Using Stencils to Create a Colorful Background on White Cardstock

Hello again Crafty Friends! Today I’m sharing another card made with a stencil from A Colorful Life Designs. I’m so glad they invited me to be a guest designer for the month of March because I’m having so much fun playing around with their stencils.

One of my favorite things about stencils is how easily they transform white cardstock into the look of beautiful patterned paper in colors of my choice. To create this background, I inkblended over the Changing Dots Stencil on a half sheet of white cardstock with blender brushes. I used Hammermill Premium Color Copy Cover 100 lb. This paper is great to achieve a smooth blend. The inks are Hero Arts Hero Hues Reactive Inks in Berry Smoothie, Fruit Punch, and Lemon Drop. These inks give a beautiful, smooth blend in bright, bold colors.

After I removed the stencil, I used the ink left on my blender brushes to blend back over the white space. This leaves a lighter wash of the colors, allowing the polka dots to stand out but also softening the look. Next, I used a rectangle die cut to cut the paper into a 4” x 5 ¼ panel. I diecut two more rectangles in the same size and glued them together for dimension. Then I adhered this panel to a A2 ( 4¼” by 5½”) top folding notecard.  

I then cut out the dandelion using the Pinkfresh Studio Floral Squares Die three times. I stacked and glued the diecuts together to add dimension. I wanted to soften the square behind them so I used a square die to cut out a piece of vellum the same size as the square around the dandelion. I also diecut a square of Scrabook.com’s Clear Double Adhesive roll. I used this to adhere the vellum to the card without showing any glue (which is always the tricky part of working with vellum). I added the layered floral die cut over that with glue. 

The “Happiest Wishes” sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips All Things Happy. I used a black Sharpie to color the white edges black and then adhered it to the card with a thin foam strip.

If you are interested in purchasing the Changing Dots Stencil or any other stencils from A Colorful Life Designs, be sure to use my code IngridDesigns for 10% off your complete order (excluding master creator bundles because those are already 20% off). This code is good for all of March 2023.

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