Tutorial: Stenciled wreath thank you card
I have recently been experimenting with creating my own sentiment stencils as you will have seen previously. However, I decided to branch out (no pun intended) and try creating other stencils to ink with. Again, this was to try and come up with a solution to the lack of stamps I currently have and not a lot of funds to spend on stamps all the time - acetate sheets are very cheap in comparison!
So I used a design from a bundle I got on Hungry JPEG on one of their weekly freebies, so I have the commercial licence too if I ever need it. For this wreath design, you can find the bundle HERE. I used the wreath in this set and traced the design in Silhouette Studio to create a cut file. I then cut this out using the same principles when cutting the sentiment stamp, found HERE. Today I am going to show you how I made this card.
- A stencil of your choice
- White card
- Inks - this can be either pigment or dye inks. For the branch I used a pigment ink, for the additional decorations I used dye inks.
- Ink blending tool or sponge dauber.
- Additional stamps for the decoration - I used one small leaf, flower, berries and a butterfly.
- Circle die - mine was 3 3/4 inches in diameter .
- Stamp sentiment
- Black embossing powder
- Heat gun
- Versamark ink for sentiment.
- Base card in your colour choice.
- Envelope to fit the card - I made mine using e R Memory Keepers envelope punch board. To find out how, check out this post HERE.
- Washi Tape
- Scrap paper
Cut your white card to 4 1/4 inches by 8 1/2 inches. Decide where you wish the sentiment will go on your card, and using your circle die temporally position this using washi tape. This is so you know where not to stamp your stencil.
Place the stencil over the card where you wish the first stamp to lie. To keep this in place whist you are stamping, adhere the sides down with washi tape. I positioned my stencil so the shape of the wreath followed the shape of the circle.
When you are happy with the position apply the first colour ink, for example I used brown ink for the branch, with a blending tool or sponger dauber. If you have neither have a look around and see what you have to hand, even a make-up sponge applicator could work.
If you need to, cover the remainder of the card with scrap paper to prevent ink rubbing onto areas where you don't want it.
Carry on stamping with your stencil in different positions until you are happy with outcome. To keep the curve of the first branch flowing seamlessly through the design, I positioned this off the paper until the curve bought the branch back round to the paper. This worked well for me as I had two different branch stencils to work this out.
I used additional small decorative stamps to add interest to the design: a leaf, flower, berries and butteries. I used Hero Arts dye inks for these stamps; for exact colours refer to the picture.
Using versamark ink, stamp your sentiment onto the velum and cover with black embossing powder. Heat set this with a gun.
Run your card through your die cutting machine to cut out your circle window. Adhere the velum sentiment behind the circle window.
After using the envelop punch board to make an envelope that fits this custom size card (26.2cm paper size and 9.8cm score line), I also stamped the wreath pattern on to the flap of the envelope to add interest and make a matching envelope.
Using foam tape, adhere the white designed card piece to your folded card base (5 inches by 8 1/2 inches).
You can add any additional embellishments you wish at this point.
As you can see I tried to match the colour of the envelope to the base card, and feel this has made a great little matching set. I hop you have enjoyed this and it has inspired you to make a card too!
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