We’re in the middle of a heatwave here in sunny Finland. The warm weather inspired me to make this bright, tropical card using stamps and stencils from Skull and Cross Buns. I used two different stenciling techniques to create the fun background for my card.
I started by applying the large Mermaid stencil to the lower portion of my card base. The back of my stencil is coated with Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue, which I’ve allowed to dry to make it repositionable. Once in place I applied texture paste to the stencil. My texture paste seems to have dried up quite a bit despite having been sealed up. Once I’d got some out of the jar I spritzed it with water to soften back up, then was able to apply it through my stencil with a palette knife. It was still quite difficult to work with though.
After removing the mermaid stencil and washing it and my palette knife well, I started on the top portion of the card. I used the fruit stencil which was last month’s freebie, and created a pattern of citrus fruit. I used Simon Says Stamp inks in Orange Slush, Key Lime and Lemon Zest. The pattern is imperfect, but I wasn’t aiming for perfect so it’ll do!
I set aside the fully stencilled card base to dry completely and worked on my other elements. I stamped a parrot and three feathers from Tropical Party using MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink. I then coloured them in with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. As the card base was already pretty colourful I chose to use similar colours rather than bringing in any new shades.
After colouring I fussy cut out my images, and used a water-based brush pen to go around the edges and neaten them up. I’d intended to use black but realised part way that I had picked up a grey, but that worked fine too.
The final element to create was my sentiment strip. Initially I considered using the hello from the same stamp set but I decided instead to use the larger one from Quirky Sentiments as I felt it would fit the space better. I white heat embossed it onto my snippet of black card stock then trimmed the panel down. I decided to add some white gel pen lines to create the look of stitching on the panel.
Having created all the elements, and with all my stenciled elements dry, I moved on to the assembly. I played around with the positioning until I found a layout I was happy with. I then used Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue to adhere the feathers to each other, then onto the card base overlapping the texture paste.
I then used the same glue to adhered the parrot to my sentiment strip before using black foam squares to adhere both the strip and the parrot to the card base with some dimension.
As a final touch I added some Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen to the feathers and parrot.
I really love the bright, summery colours on this card. I think it is very fun. I’m happy with the overall design and layout too, but I’m quite frustrated with the texture paste. I’m not sure why it dried out so quickly. I hate to waste things but I’m very tempted to throw it out and invest in a new jar. Any tips on how best to store texture paste? At least in this case a tightly screwed lid didn’t seem to be enough to keep it from drying out!
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