dove white | Hero Arts
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PS323 Hero Hues Premium Cardstock...
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4 Responses

Tina Ballard

Tina Ballard

August 26, 2022

Hi Daniel

I love everything desert scenes or cacti! This is really beautiful 😍 I love how you created such a wonderful scene that is so colorful!! 🌵

ROBERTA SADLER

ROBERTA SADLER

August 11, 2022

Del, this is gorgeous. I love stretching our stencils and dies like this.

Melissa SunshineHoneybee

Melissa SunshineHoneybee

August 11, 2022

Wonderful scenic creation. My subscription kit & add-ons are out for delivery today so I’ll have the Desert Road stencil this evng.
Melissa
“Sunshine HoneyBee”

Mischelle Smith

Mischelle Smith

August 11, 2022

This card by Daniel is fantastic. The only thing I wished that was added would be a video of the process of making this lovely card.

I’m one of those people that need a video. I can read the instructions, but need a little help.

Thanks Hero Arts for this months kit!

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