Using a Fall Stencil for Christmas Cards featuring Taylored Expressions
I am back again with Taylored Expressions' "Falling for You" triple-slim layering stencils! I just can't get enough of them. The stencil was designed to create fall leaves, but this time around, I used Christmas inspired colors so greens and reds. Originally when I began ink blending, I was going to leave out the acorns as I didn't think they really fit in with a Christmas theme. Unfortunately, because I didn't use any masks, I accidentally blended ink into the acorns, and therefore had to finish them off with some brown ink blending using distress inks. Next time I will use some Post-it tape to mask off the acorns.
I have to admit, I was inspired by other crafters who used this fall stencil to create a Christmas theme. I did not come up with this idea on my own, but it was a good idea to extend the use of the stencil beyond fall.
I began by picking out some green and red inks by Catherine Pooler. One by one, I used the inks to ink blend the leaves on the stencils. Once my ink blending was complete, I used a stitched mini slim die from Taylored Expressions to die cut out the panels with a stitching detail. I also cut down some gold and red cardstock to create a mat for the ink blended panels.
I looked through my sentiment dies and found a Simon Says Stamp "Merry Christmas" die that I had yet to use, so I decided to use it on all three cards. For two of the cards, I used the coordinating shadow die with the sentiment, and for the third card, I die cut the sentiment twice and offset one on top of the other to give the sentiment a shadow.
The Spellbinders class from Crop and Create happened to include a poinsettia flower die, so I cut that from red cardstock and added some gold glitter gems to the center of the flower and adhered the flowers to my cards. I also die cut some coordinating leaves to put underneath the flowers.
I went a little sequin happy and embellished my cards with gold star sequins. Lastly, I finished off the cards with some white details using a white gel pen.
I love how these cards came out and it even looks like I meant to put the acorns on the cards. I also had some boo-boos that I was able to cover up with the sentiments and flowers. Trade secrets of a card maker :) I intend to use another color combination with these stencils before I store them away and move onto the next class. What color combo do you think I should do next?
Thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting :)
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