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Stencil all the things!

Hello, again!  I recently ordered the Newton's Nook Tumbling Heart Stencil from Butterfly Reflections, Ink. and I am in LOVE, pun intended!  I want to stencil ALL THE THINGS.  

For my first card this week, I used an oldie-but-goodie set:  Lawn Fawn's out of this world stamps and coordinating dies.  I colored a rocket and some planets with Copic markers (available in the shop) and added white gel pen details.  The rocket window also got a glossy accents coating.


For the background, I blended distress oxide inks in broken china, mermaid lagoon and seedless preserves to create a galaxy effect.  I flicked on some Kuretake gold metallic paint to create "stars."    


Side note here ... does anyone else love peeling up purple tape?  Seeing that crisp white border around my project just makes me so happy!  Ok, back to the project ... I used more purple tape to keep my stencil in place and to block off a "jet blast" area behind the rocket.  I applied Nuvo glimmer paste in garnet red, removed my stencil, and let the background dry for a bit.  


Meanwhile, I cut a banner from Lawn Fawn's black card stock and some gold glitter card stock with the largest of the Lawn Fawn everyday sentiment dies.  I used gold embossing powder to emboss a "you are out of this world" sentiment.  I really love how this card turned out ... the hearts tumbling from the rocket are so much fun.


For my second card this week, I used the same heart stencil to create "bubbles" in an underwater Valentine scene.  I used broken china distress oxide ink for my background and layered mermaid lagoon distress oxide ink over it ... I love the blue-on-blue effect!  I used Copic markers (available in the shop) to color images from Lawn Fawn's mermaid for you stamp set and coordinating dies and built an adorable scene.  


I had left the bottom of the background piece free of ink, so I also used Copic marks to dot in the "sand," making sure to use darker colors to shadow under the rocks and plants.  Finally, I used a little glossy accents to fill in the hearts bubbling from the coral for an extra-fun effect!


One of my biggest card making tips is to create the inside panel on a separate sheet of paper ... especially if kids will be involved in signing the card!  I can't count the number of cards that have been saved from disaster by making a separate (a/k/a replaceable!) inside panel piece.


I hope these cards give you some fun Valentine's Day ideas ... I loved using the heart stencil to create unique scenes!

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