Good afternoon everybody, hope you are all well. It’s late in the day for me, I have been busy in the garden this week trying to expel all the weeds and find the plants that are shooting up with great abandon now that Spring is on it’s way! And that means my cardmaking has taken a bit of a back seat recently.
Nonetheless, I managed to find an hour, and today, I am sharing a project using Create A Smile stencils. The swirly stencil I have used a few times previously, but the wavy one is making it’s debut today. Both cards are really simple to make and only took me about an hour in total.
Here are my finished cards.
If I am honest, I am not sure the colours (or even the patterns) are really quite masculine enough for the men in your life, but I have added black and tried to keep them as simple as possible.
For both cards, I used a repositional spray adhesive from Crafter’s Companion on the stencils to allow them to really sit firmly on the card. As you may know stencils can take a bit of a beating when inking over them, so it was important that they didn’t break or come up from the card during the inking process, or I would have lost that lovely pattern and maybe even the stencil! I sprayed the back of both stencils, and removed a bit of the adhesive by just pressing it down on scrap paper before placing it on my card panel. I previously made the mistake of putting too much adhesive on and finding it really hard to get the stencil off again! So this time I know better!
I blended distress inks over both panels (Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass) and then cut the panels down so that I could mount them onto a 5″ x 5″ card base. I am trying to make more square cards as I normally make A2 or A6 and I really like the look of square cards.
Once I had adhered the stenciled panels to the bases, I heat embossed some sentiments onto black cardstock with white embossing power. And this is where I had to stop and think. The black sentiments just looked a bit lonely on the stenciled panel so needed a bit of something extra, but I didn’t want to detract from the pattern behind. So, as you can see, I added a black strip to the bottom of the swirly card, and a separate black strip to the waves stencil (plus a few black adhesive stones). I think it balances them better.
I actually think they could be used for either men or women. I hope you like the cards, and thanks for stopping by.
Supplies used: Create a Smile Waves stencil; Create a Smile Swirls stencil; Crafters Companion Stick & Spray Temporary Repositional adhesive; Papermania Adhesive Stones; Ranger Distress Inks; Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler.