Hi there. A have a male birthday coming up, in fact the card is going to be late arriving unfortunately due to me not getting it in the post before Easter, but better late than not at all as they say. I recently found some bargain stencils in one of the mega stores. I picked up three I liked and when I got home I found there were in fact five in each pack. They are obviously not as robust as the more expensive ones but I managed to make this card using one of them which has a pattern of leaves, and I did dry emboss with it too, which worked reasonably well. Here is the card.
I started with a snippet of white card which I die cut with a stitched square die. I then blended some Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn and Spiced Marmalade. I decided to do the bleaching with water technique by spraying water on to the stencil. I then laid it down over the stitched square and left in place for a good ten seconds or so before lifting it away and using a piece of kitchen towel to remove the excess water and with it some of the colour. I dried it thoroughly with my heat tool and then covered it with Versamark Ink and added WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder and heat set it.
I then decided that it would look nicer with a darker colour behind it and decided to cut a stitched square slightly larger, using another snippet of white card, and this time I dry embossed it with the stencil and then coloured it first with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, but thought that it would look better a bit darker so used some Black Soot Distress Ink over the top and also used the WOW Clear Gloss EP on this too.
At this point I realised that if I if I made a frame of the dark layer and inlaid the stencilled layer I could enter this into the CAS Mix Up Challenge this month. I have also included a stamped sentiment and the third personal choice item on the card is the ink blending and water bleaching.
I also decided to layer on to a snippet of gold mirror card, and I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Smokey Gray Ink and heat embossed with the Clear EP. I used a cream card approximately 6" square.
Thank you for visiting today and see you again soon.
I am also entering the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Weeks 277/78 where we use our snippets of paper and card etc.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Splash It On.
CAS on Sunday - Use a Stencil.
Happy Little Stampers April CAS Challenge - Blend.
Happy Little Stampers April Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.
AAA Cards Challenge - Stencil.
LOVE that stunning focal piece Pat! You have made a great job of the 'bleaching with water' technique and that darker colour shows it off to it's best advantage too! I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend and that the following week is a good one! Love n’ Hugs. Hazel xx
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This is gorgeous Pat!! Your friend is going to love it. The ghosted image turned out beautifully. And it looks fabulous with the dark frame. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!! xx
Really gorgeous card Pat! I love the focal point, so beautifully done. And, the frames you used work perfectly - right down to that really elegant very narrow gold one. A perfect finishing touch!
Your masculine birthday card is perfect for a guy. I love your framing and your inlaid stenciled leaves. TFS and joining us at CAS Mix Up. Hugs..
P.S. I got the sweetest note from your friend Susan. It is wonderful how well she is healing :-)
This is just marvelous! Your ghosting technique looks splendid. What a great effect you've created with this, and yay for you at parlaying it into so many challenges. Love the colors and the black frame really pops them. The scant gold frame on the outside is just the right touch of bling. TFS & Hugs
Your cards are always amazing, Pat, and this is no exception! What a fantastic stencil! That was your lucky shopping day! I love the ghosting and the frame! So perfect for a guy card! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!
such a pretty card...love the colours.
Nice background and die cutting. Great masculine card.
Hugs, Sarn xxx
I love this gorgeous card Pat, great stenciling and colours too.
This is a great Wow factor card. Love the visual impact it gives off. Hugs Mrs A.
Super male card Pat, I love the colours and your design. Stencils are so versatile!
Great card Pat, I love those colours together. I haven't tried the bleaching technique but it looks fantastic here, Cathy x
What a lucky male friend to get this smashing card, late or not! I love it, Pat! Enjoy the weekend! Hugs, Darnell
I love the colors on your stenciled image Pat! and all the inlaid die cut framings are perfect around it! Thanks for joining us in the CAS Mix Up challenge! Julia xx
Beautiful design. Adding black frames brings the image to the foreground. I love the central image and how colors mix with water.
Thank you for joining our challenge in HLS.
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Gorgeous card! Love the contraast with black frame! Thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! Barbara
Another fabulous car pat! Great design love those hot and vibrant colours again against the subtle stencilled leaves. Thanks for joining us at HLS CAS challenge and AAA cards too x
Such a super stencil, love its patterned leaves. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.
I love your card, Pat. Gorgeous stencil and colours. Thanks for joining us at CAS on Sunday. Luv, Wilma
Sorry to be late commenting here, what a super mssculine card! I do think they can be tricky to come up with, but your blending of strong colours through the stencil is perfect. And you got some bargains as well, what could be better :)
Thanks so much for joining our CAS blend challenge at Happy Little Stampers and do hope you'll join us again in May.
Amazing card Pat..Love the ink blending..Thank you so much for joining us at Happy Little Stampers - Anything goes with dies Challenge. Hugs xx Deepti Aggarwal
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