Sunny Birthday Card- Make Your Own Stencils

Hello Everyone! Today, I’m sharing a project using the Hello Summer set by Kindred Stamps, and I’m sharing a technique I used to reduce the amount of layers needed for this project!

I stamped out my Snorkel Dog and Floatie Panda using my MISTI and Gina K Amalgam Ink. Using Copic Markers, I colored up the Snorkel Dog and Floatie Panda from Hello Summer. I also added Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the dog’s snorkel mask to give it a little extra detail.

Taking a piece of 4.125″ x 5.375″ cardstock, I taped off the card to reveal a thin strip at the bottom, which I blended with Weathered Wood Distress Oxide Ink. I wanted to make it look like my little dog was at the bottom of a pool, and I felt the Weathered Wood color was a good choice because it’s a lighter blue-ish gray.

Next, taking a piece of scrap paper that was about 4.5″ x 5.5″, I used the Waves Craft Die to make my own stencils! I only used the smaller wave die, and my intention was to have a positive side (where I could use to blend the sky and cover the pool water) and a negative side (where I could use to blend the pool water and cover the sky).

Using the negative side of my self-made stencil, I sectioned off my panel to only expose the area I wanted to blend for the pool water. From top to bottom, I used a Picket Fence Studios Blending Brush and blended the following Distress Oxide Colors: Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean & Blueprint Sketch. I spritzed this layer with some water and let it dry. When it was done drying, I removed the negative die, and then applied the positive die to cover the water. Using a blending brush, I blended the following Distress Oxide Colors (top to bottom): Mustard Seed & Squeezed Lemonade.

I stamped the sentiment “Sunny Birthday Wishes” from Hello Summer in Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink at the top left corner of the card.

I took this panel and adhered it to an A2-sized piece of blue polka dot paper from the (retired) Limited Edition Teen Detectives box by Kindred Stamps.

Because I wanted to make my Hello Summer critters look like they were in the water, I took my blending brush, dabbed it in some excess Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink, and lightly blended over my Snorkel Dog. Then, using the Waves Die negative stencil, I covered up the top part of my Floatie Panda, to reveal a little bit of floatie on the bottom, and also blended that area with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink.

Using foam tape, I adhered both of my critters in the water, making sure to position my panda so the floatie looked like it was sitting in the water.

Finally, using some sequins from the (retired) Limited Edition Bananas Box by Kindred Stamps, I adhered a couple for embellishment and mounted the card to an A2-sized card base.

And my card was finished!

I hope that this blog inspires you to stretch your dies and use them for more than just cutting shapes out!

I’d love to hear any comments or questions about this project, so be sure to drop them below!

Thanks for reading, and Happy Crafting!


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