Hello! Today, many of the Design Team members for A Colorful Life Designs is participating in an Instagram Hop. You’re going to see many amazing creations if you check it out, and we’re all using stencils from the March release. I chose to share a card I made with the Outline Flowers stencil.
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I used my 3×5 Gel Press Plate with this stencil. First, I applied Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxides to the Plate. Then I rolled my small Tim Holtz brayer over the colors to blend them a bit. I placed the stencil on top, then laid a piece of copy paper over that, and rubbed my hand across the surface. The removed the color exposed in the negative space around the stencil. It also created a very nice first print. I lifted the paper off, but left the stencil in place. Then I inked Faded Jeans Distress Oxide on top, so that color only went where we had already removed color. I used the brayer again to be sure all of the exposed areas were now blue, then I lifted the stencil off. I took a new piece of paper and made a fresh print. That’s what I used on my card. I trimmed it down using my Tim Holtz Deckle Trimmer.
Now I needed to find a way to finish the card without over powering this cool monoprint. I recently purchased the Take a Seat, Fundamental Furnishings, and Potted Plants Die-namics from My Favorite Things. I used a couple of dies from each of these sets and cut them all out of white cardstock. To add some definition, I chose a neutral gray Copic and added some simple shading to all of the die cuts. This way, they didn’t take away from that monoprint. For my sentiment, I decided to use one from Tim Holtz’s Noteworthy stamp set, and inked it with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide. For once, I kept my card base totally white. Crazy, I know.
I love how this came out. It’s a great way to highlight a smaller monoprint, while using some fun additional elements. And by changing up the sentiment, this can be a very cheery card, one that shows sympathy, or even a love for cuddling on a couch with that special someone. I’ll be using this layout again for sure. Don’t forget to head over to Instagram to check out the hop! You can start at Vanessa’s Page first. The whole hop list will be on IG. Please be sure to visit A Colorful Life Designs to see the many, many stencils they have to offer. You can use my code, AlFan10 to save 10% off of your regular-priced purchase. Then, show off your creations in the A Colorful Life Designs Fan Group on FB. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!