The stencil I used is called Summer Meadow. Isn't is amazing?! To get the great texture and colors, I used embossing paste and embossing powder. This technique creates a really cool raised texture that has a beautiful glaze on top.
NOTE: For easy clean up - do this technique on a craft mat.
Tape the stencil on top of Kraft cardstock panel. I used painters tape to temporarily hold the cardstock and stencil in place. This will prevent the stencil (and cardstock) from shifting when applying the paste.
Tip: You don't have to use the entire stencil design. I only used a portion for my card.
Pick up paste with the palette knife and apply it over the stencil - as if you were frosting a cake. I used the Black Matte Embossing Paste from Dreamweaver. It's up to you how thick or evenly you apply it. You really can't go wrong. Scrap off any excess paste and put it back in the container.
Carefully remove the tape and then very carefully lift off the stencil. Isnt' that AMAZING?!
Clean the paste off the stencil RIGHT AWAY or the paste will dry on the stencil.
Tip: I had a container with water and a little dish soap set off to the side. I just put my stencil right in the container so I could continue making my project.
Before the paste starts to dry, generously add embossing powder over the top of the paste. I used Aged Scarlet Embossing Enamel from Stampendous.
Tap off the excess embossing powder and funnel it back into the container.
Set aside the panel to dry. Drying time varies depending on the paste and how thick it was applied. Because the tree area on this design is so large, I suggest at least an hour of drying time.
Once the paste is dry, heat set the embossing powder.
Now it's time to finish the card design with some stamping and shading.
Randomly stamp the Overlapped Text image with Antique Linen Distress Ink.
Sponge Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, Walnut Stain and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks around edges of panel. Wipe off any excess ink that is on the embossed areas with baby wipe or paper towel. Stamp sentiment with black pigment ink and emboss with clear. Mat panel on black cardstock and then on Shimmering Gold Dust Cardstock. Mount to black note card with foam adhesive. Tie black satin cording around edge of card.
The dimension you get from the paste is awesome. Adding embossing powder on top of the paste gives added texture and shine that is out of this world beautiful! I hope you give it a try.
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Crafter's Companion Sheena Decorative Stencil - Summer Meadow
Crafter's Companion Stamp-It Australia - Overlapped Text
Crafter's Companion Sheena's A Little Bit Sketchy - Poppies and Daisies (retired)
Crafter's Companion Kraft Cardstock
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Gold Dust Cardstock
Distress Inks - Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, Walnut Stain, Aged Mahogany
Black Pigment Ink of choice
Dreamweaver Matte Black Embossing Paste
Stampendous! Aged Scarlet Embossing Enamel
Clear Embossing Powder of choice
Removable Tape/Painters Tape
Ink Sweeper, Sponge Daubers or Blending Foam