I love how the card I’m going to show you turned out. I’m using the September Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit – Autumn themed. I purchased an add on item – Ornate Floral Stencil. I knew I had wanted to use a stencil, so I had started my plan by placing the stencil onto an A2 card. I used my Mother of Pearl Nuvo mousse to lightly cover/transfer the stencil image to the card. I love this color and how it shimmers!
For the main design element of my card, I start by using the Chinese lantern flower dies from the set and placing them along the right edge of the card. I partial die cut these so the right edge is removed from the front of the card. On separate cardstock, I stamp and die cut the corresponding flowers. I decided to work on no line pencil coloring; which I do not do very often. I selected some orange and green color ranges from my Prismacolor pencils and gave it a go. I love how you can blend colors so well with color pencils. I think the coloring turned out pretty good. I’m sure I’ll improve with more practice. With those images completed, I contemplated how to add a sentiment. I knew I needed a birthday card, so I chose to use the Best Wishes from the set. I decided to be a little creative and stamp the smallest of the Chinese lantern flower images over the Best Wishes. Instead of die cutting each element, I partially die cut the flower, and using a rectangle partially die cut the sentiment. Using scissors, I completed the combined flower and sentiment piece. I backed just the sentiment with brown cardstock. I also, added brown cardstock inside the A2 panel so the brown would extend past the floral edge. I adhered the floral elements to the card and – wella – my finished card. I am so happy with the results. It was fun doing no line coloring, and I love love playing with stencils.
I hope my card will inspire you to try new things: partial die cutting, stenciling, using multiple dies to make a new card piece. Have fun with it!