Saturday 11 June 2022

Make a Splash

Hope you had a good week.
More newly released stencils from A Colorful Life Designs.  
The owner, Mary Kay, had been coming up with so many new and innovative designs.
The two stencils I used on this card are called Overall Shells and King Tidal Wave.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I cut a piece of white cardstock and laid the King Tidal Wave stencil over it on my Make Art Station. 
  • I inked it up with some of my favourite colours of Distress Oxide inks:  Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean and a hint of Blueprint Sketch.
  • I removed the stencil and added a faint bit of inking into the white areas to make the fish more solid with some of the Peacock Feathers still left on my blending brush.
  • I splattered it heavily with water to lift off some of the ink, then set is aside to dry.
  • Next, I cut another piece of white cardstock and placed the Overall Shells stencil onto it.  
  • I sprinkled some Brushos onto my non-stick craft mat, sprayed with some water to activate and then used a baby wipe to dab the colour over the stencil.  The Brushos are highly pigmented so you don't need much to get intense colour.
  • While that dried, I stamped the sentiment onto the fish in my Misti.
  • I glued the shells bkg onto a heavy white A2 card base, then pop dotted the fish over that.
  • I pop dotted the strip sentiment under the sentiment.

Here are the stencils I used:

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Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
** I want to sincerely thank all of you that leave me such heartfelt comments.  I so appreciate them.  At the same time, I feel as though I owe so many of you an apology for not getting around to visit your blogs.  I want to do better with that.  My life of working 10 hrs with my 5 little ones is very time consuming but I want to try and better keep up with it all.
Cross your fingers for me!! lol**

Adding my card to these challenges:
Seize the Birthday- FAV TECHNIQUE (stenciling)

Stamps- Mermaid for You (Lawn Fawn); Simple Strips (TE)
Inks- Distress Oxides, Versafine Clair, Brushos
Paper- Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ont.
Accessories and Tools- stencils (ACLD); Misti (My Sweet Petunia); 
Make Art Station (Ranger)


  1. Karen, I love that this gorgeous fish nearly hides in the ripples of that background! Just FIN-tastic!!

  2. What a wonderful stencil, I love the fish in amongst the reeds, gorgeous colours too, Kate x

  3. Gorgeous Karen, love the combination of shells and fish ♥

  4. that's what I call a Fish! Thanks for sharing with us at Little Red Wagon. Hugs, Doni (DT)

  5. Beatiful stencil and the colours used are definitley gorgeous x

  6. Beautiful card Karen, love the double stencilling, gorgeous colours too, thankyou for playing along at Seize the Birthday, Cathy x

  7. Wonderful card Karen - love that fish, and I could see it done in oranges and golds too. The background is gorgeous. I love using brushos for the intense colour they give, and they look fabulous used through background stencil

  8. I love this cute stencilled fish and shell background in those wonderful blues and greens Karen..a brilliant card. x

  9. This is such a cool card, Karen! I love that you have done a double stencil. The colors and the design is just fabulous! Awesome, awesome card! Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday!


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