Playing with Hero Arts Floral Garden Stencil

I love stencils and this one is no exception. It has so much potential. Here I just did some simple inking but can’t wait to play some more with it with some embossing powders, pastes and gilding flakes.

In this first card I used the stencil in conjunction with Waffleflower’s Postage Collage set of dies, stencils and stamps.  First I die cut the base from the postal collage die and then lined up the Postage Collage Colouring Stencil over top of it on my grip mat. I then laid the Hero Arts Floral Garden stencil over the Postal Collage Stencil and inked the images. Once I was done I removed both stencils. At this point I let it dry for a while. Note you could heat set if you wish but it is important for the ink to be dry before moving on. Once I thought it was dry I tested it by sprinkling a little embossing powder on it and checked to see if it stuck anywhere. If it does, you know your ink is still wet. My ink was dry and so I used my antistatic powder on it and then stamped some postage marks on the image randomly using Versamark and then heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I matted this in a coordinating pink cardstock and attached it to my card blank. I attached a gold foiled sentiment I had in my stash from PinkFresh Studio Modern Scripted Sentiments hot foil plates popping it up with some foam tape.

In the next two cards I used similar techniques. In the card on the left I ink blended the entire front of the card panel. For the card on the right I masked off the card panel using one of Penny Black’s Background Basics stencils. I love these stencils as they masking basic shapes so easy. Once it was masked I ink blended a variety of colours. Once I had my base colours down, I placed the Hero Arts Floral Gardens stencil over the panel and inked the same colours in the same order once again on the panels, creating the darker shades over top.

To finish the card on the left, I splattered with some white gouache and gold watercolours, cut a rectangular frame and added a couple of wildflower stem die cuts finishing off with a sentiment from Pink Fresh Studio Perfect Sentiments stamp set that I gold heat embossed and then cut out with the coordinating die. I love this set as it has a lot of great sentiments and stamps and cuts them all out at once as it is one large stamp and die.

To finish the card on the right, I added a few dew drops and cut some vellum leaves from Spellbinders Fresh Picked Daisies die set and topped with an ink blended sentiment from an older Concord and 9th die set.


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