Today, I’m completing the Celebration Stencil Technique with Laurel Beard class. The Altenew Academy has a number of videos available for purchase. If you are interested in expanding your creativity, you might investigate these classes/videos. I LOVE using stencils and thought I knew many techniques, but this class definitely took my stencil use to a new level.
My card submission for the Altenew Educator Certificate program was inspired by many techniques showcased in these video lessons. My card incorporates a water color background, direct to paper stencil water coloring and stencil overlay. I used the sentiment from the Altenew Never Give Up stamp set, and there is a reason for that. This looked like such a ‘hot mess’ but I kept going and am much amazed that it pulled through. By the way, I often hear, that ‘hot messes’ turn out, so I had to persevere.
To make my card I started with Canson XL water color paper taped to a chipboard. Using Altenew inks, I squished some color onto plastic and used the water on water technique to add a yellow and green color wash to my background. When the background was dry, I taped my stencil over the background and used direct to paper watercolor technique. The stencil I am using is: Dahlia A from Altenew. Once this was dry, I removed the stencil, and um, yea, this is where I was like, yea, hmm.. not so nice looking (ie: hot mess). I then watched the class videos again and thought, I would incorporate the stencil overlay. I took Dahlia B and placed it over the background and applied some darker ink through the stencil. Once I removed the stencil, whew, I had something cohesive. You can tell what the image is! My original plan was to use the Hope die as the sentiment, however, after my perseverance, I decided Never Give Up, along with The Struggle is Just Part of the Story sentiment were just too fitting for this card. I added the sentiments with silver embossing powder. I must say, I had to do this about 6 times to get the words to be clear. To wrap up my card, I trimmed the water color stencil down and wrapped my vellum sentiment strip around the card (trick from the Let it Shine Altenew class) so it is secured from behind. Again from the Let it Shine class, I added a strip of shiny silver under the sentiment and popped the background up on green paper. Lastly, I added the leaves and bud from the Altenew Hope stamp set (I just received and LOVE).