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Getting More From Your Stencils!

Hi there, crafty friends!   Kimberly here today to share a fun way to get  more mileage from your stencils!   I used a stencil from Neat & Tangled, Zig watercolor markers and heat embossing to get this look!
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To create the stenciled border, I lightly adhered my stencil to regular cardstock with some washi to hold it in place.   I colored in the parquet pattern with Zig markers - I really like the not-perfect watercolor look coloring this way provides!   Before lifting up my stencil, I smooshed a Versamark ink pad over top of the colored area, being sure to get all the exposed areas.   I carefully lifted the stencil, sprinkled on some clear embossing powder and heat set it.   

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I added a strip of black cardstock to hide where my stenciling stopped,  and then die cut one of the diagonal stitched stax frames from white cardstock.  To make it coordinate perfectly, I colored it in with the light blue Zig marker and then added my Versamark and clear EP and heat set it as well.   I did the same with the 'Happy' sentiment.    I adhered the square frame on a diagonal and added my die cut sentiment and the stamped Birthday label.   A few of the sparkly Gumdrops embellishments finished up this card!

I hope you've enjoyed my card today.   Stencils are such a versatile (and inexpensive!!) crafting tool....have fun creating with yours!


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