When I first started scrapbooking, I was a major hoarder. Heidi Swapp mega flower pack from QVC for $16? Sold. 5,000 piece chipboard set? I'll take 2. Every sticker sheet that Scenic Route ever created? I have multiples. Over the years I have purged a lot of the crazier purchases (mini Heidi Swapp iron, anyone?), but every now and then I get caught up in the hype of trends and new products. A few months ago I went a little crazy with stencils and mists. I know, I know. Most people love them. And I love them too, in theory. But I have a really hard time using them. I don't like the "messy look", which is the whole point of using mists with stencils!
My solution is to use my stencils with dye (or distress) ink and a blending tool, then lightly "flick" mist over the stenciled image. The result is a much cleaner look that doesn't make me break out in hives.
For this card, I used one of Heidi Swapp's beautiful stencils and two inks from Papertrey Ink: Aqua Mist and Hawaiian shores. I used my Tim Holtz blending tool to apply Aqua Mist ink over the whole stencil, then added Hawaiian Shores ink to the edges. After I removed the stencil I added drops of Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Seafoam and Mint Green.
I am submitting my card to this week's Simon Says Stamp Stencil challenge, and Anything Goes challenge.
(Supplies - Stamps: (Stampin' Up!) By the Seashore. (Papertrey Ink) Free thank you set from 2011. Ink: (Papertrey Ink) Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores. (Stampin' Up!) Crumb Cake, Soft Suede. Stencil: Heidi Swapp. Mist: (Heidi Swapp Color Shine) Seafoam, Mint Green. Cardstock: (Papertrey Ink) White, Sea Shimmer, Kraft, Aqua Mist, vellum. Dies: (Papertrey Ink) Double Edge Banner, Parisian Lace Doily, Notched Star Banner Collection, Small Scalloped Border. Button: Studio Calico. Ribbon: Papertrey Ink. Gems/pearls: Hero Arts.)
As much as I love CAS cards, sometimes it feels right to pile on the layers... and shimmer cardstock, gems, pearls, glitter mist, and vellum. :)
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!