Fun Stencil Techniques

Happy New Year! I hope 2020 brings you good health, prosperity, and lots of time to play in your craft room! It may be the first day of the new year, but it’s also day 3 of our inspiration hop celebrating the new release from The Rabbit Hole Designs. Today, I’m sharing another pair of birthday cards featuring Sassy Birthday 2 sentiment stamps and the Twisted Sunshine stencil. The stencil reminds me of citrus slices and I was inspired to make cards with a fresh squeezed color scheme. 

The first card was really quick and easy to make. I used the fine point of a yellow marker and the corner of my Twisted Sunshine stencil to trace a right angle, then I used one of the straight sides to complete the triangle for my martini glass. I moved the straight edge down and created a stem. The thin stencil plastic makes it easy to line up and see through, since it is semi-transparent. I masked off one of the slices and stenciled on Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide inks to create a lime slice. Using a circle die, I traced a semicircle around the outside of the lime slice. I masked off the martini glass and ink blended more citron and mowed lawn ink in the triangle. I added a little more shading to the glass and lime slice with colored pencils, just in the nooks and crannies. Once I was happy with them, I outlined them with a black Copic Liner pen (0.8). I trimmed the panel down and used foam tape to pop it up onto a green card base (with green ink blended onto two corners). I embossed a sentiment from the Sassy Birthday 2 stamps with white powder, then cut it out with a fishtail banner. I inked the bottom of the banner with a little more green ink to help the words stand out, then I popped it onto the card with more foam tape. A few sequins finish the card. 

My second card took a little more time, but I love the way it turned out. This is a technique Kathy Racoosin shared recently and I’ve been dying to try it. I started by painting a light wash of a pale shimmer watercolor onto a watercolor cardstock panel. When that was dry, I stenciled Fadeout ink onto the panel. (I used Pixie Spray on the back of my stencil and soft makeup brushes to apply the ink.) I removed the stencil and used the pale ink as a guide to watercolor the design. I let it dry and then came back in with my colored pencils to add a little shading. To help soften the design, I splattered the same colors I painted with onto the background. I tried to keep green over the green slices, and orange on top of orange, etc. Once the panel was completely dry, I lined the stencil up on the panel again and used a silicone pad to run it through my Big Shot and embossed the panel. It turned out so cool! I wish my pictures could do this card justice. There is a shimmer from the wash, and the slices are all raised. I couldn’t bear to cover too much up, so I adhered it to an A2 card base and popped up a fishtail sentiment banner near the bottom. A few more sequins, topped with Diamond Glaze, add another sparkly element. I’m so glad I tried this technique; I really love the results! Let me know if you decide to give it a try too! (Or better yet, let Kathy know since it was her idea 😉 )

Quick side note: one of my new year’s resolutions is to start doing live videos. They’ll probably be focused on specific techniques, or to show you a cool tip or trick I picked up. Please let me know if there are things you’d like me to cover. If I can figure it out, I’ll stream on both Facebook and YouTube at the same time. If not, please let me know your preference.

I’m not sure if you noticed, but most of my cards this week have had the same pastel sequins as finishing touches. A little rabbit told me you will get a similar pack for free with any purchase from The Rabbit Hole Designs this week! (If you missed the first two days of the inspiration hop, you can see them here and here.) Ready for more inspiration? Hop along with us to see all of the great projects created by the design team. And remember to comment as you go, to be entered to win! (Details and discount code below.)

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To celebrate the new release, every order placed through The Rabbit Hole Designs will be eligible for a 10% discount. Use Discount Code TRHD2019 this code will only be accepted until January 3, 2020, 12:01 a.m. PST. There are no exclusions on this code; it is applied to your whole order. Not applicable to previous orders. May be used more than once. Does not apply to shipping and tax.

**Please note: Free shipping WILL NOT be available during the time this discount code is in effect.**

GIVEAWAYS: To celebrate day 3 of inspiration The Rabbit Hole Designs is giving away the stamp set Scripty Happy Birthday and the Twisted Sunshine stencil to one lucky winner. Winner will be chosen at random from the comments left on participating blogs, so make sure to visit each stop and leave a comment. Leave comments by 11:59 p.m. PST January 2, 2020. Winner will be announced on The Rabbit Hole Designs blog January 3, 2020. 

In addition to the inspiration hop for this release, The Rabbit Hole Designs is hosting a special Facebook event to celebrate their first anniversary. Click here to join the fun! (It doesn’t start until January 10th, but you can join now so you don’t miss anything. That same little bunny told me there would be some more great prizes up for grabs 😉 )

Thanks for stopping by, I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun card! 

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  1. I love your cards. Was going to ask what stamp you used for the martini glass until I read your post. Love it!!

  2. Jennifer Hill Hughes says:

    LOVE your cards!

  3. Awesome cards! Love the way you created the martini glass and lime wedge! Very clever! And pretty card with the stencil design! Love the colors!

  4. Love these cards! I can’t wait for warmer weather and these colors are beautiful with your designs.

  5. Your card is actually my favorite. I LOVE how you made them citrus colors, and the background is perfect. I love the non-white background look. I am gong to have to get this stencil and try it!

  6. Stunning cards Amanda. These citrus colors just pop with the new stencil in particular. Dang it! Why didn’t I add THAT to my order last night?? Appreciate your explanations of all your “how tos” like the martini glass, in all your videos. Your use of color is both of these cards is what makes them spectacular cards!

  7. Bright cheerful cards!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  8. These are awesome! I LOVE the citrus look!

  9. OMG, awesome cards!! Great idea to make the lime with the Twisted Sunshine stencil. Love shimmer and the more the merrier!

  10. Happy new year! Great creativity on your first card, thanks for sharing the technique for the second card, it’s lovely and I’ll have to give it a go!

  11. Two super fun creations. LOVE the sass. Happy New Year and have fun with your videos.

  12. Love the citrus slice on the first and all the colors on the second.

  13. OMG these projects are fabulous

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