Hi Everyone and welcome back! I’ve finished the first level in Altenew’s Educator Certification Program and started the classes for the second level. This card is my submission for Altenew Academy class Beyond Basic Backgrounds taught by the wonderful Lydia Evans. I fell in love with Lydia’s card, and mine is very similar in style to hers, but I added my own trick of using YUPO for my stencil.
Technique: Create your own background stencil
I created an ink-blended background out of YUPO paper and Altenew’s Hibiscus Bouquet die cuts. The YUPO is 5” x 7” but I trimmed it down just a little. Leave it a little larger than A2 card size so that you can tape your cardstock and the stencil design will bleed off the edges. Decide on a design for your card, and run the paper through the die cut machine with the dies. Obviously you’ll have to run it through several times if you use a single die.
I taped the cardstock to the back of the stencil, and blended pink inks from Altenew’s Cherry Blossom set in an ombré effect through the stencil. I used a heat tool to quickly dry the ink, stamped the flower outline with VersaMark, and then heat embossed antique gold embossing powder. DUH moment! I somehow didn’t pay attention and flipped the stencil to the wrong side to ink blend the first time. When I tried to stamp the flower outlines, I couldn’t figure out why it wouldn’t match the inked flowers. Finally, I realized that I inked the wrong side! I ended up noting the correct side on the stencil so that I wouldn’t make that mistake again.
I stamped the sentiment from Floral Shadows, added background cardstock, and embellished with Doodlebug sequins in Cupcake.
Trick: Use YUPO paper to create your own stencils
I learned this trick just the other day by watching the awesome Tim Holtz in a video from Creativation. He suggested using YUPO to create stencils as it is plastic paper. They can be used several times, unlike cardstock stencils. Clean them off with a baby wipe after use, and save them for later. Love this! What do you think? Genius, he is!
* Use YUPO or even acetate to create stencils that can be used over and over again. You can also use shimmer sprays or paste with YUPO or acetate.
* Mark the front of your stencil so that you don’t accidentally use the wrong side (and then your stamps won’t match).
* Create stencils with bold alphabet dies ahead of time. When you are ready to create a card, you can use the stencil as a die cutting guide. It will save time, because everything will be aligned and even. Quick and easy!
* Emboss your background for extra pizzazz!
So, what do you think? Have you created your own stencils yet? Thanks again for joining me in the craft room today! Love and artsy hugs!