Thursday, 1 July 2021

To My Friend

Good Morning!
Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friend although this year, there is a dark shadow over a day that is normally celebrated.  That makes me sad.

Glad I had time to make a card using this fun and new innovative stencil called Split Fern from A Colorful Life Designs.  It is an interesting stencil with a mask so you can use it as is, or use the mask to add another colour like I did.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I began by cutting a white card panel and positioned the Split Fern stencil over it. **I got a Make Art Station for stenciling and have found it useful in holding down the stencil.  You can also use some Pixie Spray (a light adhesive designed for use with stencils) to help hold it down too.**
  • Using some Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink, I inked up the right hand side of the stencil.  When I was happy with the inking, I placed the mask over the green side and added some Peacock Feathers DOX ink to the other side.
  • I removed the stencil, then rubbed some Peacock Feathers onto my non-stick craft mat, blended with water and stamped the Faded Text stamp into the wet ink.  It gives a more watercoloured look to the stamping that I love.  I splattered using my white Posca pen all over.  
  • I dried the panel completely, then I die-cut the 'Friend' sentiment from the inky panel and set it all aside. **Be sure and keep all the little pieces.  I use a little tray to hold them while I finish the other steps of my card. **
  • I cut the 'Friend' out 3 more times on some white cardstock and then glued them all together.  I glued the one cut from the panel on last at the top.
  • I glued the inked panel onto a piece of white cardstock and then onto a heavy white card base.  
  • I fitted the friend back into the front panel and added back all the little cut away pieces.  Pretty simple to do as long as your die doesn't have too many little cut pieces.
  • I added a white enamel dot to the 'i' for the finishing touch.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Here is the stencil I used

                                                       Discount Code for A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps- Faded Text (TH)
Inks- Distress Oxides (mentioned above)
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ontario)
Accessories and Tools- Make Art Station (Ranger); Split Fern (ACLD); TE Blending Brushes;
Friend die-?; white Posca pen


Pat said...

This fern is a contemporary image which you have made to work brilliantly Karen and looks great in blue and green and with the embedded sentiment. A beautiful card. x

cuilliesocks said...

Beautifully designed Karen I love the fern image and your wonderful background colours, Kate x

Christine Alexander said...

Happy belated Canada Day Karen, this is a dark day. We can't change the past but we can make the future better♥
Beautiful card.

kiwimeskreations said...

What a stunning card Karen, and I love the way you have used the stencil.
May your nation come to a place of healing and peace. {{{{{hugs}}}}}
Stay safe

Mac Mable said...

What a clever stencil and what a unique and amazing card Karen. Great colours and the way you did the 'stamping' looks artsy and fabulous x.

Dmorgan said...

Karen, I have to tell you how much I appreciate your kind explanation of how you make each of your cards (as well at sharing where you get your stencils from that you use). I often save your directions as simply an idea starter for me. I can use any help available, and yours is the best! Bless you, and Happy 4th!

Aimeslee Winans said...

Nice work, you have more patience than I do with eclipsing. xoxo