So get on with the first card I hear you say!
So I was at the craft show in Glasgow SECC last Thursday. Met the lovely JO RICE who was standing in for Barbara Gray of Clarity Stamps. Had a good day and came away with lots of goodies, mostly from (funnily enough) Clarity Stamp...no surprises there! One of my recent purchases was the new Clockwork Stencil. Great size 7 x 7 inches and its 350 microns and can take going through an embossing machine too.
I decided to just go with plain old ink.
I started with an 8 x 8 Cream Satin Card. I had decided to do this card all on one layer so I placed my stencil over the card and taking a make-up sponge and Coffee Archival Ink I went around the outside edge of the card. The Stencil as you can see is curved around the corners which gives it it's own border.
I taped a fancy spellbinders tag to the back of the stencil at an angle, then took masking tape and taped down the edges of the stencil to stop it moving around. I used one of my new Clarity Stencil Brushes ( that I got at the show - can really highly recommend these brushes, just brilliant) to give a bit of light shading over the stencil. I then simply shaded around with the Coffee Archival and make-up sponge to make it a bit darker here and there.
When shading with a make-up sponge it is always best to blot some of the ink off onto scrap paper but for some of the areas I just dabbed down with the sponge fully loaded to give more of a distressed feel. I removed the stencil, removed the tag from the back of it. I stamped the Happy Birthday which is actually two stamps from the Clarity Stamp Happy Word Set. I then replaced the tag over the top of the words and mixing the Coffee Archival with a bit of Black Archival I dragged my make-up sponge down and to the right to give a bit of a shadow.
I then took a Pro Marker - cool grey 1 around the tag to give it a it more definition. All that was left to do was put an insert into the card then put that in an envelope and on to the next card.
I forgot to say that I put 'It's Birthday Time Again' on the insert.
So I hope you like this stencil, I can highly recommend it!
Happy Crafting and will be back soon with the next card.