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Playing With Stencils and My Monthly Hero Kits

Hello and welcome back! Sorry about the little break. I was resting my wrist and generally going stir crazy! I did play around a bit with Distress Oxide backgrounds, one of which I will give you a peak today. I have a full post on them I will share Wednesday, so come back!

I also took some time to play around a tiny bit with stencils. I feel that this is a weak area for me, and I really want to start incorporating them into my work more. This time around, I used some Nuvo Glimmer paste, and a couple of different stencils. Let’s take a look.

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For this first card, I took an old alcohol ink background (I think it’s mostly Flamingo and Amethyst with silver mixative). I used the stencil from the My Monthly Hero December 2017 kit, with Moonstone Glimmer paste, going over parts of the stencil and skipping others.

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To keep the card simple and let the background shine, I used the Hello and You dies from the new My Monthly Hero March 2018 kit, cut from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock and layered 3 times. I also added thin strips of silver glitter cardstock to the top and bottom of the panel. These were from my scrap stash.

The panel was added to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card base with fun foam and there you go, I used a stencil!!!

The next card is very similar. It’s actually the other half of the alcohol ink panel I used above.

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You can see, this half has more purple to it. The same Nuvo Glitter paste was added, in the same technique, with the same stencil.

I used the lantern images from the MMH December kit, stamped with Hero Arts Intense Black ink, and colored with Copic Markers. The silver areas are Silver Wink of Stella.

The sentiment was stamped with Versafine Onyx ink on a vellum strip, and embossed with clear powder. I wrapped it around the panel and adhered it in the back.

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I added some iridescent Lucy’s Cards Jewels to the vellum strip, and Glossy Accents to the lanterns. Check out the color variation with that Moonstone paste on the different alcohol ink colors. It’s gorgeous!!!

My last card is a bit different. Brace yourself for some bright colors!

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I know this background looks like alcohol ink, but it’s actually Distress Oxide ink! Come back Wednesday for the details!

I used my new favorite Nuvo Moonstone Glitter paste (really, its the only one I have, but that will change soon) and this time a sunbeam stencil from Clear Scraps. I lined up the middle of the stencil with the edge of my panel, to get a sunset like look. I though it would make a great desert sunset!

I took the palm tree and oasis stamps from the MMH December 2017 kit, and I stamped them with Versamark on Lawn Fawn’s Black Licorice cardstock. I really thought the black would contract nicely with the bright oranges and yellows. I’m not exactly sure how I feel now, though. I really struggled with the sentiment.

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Anyway, I decided to color in the water, using Polychomos pencils. I left the rest black. I added the images to the inked panel with black fun foam.

The sentiment is also from the MMH December kit, and was stamped in Altenew’s Jet Black ink. I tucked one end under a palm tree after the aforementioned struggle. The panel was added to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card base and thats it!

That was my first foray into stencils. Well, I used a stencil with the August 2017 kit and some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse, but that was kinda rough. I see so many beautiful cards using stencils and I get frustrated that I’m not very good with them. I think I did a lot better with the Glitter Paste, but I still need to practice.

Thanks for stopping by, and sticking with me through my break!

Nicole

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