Hey, welcome back! I’m already onto Day 2 of my Stretching Stencils Mini Series. How did that happen? My challenge is to get lots of use out of one stencil (I’m using the Swoop Stencil by Catherine Pooler). And today, I’m using my stencil to add texture to my card.
I blended Peacock Feather Distress Ink around the edges of the watercolor paper. My blending isn’t perfect, but it doesn’t have to be, since I’ll be covering up most of it. Next I added Picked Raspberry to the center of the paper. I love that they blend into purple – so beautiful! If you don’t have Distress Ink, use whatever you have. Just cover the panel with color.
I taped the stencil to the paper, and then I used more tape to hold it to the craft mat, like I demonstrated here. Next I added Glass Bead Glitter Gel over the stencil with a palette knife. This is a pretty thick layer, but the glass beads can drag and make lines in the gel, so I kept adding more until it spread evenly over the whole stencil. If you don’t have Glass Bead Glitter Gel, embossing paste or texture paste would work great, too.
I removed the stencil carefully, and I immediately washed it with soap and warm water to get the rest of the gel off before it dried. You can see that the moisture of the gel made the paper bow up, but it smoothed out as it dried. I left mine to dry overnight, but it might dry faster if you use less.
I trimmed down my panel with a paper trimmer, and stamped my sentiment on a strip of vellum before attaching it to the card. Finally I added a pink mat behind it, and attached the panel to a white card base with tape runner. You could add sequins or other embellishments, but I kept it very simple so the background can really shine.
How do you add texture to your cards? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!