Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas card for my husband - Club Scrap Blog Hop

I know it's just a little bit past the season, but I think this technique would be great for a variety of cards - I just happened to need a Christmas card! I hope you're enjoying the blog hop - if you get lost along the way, a complete list of bloggers is at Club Scrap.

I fell in love with the bonus stained glass stencil for the Reunion kit, and how perfectly it matches the patterned paper this month. I immediately thought of Christmas and the beautiful windows in churches, and wanted to try and make a background perfect for a Christmas greeting.

I started by taping a piece of black card stock to my work surface with washi tape.  I was careful to line up the tape nice and straight so I would have a nice clean mat around the final image.

Next, I found the area of the stencil I wanted to use, and taped it down.

I colored in areas of the stencil using pan pastels - they are super vibrant even on black card stock.

My picture of the "finished" panel did not not look so great (I was struggling with trying to get this done quickly, and didn't have enough lights set up!), but it was great in person.  I did spray it with a clear sealant, and that dulled the colors a tiny bit.  This shows the panel before I sprayed it or took the stencil off.

I finished it up with the candle image from the 2010 Christmas release from Club Scrap (also colored with pan pastels), and the gorgeous ribbon and papers from the Reunion kit.

As an experiment, I tried coloring in another image with markers, but I wasn't careful enough with the stencil, and my pen kept going under the stencil.  That experiment ended up in the bin.  I would recommend taping it down more to do that, or focusing on things like inks or pastels, where you are pushing down on the stencil more.

The next blogger on our hop today is the fabulous DebDuzScrappin' - hope you enjoy all of the ideas she has to share!  If you get lost along the way, or want to start at the beginning, please visit Club Scrap for the complete listing of bloggers.

My very best wishes to you for a super Happy New Year!  Who doesn't appreciate a fresh start every year?

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