Friday, August 31, 2018

Tutorial: Autumn Stencil Background

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We have TWO new designer paperpads bursting of colours, with awesome patterns all ready for your projects called Happy Fall and Wicked, with a perfectly coordinated Wicked cardstock pack! There are EIGHT stamp sets that are simply fabulous: Winds are BlowingHappy Fall stamps, Happy Fall sentiments, Winnie Broomstick, Winnie Dracula, Winnie Magic, Fall Full O Leaves and The Magic of Fall sentiments! But wait, there is something brand NEW in the store, stencils! We have leaves and plaid patterns just in time to use with the NEW mini ink cube sets (Cobblestone and Jewelry Beads)! We also have new die sets that can be used as accessories or full backgrounds:  Spooky Hat, Punkin, Wicked Boot, Apple A Day and Autumn Breeze Peek-A-Boo. And for the first time at LDRS Creative, you can grab them in bundles, because you KNOW you need them all!

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For today's project, I have something special -- a full tutorial on how to create a fun and unique plaid background! Grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and settle in for some fun!

The first step in this tutorial is to grab a piece of masking paper. I used the LDRS Creative Stamping Mask Paper - which is very thick and sturdy. I wanted a sturdy paper, in particular, because I could reuse it on a couple of cards and not have to worry about my ink bleeding through.

The next step was to die-cut some shapes with your dies. I wanted to use circles, so I grabbed a variety of circle die sizes from my die stash. You can just as easily use other shapes you have available - or even stick to cutting one die out several times. To get just the right placement, I die cut the circle shapes out of scrap cardstock first and played around with the placement. When I had the layout I was happy with, I ran the masking paper through my die-cutting machine.

Next, I peeled off the masking paper backing and added it to a white A2-sized panel. Then, I added the gorgeous Plaid stencil on top and secured it with some painters' tape.

Now it's time for that craft room workout session: ink blending! I used the rich mini inks in the Jewelry Beads set - but you can use any ink you might have in your stash. What drew me to the palette in Jewelry Beads was how rich and bright the colors were, and I thought they looked just perfect for an autumn card.
And here's the fun part -- removing the stencil and the mask! I love this step as it always feels a little bit like magic. Once the stencil and the mask are removed, you're left with a CAS background that's visually interesting and draws the eye in.

I finished off my card by adding a stunning image from the Winds are Blowing stamp set that I colored with my alcohol markers. I added a sentiment in Raven Hybrid ink and scattered a few enamel dots for embellishment

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  1. Love love love the background!! Sweet coloring of the girl too!!

  2. This is just stunning! Love that plaid - the Fall colors are so perfect and love how you colored that sweet girl. That plaid stencil is a must have!!

  3. Awesome Fall card!!! Colors are really breathless!!!

  4. Such a beautiful card! Love the image from the Winds Are Blowing stamp set, and that awesome plaid background!

  5. Fascinating work
    with the circles
    and stencil. Looks
    Carla from Utah

  6. Striking card! Love the masked and stenciled background. Gorgeous coloring.

  7. I love how you stenciled your own plaid! Great colors!

  8. Love this! Your colors are magnificent! !!

  9. I just love this girl stamp! I love how you made your own stenciled plaid background! A really pretty color combination!

  10. Very pretty. Love the plaid background.

  11. Great card! Love the plaid stencil. A must have for me.

  12. Beautiful card! I love your gorgeous stenciled background ❤️

  13. You've used this stencil so creatively on this card. Thanks for sharing this fun technique.