See How to Create a Sunburst with a Stenciling Technique

by Elina Stromberg

See How to Create a Sunburst with a Stenciling Technique

Fun stamped characters and bright ink colors are a joyful combination. I placed my cute dog image on a bright yellow background that was inspired by our warm July color of ‘Tuscan Sun’. I inked the background pattern directly on the folded card base: First, I stenciled a large yellow circle on the card and then inked another patterned layer on top. This double stenciling technique is super easy and using just a part of your stencil pattern makes your old stencil look cool and fresh again! If you don’t have a circle stencil you can cut it from paper or a piece of film/plastic sheet. And instead of a circle, you can use any shape you wish: an oval, a heart, a triangle, a hexagon…the possibilities are endless!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Place card base folded on your craft mat. Place a circle stencil on the card, secure with masking tape. Ink the circle with yellow Cantaloupe Memento ink; dab the ink on the card with a Jumbo Dauber. Remove stencil.


Step 2

Place a pattern stencil on the inked card front and layer the circle stencil on top in its original position. Ink the circle area with orange Tangelo Memento ink. Remove both stencils. TIP: For the second inked layer, any patterned stencil can be used. For catching all the details of the stencil pattern use the smaller Sponge Dauber for inking.


Step 3

Attach a piece of masking tape on the bottom of the card. Cut a paper strip of a matching color and stamp the sentiment on it. Glue strip on the card.


Step 4

Stamp, color and cut out the main image. When coloring with alcohol markers, use Memento ink for stamping. When coloring with watercolors or watercolor pencils, use VersaFine Clair or VersaFine ink.


Step 5

Glue the main image on the card front. Decorate sentiment strip with two white gel pen dots (optional). Finished!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • White folded card base
  • Cardstock – Orange
  • Stencils: circle, sunray
  • Katzelkraft – Holmy
  • Ink Blog Shop – Sentiment Label Blocks
  • Alcohol markers of choice
  • White gel pen (optional)
  • Masking tape
  • Glue

Create A Beautiful Peacock Feather Handmade Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Create A Beautiful Peacock Feather Handmade Card

I am happy to share this Peacock Feather theme card. I was aiming to create watercolor-like stamping on the paper and I used Ink Potion No. 9, as it causes no damage to the paper when dries instead of spraying with water. The result was to create a background that had depth and full blur coverage while it helped the embossed designs to show up, making it the centerpiece of the card. The Sheer Shimmer Stix added the shine of gold color like the one you find on peacock feathers and it turned out perfect! See how I made this handmade card.

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Heavily spray a 4 x 6 inch watercolor paper with Ink Potion No 9. Use the VersaColor Celadon, Turquoise and Pacific ink pads to stamp peacock feathers while the paper is still wet.


Step 2

When the watercolor paper dries, stamp with the VersaMark Watermark inkpad and cover with Imagine’s embossing powder Lucky Stars. Heat set with a heat tool.


Step 3

Use a BrushStix to add color detail at the corners of the paper and the in the center of the peacock feathers with the VersaColor Royal Blue inkpad.


Step 4

Add sparkle with the Sheer Shimmer Stix in Gold.


Step 5

Cut a paper doily and stamp with the quote “Perfect Just the Way You Are” with the VersaFine Clair in Rain Forest.


Step 6

Use the Tear It! Tape to set the watercolor paper and the doily on the card base.


Step 7

Buy a pre-made frame or cast a frame with lightweight clay and when dries add sparkle with the Sheer Shimmer Stix Gold.


Step 8

Place the peacock ribbon first. Cut it in half to give the illusion it is under the frame. Attach the frame to the card face then place the sentiment inside the frame.


Step 9

Continue decorating with the paper flowers and metallic details. And you are done!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • Viva Decor – Peacock feathers stamps
  • My Mind Eye – Honey happiness stamp
  • Paper doilies
  • Lightweight clay and frame mold
  • Paper and metallic flowers
  • Peacock themed ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Heat tool
  • Option – Prima Marketing – pre-made frame