Freitag, 4. März 2016

Ombre stenciled backgrounds

Hi there.
What a wonderful `Make it Monday´ video again, huh? Betsy`s cards are always amazing and this week she combined ink sponging with stencils.
I kinda forgot about both techniques a little so I thought I should give it a go.
I was pretty confident I would do well (lol) und just sponged right on to my paper as if I do this every day. Well ..... I could definitely see by the result that I DO NOT do it very often - I am just SO unpatient and didn`t do it carefully enough. `No big deal´ I thought, now comes the stencil and no one will see!´.
As my PI stencils haven`t arrived yet I needed to find me another one and I ended up using one from Memory Box, I believe. One with plenty of bubbles.
I used the same colors on the stencil that I had used for the background and ended up having a panel with a `bubble gum´ feel to it.
I tell you, I was THAT close to throwing it away!
Well ... in the end I didn`t and made the best out of it. Cut the panel twice, combined it with  soft stone patterned paper that I cut with a border die, pulled out my swoosh stamp...
I coloured the fox and the butterflies in those very same colors of the background (added some glitter to the butterflies´ wings) and tried to create a scene and in the end I looked at my card and thought `How ugly!´
Honestly, I was depressed!
Does that ever happen to you, that you feel like you are simply not able to create a BEAUTIFUL card? It really happens to me, every now and then and it`s truly disillusioning!
THEN ... my daughter came into my room, saw my bubble gum card and beamed `Moooom. Such a PRETTY card!!!´ Lol. She just loved the fox, I guess ;-)

Anyways. This card literally haunted me in my dreams and I decided to make one more that I would hopefully like.
This time I didn`t sponge the card panel first but used different colors right away on my stencil. Again one from Memory Box - and HOW I LOVE THIS stencil :-)
I was much more pleased with the result when I removed the stencil. No bubble gum feeling at all, yay!
I used new leaf ink, aqua mist and hawaiian shores ink, it`s reeeeeally pretty! Then I heat embossed a feather from feather finery on vellum, stamped the sentiment in black and colored the little bird on top of the feather with aqua mist on his stomach and new leaf in his face. As a finishing touch I added blue and green sequins here and there.
I´m happy with the result and I think ... I can sleep tonight. Lol.
Thank you for visiting and nice dreams to everyone!


  1. Beautifully stamped card.Love it.

  2. Both cards are lovely--the fox is cute and the background is beautiful. But the feather card is my favourite! Absolutely lovely!

  3. Ohhh, Birgit your second card is stunning. I do love the little fox on your first card and think that one came out really good too :)

  4. Both cards are beautifully done!

  5. Hi Birgit, I was laughing as I was reading your post because I can so relate to your experience! I think your "bubblegum" background is fun and dreamy, in fact your first card is very dreamy... in a good way too! I guess we can always be too hard on ourselves. Both cards turned out lovely and I'm so glad you stuck it through to the end.

  6. The first one is cute, but oh my goodness--the second card is absolutely stunning!

  7. Your first card is adorable! And the second one is lovely! I really like the colors you used on it.

  8. Love the beautiful hexagon stenciled card. The feather is perfect against the blue/green backdrop.

  9. Love both of your cards, but I particularly love the feather card!