I picked up the Hero Arts Leaf and Berries stencil at the end of last year during my local craft store’s Christmas clearance sale. I knew right away I wanted to use the stencil with sponge daubers to create my own background, but waited until this Christmas season to put that plan into motion. I think it was worth the wait…
I cut out a focal panel from kraft cardstock using the largest WPlus9 Gift Card Layers die. I then secured the panel to my work surface and taped the stencil on top. I used Post-it tape to mask off the leaves and sponged Avery Elle Cherry pigment ink over the berries. Next, I masked off the berries and used Avery Elle Lemon Grass and Celery pigment inks to add color to the leaves.
I let the inked panel air dry, then used my MISTI (and my trusty Simon Says Stamp MISTI Grid Transparency) to help me place my sentiment. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink then heat set it with my newly acquired WOW! Metallic Gold Rich embossing powder. The background really seemed to overpower the sentiment — I see now it was a mistake to sponge on at least 3 layers of ink through the stencil! — so I stamped the sentiment a second time (thank goodness for the MISTI!) and heat embossed it again. This resulted in a bolder, smoother sentiment that stood out a bit more. Finally, I adhered the panel to a top-fold A2 kraft card base to complete this project.
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Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Merry Christmas
Dies: WPlus9 Gift Card Layers
Stencil: Hero Arts Leaf and Berries
Paper: Bazzill Kraft cardstock
Ink: Avery Elle Celery ink, Avery Elle Cherry ink, Avery Elle Lemongrass ink, Versamark ink
Adhesive: Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Misc: MISTI, Simon Says Stamp MISTI Grid Transparency, Sponge daubers, Post-it tape, WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Super Fine embossing powder, EK Success embossing powder tool